acres of sky · Autumn · Chill December · purple day

Star of wonder


The good

Just around the corner from our home is the harbour and the boat yard. At Christmas time they hang a giant star from the crane and it shines down over Marblehead. I took this picture through a window in my house just at sunrise, so it’s not the greatest quality. The star represents Christianity, Judaism, and the lights that sailors use for guidance and navigation. To me it also symbolizes the hope that one day we will all live together in peace and love, and the joy that even if it’s just in a very small town, for a very short season, we light it up for all to see.

The fun

Down at the harbour even the lobster boats sport red and green buoys!The random

The random

Every year during the Christmas walk, the Glover regiment out of Marblehead (re-enactors) read a proclamation declaring how the sailors and soldiers of Marblehead helped General Washington to take his historic ride up the Potomac river. They fire their muskets three times and then they row across the harbour in tribute to the men of Marblehead who fought in the Revolutionary War.

May God bless and keep you always,

may your wishes all come true,

May you always do for others

And may others do for you.

May you build a ladder to the stars

And climb on every rung…

And may you stay, forever young.

Bob Dylan


The good, the random, the fun

Autumn · beloved · Chill December · Out and about · Seeking Sabbath

Peace


For I know the plans I have for you,

declares the Lord,

plans to prosper you and not to harm you,

plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

My sister continues to suffer with stage 4 colon cancer in her bones. Since Thanksgiving she has been unable to see clearly because of a fluid build up which is causing inflammation behind her eyes. She has been home unable to drive, read, view any kind of screen…even send or receive texts on her phone. They are unable, so far, to determine what is causing it and so are unable to treat it properly. In addition, they have found a mitral valve prolapse in her heart and she will need two procedures and probably surgery to repair it.

I am so sad for her.

And the peace of the Lord, which surpasses all understanding

will guard your hearts and your minds, in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7


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Autumn · beloved · Chill December · Green day · home

Green Day Friday


I didn’t get a chance to put any of my Thanksgiving photos up last week so I thought I would include a few this week.

I’m not usually a fan of posed photos but this was so darn cute I couldn’t resist.

The first thing we did was pose around the turkey. My older daughter, Hannah, hadn’t arrived yet so she wasn’t in the picture. My mum and I in the back, Verne, Abigail, and my daughter, Bonnie, in the front.

Verne had a sleep-over with us on Saturday night. The neighbors were having a tree taken down and we watched from the safety of our second story window. Verne knew the name of all the different trucks and equipment that they used!

Verne helped us decorate the tree late afternoon on Saturday. I had all the unbreakable ornaments in a basket and he hung them all up on the same low hanging branch! So Cute!

We got our first taste of real snow and a snow day for me! Joe walked around the corner to the bus stop but the bus never came. He has plenty of personal days at work so he called out and walked back home. I turned on the Christmas tree lights and the fireplace so it was all nice and cozy for him when he got here.

Because we live in old town the streets are very narrow. We think that because of the snow storm there wasn’t enough room for the bus to navigate.

It was a special treat for us both to have a paid day off!


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Autumn · beloved · Dull November · home · Indigo day · Seeking Sabbath

The season of Advent


O Tannenbaum

I like to have a day or two with nothing but lights on the Christmas tree. It’so quiet and calm. Seeing the simplicity of only lights on the tree seems a peaceful and prayerful way for me to center the love of Christ in my heart for the coming season.

This year I have decided to take a prayer walk down the street to the harbour each day of Advent and concentrate my steps and my prayers on how I can serve- asking the Lord to open my heart and help me to discern what the people I love need.

My grandson, Verne, will be here later this morning to help with the tree decorating.

Our hearts are equally excited to be able to share this time with one another.


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Autumn · beloved · Dull November · Green day · home · Hopie

Family Friday


I’ve been quite ill this week. I was at the doctors on Monday and havn’t been to work at all. I’ve been pushing antibiotics, cough syrup, and advil two or three times a day and napping quite often. I think I may have even given the cat a run for his money. I am feeling much better now though. I seem to have broken through it all on Thanksgiving morning.

I popped out on Wednesday to pick up a few last minute items for Thanksgiving and noticed that these pillows were arranged with my initials…almost as if they knew I was coming.

I spent most of Wednesday making the pies. We had an upstairs/downstairs Thanksgiving this year. My mum is in the apartment on the first floor and she did the dinner. We are in the apartment on the second floor and we did appetizers and desserts.

My sister gave me a clock that plays Christmas songs on the hour. Everyone knows how much I love Christmas. It doesn’t play when the room is dark which gives my husband some relief. He is not quite the Christmas aficionado as I am.

Every year we gather the grandchildren together around the Thanksgiving turkey and take a picture. Now that they are adults it’s rare that they are all able to make it. This year it was my two daughters, my son-in-law, and my grandchildren. My sister’s grown children were elsewhere for Thanksgiving. It’s wonderful to be able to look back on all of those photographs! We even have some with me and my cousins from when I was a little girl!

Remember, thankful is not a destination, it’s a journey.


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