Mary did you know

Dear Friends ~

When shopping in a little store in PA “The Potting Shed” I came across this small wooden sign ~ I know this is a beautiful song ~ and needed to have this to remind me what Christmas is all about.

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Mary Did You Know

Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you

Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God

Mary did you know, Mary did you know, Mary did you know

The blind will see, the deaf will hear and the dead will live again
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am

Mary did you know, Mary did you know, Mary did you know

Just needed to share this beautiful song with you all ~

My gift to you this beautiful Christmas.

Merry Christmas to you all my dear Friends.

Much love,

Rose

Christmas in our Dining Room

Good Morning Friends ~

I wanted so much to have the table set so you could see the beautiful dishes I had ordered for our Christmas dinner, but they are back ordered.

http://www.potterybarn.com/products/napoli-stoneware-dinnerware/?pkey=cdinnerware-sets2&&cdinnerware-sets2

So pretty right??  Next year.

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But I do have some pictures of the Dining Room

ENJOY !!!

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I love this little angel – This was a gift many years ago and I love her so much she stays out all year.

My sister gave me this red & white striped material when I visited her in California, I will be using it to redo a quilt for our bed, but I did use a piece for a runner for the Dining Room table.

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This mirror hangs in a space between the Dining Room and Family Room ~  It was so pretty I had to share.

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Another item I purchased at The Potting Shed.

Every year I buy another snowman ~ this one is a little different then I usually buy, but it was so sweet.

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And to end the Dining Room tour I will share the beautiful Nativity Pete brought for me 15 years ago.

This also stays out all year.  It sit on to of the hutch in the DR.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Much love,

Rose

Sunday Reflection 12/18/16

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Good Morning dear Friends ~

The word for the 4th week of Advent is LOVE ~

I hope we come together as one nation and love one another no matter what race or gender we are.  This is what Jesus is trying to teach us.

 

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Every year, Christians all over the world commemorate and reflect on our salvation story, the story of this baby boy who was born in a manger and grew as a man like anyone of us. God becoming man and chose to be born poor and simple. And this boy grew in grace and was the anointed, the messiah, the savior of the world. Christmas is an Emmanuel event, a celebration of God being with us.

What shall we do to welcome and receive Jesus again and again in our hearts? How do we celebrate the true meaning and essence of Christmas in today’s context? What is the message of Christmas in our life as a nation today? More and more, we become unconcern, indifferent and numb to the issues of the world and in our very own country. There is a prevalent fear among or people fear for their lives.

The culture of death and culture of impunity is creeping in our national system and with many people seemingly unaffected or indifferent by this reality. If Christmas is God becoming man, it means God is sharing life with us. Jesus was sent so that we will have life to its fullest. Let us therefore live life and enjoy life, and not to destroy life or end life. Let us reflect on the core message of Christmas and see the daily events in the light of grace, in the optic of unwavering love of God to us.

In these situations where there is too much pain and trauma by the hatred, violence, and injustice that we experience everyday, all the more Christians are reminded to hold on our faith and cling to hope. The birth of Jesus overcomes pain and loneliness. The birth of Jesus shows us the way to God. The birth of Jesus is the good news for the Christian world. We can start with our loving response to God’s invitation to follow Him and to do what is good and right especially in this hour of test and chaos.

Let us celebrate the love of God in our Lord Jesus Christ who has come to be with us always. May the Holy Family of Jesus Mary and Joseph inspire us always as we face the various challenges of our faith today affecting our families and communities. May our ongoing Advent preparation continue to be joyful!

As I read this today I am reminded of why Jesus was born  into our world ~ Jesus was walking the earth to teach us how to love one another, and be kind to ALL ~

I try very hard to understand why we as Americans can look the other way when others are hurting.  Please lets all be like Jesus and love one another throughout the entire year – not just at Christmas time.

Prayer for the 4th candle lighting ~
Almighty and Loving God thank you for loving us. Thank you for the.wonderful gift of salvation when you sent your only begotten Son—Jesus who became our brother, friend and savior.

May we be worthy of that love and we share that your very love with others, especially those who are unloved and deprived of your love. May this Advent season usher us to Christmas and be reminded to hare the love of God to one another through our generous sharing of life and hope

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Much love,

Rose

Beautiful Saturday Morning

Good Morning Friends ~

Today I start baking Christmas Cookies, and this is what I woke up to ~  It really set the scene for baking ~

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I think the North East has the prettiest display of snow, especially when it falls on Christmas decorations

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So now to baking cookies and listening to Christmas music.

I’m happy ~

Hope you have a wonderful day.

Much love,

Rose

Our Christmas Family Room

Good Morning Friends ~

I woke up so happy this morning.  There was snow on the ground and Kristin & Jenny was sleeping in the guest room.  What more could a Mom ask for.

We had coffee, and then an amazing breakfast ~

Today I want to share our Christmas Family Room ~

I will start with the tree.

I did something a little different this year ~ I’m not very good at stringing garland, but I wanted to give it a try.

Earlier in the month I made the Merry Christmas Garland

See here:   https://muchloverose.wordpress.com/2016/11/02/christmas-tree-garland/

As I started going around the tree with the garland some was right side up and some was upside down – I did not like the way it was turning out so I cut the ribbon and proceeded to insert the pieces onto the tree.

This was a lot easier.

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The Mantle ~

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I purchased a dough bowl this year something I have wanted for a long time. I was going to make 6 quilted Christmas balls, but that didn’t happen.  I did make one.

