Christmas Memoir

Its still very quiet this morning, snow covers the ground outside, and the fire is blazing.  The brilliant blue sky’s of Central Oregon are taking my breath away today as I sit and let the memories soak in.  I don’t want to loose one detail.

It all started last week, on this very day when my husband arrived home from his 2 week business trip.  We had all been anticipating his arrival, his presence is very much missed when he is gone.  Even the pups don’t know what to do. We packed up the next day and made our way to Portland to have our Christmas celebration with his family.

Christmas lights on boats, long lines of cars as we waited to see the houses, music and laughter.  It was perfect.  Wonderful food and visits with friends.  Peaceful and right.  Gifts that keep on giving, recipe’s exchanged.  Love filled our hearts.

The ride back home was full of adventure.  Lots of snow and a downed tree kept us waiting for over an hour somewhere between there and here.  My husband graciously and excitedly got out to help.  Cutting up the tree and creating a path.  More snow, cookies and sweets to feed us dinner, as we drove, slowly home 6 hours later…

…to find…our sewer pump was broken.  Oh joy!  Don’t use any unnecessary water.

Christmas Eve….a pie to be made, bread to be baked, dressing up to be had….and a sewer to be fixed.  The Christmas miracle of 2012, many thousands of dollars later, we could flush! Thank you sewer man.

All dressed up to remember the birth of our savior and set our hearts on the only important gift of all.  Carols were sung, laughter, dip and chips, amazing dinner, presents, joy, smiles, love.

goodnights, sleep…or not (it was Christmas Eve and I don’t remember the last time I slept on this night, too excited!!)

Up we are at 7a.m., coffee, cinnamon rolls, stockings, gifts, warmth, joy, precious peace.

More family, more celebration, more love.  Great food, apple pie, hugs, smiles, laughter, joy.

Goodbyes, movies, rest, peace…amazed.

Simply Amazed, you have done good my Lord.  You are a faithful God and you are good.  I love you!

Christmas Blessing


May you be filled with the wonder of Mary,

the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels,

the eagerness of the shepherds, the determination of the Magi,

and the peace of the baby, who is Jesus the Christ.

Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit bless you now and forever.


Merry Christmas

I love you Friends!

Lend your ears, Lend your hands

Lend your ears, lend your hands,
Lend your movement, anything you can.
Come to teach, come to be taught.
Come in the likeness in the image of God.
Cause, you can be like that.
With all that humbleness, and all that respect.

This song has captured my attention over the last week.  I listen to the song often and somehow it has sharpened my attention in many area’s of my life.  As the world comes to an end today, or tomorrow, or years from now, I wonder what depth will grow in you and how it will make a difference.

Play the song and listen to the words:

And what is the purpose?
What is the purpose and would you believe it?
Would you believe it
if you knew what you were for
and how you became so informed?

I love how God uses things like this to put the finer touches into your very soul. Here is what I know to be true from this song today:

Aloha, Aloha Ke Akua, Ke Akua,
Aloha, Aloha, Kuleana, Kuleana.
Aloha, Aloha Ke Akua, Ke Akua,
Aloha, Aloha, Kuleana, Kuleana.

Each day that I wake,
I will praise, I will praise.
Each day that I wake,
I give thanks, I give thanks.
Each day that I wake,
I will praise, I will praise.
Each day that I wake,
I give thanks, I give thanks.

ENJOY!  Merry Christmas Eve weekend!