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The Christmas Pajamas

Christmas Pajama Sewing

This is just a short up-date post.  Different ones have always been curious and have asked about the Christmas pajama sewing that I do every year for the grand kids.  And, YES, I did do sewing this year.  But we changed things up a little bit this year. Things that were different this year-

  • I did not go to M & L Fabrics in Buena Park, CA this year.  This is where I am able to buy the large quantities of fabric at a reasonable price needed for all those pajamas. This years fabric was bought at our local JoAnn Fabrics store. (They do run some good sales on flannel before Christmas.)  I bought 2 full bolts to make the jammies for the girls and choose a different print for the little boys.
  • I did not make pajamas for the 4 oldest grandchildren.  It takes a huge amount of fabric for the larger sizes and for the big boys bottoms.  I was also informed that some of the older ones did not like to wear them anymore and were embarrassed….That was fine with me,  I was not hurt, and was glad the Moms were honest with me.
  • I also did not make a pair for the youngest, Miss Adeline.  The sleeping gown may have been cute on her, but it is rather impractical for a baby, so we skipped her.  She is cute just the way she is!

So here is a blurry photo of the grands in their jammies…uhh, you will notice little Charley, in front, not in jammies-he drenched himself and had to be changed!  The girls said that they liked these pajamas the best-the flannel was a very pretty grey sprigged with red flowers, and red buttons.  They looked cute.  But…with that many jammies, some of them got mixed up-Kiera is wearing Lexi’s and vice versa, so one was too long and one too short.  Their names are inside and hopefully they get it straightened out when at home!

When I was done with the pajama sewing, I proclaimed, as I do every year, “I am not doing this again!”  So… we shall see….

We celebrated our family Christmas on New Year’s Day this year-we have to share our kids with their other families and they switch off every other year.   Oh, how we love our family and spending time with us all together!

Daniel, in his Rudolph nose-I couldn’t seem to snap the photo while his nose was lit up!

I trust that you all had a blessed Christmas!

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Joshua 24:15

But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

 

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Christmas Bibles

 

My husband and I are not much into giving each other gifts at Christmas time.  During the Christmas season we concentrate more on our children and grandchildren, and that is a big enough chore in and of itself to find appropriate gifts for each of them.

We never feel left out-our children gift us with way too many lovely gifts.  I do not need gifts from him to feel much loved, and the same with him. We try to be loving and giving all through the year to each other.   I do get bothered when useless, frivolous, unneeded gifts are given. I would rather that the gift giver saved the money.  I do not need a gift to feel a persons love, and I hope that others feel my love for them without the giving of gifts.

But this year we each got a gift…It really wasn’t a gift from me, as he purchased them both, and surprised me with the gift.  But we used them as our Christmas gifts to each other!

Our Christmas gifts to each other this year were new Bibles.  These are New Living Translations, from Tyndale House Publishers.

I am loving my new Bible!

Happy is the man who possess a Bible!

Happier still is he who reads it!

Happiest of all is he who reads it and obeys it!

J.C. Ryle

 

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A Christmas Prayer

Loving Father,

Help us remember

The birth of Jesus,

That we may share

In the song of angels,

The gladness of the shepherds,

And the worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate

And open the door of love

All over the world.

Let kindness come

With every gift

And good desires

With every greeting.

Deliver us from evil

By the blessing which Christ brings,

And teach us to be merry

With clean hearts.

May the Christmas morning

Make us happy to be Thy children,

And the Christmas evening

Bring us to our beds

With grateful thoughts

Forgiving and forgiven,

For Jesus sake,

Amen

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Welcome Winter

WINTER….a lingering season.

It’s a time to gather golden moments,

Embark on a sentimental journey,

And enjoy every idle hour.

John Boswell

We have arrived at the winter of the year.

The winter solstice-and the beginning of winter- is here.

It is the longest night of the year. and the shortest day of the year.

The sun is at it’s lowest point, and our shadows are at their longest.

I wonder, what is our long shadow casting in our world?

May we cast the joy and happiness of our Lord on others in this season of the year.

And God is with us in this season time.

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Psalm 121:3

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved;

He that keepeth thee will not slumber.

PS; Enjoy all your idle time!

 

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Learning New Things

 

Notice-there may be a lack of blog posts in the near future….I am doing something new for awhile.

I need to be studying to pass a test to sell health insurance….And I am not sure how much of my time this will gobble up.

So, I will be back at the end of this,,,maybe sooner.

Am wondering if I can even do this!  It is all a little overwhelming at the moment!

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1 Peter 5:7

Casting all your care upon him;

for he careth for you.

 

Faith

Redeeming Love

His Redeeming Love and Grace

photo by Esther Clyde

 

 

His Redeeming Love and Grace,

Oh how sweet the sound!

For this lost and unworthy soul,

His love did much abound.

 

His Redeeming Love is more,

More than just a sweet sound.

But oh the touch of His Love,

Freeing the soul that was bound!

