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Friday, December 27, 2013

Photo A DAY

DAY 59

Rockin' Snowmen

Jazzy Bagels
Display case
Gresham, Oregon
December 26, 2013
Yesterday I meet up with the girls for some coffee, bagels and some shopping.
What a great day it was too!
As many of you know I have a snowman affair and a collection of them.
This was in the display case at Jazzy Bagels here in Gresham.
I just fell in love with this limo and snowman display.
I was trying to figure out how i could own him
There were actually several snowman throughout the day I ran across that I would have loved to have.
But I did behave a little bit.

Snowman Affair!
As you see I didn't come home empty handed.
The cute little blue and white snowman was found in the thrift store and my dear sweet friend Edie purchased him for me. I can put a photo on him.
The red and white guy I got at the antique store. He is vintage and I had to have him. I wasn't leaving without this one.
He was a bargain at that too.
So yes! Two more to the snowman family at our house. 
I wanted to buy more but .....I did refrain from purchasing any others.
There was one I would have bought had he been for sale. But he was a window display.
I wish I had taken a photo of him. 
He was gorgeous!
I have been having fun with the snowmen this year.
I'm really not wanting to put them away when time comes around.
I may leave a few out this year. 

Do you have a hard time refraining from purchasing additions to your collections?

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Three Word Wednesday

Crisp, adjective: (Of a substance) firm, dry, and brittle, esp. in a way considered pleasing or attractive; (of a way of speaking or writing) briskly decisive and matter-of-fact, without hesitation or unnecessary detail.

Exquisite, adjective: Extremely beautiful and, typically, delicate; intensely felt; highly sensitive or discriminating.

Magnificent, adjective: Impressively beautiful, elaborate, or extravagant, striking; very good; excellent.

The day has dawned
Crisp cold morning
As the magnificent sunlight peers through the clouds
Breaking into an exquisite day 
As we celebrate 
The Saviors birth
On this Christmas day


Did you have a wonderful Christmas?

Thankful thursday

Here we are on Thankful Thursday!
No better place to be than here on a Thursday
What better way to start a day!
No better time then Now!
With a list full of thankfuls
Each one  fills my heart daily with the richness of His glory and love for me!
I have so many wonderful things to be thankful for
So lets get started.
Isn't it wonderful to be able to make a list and share all the many blessing that you are thankful for?
Come and join me in the fun in giving thanks with a grateful heart!
I know I'm very excited to share the wonders of the Lord through my thankful list
What about you?

1. For being able to work on Monday and Tuesday and closed the rest of the week
2. For the Lord sending His Son for our salvation from heaven to us in a manger 
3. For the three wise men that followed the star of David to present their gifts
4. For the gifts under our tree from family and friends
5. My airline card to take a trip whenever I am ready to go see my grandchildren
6. For the Christmas dinner with hubby 
7. The phone calls from and too family and loved ones
8. An evening of movies with hubby
9. Tracking Santa on the Santa app on Christmas Eve; so much fun!
10. That all my packages mailed off to other states arrived to their destination on time on Christmas Eve
11. Classic Christmas movies
12. The Christmas narration musical of the Birth of our Savior 
13. The Christmas lights at the Grotto that told the story and birth of our Savior
14. Seeing our old neighbors dog Mickey on Christmas morning for a short visit
15. A surprise gift from neighbor a beautiful wreath of fresh pine and red ribbons
16. My Christmas flowers of white Mums and little purple pink roses in the red vase
17. Prayers with friends and family lifting up various needs
18. My hubby winning a TV and tool set from work (WOW!!)
19. Getting my new heater
20. The hope and grace that I have because of my Lord Jesus

"Saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose 

and have come to worship him.”" 

Matthew 2:2

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;

Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
His faithfulness continues through all generations. -Psalm 100:3-5

thankful thursday 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Story



Luke 2:1-20

New International Version (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,

    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Do you read the Christmas story at your house on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

Monday, December 23, 2013

Photo A Day

DAY 58

A Bit Of Christmas In Florida 

Ringling Museum & Estate
December 2013
One of the many photos I took while in Florida.
It was a beautiful day at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota.
This was on the back side of the Estate of the home he built his wife looking into the Bay.
We sat there for a while and just took it all in.
So breathe taking.

