Thursday, December 2, 2010

Tea Talk--A Child Will be Born


Welcome to my home!
Sit and have a cup of tea with me and share a little time of relaxation and encouragement.
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I'm having...a cup of  Provence rooibos, a "red bush" tea with fruity flavors.  Yum!  I'm using a winter mug that I think my mom gave me for Christmas.  I've had it for a while and it's nice to have a little bit bigger mug of hot tea on a c-c-cold day.  :)


I'm feeling...okay but I know I have lots to do.  There's something niggling at the back of my mind, and I keep feeling that there's something I forgot to do, someone I forgot to call...  Maybe that's just me, though.  I have a pretty detailed to-do list, which I check often.

On my mind...are the bags of gifts sitting in front of our fireplace, and our bare Christmas tree in the front living room.  Most of my family (extended) gathered here for dinner on Tuesday, then headed out to Target en masse to purchase gifts for two needy families for Christmas.  My dad chose two families from a program (at his church) which helps needy families at Christmastime.  We had fun going all over the store, looking for shoes and coats, then some fun things for the seven children on the list:  boys and girls, ranging in age from 22 months to 16 years old.  Boy, was that interesting trying to figure out what a typical 16-year-old young lady would like!  Now we need to wrap the gifts and get them to my dad so he can bundle them all up and bring them to his church.

We were so excited about participating in this program this year, since the whole family decided to not exchange Christmas gifts this year.  What a peaceful feeling I have, knowing we don't have to figure out what people want, search all over, spend a ton of money, etc.!  We will enjoy this quiet and thoughtful advent of Christ's birth.

I leave you with...Scripture for the advent season.

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called
Wonderful Counselor
Mighty God,
Eternal Father,
Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 nasb

Back to life,
Christine

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11 comments:

  1. that's a lovely mug, christine! thanks for sharing your thoughts and wishing you and your family a happy holidays!

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  2. Hi Christine,
    We share the same verse this week.
    I'm blessed to hear how your family decided to bless other families this year. I'm sure the 2 chosen families will praise God for your generosity and love.

    Loved your mug photo.

    Blessings!

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  3. This is such an amazing way to show the love you have for Our Lord. Sharing those provisions with others...

    What a blessed Christmas you and your family are already experiencing.

    In His Love,

    M.

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  4. What a wonderful idea to celebrate the holidays! We are cutting back this year too in order to give to those in need and it's wonderful! Thank you for sharing tea!

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  5. Love your mug! I'm on the run now, so this is short...but I think I know what was missing from your to-do list...it's to email me for the beef cost (I keep forgetting)! I'll email it to you later, and you could bring it tomorrow??? Only if that works for you two! See you then :-D

    Love,
    Lori

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  6. Joining you for tea time! A very precious blessing to pass along to those in need. It's lovely to read the peace that you are feeling.

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  7. Thank you for sharing the way in which your family is helping others this Christmas. Have a blessed week!

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  8. Hi Christine! I commented "on the run" earlier, but not sure if it went thru all the way...so I'm back tonight visiting and will tell you how much I love that mug! Can't wait to see you all tomorrow night!

    Love,
    Lori

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  9. Good Morning, Christine~

    What a lovely Christmas season your family is in for. :) We are celebrating our first Christmas ever with NO family around and are setting up our own traditions. I'd love to incorporate something like this in the future. By the time I think of it, it's too late to plan anything, so I'll have to think on this and work something out for us for next year. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

    And I'm in LOVE with your mug... does your mom have an extra she bought but really doesn't know what to do with? lol Didn't think so...

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    love,
    Shani

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  10. What a wonderful thing for your family to do. I am thinking of asking my family to start that as a tradition next year. I think it might take a bit of preparing before they are ready to just jump right in.

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