Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Mom!!!

My mother's 60th birthday is January 1st, but I just couldn't wait to post this.

60 things to love about my mom Sally…

1.       She is a loving mother
2.       She is committed to her family
3.       She is a great mother-in-law (so says Sarah)
4.       She gave birth to me and Stef
5.       She is a fantastic hiking buddy
6.       She loves G-d’s Creation
7.       She is creative
8.       She is a good quilter
9.       She prays for her children
10.   She honors her parents

11.       She is adventurous
12.       She is energetic
13.       She is a beautiful lady
14.       She has a warm smile
15.       She is worthy of respect
16.       She is encouraging
17.       She has loads of perseverance
18.       She puts others before herself
19.       She takes us to the beach
        20.   She is an amateur geologist

21.       She is a great pet owner (stay there wooden cat…)
22.       She loves to garden
23.       She is forgiving
24.       She is generous
25.       She has a positive attitude
26.       She is technologically impaired
27.       She is our favorite snow-bunny
28.       She is a fisherwoman
29.       She raised incredible kids
30.       She is a wonderful grandmother

31.       She enjoys warm weather, but lives in AK
32.       She is trustworthy
33.       She is hopeful
34.       She is compassionate
35.       She is tough
36.       She is a good stewardess of what G-d has given her
37.       She says what she means and means what she says
38.       She is always willing to help
39.       She is honest
40.      She cooks a mean mooseburger

41.       She is a good listener
42.       She is a wise counselor
43.       She is kind
44.       She is a hard worker
45.       She built that house (with help of course)
46.       She is open-minded
47.       She is gentle
48.       She is patient
49.       She is committed
50.      She values the important things in life

51.       She is easy-going
52.       She enjoys simple pleasures
53.       She is passionate
54.       She enjoys quality coffee
55.       She has discerning taste
56.       She stays in touch
57.       She is a loyal friend
58.       She is an expert wildlife-spotter
59.       She is great at snuggling grandbabies


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pelzer Light People ... BIG FUN!

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” --- Matthew 5:13-16

“There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning the light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.”
--- John 1:6-9

“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” --- John 3:19-21

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” --- John 8:12

The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad;
let the distant shores rejoice.
Clouds and thick darkness surround Him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
Fire goes before Him
and consumes His foes on every side.
His lightning lights up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before The LORD,
before The Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim His righteousness,
and all peoples see His glory.
--- Psalm 97:1-6

Sunday, December 5, 2010


the horse's hay beneath his head
our Lord was born to a manger bed
that all whose wells run dry
could drink of his supply

to keep him warm, the sheep drew near
so grateful for His coming here
come with news of grace
come to take my place
the donkey whispered in his ear
"child, in 30-some-odd years
you'll ride someone who looks like me

the cardinals warbled a joyful song
he'll make right what man made wrong
bringing low the hills
that the valleys might be filled

then "child", asked the birds
"well, aren't they lovely words we sing?"
the tiny baby layed there
without saying anything

at a distance stood a mangy goat
with the crooked teeth and a matted coat
weary eyes and worn
chipped and twisted horns

thinking "maybe I'll make friends someday
with the cows and the hens in the rambouillet
but for now, I'll keep away
I've got nothing smart to say"

there's a sign on the barn
in the cabbage town
"when the rain picks up
and the sun goes down
sinners, come inside
with no money, come and buy

no clever talk, nor a gift to bring
requires our lowly, lovely king
come now empty handed, you don't need anything"

and the night was cool
and clear as glass
with the sneaking snake in the garden grass
deep cried out to deep
the disciples fast asleep

and the snake perked up
when he heard You ask
"if you're willing that
this cup might pass
we could find our way back home
maybe start a family all our own"

"but does not the Father guide the Son?
not my will, but yours be done.
what else here to do?
what else me, but You?"

and the snake who'd held the world
a stick, a carrot and a string
was crushed beneath the foot
of your not wanting anything

- a stick, a carrot, and a string by mewithoutyou