Sunday, December 27, 2009

Bible mysteries - the wise men

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(Photo from family.webshots.com)

We hear so much about the wise men who followed the star to find Jesus. Sometimes they are referred to as kings. Who were they really? Where did they come from, and how many of them were there? They are often shown as representing three Gentile ethnicities: African, Asian, and European. It is thought by some who study ancient Mideastern culture that they were astrologers from Persia, but the Bible doesn't tell us much about them. They brought three different kinds of gifts, so they have been depicted as three men, but there may have been a large group, including servants. Travel was dangerous - attacks like that suffered by the person the Good Samaritan helped were very common. A large group with servants and even armed guards would have been safer, especially considering the value of the gifts they were carrying.

All we know from the Bible is that they were seeking Jesus, they worshiped Him when they found Him, and they were obedient to God.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Week Three, Christmas pic a day

Week Three, Christmas pic a day

1. Through into, 2. Duet, 3. Fairhope Christmas lights, 4. Silent Night, 5. Shell angel, 6. Santa!, 7. Love, Joy, and Peace8. Not available

Late again, but this is my personal project, for fun only, and I'm not going to worry! There's only two more days anyway, so I'll put them up when I get to them.

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Guess what - the mosaic only shows "Love" for the last one; it cropped out "Peace" and "Joy." Oh, well, as St. Paul said, "The greatest of these is love" so the most important one made it!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas to all!

I'm sorry I haven't been commenting on your entries. I've been away, celebrating an early Christmas with our sons, our daughter-in-law, and our granddaughter! Older son left yesterday to spend Christmas with his girlfriend and her family, and younger son and family are spending it with d-i-l's family, including a brand new nephew (her brother's and sister-in-law's son), and we will spend it with Mother, who can't travel anymore, so an early Christmas was the best for everyone.

Grandbaby had Christmas last weekend, will have Christmas this weekend, and then her birthday the week after! Spoiled much, ya think???

We had a great time, and baby had the cutest candy-striped pajamas! And a pretty red gingham Christmas dress, too! We brought Nana's (great grandmother, my mother) gifts: my old doll highchair that she cleaned and painted a bright pink, a new baby doll, and a doll cradle. We set them up in the living room, which we pass through on our way to the kitchen, so as she hurried through on her way to breakfast, she saw them and stopped short! It was so funny to watch her as she put her teddy bear in the doll cradle, then came closer to examine the doll in the high chair.

Daughter-in-law worked very hard preparing a delicious meal: ham, squash casserole, sweet potato casserole, rolls, congealed fruit salad, pumpkin pie and cookies for dessert.

After dinner we exchanged gifts among ourselves, and brought our gift to grandbaby in - a toy kitchen. She loved it! The blender whirs and shakes, and the stove sings, and all the doors open and shut, and there are pots and pans, dishes, "silverware", and even a phone!

We went to church together Sunday morning and ate out, and Monday morning we left to go visit my aunt in the country, about an hour from son's home. She has been ill, but is better now, and enjoyed our visit very much.

Last night, our dance club had its Christmas dance, and we had a good time there.

Today I did some shopping and began to catch up on the laundry, then spent a couple of hours visiting some friends. When we returned home, I transferred the laundry (hung some on the drying rack, put some in the dryer, and more in the washing machine). After that cycle, we discovered a minor disaster in the laundry room - the washing machine hose came disconnected, and water was all over the floor! Hubby cleaned that up with his shop vacuum, and now the floor is cleaner than it was, and drying rack, laundry baskets, and cat food are all over the kitchen!

Tomorrow, Mother and I are both getting our hair done, I will deliver some gifts to friends and neighbors, and start preparing dinner. We will go to the Chrismas Eve candlelight service at church, then come home and have a nice dinner with the table all pretty with the good china and candles. Just the two of us. We will spend Christmas Day with Mother. She likes to take us to the casino to eat.

I've been putting pictures on Flickr, and will show some here (grandbaby's Christmas, not laundry disaster!)

cookies
I helped d-i-l with the cookies, and the later it got, the more creative we got with our decorating!

What's this???
Grandbaby discovers something new!

Put teddy bear to bed Puts bear to bed

Multi-tasking

Baby and candle (battery-powered, safe!)
Her Christmas dress, and Maw Maw's (me!) battery-powered candle

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Week Two, Christmas pictures

Week 2

I missed a few days this week, as you see (or don't see!). I'm sorry.

I tried twice to re-crop the Virgin Mary picture so the Mosaic Maker wouldn't chop off the top of her head, but it didn't work. My Flickr friend, Greta~adores~pink says, "It happens when your pixels are quite high......I think, it has happenede to me before as well, and whe I actually make the whole picture smaller by bringing down the pixels, it works...but it is a lot of work!!
And Patience!!" I'm neither patient nor technologically talented, so it will have to stay as it is.

Monday, December 7, 2009

First week of Christmas pictures

I've been trying to take at least one picture each day leading up to Christmas. Sometimes I may skip a day, and take two the next.

Week One, Christmas 2009 - Christmas Pic-a-day
1. Reflected lights, 2. "Tis the season!, 3. Holiday carolers, 4. Table decorations, 5. Snowman ornament, 1980, 6. Christmas village on mantle, 7. Merry Christmas bear, 8. Christmas concert

Friday, December 4, 2009

I haven't really forgotten you. I've been busy in real life, as we all have been this time of year, and in my odd moments, I've been gathering all my "Gratitude" posts from last November (2008) into one post, which I can link from the sidebar.

I've also been taking Christmas pictures, and intended to do a "Picture a Day", but I'll have to put them all together in one post, maybe make a mosaic. Once a week, so watch for that Tuesday.

December 6, 2009 - I finished the "Gratitude" post, but the date on it is the date I started compiling it. I saved it in draft form, but I can't change the date. It is before this post, and it should have been after it. There is also a link to it on the sidebar.