And it came to pass in those day there went out a decree from Ceasar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: (because he was of the house and lineage of David)
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manager; because there was no room for them at the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
What can I give Him
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would give Him a lamb,
If I were a Wise Man,
I would do my part-
But what can I give Him,
Give my heart.
From Little Women
"Merry Christmas, little daughters! I'm glad you began at once, and hope you will keep on. But I want to say one word before we sit down. Not far away from here lies a poor woman with a little new-born baby. Six children are huddled into one bed to keep from freezing, for they have no fire. There is nothing to eat over there; and the oldest boy comes to tell me they are suffering hunger and cold. My girls, will you give them your breakfast as a Christmas present?"
When December comes I dream of Christmas long ago When sleighs with bells ran swiftly Over the packed down snow. People came from near and far, The bitter cold defied, To visit and share with us The joys of Christmastide.
Many are the times I slip Into the long ago Where a little girl once more Hears sleigh bells in the snow. A child whose heart beats quickly, Who flings the front door wide To dear friends who came to share The joys of Christmastide.
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
I am going home for Christmas, Back to the folks I know, Back to the chimney corner That sits in valley low Where Christmas stars are shining Upon the village scene And pure white, downy snowflakes Mat the country green.
I am going home for Christmas, Back to that cottage small Where love shines, through the windows And a welcome's strewn for all. Christmas glows in every land, But hears just somehow pine For home and all the loved ones Come joyous Christmastime
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Oh, Christmas is so many things; One cannot count them all: A bell that boasts of what it rings, A fragile, glist'ning ball, A touch of tinsel on a pine, A taper tipped with light, A family met to chat and dine, A fire thats warm and bright.
Yes, Christmas is to everyone The peak of human glow The time for friendly folks and fun, For wreaths and mistletoe, For giving and receiving gifts All wrapped in red and green From him who drives through the cloudy drifts The sleigh no child has seen.
And Christmas is the tale retold-- The blessed baby's birth The story that is never old, The hope of men on earth. Yes, Christmas is all these and more-- The day that's truly His, The day when we should underscore Our thanks that Christmas is
The spring of 1847 Robert and Jane Caufield joined a wagon train. They had two heavy wagons loaded with goods because they hoped to open a store when they reached Oregon.
During the crossing they encountered unfriendly Indians, flooding rivers and lack of feed for the oxen. By the time they started the last leg, over the Cascades on the Barlow Trail, the oxen were in terrible shape. Several died in their yokes and the Caufield's could go no further.
Jane, another women, and several children were left alone in the mountains while Robert hurried on foot to the Willamette Valley. He was gone a week; during that time it snowed and every night the wolves howled close. Robert returned with several ox teams and they were able to reach Oregon City on the first of November, six months after leaving St. Joe.
The Caufiled's opened a store on main street in Oregon City and were adjusting to their new life when word came that gold had been found at Sutter's Mill in California. Robert took passage on the first ship sailing for San Francisco. Jane was left in charge of the store.
Jame was a very capable business woman. She bought wheat from the farmers, had it ground and sent to California where she realized great profits. A ship arrived with a stock of hats and bonnets from London. The captain was very anxious to dispose of his cargo so he could begin ferrying passengers to the mines. Jane bought the entire stock at her own price and supplied the Oregon Country with head gear.
Robert was not lucky in his quest for gold. Instead, he was taken sick. When he was able to return he found his wife had been tremendously successful. She had been the one who struck the mother lode.
Rest easy, sleep well my brothers. Know the line has held, your job is done. Rest easy, sleep well. Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held. Peace, peace, and farewell...
5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.
In less than three hours, Japanese planes crippled the U.S. Pacific fleet.
On December 7, 1941 at 7:58 A.M., the alarm went out: "Air raid, Pearl Harbor. This is not drill!" Later that morning, the magazine of the USS Shaw exploded after being struck by a Japanese bomb.
Today is Pearl Harbor Day. Let us never forget the soldiers that lost their lives on this day fighting to keep our wonderful country free. After mentioning Pearl Harbor to a couple of people today I was amazed that they knew nothing about it. This is scary. I bet the surviving vets of t his war are wondering if they are the only reminder left. Do your children know about Pearl Harbor and WWII? How many children don't know about it?
My Father was a Marine at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked. His best friend Richard was killed right next to him. Richard was a gunny and my Father was a spotter. My Father named my brother after his friend.
After 5 major battles during WWII my Father died of a heart attack in 1955 at the age of 34. He contacted malaria overseas and it weakened his heart. I was 7 years old.
Right before the storm hit here in Oregon it was raining really hard and I was just about to leave the grocery store when in front of my car was this little man feeding the seagulls hot dog buns. He was so cute and it was so neat to see this. He did not care that it was raining and he didn't stop until all the hot dog buns were gone. I wanted to share this picture with all of you.
These are the pics of the crucifixion of Christ that a man sculptured out of metal near Amarillo, TX.
The cross is a giant made of metal also. The man did this out of the kindness of his heart.
Someone donated the land to him.
Who is Jesus?
HE IS JESUS
WHO IS HE?
IN CHEMISTRY, HE TURNED WATER TO WINE.
IN BIOLOGY, HE WAS BORN WITHOUT THE NORMAL CONCEPTION;
IN PHYSICS, HE DISPROVED THE LAW OF GRAVITY WHEN HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN;
IN ECONOMICS, HE DISPROVED THE LAW OF DIMINISHING RETURN BY FEEDING 5000 MEN WITH TWO FISHES & 5 LOAVES OF BREAD;
IN MEDICINE, HE CURED THE SICK AND THE BLIND WITHOUT ADMINISTERING A SINGLE DOSE OF DRUGS,
IN HISTORY, HE IS THE BEGINNING AND THE END;
IN GOVERNMENT, HE SAID THAT HE SHALL BE CALLED WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, PRINCE OF PEACE;
IN RELIGION, HE SAID NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH HIM;
SO. WHO IS HE? HE IS JESUS!
The Greatest Man in History Jesus had no servants, yet they called Him Master. Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him.. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today. I feel honored to serve such a Leader who loves us!
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Another collage I did today. Mat Stack backing with a layer of gesso and I blended acrylic paint with a spone roller. The roller makes blending so easy! I am learning so much! I call this Moments because it has a clock face on it AND an Indian head nickel and a bird with a hat on. Those are some pretty special moments! I am havign too much fun!
Here is my piece for Everyday Art today It is a collage made with an old file folder as the backing I put a layer of Gesso on it and used acrylic paint to create what I call "Fall" I am having so much fun creating. So what do you think?
I think that my computer is haunted. With all the problems I have had with the server over the past week and a half today I go on to look at my blog and notice that all the photos on the OUR TRIP TO CA post are gone! Someone is telling me to leave it alone so I guess you will miss out on the first part of our trip unless they decide to appear again. I have had it ! I will not replace the photos.
On a happier note.....
This is my piece for the Everyday Art Group They are dried pansies that my grandson Chase picked for me when we were in CA.