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There she is right next to the candle.

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Next year I hope to be more organized and finish up the other 5 ~

But, I do like the way the arrangement came together.

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A few more pictures of our Christmas Family Room ~

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New is the plaid pillow – I love it because it is all the same material and the colors are Christmas ~

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Plaid pillow ~ Pottery Barn ~

http://www.potterybarn.com/products/denver-plaid-lumbar-pillow-cover/?pkey=cdecorative-throws-pillows%7Cembroidered-patterned-pillows&&cdecorative-throws-pillows|embroidered-patterned-pillows

 

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This arrangement is new this year too.  I had these snowmen left after decorating and couldn’t put them back into the bins so they found a place on the sofa table.

 

Have a wonderful day.

Much Love,

Rose

Sunday Reflection 12/11/16

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My dear Friends~

Today begins the 3rd week of Advent~

It is know as the week of Joy ~ 

“Prepare the way of the Lord” serves as a main theme of this season. As we get ready for Christmas, we should not neglect to prepare our lives for Jesus, who came as “the light of the world.” His light penetrated a dark world, which allowed all to see their Messiah, and the hope of their future.

Today we need to be prepared for the coming of Christ. Learning more about what the Bible reveals about Christ’s return will enable us to understand the possible significance of world events.

Be ready and watchful, for the light of the world has come and will surely come again.

The candle we light is Pink this week

Hot pink, pale pink, rose pink are all shades of pink painted into a sunrise. Like the various shades of pink, our expressions of joy can be so different. Joy can be exuberant when we experience the faithfulness of God, it can be calm confidence in His sovereignty, or pure delight as He expresses His love.

Joy has many shades. It should never be determined by how we feel, but on who God is. The joy of the Lord can thrill us or make us resolute in the secure knowledge of God’s presence. Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:16 to be joyful always. Jesus tells us “With God all things are possible.” Mark 9:24 This combination of truth should help us be joyful each day.

Our prayer for the lighting of the pink candle is:

We ask you to listen to our prayers, O Lord,
and by the grace of your coming enlighten
our darkened minds:
Come quickly, Lord Jesus,
who lives and reigns with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, World without end. Amen.

My wish for you this week is JOY in your hearts.

Have a wonderful week and I will be back next week with our last week of Advent.

God bless you ~

Much love,

Rose

Christmas in the kitchen

Good Morning Friends ~

The kitchen really does not have a lot of space so little touches here & there are just perfect.

I purchased this cabinet on Decor Steals awhile ago, and it is the perfect little cabinet to change out through the seasons.

http://www.decorsteals.com/

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We put little lights around the cabinet ~ looks so pretty at night.

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Just using a small cake stand gives height and a small presence – The little house is from Yankee Candle ~

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I love these measuring cups ~ something sweet for baking around the Christmas holiday.

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Pete’s Biscotti ~

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Have a wonderful Sunday.

Much Love,

Rose

Sunday Reflection 12/4/16

Hello my friends ~

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We begin our second week of Advent ~ The second week represents Peace.

Just as we lit the first candle which is for Hope – we light the second candle for Peace today.

Today we light two candles for the second week of Advent. Again, they symbolize our longing, our desire, and our hope.  We want to recall that Jesus came in the past to save us from our sin and death. We want to experience his coming to us now, in our everyday lives. And we want to prepare for his coming to meet us at the end of our lives on this earth.

We begin this second week of our Advent journey with this vivid proclamation of the end of violence and a promise of justice and peace. The prophets use such wonderful images to tell the people that they could expect and hope for a day when “every tear would be wiped away.” It will be a day of great peace – “the lion would lie down with the lamb” and the people will beat their spears into hooks to prune trees with. Weapons of war will be turned into tools of food production. And, the most unbelievable promise of all: “death will be no more.” In our world today, we welcome this message with eager anticipation. Let us experience today what it will be like to be freed from the power of injustice, conflict and division. Our longing, our desire is that we might be set free.

The prayer we say for this week is ~

O Lord, stir up our hearts
that we may prepare for Thy only begotten Son,
that through His coming
we may be made worthy to serve Thee with pure souls.
Through the same Christ our Lord.

Amen.

I wish you a beautiful 2nd week of Advent.

God Bless.

Much love,

Rose

 

Christmas in Pete Office

Happy Saturday ~

I can say happy because I have finally finished decorating for Christmas.

Now I can make cookies and fill the house with wonderful armorers.  Every year I begin to bake I am reminded of the wonderful smells of the holidays.  Collecting of the ingredient and the warmth of the oven (which will be on all day) puts me right back to when I was young – watching my mom make her Christmas Fruit Cakes.

Today I am sharing my wonderful husbands office.  We redecorated his office early this fall, so decorating for Christmas was so much fun.

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I purchased this old world Santa pillow in a little store called “The Potting Shed” one of my favorite stores in PA.

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I love having the couch in front of the bay window.  It frames the window beautifully.  When the sun is shinny through the lace curtains the room looks so lovely.

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I made the little wood ornaments –  One of my blog friends was kind enough to share the instructions and the download for the the cute wood ornaments

http://www.worthingcourtblog.com/6-last-minute-diy-christmas-ornaments/

I purchased 2 small 2.5′ Christmas trees this year.  One for Kristin & Jenny’s room (which doubles as Pete’s office) and one for Aly & Brian’s room –

This little sheep has to be a favorite of mine.  Also purchased at the Potting Shed.

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Have a fantastic Saturday.

Much love,

Rose