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Friday, December 31, 2010

A new year is about to unfold....

A New Year With The Lord

A new year is about to unfold
With new opportunities to explore
Doors will open for new experiences
New adventures with the Lord

Remember not the former things
The things of this past year
The Lord will do new things in us
Much more than we are aware

For He will make a way for us
As we put our trust in Him
And He will guide our every step
By His presence we have within

What God has placed within our hearts
We find we’ll be able to do
If we look for the opportunities
We’ll see the door to go through

We mustn’t let anything hold us back
But rise up and take our place
And be all that God wants us to be
With a fresh touch of His grace

© By M.S.Lowndes

Be sure to check out this post HERE for a chance to win a set of monogrammed linen napkins with your choice of monogram and monogram style!! Give away ends January 7th..

I am eternally grateful for ardent followers, for ones who drop in occasionally, for those who are new and those who are oldies, for those who leave comments and inspire me to reach new heights, for those don't leave comments and just come by to be entertained, and each one I've come to know a bit better this past year and for those I'll get to know in the year to come. My wish for you is "enough"...click the link to read the rest of the poem and last year's post..  Happy New Year to all y'all and may it be the best year ev-ah!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Ushering in 2011 Tablescape

Welcoming in the New Year has been done in pretty much the same way for the last 36 years. The china remains the same, the centerpieces vary, family is constant and the menu has been the same. My youngest calls it "tradition"
(trə-dĭsh'ən) pronunciation
  1. The passing down of elements of a culture from generation to generation, especially by oral communication.
    1. A mode of thought or behavior followed by a people continuously from generation to generation; a custom or usage.
    2. A set of such customs and usages viewed as a coherent body of precedents influencing the present: followed family tradition in dress and manners. See synonyms at heritage.

     Lenox Snow Lily. Our wedding china. The first set was lost in the fire and after much looking and discussion, we went back with the same. We both love the generous pattern around the edges, the sedate gray on the creamy bone china banded by platinum. 

    Sitting on mirror placemats, gifts from my mother in law. Silver trays as chargers. Silver given to me by my grandmother and godmother. Some pieces as old as I am. 
    Monogrammed linen napkins.
    You too could win a set of 8 with monogram of your choice.. Click HERE!

    Silver snowflake napkin rings.

     Vintage wine and of course champagne!

    A sweet gold and glitter tree to mark your spot.

    Many silver ribbons tied into bows on the back of the chairs

    Chandelier adorned with beaded glass swags and glass snowflakes.

    Silver trees on a mirrored runner. Tall white candles in clear star shaped candle holders.

    Interspersed with delightful little creatures.. Snowbabies. These are part of a collection that belongs to one of our sons. When he was little, oh he's so gonna disown me now!!, he wanted to "collect" something too. He loved these little snow people, so his grandmother indulged him. Now I regularly add to the collection in the name of "figment" (grandchild yet to be).

    Love these trees!!! the ends are simply crystals that pick up the light and change colors as I hope you can see!

    New Year Wishes
    I wish you Health...
    So you may enjoy each day in comfort.

    I wish you the Love of friends and family...
    And Peace within your heart.

    I wish you the Beauty of nature...
    That you may enjoy the work of God.

    I wish you Wisdom to choose priorities...
    For those things that really matter in life.

    I wish you Generosity so you may share...
    All good things that come to you.

    I wish you Happiness and Joy...
    And Blessings for the New Year.

    I wish you the best of everything...
    That you so well deserve.

    Author Unknown
Be sure to click HERE to enter my giveaway for 8 monogrammed linen napkins!!
I'll be linking to Susan's Tablescape Thursday - please visit to see more of the wonderful tables set for your enjoyment!
Thanks for dropping in... I love your comments.  

Lenox China
Estate sale silver trays
WMF silver
Wine and Champagne - Libbey Rock Sharpe
Dillard's snowflakes
Monogrammed napkins - moi
Mirror placemats and center pieces - Mother in law
Snowbabies - Dept 56
Trees- collected here and there
Star candle holders - another UFO
Silver ribbons - Michaels and Hobby Lobby
Swirl tree place card holders- TAG
Skinny candles - Walgreens
Beaded swag - Pottery Barn Chicago, years ago
Snowflakes - UFO

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

“Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you
good tidings of great joy, which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

There’s never been an announcement of such rich hope in so few words. It’s a masterpiece of
economy. This little message contains twelve great truths. It tells us that:

· Fear is now obsolete in the human heart -- Do not be afraid.
· A startling change has occurred in human history – Behold…
· It is angelic, other-worldly, from heaven -- I (an angel…)
· It’s the Gospel -- bring you good news…
· It’s the key to happiness -- of great joy…
· We have a Global Message -- which shall be to all people.
· This news is immediate -- Today…
· We have a new king, a descendant of David as promised in Messianic prophecy -- in the
city of David…
· We have one who delivers us from sin, death, and hell -- a Savior…
· He has arrived on earth via human birth -- has been born…
· He is both personal and available -- for you
· He is the long-promised Messiah -- He is Christ…
· He is Lord, the one who is above all -- the Lord.

Borrowed from David Jeremiah, directly from his Are you a Star? document.

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I'm linking to The Tablescaper's SeasonalSunday.. Be sure to drop in and see the other lovelies of the season!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Silent Night....

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright

Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight

Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!

Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth "

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:11

The origin of the Christmas carol we know as Silent Night was a poem that was written in 1816 by an Austrian priest called Joseph Mohr. On Christmas Eve in 1818 in the small alpine village called Oberndorf it is reputed that the organ at St. Nicholas Church had broken. Joseph Mohr gave the poem of Silent Night (Stille Nacht) to his friend Franz Xavier Gruber and the melody for Silent Night was composed with this in mind. The music to Silent Night was therefore intended for a guitar and the simple score was finished in time for Midnight Mass. Silent Night is the most famous Christmas carol of all time!

May the blessings of Christmas be with you today and always. 
Merry Christmas! 

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I am linking up to My Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday.. what a fun place to visit!!


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