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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Stories for the heart

I read this story in the book 'Stories for the Heart' and it always  makes me tear up.

'There is a true story of a little boy whose sister needed a
blood transfusion. The doctor explained that she had the same
disease the boy had recovered from two years earlier. Her only
chance of recovery was a transfusion from someone who had previously
conquered the disease. Since the two children had the same rare blood type, the
boy was an ideal donor. "Would you give your blood to Mary?" the doctor asked.
Johnny hesitated. His lower lip started to tremble. Then he smiled and said "Sure, for my sister."
Soon the children where wheeled into the hospital room. Mary, pale and thin, Johnny, robust and healthy.
Neither spoke, but when their eyes met, Johnny grinned. As the nurse inserted the needle into his arm,
Johnny's smile faded. He watched the blood flow through the tube. With the ordeal almost over, Johnny's voice,
slightly shaky, broke the silence.

"Doctor, when do I die?"

Only then did the the doctor realize why Johnny had hesitated, why his lip had trembled when
he agreed to donate his blood. He thought giving his blood to his sister would mean giving  up his life.
In that brief moment, he had made his great decision.'

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Away in a manger...

Last night was our live nativity that we hold at our church once a year. It was a lot of fun despite the freezing cold ( okay, maybe not quite so freezing). The past couple of times that we have done it, I was a shepherd, but this year I passed out bibles, candy canes, and tracts.

I had just finished passing out the last of my nine bibles, and went to go get more, but all four of the boxes where empty! I think we passed out more than 150 bibles!!

 I learned that it is very hard to hand out little candy canes with numb fingers, and that when your hands are really cold they swell to twice their normal size.

A friend of mine gave me some hand-warmers which were a life saver, even if it was a little hard passing out tracts with my hands in my pockets.

Here is our Mary, sitting so patiently in the cold with baby Jesus.

Our very angelic angels also standing patiently in the cold announcing the birth of our Lord.

Little K, looking cute.

Who said that there where only three wise men?

 One of our shepherdess' .

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Little bits of life....

Life has been very busy of late with Christmas coming in 10 days. WOW. I must be getting old, as I wish that  it weren't almost here (sighs). So much to get done, yet so little time to do it. I'll probably be awake until three in the morning trying to get presents finished, but, as long as their done in time, that doesn't matter. 

Meg and I did get our Op. Gratitude package sent off (yes, I finished the knitted scarf in time). That was such a load off my mind.   

Narnia, its all in the wardrobe like I told you!

Connor is such a little goof-ball (bet you couldn't guess!).
He is always making funny faces. It's even funny to watch him throw a tantrum (in fact, that's the best time to watch him).

                                Audrey, is still just as sweet as when she was born.

And then there is the cow. Poppy is getting big , and is quite cute, I must add. But other than that I can't say much about her.

Copper... is ... well... COPPER! That poor dog, I don't think you could pay someone to steal him. He is also quite the goof-ball.

'What is that?' you ask. Well, let me tell you. That is one the worlds most beautiful instruments. The Bowed Psaltery.
It slightly resembles a violin, as it is played with bows (duh),
but it sits on your lap while you play it. This particular one is a alto so it has pretty, high, silvery notes.  

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Could you tell me the way to Somewhere-
Somewhere, somewhere,
I have heard of a place called somewhere
But know not where it be.
It makes no difference,
Whether or not
I go in dreams 
or trudge on foot:
Would tell me the way to Somewhere,
The Somewhere meant for me.      ~Walter de la Mare


Monday, December 6, 2010

My Little Sister

Little Audrey is getting so big! I can't believe she is already four months old. She is a very sweet little girl, and everyone thinks she is cute (If you don't believe me, just go shopping with her so you can hear everybody remark on her cuteness). She recently discovered that, yes, there is such a thing as rolling over, and you don't have lay on your tummy like a beached whale! 

She is made out of: sugar and Spice and
                                  EVERYTHING NICE




Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Operation Gratitude

As I mentioned in my post before,  Meg and I have been working on Op. Gratitude projects. We decided just to do scarfs and Christmas cards this year. The picture  below is the knitted scarf that I'm working on right now. I'm at the half way point and I have around three days to finish it (Yikes!!).
I started it a few months ago and all was going smoothly, until I measured it. Op. Grat. had a specified width and length. 5-7" wide and 45" long. I was pretty close to being done, when I measured the width. It wasn't even 3 1/2 inches wide!! :(   

So, I started it all over. 

We where thinking that we would get three scarfs sent off, because we only had yarn for three, then, we had the great idea of doing fleece scarfs (light bulb!). So, off to Jo-Ann's we went. Meg and I each bought one yard of fleece, and we got  eight scarfs out of that. Then Mom gave us a knitted scarf she had been working on, so, if Meg and I get our knitted ones finished, we'll have a total of  twelve scarfs! Yay! 

  We are doing one card and a tag that has the fiber content per scarf.

                                                         (Please excuse the bad picture)
                                             There's Meg working very industrially at making tags.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I hear crickets...

Please excuse my silence of late. I have been rather busy working on  Christmas presents. Can you believe that there is only around 40 days until Christmas!!  I have been doing a lot of sewing, and I'm currently working on a scarfs and Christmas cards to send to Operation gratitude (you can check out their site at www.opgratitude.com)

Also, I have a new toy (evil chuckle)...

Well actually, it isn't quite mine, I'm just 'borrowing' it from my dad :)  Or, as I told him, It's mine when I'm using it, so I've been busy trying to figure out how to work it. I feel so professional when I use it!!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Random Pictures...

                                                 (Yes, the picture above is supposed to be blurry) :)



(?????)  Don't ask me what that is, because I don't know!!