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Friday, December 10, 2010


Well, it's been a while so this one will be kind of long...

Day 4 - December 4, 2010

The verse:

This ... will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead ...
                         - Exodus 13:9
The gift:

A holder for a small sticky note pad.  (The 'black' dot is actually a dark red gemstone.)

Day 5 - December 5, 2010

The verse:

... "Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary pen..."
                                                  - Isaiah 8:1
The gift:

A beautiful pen.

Day 6 - December 6, 2010

The verse:

Everyone with me sends you greetings...
                             - Titus 3:15
The gift:

A card with an angel on the front...
(no flash because you couldn't see the angel with the flash on)

...and a note inside:

"May the wonder and peace of Christmas be yours."

We are going to send it out to someone special who Zoe has picked, but I don't want to say because it's a good possibility they are reading this.  =)

Day 7 - December 7, 2010

The verse:

... "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow."
                            - Isaiah 1:18
The gift:

A snowman candy cane holder that hangs as an ornament on the Christmas tree.

Day 8 - December 8, 2010

The verse:

And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky..."
                                           - Genesis 1:14

The gift:

A glittery, gold star ornament.  (It looks great on the tree!  The lights make the star sparkle.)

(There was also a long, skinny piece of paper with the star.  It said, "Shine Your Light - Work with joy, Pray with love, Dream from your heart, Share what you have, Live simply, Love deeply, Thank God always!)

Day 9 - December 9, 2010

The verse:

What shall I give you?
                                           - Genesis 30:3
The gift:

A gift card holder.

The ribbon wraps around the gift card and you pull up on the knot of the bow and the gift card comes out from the holder.  (I messed it up and can't figure out how to fix it.)

Day 10 - December 10, 2010

The verse:

Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.
                         - Psalm 126:5
The gift:

A red pouch that holds the travel size packs of tissues and a poem.
The poem:
"This Xmas try to end a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion, and replace it with trust... Write a love letter. Share some treasure.  Give a soft answer.  Encourage youth.  Manifest your loyalty in word and deed.  Keep a promise.  Find the time.  Forgo a grudge, forgive an enemy.  Listen.  Apologize if you were wrong.  Try to understand.  Flout envy.  Examine your demands on others.  Think first of someone else.  Appreciate.  be kind; be gentle.  Laugh a little.  Laugh a little more.  Deserve confidence.  Take up arms against malice.  Decry complacency.  Express your gratitude.  Go to church.  Welcome a stranger.  Gladden the heart of a child or a senior.  Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.  Speak your love.  Yes, please do speak your love - Speak it again. Speak it still once again."
                                                                       - "Christmas Spirit" by John Paul

Friday, December 3, 2010


Day 3 - December 3, 2010

The verse:

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.
                     - Psalm 119:103
The gift:

A handmade candy cane ornament.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Advent - Day 2

Advent - Day 2
December 2, 2010

The verse:

The sound of bells will be heard when he enters ... and when he comes out ...
                      - Exodus 28:35
The gift:

"This handcrafted door knob hanger was made on a round loom using a Japanese braiding technique called Kumihimo (Ku-me-he-mo)."

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Advent - Day 1

My Aunt Lois got our family an Advent gift bag.  You open 1 gift a day starting December 1st and ending on Christmas Eve.  Each gift comes with a Bible verse which is a clue to the gift inside.  I thought it would be fun to read each verse and open the gift with the girls.

Advent - Day 1
December 1, 2010

The verse:

May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.                                                     - Psalm 115:15

The gift:

A magnet that says "Blessed are those who give without remembering and receive without forgetting."

Good Music

Here's a few songs that I've really been digging lately.

Plain White T's - Rhythm of Love

Train - Marry Me

(I couldn't find the official video on YouTube but thought this one was good with the lyrics.)

Neon Trees - Animal