I have occasion to put together a little gift for someone who sews and saw this book, for probably the 100th time, but today I gave in and bought Pretty Little Pincushions.
I pulled out a bit of Cotton Velvet, trimmed with a bronze gold wrap and bow of Organdy Ribbon, tossed in a couple of matching pins and I have a delightful little finger pin cushion perfect for the frantic craziness that is holiday crafting. I hope this helps her during this busy time of year, next year, if she’s anything like me and asks herself 10+ times a day “Where did I put that pin cushion?”. I love this little morsel so much I’m making one for myself, and wish I knew more folks who sewed so I could gift them as well. My mom might get one on her package this year…
I cut out the pieces to make mini a couple pairs of jammies. I grew up wearing flannel PJ’s made by my mom and think that as a child they are by far the most comfortable things to cozy up in. PJ’s from the store were never as comfortable. I guess it’s from the chemicals they put in them to make them fire retardant, or maybe they just use really cheap fabric, but a pair of handmade flannel jammies have no equal. My mom has already made Mini 2 pair and with the fabric I washed and dried today she and I will complete another 4 pair. That should last her well into late spring.
I forgot to make a big deal out of tomorrow’s Farmer’s Market!! If you are local, from 9-2 at the Atlantic Culinary Instiute in Dover, there will be another Holiday/Winter Farmer’s Market! I’ll be there. I NEED more of that Elk sausage! So be sure to save me some. They are holding Snow or Shine and I hope there is no need to miss it due to weather…I must be safe..I need to keep telling myself that.
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.
God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
When I was a child the Jesus piece from the Calendar came on Christmas Day. Not so on our Advent Journey. Christ’s birthday is celebrated on December 25th, but there is more to the story. More to come. So today, almost a week before Christmas we think of His birth. We talked about his birth yesterday, and today the verses in John bring us deeper. The sacrifice of love, to come to a world that rejects Him, to be willing to show an unfailing love and faithfulness to ungrateful people. Surely as humans we have a hard time putting those we love, who love us and do lovely things for us, before our own desires, before ourselves, in any way. I think this passage is one of the most beautiful in the whole Bible. This is the real beauty of Christianity. A faith that is seen by many, even to many of those whom claim it as their own, to simply be a list of rules of how to live. No, that is not Christianity. Real Christianity is the beauty embodied in these verses. That is the faith I embrace.