 

His Redeeming Love reaches me,

Reaches the failures of yesterday,

Extends into the problems of tomorrow,

Yet, is sufficient for the battles of today!

 

Redeeming Love so undeserved,

Yet, so freely given to everyone,

Who open the door of their heart

And believe on the only Begotten Son.

By H James Pinkerton, Jr.

 

 

 

Faith

Vote!

Let’s Vote!

“America, if eligible at all to downfall and ruin,

is eligible within herself,

not without…..

Always inform yourself;

always do the best you can;

always vote.”

Walt Whitman, 150 years ago

Tomorrow is the day you can have a say in our government.  Our government is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people- you are the people of this country, so don’t let others decide for you.  Don’t let this opportunity pass-get out and vote. This is your opportunity to let your voice be heard.  Vote your conscience, vote for the right, become informed so you can make a good decision.

The over riding force for me in voting is said so well by Elizabeth Worden Bixby-

First and foremost I vote for life.

Without the right to life any other liberties

are meaningless. 

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I always vote pro-life.

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Are you planning to vote?

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Psalm 139:13-16

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body

and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!

Your workmanship is marvelous-

how well I know it.

You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,

as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

You saw me before I was born….

 

 

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The Time Change

It’s that time of year….

photo credit-Life’s Daily Treasures

This winding down,

this descent into

shorter days and longer nights,

this preparation for an autumn austerity,

reminds me of my ongoing emptying,

once so full of fruit and seed,

now clinging to what is left me-

the joys, the tears,

the eyes of my brimming heart.

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It is time to turn the clocks back 1 hour.

And that means a change, a change in the light, not only dark so soon in the evening, but brighter in the morning.  Maybe this is a looked forward to change, or maybe not.

I find the light of the setting sun the most beautiful light of the year.

More changes of this season-the beautiful colors of fall will too soon be fading to the dull grey, chill of winter, the too soon ending of gardening chores as the day shortens, the too soon lengthening of the night that bring stillness…

The coming of the holidays-Thanksgiving and Christmas, with all of their special activities-will soon fill these short days and long nights.

Are you looking forward to the busyness of the holiday season, or to the quietness of the stillness of winter coming?

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Psalm 27:14

Wait on the Lord:

be of good courage,

and He shall strengthen thine heart.

 

 

 

 

Garden

Brrr! Bring them inside!

Bringing Plants In

“The Autumn Winds They Do Blow Cold…”

It is the time of year to bring in any tender plants that you want to overwinter.

You can preserve plants from year to year and also enjoy the tropical greenery inside.  It is nice to have something green growing when all is dead and buried under snow outside.

Inspect the plants and pots for pests and insects before bringing them in.  The plants may need pruned back some, or re potted.

Make sure you have the right spot for them-they need bright light out of direct sunlight.

The air inside is dryer, and of course much warmer, and the plants need a higher humidity-mist them occasionally or set on pebble filled trays.

I find that it is easier to take care of them if they are grouped together.

Keep them well watered.  They should be lightly fertilized about once a month, especially after the daylight begins to lengthen in the early spring and they begin growing again.

What is going on here garden wise….

The only vegetable garden I was able to muster this summer here at our new home was this…

A few tomato plants and a few zucchini squash along the block wall by the carport.  They grew fine and I enjoyed the precious few tomatoes and summer squash.  The summer season ended all too soon and I am left wondering where the summer went.

The temperatures have dipped into the 30’s at night these last few weeks and reduced my small garden to this…

Good by summer!

One of the most frost sensitive plants are my impatiens-they put on such a beautiful display in the shady areas of the garden-overnight they turned into this.

I do have a few houseplants that I overwinter every year, bringing them inside before the frost damages them.  After spending the summer outside, they are all growing very lush and full.

One is the Christmas Cactus.  It is really a Thanksgiving Cactus, as soon as I bring it into the warm house, it begins setting its blossoms and should be in full bloom in a few weeks.  It is a very forgiving plant and survives just fine outside in the summer and also does well inside during the winter.

I love ferns, and try to keep this one from year to year-it is a challenge as it does not like the dry heat of the house. By the time late spring arrives, it is barely surviving.  It recovered nicely this summer, but I am expecting it to suffer in the house again this winter.

I was given a few pink sorrel plants years ago -these were from the person’s grandmother, and could I keep them alive?-and have overwintered them successfully for a number of years.  They are considered perennials, but are not hardy in our area.  They overwinter in the house fine, but do make quite a mess, as they grow, flower, die off again and again.

The last plant that I plan to overwinter is this mixed hanging basket.  It grew ferociously during the summer, hanging down about 4 feet, but it is very frost sensitive and suffered some killing damage already as I didn’t bring it in soon enough.  I will cut it back severely, and see if it recovers.

It is the time of year to begin tucking everything in for the winter….are you ready?

Do you overwinter any plants?

Are you successful?

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Proverbs 24:5

A wise man is strong;

yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.