Merry Christmas

December 25, 2011

“At Christmas, we see Jesus as a little babe-helpless and poor. And He came to love and be loved. How can we love Jesus in the world today? By loving Him in my husband, my wife, my children, my brothers and sisters, my parents, my neighbours, and the poor. Let us gather around the poor crib in Bethlehem and make a strong resolution that we will love Jesus in all those we meet every day.”
-Mother Teresa

Christmas Eve Caviar

December 24, 2011

“I had seen the damp lying on the outside of my little window, as if some goblin had been crying there all night, and using the window for a pocket-handkerchief.”
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

John Deere

December 24, 2011

“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.”
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Egg Collecting

December 23, 2011

“The most significant gifts are the ones most easily overlooked. Small, everyday blessings: woods, health, music, laughter, memories, books, family, friends, second chances, warm fireplaces, and all the footprints scattered throughout our days.”
― Sue Monk Kidd


December 23, 2011

“Gifts of grace come to all of us. But we must be ready to see and willing to receive these gifts. It will require a kind of sacrifice, the sacrifice of believing that, however painful our losses, life can still be good — good in a different way then before, but nevertheless good. I will never recover from my loss and I will never got over missing the ones I lost. But I still cherish life. . . . I will always want the ones I lost back again. I long for them with all my soul. But I still celebrate the life I have found because they are gone. I have lost, but I have also gained. I lost the world I loved, but I gained a deeper awareness of grace. That grace has enabled me to clarify my purpose in life and rediscover the wonder of the present moment.”
― Jerry Sittser,

Russia and France

December 23, 2011

“The good that may come out of the loss does not erase its badness or excuse the wrong done. Nothing can do that.”
― Jerry Sittser


December 21, 2011


“There is nothing quite so gentle, deep, and irrational as running–and nothing quite so savage, so wild.”
― Bernd Heinrich


December 21, 2011


“God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.”
Psalm 46:5

Building Blocks

December 15, 2011


“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.”
― David Foster Wallace


December 15, 2011


“The guidance of the Spirit is generally by gentle suggestions or drawings, and not in violent pushes; and it requires great child-likeness of heart to be faithful to it. The secret of being made willing lies in a definite giving up of our will.”