Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Teach us to be merry with clear hearts...

The following is for Christmas Eve.
I am going to use it today.
It's my almost New Year Eve's prayer.





Christmas Eve Prayer

Loving God, Help us remember the birth of Jesus, 
that we may share in the song of the angels, 
the gladness of the shepherds, 
and worship of the wise men. 

Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world. 
Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. 
Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts. 

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, 
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake.

Amen.

Robert Louis Stevenson





Ralph Hulett


I wrote this at the end of 2010;


How can we possibly live in world with so much pain and delight?

I suppose we do it because it is what we are called to do.
It is our trek on this earth. This beautiful, exciting, lovable, temporary earth.

We are called to learn God's truth and pass it on.

We do it with gentle and generous spirits.
We do it with forgiveness and compassion.
We do it with love.


Mean it.
Donna Elsie

Monday, December 29, 2014

Good things

The sun came out in a bright shiny way yesterday.  (You may think this is an odd thing to be happy about, but we have not had a bright sunny day in a month.)  I drove Emma to a little town nearby where she would catch a ride back to Chicago.  The drive is thru farm fields mostly.  It's the best.
We listened to country music on the way.  (Emma was in charge of finding a station).

On the way home I stopped at a cemetery that sits on top of a hill.  I've passed this spot a hundred times but never stopped.  I thought I would take a picture of the sunshine.

The favorite picture I took was of myself.
Well.  That sounds like an conceited thing to say.



Sunny. Happy. Portrait.

But I like it because I look calm and happy.
It was a good moment
The picture reminds me of that
sunny, happy stop on the top of a hill.


Letting my pile of good things grow.


Encourage one another,
Donna



Friday, December 26, 2014

The sun came out on Christmas day.

Merry Christmas from our house to yours!! #babyjesus #familylove


Sunset walk. Wisconsin.  4:20 pm Christmas


We had a very quiet Christmas day.  We went to church on Christmas Eve so we didn't need to rush out in the morning.  Mid morning Katie, Emma and I went off to see Into the Woods.
It was absolutely wonderful.
It's a grown up fairytale about wishes and consequences, parents and children.

Even tho they could not put every song in the movie that was in the brilliant play,
it is still EXCELLENT in every way!

I recommend this highly!
Not for small children tho.
It's more Grimm than Disney.





Isn't it nice to know a lot?
And a little bit...not.


Donna

p.s.  What beautiful Christmas cards we received this year.  Of course the year
I have to skip them....we get so many pretty ones!!!  Thank you!








Sunday, December 21, 2014

words and music

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This is my favorite.  I heard it for the first time at church with my friend Lynn.
Her brother sang it.
It was moving and memorable.


Merry Christmas,
Donna





Saturday, December 20, 2014

short dark days


Baby Ginny says "Merry Christmas friends."


“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
Lewis Carroll


 “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
Edith Sitwell


Just sending a little happiness on this the shortest, darkest day of the year!

Let your light so shine,
Donna

















Friday, December 19, 2014

Winter concert 2014



Last night was the winter concert at Katie's high school.  I was not just the choirs this time, the orchestra and bands preformed.  Unfortunately  they did not have a program so I can't tell you the names of the songs I loved best.  But gosh, there are talented musicians in our little town!
I was delighted!

Katie's choir sang a funny song about the 12 days after Christmas.  It included hand motions and a little acting by the kids!!!  Too cute!  I bet some of you
may know it.  








They must wear black.  
I wish they wore robes.
Much less drama.
We wore robes in choir back in the day.
Red.




They ended with this song.  It sounded just like this :o)
Almost.

Delightful!


Encourage one another,
Donna



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sadness








It can be a sad time of year. 
I'm not going to tell you  to snap out of it.

I can only say,
I know.

Sending love,
Donna






Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hi!



Thursday night I drove down to Harvard Illinois to pick up Emma and Patrick.


I cooked. 
We ate. 
We talked and laughed.
We watched Parenthood and the Packers.









Sunday evening I drove Emma and Patrick back to Chicago to attend a Blackhawks game.
They loved it.





Delicious breakfast with these two. #Tweet #sheridan


My boy Patrick. Thanks for coming to visit! It means the world to me! 12-15-14

Monday morning we went out to eat before I came home.
I loved this restaurant.  A lot.  It's called Tweet and it is on Sheridan Rd in Uptown.
Besides the intersting items on the menu...the simple things like hashbrowns had lovely purple onions on top.  I always ask for onions on my hashbrowns.  Tweet's were spectacular.
Adding to the enjoyment was the wait staff.  
I really can't wait to go back.

Patrick lives far way in California.  I am very thankful that he came to see us!
It was a great visit!  
Thanks honey.

This morning I wrapped presents and got them to the post office and did some picture ordering.

And that, my dears, is where I have been.

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Katie and I decorated the tree last night.

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Even tho I won't be sending cards out this year....I bought some cute Christmas stamps.


I hope you are all doing well.  
Thank you for the amazing lines from literature!


Encourage one another,
Donna











Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Beautiful sentences.

Yesterday I spotted this list from Buzzfeed on my Twitter feed.
I loved reading it!  I think you will too.



