Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Christmas poem

I read this on the destitute gourmet...

A Visit from the Christ Child
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A Visit from the Christ Child

by Père Robért for Maria, Ida, Isabel, Maxine, Crozet & Audrey

Twas the morning of Christmas, when all through the house
All the family was frantic, including my spouse;
For each one of them had one thing only in mind,
To examine the presents St. Nick left behind.

The boxes and wrapping and ribbons and toys
Were strewn on the floor, and the volume of noise
Increased as our children began a big fight
Over who got the video games, who got the bike.

I looked at my watch and I said, slightly nervous,
"Let's get ready for church, so we won't miss the service."
The children protested, "We don't want to pray:
We've just got our presents, and we want to play!"

It dawned on me then that we had gone astray,
In confusing the purpose of this special day;
Our presents were many and very high-priced
But something was missing -- that something was Christ!
I said, "Put the gifts down and let's gather together,
And I'll tell you a tale of the greatest gift ever.

"A savior was promised when Adam first sinned,
And the hopes of the world upon Jesus were pinned.
Abraham begat Isaac, who Jacob begat,
And through David the line went to Joseph, whereat
This carpenter married a maiden with child,
Who yet was a virgin, in no way defiled.

"Saying 'Hail, full of Grace,' an archangel appeared
To Mary the Blessed, among women revered:
The Lord willed she would bear -- through the Spirit -- a son.
Said Mary to Gabriel, 'God's will be done.'

"Now Caesar commanded a tax would be paid,
And all would go home while the census was made;
Thus Joseph and Mary did leave Galilee
For the city of David to pay this new fee.

"Mary's time had arrived, but the inn had no room,
So she laid in a manger the fruit of her womb;
And both Joseph and Mary admired as He napped
The Light of the World in his swaddling clothes wrapped.

"Three wise men from the East had come looking for news
Of the birth of the Savior, the King of the Jews;
They carried great gifts as they followed a star --
Gold, frankincense, myrrh, which they'd brought from afar.

"As the shepherds watched over their flocks on that night,
The glory of God shone upon them quite bright,
And an angel explained the intent of the birth,
Saying, 'Glory to God and His peace to the earth.'

"For this was the Messiah whom prophets foretold,
A good shepherd to bring his sheep back to the fold;
He was God become man, He would die on the cross,
He would rise from the dead to restore Adam's loss.

"Santa Claus, Christmas presents, a brightly lit pine,
Candy canes and spiked eggnog are all very fine;
Let's have fun celebrating, but leave not a doubt
That Christ is what Christmas is really about!"

The children right then put an end to the noise,
They dressed quickly for church, put away all their toys;
For they knew Jesus loved them and said they were glad
That He'd died for their sins, and to save their dear Dad.

interesting to think about? not sure where the idea of there being '3 wise men' came from though...the bible doesn't say how many! On the 3 wise men thing...I did get an email about that the other day...the virgin birth was believable but not the idea of 3 wise men *smiles*.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Warm, Fuzzy & Slicing

It was my turn to set the dare at No. 8 Wired. My dare is to put some warm fuzzy stuff into your page...i.e. felt, velvet, flocking.....Give it a go and remember to post a comment to say you have done it and where you have put it for people to see :-) RK & P are sponsoring it with a $20 voucher and a pack of 3 fat quarters which were being saved for kits in the new year (the winner will be very spoilt!).

I did this using a paper bag, peg, some buttons and the blue spotty fabric from RK & P. my fuzz is some felt lettering and some felt circles.

& a digi one using felt circles and a felt bracket thingy - all the elements are from We Are Story Tellers except the journaling page which is by Jessica Sprague.

so give the dare a go and maybe you can enjoy the goodies from RK & P.

Now back to playing with my slice... want some more memory cards for it now...luckily I'll get one with the rebate send in since SBO is a VIP seller and they can pass this bonus onto their customers...
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008


handmade :-) check ScrappyKea Handmade for some more pics.
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Friday, December 05, 2008

No.8 Wired & Eidou

The dare is to create a layout about nature (no people photos) & it must include a haiku poem.

Last week of the Eidou challenges & I uploaded my response to the final challenge this afternoon which you can find in the Cropstar Week 5 gallery. There are some cool layouts and cards take the time to vote for your fave this weekend...the winner gets a cool graphics tablet!
Have enjoyed learning about digital scrapbook stuff and giving something I was rather scared of a go! We have been given quite a few free digi kits as part of the challenges too -Thank You!
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