New Year’s Eve 2009

New Year’s Eve:
the night of the birth
of a
fresh
new
year.
 
The week has whirled by- for me.
Whirled by with
thoughts
swirling
swirling
 
like the mist
that
swirls round
the
mountains that we love.
 
Thoughts trailing…
heading this way
and
that way
 
like that white mountain
scarf, tendril
tendrils
furling
round…
 
I wanted to grasp those thoughts…
reflections calling me…
calling from
within
my
heart,
within
my
soul…
during
this very last
week of the year.
 
I want — to—
 
Capture those ideas
and
pin them
down.
 
But it has not
been
meant
to be.
(yet)
 
It was not
to be.
 
So welcome,
Welcome
New Year.
 
May you bring happiness.–
Be blessed.
 

All those thoughts-
I am sure
I will
find
another
day-
maybe not
so wispy
so
out of reach-
so
hard to capture
and
pin down.

Happy Christmas!

An Irish Christmas Blessing
God send us a Happy Christmas!
His Blessing Be On Our Home;
His Love Be Around Our Loved Ones,
Wherever They May Roam.
God Send Us A Holy Christmas!
His Name Be On Every Mind;
And Close To the Crib Of Bethlehem
True Happiness May We Find.
God Send Us A Peaceful Christmas!
May The Sweetness of Memories Throng;
Where We Sit By The Festive Fireside,
To Sing A Soothing Song.
God Send Us A Merry Christmas To Us
And To All
We Love!
adapted by Rebecca (Borger) from Christmas Blessing #464 by Brian Higgins
I found this here.

Christmas Cranberry Relish

Ingredients:

1 bag whole cranberries

2 cups white sugar

2 20 ounce cans crushed pineapple, drained

1 15 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained

1 sweet green pear

1 sweet, small, yellow apple

Chop cranberries, apple, and pear. Place in bowl. Drain and slice mandarin oranges. Place in bowl. Drain crushed pineapple. Place in bowl. Add 2 cups white sugar. Mix well. Chill.

Serve in a clear glass serving dish.

Delicious!

My Advent Coming

I am- alone.
And the stillness-
it settles over my soul, my mind like a blanket.
Heavy, blank (not blank- for I am there… it just takes time to find me)
and
empty.
Empty- but
not lonely.
Not yet.
Just enough
quiet
to once again
begin
to hear
myself
think…
Just me.
Just me in this place.
With aching foot
and
weary
body.
Weary,
weary
body.
Body that does not do well
with
too little sleep
too many cookies
and
much multi-tasking.
Sometimes-
something
just
has — to–
give.
What is that
thing
that gives?
How can I get it back?
 
What to do…
What to do– first
in this place.
In the Quiet.
 
Is it to Seek You
who are to be
my First Love
and yet
my
days
spin, spin
by
with barely
a
glance
a
prayer
a
heart cry
lifted
up
to
You?
 
Is it
just
to rest.
To lay
in
Quiet
with
no
interruptions
bickerings
quarelling
or
needs.
 
Is it to sit
and
watch
and
listen
and
think
as the quiet
of
this
Christmas-time
cloaks round
my
shoulders
and
I take
my first
true
minutes
to
Ponder-
Your
coming.
You came.
Birthed
into Time.
Held.
To Grow
to be
the Man
for me
to Die.
To take my first true minutes
to think
of You
and
cry.
 
My heart
filled
with endless longings.
for You,
Your Word,
Our time- together.
Where has my first love
gone?
 
I panic
in
these
very
rare
moments
of still
quiet
in my own
true
house.
How should I use this Time?
 
The Deep Quiet
it soothes me,
it settles
me
it washes over me,
my soul.
 
I choose You.
And not You- in some-
I “check this task off my list”
manner
of accomplishing all
my duty
for this day
 (as if I ever manage anyway)
I choose You.
To sit
still
in
Your Presence.
Heart lifted up
and
worship.
Anoint
Your Word
to me.
You came.
This is
my Advent
coming.
 

Jonah: the things they say

Sitting at the table, eating dinner, contemplating life…

Seriously

“Mommy, is God bigger than Daddy?”

“Yes. Yes he is.”

Hmmmm….

then… “Is God bigger than Micah?” …giggle…

Earlier- during a moment together in the bathroom.

“Mommy, is God in toilet paper?”

Mommy is confused and wondering where this is coming from and where it is going?

“Mommy, is God in toilet paper? He is with us. He is in everything. He’s in toilet paper?”

Mommy… “ummm…God is with us. He is in everything.”

The things they say.

Very Best Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Perfect for Christmas (but not just for Christmas- as Asher insists)

Ingredients

1 cup (unsalted- this is the dairy free kind!) Fleishman’s margarine, softened

1 1/2 cups white sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose, unbleached flour

2/3 cups Hershey’s cocoa powder

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

2 cups Amanda’s Own Dairy Free Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix

Margarine, sugar, and eggs until creamy. Add rest of ingredients and mix well. If dough is too crumbly, add teaspoons of water until it is a nice consistency. Mix in the chocolate chips.

Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto baking sheets.

Bake

for eight minutes at 350 degrees.

Chocolate Delight!!