Wednesday, December 30, 2009

All of my grandkids

I used one frame that I purchased a long time ago and embellished another one.

4 Generations

I sanded and repainted a old frame that I had. I made the flowers down in the corner and then added some ribbon at the top and a sticker at the bottom.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas

The tree is up and decorated, thanks to the help of Tyler.

I have made cookies a couple of times and they keep disappearing. Soon all the family will be home and I am getting so excited to see all of my grandkids and have them all in the house at one time.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Challenge on Something Completely Different

A Different Christmas Poem

Merry Christmas to all who have served, all who are serving and all who are missing someone who is in service to our great land. Thank you.

A Different Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear..
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.."

" So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

Friday, December 4, 2009

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme
TodaysMama and Provo Craft are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What 5 items are on your holiday wish list this year?
Have all my family together in one room.
Snow on Christmas day
Good health
My deck started and finished.
Garage door opener installed

2. What is your favorite handmade gift you have received?
My Christmas tree shirt

3. What handmade gift have you always wanted to tackle?
An advent calendar

4. What was the best Christmas gift you received as a child?
My ice skates

5. What items are on your kid’s wish list this year?
My kids are grown and married so I really have no idea what they are wishing for.

6. What is your favorite holiday food?
sugar cookies

7. What will you be hand-crafting for the holidays?
An album with all 50 states in it for my granddaughter

8. What is your favorite holiday movie?
I don't have one.

9. Favorite holiday song?
Silent Night

10. Favorite holiday pastime?
Staying at home and doing nothing