O COME, O COME EMMANUEL

As I lit the Advent candles today I was listening to Robbie Seay’s “Mary’s Song.” I had to snap this photo as a reminder that though God is with us, remembering/learning how to anticipate Him is a valuable and enriching experience. My soul magnifies the Lord, My soul magnifies the Lord, Holy is His name!…

HOPE OF ALL HOPES

Isaiah 9:6-7 (The Voice) Hope of all hopes, dream of our dreams,a child has been born, sweet-breathed, a son is given to us: a living gift.And even now, with tiny features and dewy hair,He is great.  The power of leadershipand the weight of authority will rest on His shoulders.His name?  His name we’ll know in…

HOPE

Hope has become one of my life words, so much so, that if I get another tattoo, the word hope will be the integral part of it. I really don’t know what it is about this word that has gripped me, but it’s beginning to show up in various places in my home in the…

I CAN SEE CHRISTMAS EVERYWHERE

A few snapshots of the season so far. And, finally, when the sun shines through some of my ornaments, the light makes it’s own constellation on my wall.

EULOGIES

I always find it difficult to let go. People. Places. Moments. Memories. Trouble is, I hold on until long after the life has bled out of time, and the decay of what I’m holding onto becomes a part of me. I have difficulty pronouncing some things dead, especially relationships, but die they do, and as…

THE ADVENT WREATH EMERGENCY

Today, as I was looking around my apartment mentally planning my Christmas decor, I realized that I was without an Advent wreath, a Christmas tree skirt, and misc decorations. In a flashback to a time when Jene’ had to make us an Advent wreath in the buckle of the Bible belt, I knew I would…

MR. CAMPOS’ YARD CHRISTMAS DISPLAY

They tell me that for many years, Mr. Campos has put up this display in the yard. You can tell by the size of his home and his neighborhood that Mr. Campos is not a man of means, yet he puts this display up as his testimony each year. He covers all aspects of Christmas,…

CONCHO RIVER CHRISTMAS DISPLAY

These images were all taken from across the river with the night snapshot feature on my camera. While it was quite cold, the wind wasn’t blowing so we walked along the river and took pictures.

FROHLICHE WEINACHTEN!

Merry Christmas from West Texas! We are chillin (literally) and processing some pictures of the Christmas lights from along the Concho River and the home of Mr. Campos. Our evening started off with a wonderful candelight Christmas Eve service (I did not set anything on fire – surprise!) followed by a wonderful Italian meal prepared…

O STOCKING TREE… O STOCKING TREE…

This is my first Christmas outside of Houston in at least a decade. We’re in San Angelo and it’s bright, clear and cool here. Some of the youngins are out on a Sonic tater tot emergency, and we have various stages of relaxation going on from naps to blogging before we head out to the…

PACKING…

I am currently in the middle of packing for our road trip to San Angelo. It will be about a 7 hour drive and we’re going to get there in the middle of the night it looks like. Pray for me – I’m driving! I may have to stop at Starbuck’s before I leave town….

AWAY IN AN AWESOME MANGER

I read a great article today written by Garrison Keillor, of Prairie Home Companion fame. He is always an interesting and entertaining read. Here’s an excerpt: We sat in a sort of triangle, two couches at a right angle, a line of chairs, a window looking out at the snow on Amsterdam Avenue, and talked…