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Saturday, December 26, 2009

In search of the perfect Christmas?


In search of the perfect Christmas? So much of our culture here in the USA is steeped in product marketing. Where did all of our current tradition come from? I ask myself this as we finished up celebrating chistmas at my childrens homes. We are in process of winding up another year and I think of what was valuable, what was important and especially the big question Did it turn out to be what I consider to be the perfect Christmas? In mulling all this over I discovered a more pertinent question..."Am I celebrating Christmas in a way that honors the ONE whose birthday we are truely honoring?

It's not that I am anti-glitz , sparkle and toys...but really...Whose birthday is this anyway?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Lovely Ladies...Lovely "Sweet and Savory" Tea

Our ladies Christmas tea held at The Adventure in American Fork, Utah turned out to be a great success! We turned our sanctuary into a Tea Room for the evening and had a sparkly, glittery delightful, experience. Our room full of ladies joined in as we followed our music leader Greta and her team to thetune of the 12 Days of Christmas as we recreated the 12 Days in motion! They had us laughing so hard as we became ladies dancing, leaping Lords, swimming swans and geese laying! Yes, we sang carol's too. And our very own Elya performed an amazing song "How He Loves". I have this song on my playlist at the bottom of my blog if you'd like to take a listen ;) The lyrics start, "He is jealous for me Love's like a hurricane, I am a tree...."

Our food was beautifully displayed on many and varied tiered plates that were repurposed china and crystal goblets, plates, votives and candle holders. The menu was an absolutely delicious assortment of sweet and savory tantalizers like sweet and spicy cranberry meatballs, chocolate truffles, Ginger Crackles, Quiche Nibblers the unusual Dill Pickle Appetizers ...and lets not forget the Sugarplum Fairy and Chai Teas.
Kris Wisdom was our featured speaker. She shared from her life some profound truths. I love her last name, I believe she was truely able to impart wisdom to us! Thank you so much Kris for opening yourself and sharing from your heart.

We all hope to get together again in the spring to enjoy another refershing tea.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cinnamon Ornaments


Cinnamon Ornaments

A Christmas Sweet & Savory Tea is under way. My wonderful team of ladies has been busy crafting, practicing music, writing down thoughts and searching for that ever so perfect food item for our menu. As we prepare we pray for those in attendance that the words that go out, that the music that is presented that the experiences we shre will bring each closer to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We are more excited by the day!

Today as I searched for those perfect favors for our guests I remembered making some wonderful Christmas ornaments of cinnamon.They fill the room with a most marvelous scent... I hope you'll try them our for yourself!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Time With My Children

This past week our family celebrated two very special days with two very special people. My oldest son and his youngest son have birthdays just two days apart. We live in different states but we like to celebrate with them so we flew over to be with the families. It seems to get harder and harder to get together with so many things happening in our busy lives. What do other families do to fit it all in? Do you have troubles within your family when it comes to expections? Can we all be a part of the celebration or do some family members get excluded?