a NEW photo and a short Sunday sermon

Happy Sunday!

I took this NEW photo at a Christmas light event. So many lights (and so many man-hours placing them on branch after branch!) Very pretty!…my phone camera didn’t do too great of a job capturing the prettiness, but here are some more photos:

It was fun to kick off December and the Christmas season attending this event. And for my {very} short sermon today, I’d like to simply share 8 Christmas verses from the Bible so we can remember the true reason we celebrate. Additionally, down below is a calendar with ideas of service-type things to do every day to #LightTheWorld with love. I’m going to try and do as many as I can.

Have a great Sunday and learn or something NEW!

Scripture #1

Matthew 1:23

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Scripture # 2

Matthew 2:1–2

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Scripture # 3

Matthew 2:9–10

9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Scripture # 4

Matthew 2:11

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

Scripture # 5

Luke 2:1–5

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

2 ( And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

Scripture # 6

Luke 2:6–7

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Scripture # 7

Luke 2:8–14

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

Luke 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Luke 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Scripture # 8

Luke 2:15–16

Luke 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

Luke 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

You can print this calendar out HERE.

NEW thoughts on thyme and time


Happy Tuesday!

This lovely loaf of bread was a Christmas gift and it was so beautiful I just had to take a pic!  It was delicious as well.  I know this family is just as busy as we are, so I am very appreciative of the time they took to make and deliver this gift!

Secondly, I SO appreciate our friends and family who take the time to send us a simple Christmas card each year.  We don’t see many of these families on a regular basis, and it is such a blessing to receive a card with their family photo and a short update on their lives. I once had a friend that said she hated getting cards like that because she felt everyone was bragging about all their accomplishments etc.  I couldn’t disagree more!  I LOVE these yearly updates!

Lastly, I appreciate the time people take to share their musical talents with others…especially during the Christmas season.  I love, loVE, LOVE music and the sacred spirit it adds to Christmas!

This thyme bread was amazing!…and the more I think of TIME, the more blessed I feel that amazing people are all around us!  Merry Christmas! Take the TIME to do or learn something NEW!


a NEW photo of my week and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!  Yesterday I shared the snapshot of my mantle.  Today, I’ll share a close up of the ornaments on the mantle, but with a bit more editing.  :o)

Each Christmas when my boys were young, we’d talk about all the symbols of Christmas and what the true meanings were.  We always enjoyed reading a story about them…we always called it “And Santa whispered, Teach the Children the True Meaning of Christmas”.  I posted it a couple of years ago {HERE}, but here’s another short excerpt to go along with my red ornament photograph:

Santa gently laid the star on the fireplace mantle and brought from the bag a bright red Christmas tree ornament.

“Teach the children that red is the first color of Christmas. It was first used by the faithful people to remind them of the blood that was shed for all the people by the Savior. Christ gave His life and shed His blood that every man might have God’s gift of Eternal Life. Red is deep, intense, and vivid — the richest color of all, and it is a symbol of the greatest gift from God.”

“Teach the children,” he said as he pulled a small Christmas tree from the bottom of the toy bag. He placed it near the fireplace and gently hung the red decoration on it.

I hope we will all remember the true meaning of all the loveliness around us this time of year.  I also recently watched this fantastic video called:  HE IS THE GIFT….another great reminder!

Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!




NEW December mantle decor


Happy Saturday!  I’m sharing this snapshot of my December mantle in order to remind myself to continue to think ahead and think of something NEW to put up on the mantle every month.  Many thanks for your suggestions for January’s theme when I posted November’s pics.  I’m working on it…{in the back of my brain}!

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!

my NEW 2014 addition to my Christmas tradition


Happy Saturday!  I’ve previously posted about my once-a-year Christmas cross-stitch projects.  :o) I thought I’d share this year’s addition to that tradition.  Now, to decide on next year’s piece.  I think I’ll go simple, simple, simple….maybe a 2×3 inch design!  Whew! Ambitious!!! :o)

Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!

NEW photo of my week #37


Yup…Just one NEW photo of my week.  Terrible! :o)  It snowed ALL day yesterday and I wasn’t feelin’ like shooting in the snow. (Yes, I’m a whimpy photographer).  It is what it is.  Hopefully I can get out more next week.

Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!

I’ll link to Song-ography’s Silver Bell Edition (The nativity ornament IS silver….hope it’s not too much of a stretch).   BTW…I LOVE that site!  I have a smile on my face after I read her posts!…Every.Single.Time!

NEW tips for decorating sugar cookies


Happy Saturday everyone!  For the last year or so, I’ve wanted to be able to decorate cookies like: Haniela, or Callie @ SugarBelle, or Marian @ Sweetopia! BUT, I’m far, faR, FAR from their level of expertise! However, I’ve enjoyed learning from them.  Now if I can just find make the time to practice what I’ve learned….maybe I can improve my efforts. 🙂

Last night I made these Christmas tree cookies because I wanted to try something NEW!  I tried Haniela’s “Walmart Disposable Sandwich Bag” method. {check it out HERE}  I don’t really think that is her official title for the method, but I thought it looked brilliant!  Disposable is always good for clean up! Right?  Check out my prior post on how to make cookies without any mess too! {HERE}.

And now, a couple of NEW tips of my own:

When you’re practicing NEW techniques for the first time…(trust me, they won’t usually turn out like the experts).   BUT if you practice the NEW technique and afterword cover up your “experiment” with sprinkles, the cookie will still look lovely AND edible!  No one is the wiser! 🙂

I also learned recently that it is much easier to mix in food coloring gel with a knife rather than a spoon!  (Because you can drag off the excess or non-incorporated frosting more easily with a knife than you can with a spoon.)

So…try a NEW technique or learn or do something else NEW today!

a NEW surprise…or a Christmas Miracle?


Ok, ok…last night, when I excitedly exclaimed, “It’s a Christmas Miracle!!!”…I might have taken our delightful surprise a bit far.  Since, yeah…really, it’s only ice cream. :o)

Last night after Sunday dinner and pleasant conversation, my husband asked Grandma if she would like some ice cream.  The conversation turned to the topic of ‘Why isn’t there Peppermint Ice Cream in the stores?  They’ve always had that flavor this time of year in the past!” (It’s our favorite…especially at Christmas time…in case you couldn’t tell).

Well, you can imagine our surprise when my hubby opened up the carton!  A Christmas Miracle!!!!  {Well, perhaps not really a miracle…but still….!)

Have a great day!  Do or Learn something NEW!

Hunting…another NEW Christmas tradition


A few days ago, my son’s friend asked us if we ever go Christmas Light Hunting.  Huh? What is that?  Apparently it’s just driving around looking for beautiful Christmas light displays.  Well, yes….we do that EVERY.SINGLE.Christmas Eve!  So, I guess we’ll have to start calling it what it is…Christmas Light Hunting!

BUThere’s another GREAT idea that I just read about today!  Hunt for houses that are displaying a Nativity…and when you find one, drop a ‘Thank you for displaying the Reason for the Season’ card in their mailbox paperbox!  LOVE that idea!  Since we’re out hunting anyway, we’re going to add that to our tradition!  Some people are soooooo smart!

Have a great day!  Do or Learn something NEW!