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It Came Upon a Midnight Clear


(Lilly Joy hard at play.)

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
"Peace on the earth, goodwill to men
From heavens all gracious King!"
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come,
With peaceful wings unfurled;
And still their heavenly music floats
O'er all the weary world:
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever o'er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.

O ye beneath life's crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow;
Look now, for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing;
Oh rest beside the weary road
And hear the angels sing.

For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophets seen of old,
When with the ever-circling years
Shall come the time foretold,
When the new heaven and earth shall own
The Prince of Peace, their King,
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing.


O LIttle Town of Bethlehem

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1. O little town of Bethlehem, 
    How still we see thee lie;
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep 
    The silent stars go by:
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
    The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years 
    Are met in thee to-night.

2. For Christ is born of Mary;
    And gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep 
    Their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars, together 
    Proclaim the holy birth;
And praises sing to God the King, 
    And peace to men on earth.

3. How silently, how silently,
    The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
    The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
    But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still, 
    The dear Christ enters in.

4. O holy Child of Bethlehem,
    Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in,
    Be born in us to-day.
We hear the Christmas angels
    The great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, 
    Our Lord Emmanuel.

Rev. Phillips Brooks, 1868


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This is a captured moment in my sister's trek

down the Grand Canyon on a horse.

It was quite an adventure.

You can see the "path" was quite trecherous.

Sometimes our own path of life is rough.

Sometimes it's quite peaceful.

However you find your "path of life" today,

Your Father knows the way.

"For the Lord knows the way that I take

and when he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold." Job 23

Cup 'O Calm


Can I interest you in a nice cup 'o calm?

Daughter, Daughter

come, sit and stay awhile

the tasks at hand are

troubling you

I just want to make you smile

Daughter, Daughter

I've set my table

the feast will be divine

won't you come and

sit with me and dine?

Come, let's dine.

(penned by lindamarie)




These clay cookie presses were given to me

by my mom, perhaps 30 years ago.

I used them on peanut butter cookies.

I passed them on to my daughter. Now she follows in the tradition.

(The adorable gingerbread man apron was

made by Mary Keating.

Christmas Cookies. Yum!


As you can clearly see, my granddaughter is

joyfully enjoying mixing up her "special recipe"

for her special PKU diet.

Her joy is contagious, isn't it?

Here is the recipe for her PKU Christmas roll-out cookies.

(just in case any has a family member with phenylketonuria, PKU. )


New and Improved Almost Free Sugar Cookies

1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
1/4 cup Parkay margarine (in the tub)
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 pkg (4 srvg size) instant vanilla pudding (8 mg phe)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup water
2 1/2 cups wheat starch (28 mg phe)
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375. Cream shortening, margarine and sugars. Add pudding, vanilla and water. Mix well. Add wheat starch, baking powder and salt. Mix until thoroughly combined. Dough will be a bit sticky. Roll out using wheat starch to prevent sticking. For the big cookies, I baked them for 7 minutes. (They didn't really look done but now that they are cooled off, they look perfect.) 

Phe for total recipe is 36 mg. I ended up with 9 big cookies so that's 4 mg each. Still not bad!


When I create.....

...I feel God's pleasure.

"Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains

of fine twisted linen and blue and purple

and scarlet material; you shall make them with cherubim,

the work of a skillful workman...

and you shall make a veil of blue and purple

and scarlet material and fine twisted linen;

it shall be made with cherubim,

the work of a skillful workman...

and you shall make a screen for the doorway

of the tent of blue and purple and scarlet material

and fine twisted linen, the work of a weaver.  

 Exodus 26