Here are a few photos of our family Thanksgiving Day--dinner and play time together!
Our daughters, son-in-law, and granddaughters were with us for the day. It was very relaxing (most of it anyway!) and fun! We failed to get a video of Ella saying her favorite word, "cornucopia," repeatedly. She's quite the linguist.
To think that next Thanksgiving Beatrice will be chasing her sister around and around and over and under...more wine, please. :-)
We had invited a seminarian and his family to join us, since they are from the NW and weren't planning to travel. But unfortunately they got sick and couldn't come. We'll treat them to dinner when everyone is well again.
Welcome to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine's A Faith Perspective: “Thankful for Friends of Faith Blog Hop”!
Today we're on the Internet showing our faith expressions and giving all the glory to God. United we stand as Christian paper crafters and blog owners to make a presence on the Internet for all to see. We're celebrating the theme of friends and we're happy to share our projects with you focused on this Old Testament verse:
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10a).
Thanks to our generous co-sponsors: Layers of Color Stamps, Gina K Designs Stamps and Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Together with Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, these companies have donated three grand prizes for today's blog hop.
To enter, simply hop to the blogs of all of the participating staff members of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, take note of the staff member's name, and leave a comment on her post. Then send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org listing each of the staff members who participated in today's hop. It's that easy. All entries must be received by Monday, November 16, 2009 at 12 noon EST, and three winners will be randomly chosen to win.
What are the prizes?
One $100 gift certificate from Layers of Color Stamps and a 6 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.
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My project is a 12 x 12 inch dimensional layout that I intend to frame for wall art.
I chose to feature the "friends in Christian faith" that my parents are for one another and have been through their 63 years of marriage. An additional pertinent Scripture verse is from Proverbs 17:17... A friend loves at all times. This is so true! Sometimes it's the hardest to show love during the most difficult life situations. Mom and Dad have helped one another up through grave illnesses, literal falls, life decisions, and serious surgeries, always remembering Jesus' promise to be with us and giving thanks in all circumstances. That's what Christian helpmates are and do.
With strong Christian faith and helping hands, my parents have * worked side by side * raised a family in a Christ-centered home * worshiped faithfully * prayed and trusted in the Lord through low valleys and mountaintop highs * rejoiced to welcome 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren into the family circle ... * and into their retirement, they continue to praise the Lord and rely on His mercy and love. I thank the Lord for them!
On the right side of the dimensional circle, I added a braided cord in three colors. The significance is that "a cord of three strands is not quickly broken" (Ecclesiastes 4:12), a favorite Scripture from marriage services, signifying that Jesus Christ is one of the strands in a couple's marriage.
The dimensional scalloped circle, paper flowers, and window charms are all pop-dotted to add interest.
I used all Close To My Heart products for this project:
Here's my attempt at a "stair step card" using Close To My Heart papers, the stamp sets "Shining Star" and the new "Christmas Story," Liquid Glass on the star, Waxy Flax on the manger bed,
and Fun Flock on the little lambs for woolly dimension.
I need a LOT of practice with the water coloring and shading.
It's a bit primitive looking. But that's okay.
I enjoyed my studio time that I haven't had for quite a while.
And I'm not likely to get too much more the rest of this year.
Did I mention that we're grandparents again?
Ella's sister, Beatrice Louise, was born November 2! She's a keeper! Scroll down for a previous post to see her sweet face. God is so good!
Joy to the World!
It was a glorious Fall day here--much too pretty to stay inside.
These are the oak leaves that cling tightly to their branches.
Sometimes these are still on the tree
when Easter rolls around.
Most of our other leaves are blown off and
skirting among all the yards when the wind blows.
This morning I went to our new
Super WallyWorld that recently opened.
So did thousands of others ...
Parking was atrocious and the aisles were crammed with carts.
I won't do that again on a beautiful Saturday morning!
But I did get some great deals.
Funny...I went only for toilet paper and toothpaste.
48 days 'til Christmas!
I found masses of people rushing, rushing, rushing.
For now, I'm so happy to enjoy Fall. And not rush.
1 (16 oz) pkg pound cake mix 3 eggs 2 T margarine or butter, melted 4 t pumpkin pie spice 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened 1 (14 oz) can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk) 1 (16 oz) can pumpkin (about 2 cups) – (I noticed the small cans on the shelves are now 15 oz!) ½ t salt 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large mixer bowl, on low speed, combine cake mix, 1 egg, margarine, and 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice until crumbly. Press onto bottom of 9 x 13 inch pan. (You could use a 10 x 15 inch jellyroll pan for thinner bars.) In large mixer bowl, beat cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in Eagle Brand, then the remaining 2 eggs, pumpkin, remaining 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Mix well. Pour over the crust. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Bake 30-35 minutes or until set (wire or wooden skewer comes out clean). Cool. Chill in refrigerator. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.
Today in the Christian church, we observe "All Saints Day" -- a commemoration of those who have died in the Christian faith, and a celebration of the "sainthood" that God gives us as sinner-saints here on earth, all because of Jesus' loving action for us on the cross. By faith in our Savior Jesus, God sees us as saints in His family of believers!
I've been honored to be one of the contributing writers for the web site Women to Women: Sharing Jesus.That's where you'll find my recent devotion, "Sinner-Saints in God's Family." Please check it out and take time to leave a comment. We're all about sharing Jesus' love and the Good News of forgiveness with others!
God bless your new week ... and may the saints go marchin' in ... and on ... and through ... to His glory!