Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas

The dog boys got these Santa hats for Christmas from Stephanie, Jake, Katie and Fizzy. Bady wouldn't sit still long enough to a picture, but Nicky seemed to enjoy posing! Look who sneaked into the picture, though, without my even knowing! Zeke wasn't going to let the dogs get all the attention.

Merry Christmas everyone! May you have a celebration filled with the presence of Christ and sharing in the presence of the ones you love!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

First Snow

Our boy Bady certainly enjoyed his first Connecticut snow! You'll get a glimpse of Nicky, too. Nicky, however, thought the snow was 'old news!'

Friday, December 19, 2008

Friday Five ~ Countdown to Christmas

RevGal Songbird writes, "There are only five full days before Christmas Day, and whether you use them for shopping, wrapping, preaching, worshiping, singing or traveling or even wishing the whole darn thing were over last Tuesday, there's a good chance they will be busy ones. So let's make this easy, if we can: tell us five things you need to accomplish before Christmas Eve."

My pre-holiday cold put me behind, so there are many things I need to accomplish by Christmas Eve! Luckily none of these things involve shopping..... well, unless you count grocery shopping. Anyway, here goes:

1. The Christmas Eve sermon needs to be started and finished. At least I have a theme. I will be reflecting on the carol Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming. Did you know the original had 22 verses? I promise I won't make my congregation sing them all.

2. I definitely need to find some time for wrapping. In fact, I may try to do some of that tonight!

3. I guess it is time to put up the Christmas tree. No glass ornaments will be going up this year because of the new 'puppy'.... so the tree decorating will probably involve making some paper ornaments.

4. Sometime this week we need to make our annual trek around the neighborhood to deliver our holiday breads and, hopefully, some Christmas cheer. This is a fun tradition and the only time all year we get to see some of our neighbors.

5. It would be nice to catch up on my sleep before preaching the 11:00pm Christmas Eve service. I'm not sure if I will be able to do this, though.... with everything else on my to do list!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Something Has to Give

With Christmas preparations, Charge Conference and many (many) pastoral concerns in the congregation, something has had to give and I guess it has been the blog. I haven't posted or been inspired to post much in the past few days. I will post a brief gratitude list and hope for more inspiration in the days to come!

Things I am thankful for this Monday:

1. A husband who will take a vacation day to do Christmas baking, shopping and wrapping.
2. A friend who will just listen, even when much of what I say does not make much sense.
3. A dog who will lay on the floor by my feet through a three (yes, three!) hour Charge Conference meeting.
4. A congregation that is willing to welcome a dog to the Charge Conference meeting!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Quote of the Week ~ Advent Conspiracy

Going along with last week's quote, here's video on our Christmas observance. Another must see!

Advent Conspiracy: Watch the video on the home page.

Let's all be part of the Conspiracy! Just imagine what we could do....

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Turkey Day Race #2

This was our second year running the Turkey Day Race! This year we made it in 64 minutes. (Gary could have gone faster, but he didn't want to leave be behind. Awww... what a nice guy, huh?)

Here's a picture of me "trucking" along.... apparently being chased by a devil and an angel!

(Thanks, Edith, for the photo!)