51 of the most beautiful sentences in literature: Buzzfeed



But I want to do a QLCS version.

  Because I think, while these are all beautiful sentences, indeed, the commenters from this blog will come up different ones that will be equally beautiful ..but they will have a certain quiet life tone.



Now that ^^^^ is a beautiful sentence!

I want to read your sentences too.

So I will leave this up for two days and then I will post all of the beautiful sentences on this blog.

Then we will all be 10% happier.





Lots of love friends!
I am so excited to read your favorite, beautiful sentences from literature.

Donna

p.s. Repeats from the Buzzfeed list are acceptable.









Tuesday, December 09, 2014

knock. knock.

I don't call it a quiet life for nuthin.

We don't get a lot of visitors.  No. really.
It's quiet around here.

So when there IS a knock at the door someone gets very riled up and
curious.



Oh boy, Ginny!
What did we get?






Merry Christmas from Janet and Dave!
Pretty, cool huh? Gingin.

Outside decorations. 
Up.
And done.

Thanks Walworths!




Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands.
1 Thess 4:11

From that verse came the name of this blog.
This verse just seemed to fit.

Encourage one another,
Donna



Monday, December 08, 2014

God is there.

 Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Where Charity and Love are, God is there.


Again, Jep shares an amazing quote with us.


What a sweet dog!

Ginny is holding Katie's hand.


****

I want to thank you all for your prayers for Emma.
This morning she was blessed with a totally unexpected scholarship
from her college.  She did not apply for it.  

It comes in the same amount (extra) she was going to have to borrow
for next semester.  

We know this is a gift from God and I sincerely thank you wonderful 
prayer warriors for always remembering our Emma.

Every good and perfect gift is from above.

xoxo
donna 







Friday, December 05, 2014

affection

Affection
 is responsible for
 nine-tenths of whatever
 solid and durable happiness
 there is in our lives.

~cs lewis





 There were no tears tonight.  Emma and I were having too much fun.



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eatherjanice



Affection for the win,
Donna

p.s. Emma, check out my mom's fashion statement.



Thursday, December 04, 2014

kaboom. goes my heart


Oh my goodness.

This is Ezekiel with his eyes open!  How adorable is that face!!
Matthew and Melinda's boys usually hit the ground running, not this guy, he was
quiet and sleepy.

My heart's about to burst.

Love you baby boy!

yaya booshay


Wednesday, December 03, 2014

City Sidewalks

Sometimes my phone takes a blooper. And I LOVE it!


This picture, which was an accident with my phone, reminds me of this sweet song;



City sidewalk, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style.
In the air there's
A feeling of Christmas.

Children laughing, people passing,
Meeting smile after smile,
And on every street corner you'll hear:

Silver bells, silver bells,
It's Christmas time in the city.
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring,
Soon it will be Christmas day.

City street lights
Even stop lights,
Blink a bright red and green,
As the shoppers rush home
With their treasures.

Silver bells, silver bells,
It's Christmas time in the city.
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring,
Soon it will be Christmas day



*****

How are you doing with your Christmas preparations?
I have not started buying gifts yet.
I was thinking of a card idea the other night.
Guess I better get going.



Encourage one another,
Donna




Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Annual John Updike December

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“December,” by John Updike 

First snow! The flakes,
So few, so light,
Remake the world
In solid white

All bundled up,
We feel as if
We were fat penguins,
Warm and stiff.

The toy-packed shops
Half split their sides,
And Mother brings home
Things she hides.

Old carols peal.
The dusk is dense.
There is a mood
Of sweet suspense.

The shepherds wait,
The kings, the tree -
All wait for something
Yet to be,

Some miracle.
And then it’s here,
Wrapped up in hope -
Another year!


17/365


Encourage one another,
Donna


Monday, December 01, 2014

Raisin Puffs

We got to talking about raisins the other day.
I don't really like them in cookies.  Emma does. Katie doesn't. Patrick doesn't.

But for some strange reason, I have a recipe for Raisin Puff cookies...
and I really like them, so does Emma.
Well it's not that strange. Many years ago my quilting friend Janet served them at our weekly quilting 'bee'.  I copied the recipe and the rest is history.

Emma and I made them on Saturday.
Emma makes great cookies. I let her lead the way.


Little baker #looks14


Here is the recipe;

Janet's Raisin Puffs

1 cup water
1 1/2 cups raisins
3 1/2 cups flour
1 t. baking soda
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1 t. cinnamon

1)  In a sauce pan, boil water. Add raisins, boil until the water is gone.
Cool.
Combine flour, soda and 1/2 t. salt in large bowl.

2)  Beat together sugar and butter until combined in a large bowl.
Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.
Beat until blended.  Stir in raisins.

3)  Combine the 1/2 cup sugar and the cinnamon in a bowl.
Shape dough into 1" balls.  Roll in cinnamon-sugar.
Place 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

4)  Bake 375ยบ for 8 minutes.
Don't over cook.

Seems short.  But it's correct.

If you like raisins (or don't) you may just love these cookies....



Encourage one another,
Donna