Do you like to just sit and take in all the beauty that surrounds you?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Photo A Day

DAY 57

Celebration Of The Lord's Birth to Music

Greater  Gresham Baptist Church
Another evening of music.
This evening I went to church to watch the Christmas musical of the birth of Our Lord and Savior.
It was amazing!
They did a narrative with pictures and dramatization along with music.
I saw things I never noticed about the readings before. 
Thank you Lord for revealing more of you to me this evening.
I love the Christmas story!
As we come into this Holy week; I was wondering if I was going to feel and find the Christmas spirit.
I have!
As it truly dwells within each of us. 
Thank you Lord for sending your Son to dwell with us. 

Greater  Gresham Baptist Church
These talented men and women are the music and talent that gave us the story tonight of the birth of Our Savior!
Thank you Lord for each one that has given 
To help us see and know you better
That we all can sing your praises 
In the celebration of the birth of your only Son
Sent to dwell with us and set us free to life eternal with you

Greater  Gresham Baptist Church
 Just fell in love with this beautiful nativity displayed in the lobby as you entered the sanctuary.
It was a wonderful evening with desserts after the musical.
A time of fellowship and sharing.
I was blessed to see some I hadn't seen in a very long time and wish many a very Merry Christmas.

 Greater Gresham Baptist Church

Do you enjoy going to musical concerts that celebrate the Christmas season?

Photo A Day

DAY 56

Evening Of Christmas Lights & Music

Grotto Portland Oregon
Christmas 2013
 A night filled with lights and the sounds of Christmas.
Singing and laughter of children young and old alike.
The joy and wonder of the story of the birth of our King and Savior told in lights.

Unistus Chamber Choir
Grotto Portland, Oregon
December 21, 2013
A warm place to rest and warm up as we enjoy some beautiful music of the season, inside the chapel.
A time of joy and reflections.
They have five groups singing this evening.
I had the pleasure of hearing two of the of the five groups sing. 
Cascade Harmony Choir was the other group I had the great pleasure of hearing sing as well this evening.

Grotto Lights
December 2013
 Some of the many lights of over 500,000.
 Lighting the evening sky with the beauty and magic;
 As you walked through the garden of lights listening to the sounds of Christmas all around you.

Nativity Scene Grotto
Portland, Oregon
December 2013
 A breathe taking life size Nativity.
The reason for the season.
Why I celebrate Christmas!
The birth of our King and Savior!
I remember coming here as a young girl.
They had a life size Nativity back then as well.
Somewhere in my many photos I have a picture of the original Nativity that was used here up until a few years ago. 

Prayer Trees
Christmas 2013
Every year they have prayer trees set up in the upper gift store. Hundreds and hundreds of prayers are placed upon these trees. They will be praying over each one. When you read some they just break your heart. Thank you that we know the heart of Jesus is to answer each one in His perfect will. I pray that each pray be meet and that those whom placed them there would feel the love of the Lord as He answers each one in His perfect timing.
 As always I add a few of my own to the tree of prayers. It seems I could make my own hundreds and hundreds of prayers. Thankfully I know the Lord knows each one and I know He is working on them all. 
I thank you Lord for answering these prayers wrote in love with hope hang with care. For each prayer request that is not hang but carried in our hearts. I thank you that you know and answer before we have even asked. 

Grotto Candles
December 2013

Candles lit win memory and for prayers.
Each with love burning brightly to the Father in heaven.
This evening I had the honor of lighting two candles with my friend Edie, who went to the grotto with me this evening. For friends and family and a loss of a life way to young taken from us yesterday December 20th on his way home from work. 
For health and healing and celebrating a loved ones live.
Cherished these lights burn as the light of the Son burns in us.
Thank you Lord for this night of celebration of lights, music, and prayers;
As we are reminded that your Son is the true gift to this dying world.

Does your town do special light shows set up during the Christmas season for the community to come enjoy and view?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Photo A Day

DAY 55

Christmas On The Beach

Christmas 2013
While in Florida I did do lots of shopping the kind that we girls have been know to call "Shop till you drop!" Had a great time looking and finding great little trinkets and little treasures of the great time I had there.
I found two ornaments for my Christmas tree. I use to have memory tree that I put up every year. On the tree where special ornaments represents that Christmas and Christmas pass and all the blessings of the past year. I don't do those any more. But...I do still love purchasing memory ornaments. I even found some great ones for my grandchildren. I mailed them off today. They should arrive in Santa's bag on the 24th!!!
I love this ornament as it reminds me of the fun I had in Florida and the at I was truly on beach time at Christmas. 
Christmas 2013
 This ornament I just wasn't to sure about. But my girlfriend encouraged me to get this one. It reminded her of all the Maxine comics I post all the time on Face Book. I think she reminds me of .....{Maybe my future in the sun!} Mostly a good time and the love, laughter and joy of the entire Christmas trip to visit my dear friend Crystal, in Florida. I thank her and her hubby for the blessings and the gifts they showered me with while there. A reminder of how much the Lord loves us that He showers us daily with His perfect love, blessings of gifts and joy and endless other gifts daily; if we just stop and relax and open the gifts presented us. Thank you Lord for blessing me through others in my journey through this life. 
So many more gifts to unwrap daily as the Lord awakes us each new day;  filled with gifts for us to unwrap and open for our enjoyment. I think I will take this sweet ladies idea of sitting on the inner tube and just relax and enjoy the journey and open all the gifts presented to me each and everyday. 

