Saturday, December 20, 2014

next time it will be diferent

The first time Jesus came.....

"He came veiled in the form of a child.
A star marked His arrival.
Wise men brought Him gifts.
There was no room for Him.
Only a few attended His arrival.

The next time Jesus comes.....

He will be recognized by all.
Heaven will be lit by His glory.
He will bring rewards for His own.
The world won't be able to contain His glory.
Every eye shall see Him.
He will come as Sovereign King and Lord of all."

Taken from
The Miracle of Christmas
by John MacArthur

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

lucy as....

....Mrs. Louise Carnegie.
She had to do her project on Mrs. Carnegie,
and today 
she went to school in costume.
The real fun was last week though,
when we went into
Grammy's closet
and put the outfit together.

She is wearing my summer, ruffled skirt,
my jacket,
and my raccoon collar from when I was a teenager.
The hat is my beach hat,
and the big purple flower just is.
Most importantly,
she is carrying
a real period antique purse.

As the outfit came together we all started laughing,
It was so much fun.

 after school, we are going ice skating at the 
Civic Center.
Should be fun....
I will probably stand on the sidelines and take pictures.
Ice skating for me could possibly
lay me up for Christmas. (lol)
there will be some hot chocolate drinking
somewhere on Broughton Street.

Wrapping Christmas presents tonight.
Love everything about the season that is upon us now!. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

of christmases long, long ago

Christmas ~ 1982

I'm thinking tonight....
our lifetime goes by really fast.
With a blink of an eye
the children are grown and have children of their own.
What a life we have had together,
Bubba and I.

We kept our grandkids today....
I found myself inside a tent that Lucy made on the front lawn.
And then,
we had a rousing game of baseball.....
acting crazy, having fun.
We had hamburgers on the grill
 because it was 77 degrees warm today,
 a pumpkin roll,
 lots of good fellowship with our after dinner coffee
because their mom and dad joined us for supper.
Sitting around the big farm table
with the children in and out.....
life doesn't get any better than that..

Life is warm and happy and fun, 
filled with the
mercy and grace of our Lord.
God's blessings are too many to count 
as we go into this next 
Christmas week.

Thank you Lord for this life,
for Your Son Jesus Christ 
who was born on this earth as a man.
Son of God ~ Son of man!
Fully human yet fully God....
able to identify with us
 in the struggles that we face every day
Able to die on the cross
to make us right with God.
Powerful enough to rise from the dead 
victorious over sin and satan and death.
We long, O Lord, for Your return
"Even so, come quickly our precious Lord."

Because of Him we say
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

hilton head

This little shop is hidden away on Hilton Head Island.
Bubba and I hopped in the car and drove over
yesterday to do a little Christmas shopping.
What a joy to be a short drive away.

I knew Hilton Head before it was developed.
My uncle bought a piece of property
at the beginning of the island
just over the big bridge.
We used to go over there for picnics
and to help him clean up.
Not much work got done....
being children we played and relished our freedom.

They, my uncle & aunt, 
took my family over one evening
 to eat at the William Hilton Inn,a fancy hotel,
the first one built there.
Our meal cost $5.00 and I thought,
"What an extravagance!"

As a teenager, many group dates happened on the island.
It was practically deserted and very wild.
I thought it the most beautiful place in the world.

Then after I married Bubba,
when many condos and houses and hotels started springing up,
we spent weeks at a time with our families
at Shorewood, 
the place Bub and I revisited this summer.
We have taken our grandchildren.
They beg to go back to what they call
the Thanksgiving house.

It is still so exciting to cross over onto that island.
It kinda feels like home to me.
It is so great to be able to wake up in the morning and say,
out of the blue,
"You want to go over to Hilton Head today?"

Yesterday we went Christmas shopping
 and ate at a favorite restaurant.
We came home happy and content, 
even today talking about how much fun we had.

I love Hilton Head!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

miss sue

The church party was a huge success!
the preparations wore us slap out,
but it was all so worth the effort.

We have a dear old saint among our flock.
we all call her "Miss Sue."
She is 92 years old,
which makes it nice for Bub & I.....
we are no longer the oldest people in our church.
The children love her
because she always has candy for the ones who get to her first.

She is mobile,
her mind is clear,
and she is interesting to talk to.

She had a ball at the party.
She kept going to all the food stations and helping herself,
and she ate every bite.
She didn't want a drink,
and she refused to eat desert.

She then spent the rest of her time 
walking around and inspecting all of my Christmas displays.
She especially loved the Snow Village 
houses and had lots of questions and comments.

She is such a godly woman.
She loves her church,
she sings our worship songs mightily,
she listens intently to the Word being proclaimed,
she always has a kind word.
She is an inspiration to me in all ways.

When she started to leave....
and no she doesn't drive, she never did.....
She handed me two yellow cards.
One was about the importance of reading God's word,
and the other was about our name that is written in heaven.
I will share the last paragraph with you.

"I'll tell you friend, I wouldn't trade 
My name however small,
That's written there beyond the stars
In that celestial hall
For all the famous names on earth
Or glory that they share.
I'd rather be an unknown here,
And have my name up there."
(no author known)

Oh Miss Sue,
You are so close to seeing Jesus.
You have been faithful and true to Him.
Thank you for walking the talk!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

getting ready for the party

Tomorrow night this time
the party will be in full swing.
Both tables are set,
and I've turned the gathering room
into the appetizer place.

Our church family is coming over for a Christmas Party.
We are having ribs,
 baked beans,
three different salads,
and Bubba's famous wings 
cooked on the grill.
I have had fun this week
 finishing up with decorating the house
and getting everything ready.

We love to entertain.
to share our bounty with others,
to fellowship and laugh, and have a good time.

Thankful to the Lord tonight
for our church family,
for our pastor and elders,
for our friends,
who together
 have a bond in Jesus Christ 
whose birth we are celebrating this season.

"Every good and every perfect gift is from above,
and comes down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."
James 1 17

Monday, December 8, 2014

christmas tree ~ 2014

I just finished!
It took three days and night.
(I did other stuff in between like sleeping and eating.
Although much smaller than last year,
it is perfectly shaped...
holds my ornaments and things sturdily,
And best of all,
It makes the house smell divine.
Thanks to Bubba for getting it into the house
and installing the lights.
Everything went very smoothly this year.

We are hosting the
 Cornerstone Church of Savannah
Christmas party
 this Thursday night.
We'll be cooking up a feast,
lighting the candles,
and enjoying the fellowship 
of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Being together with like-minded believers
is a grace gift from God.

Jesus was born to die.
He did His work perfectly while on this earth.
Because of what Christ did,
 we have the assurance of eternal life in Him.
What a season and a reason to celebrate!