Monthly Archives: December 2008

Going crazy?

Just ran across this new video from Brett Dennen this week, featuring Mandy Moore. It’s pretty funny and it’s a great song too. It really made me contemplate what bugs me. What makes me go crazy?

  • Not making enough time to play, read, pray, and play some more
  • Not telling the people  I love that I love them
  • Not living everyday in the present and constantly worrying about the future
  • And………when my garage door doesn’t work!

What makes you go “crazy”?

O Holy Night…………

O Holy Night is probably my favorite Christmas hymn. It’s crazy how we still see the relevance of these words today as written back in 1847. I’ve highlighted the words that I guess I have not really noticed until now, or at least they mean alot more to me now then they did growing up. Merry Christmas!

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

lyrics by Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure in 1847

Lil’ camera man


I’ve started a collection of pics that Parks has been taking. He took his Fisher Price camera to the mall with Jeff over the weekend and took some pics. He really liked the ceiling! It’s really fun to see what he comes up with and he’s so very proud of them!

You can see the start of his collection on our flickr here.

Tis the season

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Yes, the “season” is here. Happy holidays, eeeek! Yes, call me Mrs. Scrooge, but my favorite parts of the holidays are not shopping or opening gifts. It’s rather the food, the lights, the parades, the candy…seeing long lost family and friends…. Maybe it’s because I’m still nursing a chest and head full of phlegm leftover from last week, but I sit here again telling myself not to get worked up about what I can’t give people and focus on what I AM able to give. But maybe that will have to wait for a day where my head is clearer to get to that “able” part.

I ran across this “pre-consumption prayer” this week and thought about all the junk that gets purchased just to be thrown in the trash on December 25th.

“May the food we eat feed those who farmed it. May the things we buy support those who fashioned and shipped and sold them. For everything we enjoy from your good earth, God, thank you”

You can find Rachel’s full article here at Sojourners : http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=4211

I just want it to be a special time, time to focus on the abundance of what we have, of what we’ve been given  and the amazing potential of who and what we are able to be and do through the birth of Christ. Let this time be a reminder that the season of giving shouldn’t be just a couple of days in December. I pray that everyday that we wake, our souls would be reminded of what are true needs really are in this world and how can we meet those for others who cannot meet their own.

More random thoughts for the season:

Check out my friends from Twisted Limb Paperworks at http://twistedlimb.blogspot.com/. They’ve got some great homemade and inexpensive/sustainable gifting ideas.

For TRUE Fair Trade and Organic body products, check out Dr. Bronner’s. Their soaps are amazing and are really true to natural body care. You can check out this page that talks more about their “Come Clean Campaign” to expose those “organic cheaters” out there in the personal care industry. I use their Sal Suds cleaner for everything in our house from dishes to clothes.

I posted some new pics from our Thanksgiving trip to Louisiana on flickr. You can see those here.

Oh, and one last thing, my hubby got me the new Brett Dennen album for my birthday, Hope for the Hopeless. Awesome. Here is a recent World Cafe interview with Brett: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=97416699

I do wish this to be a season of  good memories, free from the debt  to our pocketbooks and our souls!