Do you Like special ornaments that hold treasured memories to display at Christmas time?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Thankful Thursday~

Merry Christmas

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Here we are on Thankful Thursday!
No better place to be than here on a Thursday
What better way to start a day!
No better time then Now!
With a list full of thankfuls
Each one  fills my heart daily with the richness of His glory and love for me!
I have so many wonderful things to be thankful for
So lets get started.
Isn't it wonderful to be able to make a list and share all the many blessing that you are thankful for?
Come and join me in the fun in giving thanks with a grateful heart!
I know I'm very excited to share the wonders of the Lord through my thankful list
What about you?

1. My Christmas trip to Florida to see my friend Crystal and her husband. 
2. To be able to be in the sun warming on the beaches in December when I'm usually freezing in the cold of the PNW.
3. Coming home first class on the airlines! What a treat....Never have I flown first class before what an experience. Thank you Jesus!
4. Sharing the word and God's grace and love with Crystal and her hubby while in Florida. Loved their insight and message of love and grace. Thank you Lord!
5. My new clothes that I got for Florida and for the Christmas party her with my Mary Kay girlfriends. I felt like a princess.
6. Having some or all of my meals on the beach while in Florida
7. Making cookies with my girlfriends. The best part the laughter; time spent sharing and having fun.
8. Unexpected checks in the mail
9. Knowing God meets all of my needs above and beyond
10. The joy of life and all the beauty surrounding me in my journey
11. Sand between my toes
12. Phone calls from friends that lift my spirits and put a smile on my face. Thank you Lord!
13. Christmas gifts delivered from friends with care
14. Learning how to use my fancy camera
15. Prayers {And answered ones as well}
16. Manicures and pedi's
17. Knowing God has everything worked out better than I could dream or imagine
18. Snowmen and more snowmen adding to my it!
19. The story of the birth of my Savior Jesus......Christmas!
20. The joy in my heart because of Jesus

James 1:17 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;

Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
His faithfulness continues through all generations. -Psalm 100:3-5

thankful thursday

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Photo A Day

DAY 54

Early Christmas In Florida

Crystal and I
At Ringling Museum
December 2013
What a blessing to receive a gift to Florida round trip for a week in December.
Early Christmas in the sun.
I love the sun and the warmer weather. 
Christmas is my favorite holiday but Summer is my most favorite season.
And to go for a week in the cold of Winter weather at Christmas time to a sunny warm spot in the world is the best early Christmas present ever.
Thank you Lord for this amazing blessing to see my friend and sister in Christ.
It was an amazing time I will cherish these memories forever and my early Christmas in December in the sun.

Palmetto, Florida
December 2013
How fun is this Christmas decoration?
Perfect for sunny Florida in the Palm tree state.
I loved this decoration it was so perfect and fitting for the Christmas season; the the place of warm sunshine and palms.

Don Cesar Hotel
Petersburg, Florida
December 2013
 My beautiful friend Crystal, looking so lovely.
I love silver and blue trees.
And she was picture perfect for this tree in her blue and white.
This was one of many in the Cesar Hotel in Petersburg, Florida where we had lunch and enjoyed the many views. 
Then a walk through old town Petersburg.
What a lovely day it was too. 

Don Cesar Hotel
Petersburg, Florida
December 2013
 Another beauty in the lobby of the Cesar Hotel.
It was a grand tree.
You feel so regal here and elegant.
Loved this place.
I think I would love to come and stay a day or two with them.
Maybe do a spa day!

Me at
Don Cesar Hotel
Petersburg, Florida
December 2013
One more of me to share that I was dressed for fun in the sun at Christmas time.
What a perfect day and a perfect trip!
I felt like royalty.
Thank you Jesus and to my dear friend Crystal for blessing me so.

If you are interested in more info about this beautiful hotel. Link below
I will be posting more photos of this beautiful place. 

Do you like to go to fancy places that you make you feel like royalty?