Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. John 15:4

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas my fellow Orthodox friends!
I did the finishing on Brian's ornament gift last week. Here it is out in the snow.
I read my first and second books of the year. Both by Ted Dekker. I read Hacker in 36 hours. :) An exciting read. Here is a little snippet for you: "Death isn't death. It's not the end because we aren't just our minds or our bodies. We're far more than just physical beings having a spiritual experience. We're spiritual beings having a temporary physical experience." He paused. "All I know is the reality that's beyond all of this transcends words and comprehension. The only way to grasp it is to let go of our own limited understanding."

Hacker is a modern-day parable that examines the staggering world around us-the seen and the unseen- and reminds us that there's far more to who we are than meets the eye.

The second book was a free,digital short story I had missed. It is a prequel to Mortal. This book was called The Keeper,from 2011. More good stuff. ;) Nope, you won't catch me complaining about Ted's writing. He has written 47 books. I have read 45. I am in the process of trying to acquire The Drummer Boy and The Promise: A Christmas Tale through our library. There is one librarian who works very hard to locate books for you from who-knows-where?!

This is what kept me busy Monday.
It's not easy being a poodle. Or the poodle's groomer. ;) Of course now that little 6 pound Henry is clipped, it is frigid outside. The high today will be -1º with a wind chill of -30º. blech.

Madeleine wrapped a tape measure around Henry's tiny front leg and got a width of 1.5 inches. He is so fragile.

I will be giving Mabel a haircut soon also.

Theotokos is coming along. Picture next time.

I have been baking chocolate chip cookies and breads.
Brian and I are off to Christmas Liturgy this morning. Then we will have a Christmas meal and fellowship in the church basement. I am wearing my long, red corduroy dress and sweater tights! ;)

Keep warm my friends! I thank you for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate you taking the time to leave one.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie
I'm still a little mad

29 comments:

Annette-California said...

Merry Christmas! Hope you & your family have a wonderful day.
Mabel looks beautiful!

Mii Stitch said...

Love your little ornament finish!
Bread & cookies look so appetizing :)

Cindy's Stitching said...

Such a pretty ornament vickie.

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Merry Christmas to you, Vickie!! Enjoy your lovely day together!! I feel for your dogs... I just took ours out and it lasted for all of maybe 1 minute. It could be a long few days for them. They really need to be groomed, too, but I've been putting it off because of the snow. Wish I knew how to do it myself. You do a great job!!

Margaret said...

Merry Christmas! Love Brian's gift. Henry is so cute! How often do you have to give the pups a grooming? I feel like Henry just had a haircut the other day. lol!

Maggee said...

Brian's ornament is just gorgeous! Stitching and finishing! I looked into Ted Dekker books on CD at my local library--not exactly what I like to read. Henry looks like a poodle again! Our grand dog, Rusty (Henry's twin), fractured his ulna on his front left leg, so has a little cast on it. Looks so sad... But he will be up and around in little time, I am sure!

Sally said...

Hello Vickie

Happy Christmas!
Love the ornament and the way you finished it.
Henry looks just gorgeous x

Brigitte said...

Merry Christmas to you and Brian!
The ornament that you stitched for him is just wonderful, and you finished it so beautifully. A great gift.

butterfly said...

Merry Christmas sweet friend , love the ornament and the hair cut.
Oh and the bread looks yummy .
Enjoyed the reading too, keep warm

Ma Teakettle said...

Merry Christmas Vickie, I love Brian's ornament!
You are a fast reader, and the books sound great, thanks for the reviews...My hubby likes Ted Dekker too.
Mabel looks gorgeous and ready for Christmas...
Hugs

Ma Teakettle said...

Oh duh...it was Henry who had the spa day with Mom, not Mabel...ugh please don't tell Henry that I mistook him for Mabel ;)
Hugs

Melissa said...

Merry Christmas, Vickie! The ornament is beautiful, as is the groomed Henry! I can smell the yummy baking from here!

Keep warm!

Minnie said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family. I love the ornament it's beautiful as your projects always are. The breads look yummy.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family sweet friend. I pray you are feeling better. Oh I love the ornament in the snow. It's very pretty. The books sound awesome.
Blessings always sweet friend. :)

Julie said...

You finished the ornament so beautifully.
Blessings to you on this special day x

moreofhim said...

Merry Christmas! Your ornament is so gorgeous! What a cutie little Henry is. I don't think I've posted a picture of Mitzi since she's been groomed...she's just adorable and it makes all the difference. I'll post one next time on my blog.

Many blessings - Julie

Beth said...

Happy Christmas to you Vickie!

Lillie said...

Love your ornament for Brian.
Henry is so adorable, you are good at this.

Your bread look perfect. Enjoy

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Lovely finished ornament, it has a real depth to it for a small piece. I hope your day yesterday was special. I like the new hair cut, Brandy had his done at the weekend - he needs clipped every five weeks usually.

Carol said...

I'm sure your Christmas day was a special one, Vickie--and the ornament is so cute. Love the shape of it! Henry is looking all spiffed-up for the new year :)

Stay warm out there--we were at 0° this morning, but I know things are even colder out your way!

Melanie said...

Merry Christmas. :)
Stay warm!!!

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Merry Christmas to you Vickie! I hope you had a blessed day! I love your sweetie's ornament!

Kaisievic said...

Merry Christmas to you, my dear friend, Vickie

Trace4J said...

Merry Christmas Friend
You are so talented.
Henry is soo cute.
Warm Woolie Hugs

rosey175 said...

Your ornament finished beautifully and the pristine snow makes for a nice background haha. Looks like some fine ice cream making snow to me.....

Love the bread. I can never get mine to rise properly in winter without having the oven on for a few minutes and a pan of hot water under the dough!

Poor Henry, having to lose all that fuzz in such chilly weather haha. That little cartoon is adorable. I could easily replace those poodles with our cats, the black one is definitely Oreo!

Giovanna said...

Lovely finishing of the ornament - love the shape. I hope you had blessed Christmas.

Chris said...

Thank you for your comments on my blog.. sounds as though you had a lovely and blessed Christmas .. loved that cartoon at the end of your post!
So true!!
Blessings Chris x

Hilda said...

Dear Vicky,
what an enchanting ornament!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
Hugs
Hilda

Margaret said...

What a wonderful ornament. Your husband must have loved it.