Happy & Merry Christmas 2016!

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Artist: Miss Baby, 2016

“In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
but his mother only, in her maiden bliss,
worshiped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him: give my heart.

Text: Christina G. Rossetti, 1830-1894
Music: Gustav Holst, 1874-1934
Tune: CRANHAM, Meter: Irr.

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I love this Christmas hymn (In the Bleak Midwinter), but I haven’t heard it sung except on the radio for a long while. I love this hymn for the last stanza for the reminder to give my heart as a gift to my King.

Friends, I hope you have a most blessed and lovely Christmas!

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A catch up post….

…. that is desperately overdue!!!

HELLO FRIENDS!  Loooong time no chat.  2016 will go down as the busiest year in my life, EVER!  I feel like I just never got to get off the ongoing treadmill of life, haha!  I am not complaining — because this has certainly been a “God’s grace is sufficient” for me year!  And here we are — Christmas 2016 is just days away.

We braved the frigid cold over the weekend to go see the Christmas Tree at the US Patent and Trademark Office.  It’s something we have done since Miss Baby was very little.  This year’s tree is my “most” favorite of all the ones we have seen.

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The tree is always HUGE (at least 3 stories tall), as well as the ornaments.  Miss Baby is all to happy to demonstrate…

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On the home front, our tree is no where near as tall or has near as many ornaments or lights….

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Last year, Miss Baby placed the ornaments at her eye level on the tree.  I would secretly try to even things out after she went to school, and she would get home from school and redo the ornaments.  So our cat-and-mouse game went on for days.  I am happy to report we didn’t have that situation this year.  In fact she was quite adept at distributing the ornaments evenly.  We spent an afternoon after school hanging up the ornaments and chatting about Christmas memories.

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It was nice to inspect each ornament closely as we unpacked them…

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Besides the Christmas-sy things,  I have been working lots (A LOT!), but I am definitely not the only one. Many I know are working hard to get things turned in before Christmas. But I managed to find some quiet time when everyone else was asleep for a bit of stitching fun.

I finished up a Christmas ornament using the colors from my Marmalade Meadows collection.

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I also finished smocking a dress insert for an outfit for Miss Baby.

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And during those quiet moments, it was impressed upon me that Christmas isn’t really Christmas until it happens within the heart, no matter how busy things are on the outside.

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I hope you will enjoy a most blessed season!

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Giveaway Winner — thank you ALL for playing along in my giveaway of a copy of the latest American Quilting and Patchwork!  I am happy to announce the winner is: Rhonda (#4)!  It will be coming to you very soon!

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