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Angels We Have Heard On High (ThePianoGuys)

Merry Christmas! You will LOVE this version of the old carol – done beautifully by ThePianoGuys.  Have a warm and wonderful day.

Enjoy and God Bless!

O Come, Emmanuel (ThePianoGuys version)

When a piece of music moves me to tears – it is time to share it. Listen for yourself and see if this is not the the most emotional and beautiful
version you have ever heard.

May God Bless you this Christmas Eve

Audrey’s Gift

Last night we bundled up the pups – grabbed a blanket and jumped in the truck to go and look at Christmas lights.  It was cozy and warm in the cab and we found some fun Christmas music to listen to on the local radio station.

Sometimes there are no words to describe how perfect an evening can be.  And so I have posted this next song so you can hear and experience a little of what we did last night.

Merry Christmas – God Bless

Kenny G – Auld Lang Syne (The Millennium Mix)

This is a MUST WATCH!! All the audio and video special moments of the last 100 years!

Enjoy and God Bless!

Carol Of The Bells

I LOVE this new and fresh version of one of the most beautiful tunes of Christmas.

 

Enjoy and God Bless!

 

Crying For A Christmas

This is another one of my all time favorite Christmas songs.

Enjoy and God Bless!

These are the lives of the rearranged
Scattered souls who’ve been displaced
Nowhere else to turn
Like Bethlehem we have packed the place
Human need fills ever space
No room at the inn

Still God found a corner,
Made a bed down in the hay
Could he reappear, make his advent here
Will he still draw near today?

My world is crying,
Crying for a Christmas
Some way to know for sure —
That our God is with us
We could all use a sign
A little glimpse of divine
For a world that still cries for Christmas

Feeding trough on a dirty floor
Unimpressive welcome for
God’s Almighty Son
Are we as blind to incarnation
Daily proof of our salvation
Love’s already come

We are not abandoned,
All alone in our despair
He who once came down, he can still be found
Every when and everywhere

My world is crying,
Crying for a Christmas
Some way to know for sure —
That our God is with us
Once a baby so small
Grew to die for us all
For a world that still cries for Christmas.

Jesus you are here, Jesus you are now
Jesus you are here, Jesus you are now

My world is crying,
Crying for a Christmas
Some way to know for sure —
That our God is with us
We can all be the sign
That his love is alive
For a world that still cries for Christmas

All rights reserved Scott Krippayne

Love Is Christmas

Here is one of my favorite new Christmas songs

Enjoy and God Bless

Published on Dec 22, 2012 by Sarah Bareilles

I don’t care if the house is packed,
Or the strings of light are broken.
I don’t care if the gifts are wrapped,
Or if there’s nothing here to open.

Love is not a toy, and no paper will conceal it.
Love is simply joy that I’m home.

I don’t care if the carpet’s stained; we got food upon our table.
I don’t care if it’s gonna rain, our little room is warm and stable.
Love is who we are, and no season can contain it.
Love would never fall for that.

Let love lead us, love is Christmas.

Why so scared that you’ll mess it up? Imperfection keeps you haunted.
All you need is your best my love, that’s all anyone ever wanted.
Love is how we do, let no judgment over- rule it.
Love I look to you, and I sing.

Let love lead us, love is Christmas.
Let love lead us, love is Christmas.

Every Ten Years

As I sit here writing, Greg is outside my office window.  He has a couple of ladders and is on one about half way up our cherry tree.  He is pruning the branches.

forcing laughter faking smiles.

forcing laughter faking smiles. (Photo credit: shesthereasonfortheworld)

It looks a little sketchy to me as I watch from this position safe in the house with an ace bandage around my bruised foot, but he clearly knows what he is doing and is no stranger to climbing up ladders, being high up on roofs to clean gutters or being on sides of buildings cleaning windows.  He has only fallen once – and it was from a low roof at Christmas time when he was installing lights for someone.  He said it happened because he was in a hurry and being a little careless.

Luckily he knows how to fall – landed on his feet then did a quick ‘tuck and roll’.  No damage to himself physically, but he said he looked around him to see if anyone had seen him, as it was really embarrassing. 🙂  Now if that had been me, I would have put out my arm, probably my right one – and broken my wrist or arm, not to mention other bones in my body.

I do not know how to relax into a fall.  I tense up and when I fall I always injure myself.

My falls seem to come in ‘ten year intervals’.  And since I’ve already had my fall for this decade in my attempted leap over our puppy gate last week –  I should be safe for another ten.  🙂

Twenty years ago I fell on some jagged rocks at the Ocean in Northern California where we were living.  I broke a bone around my right thumb (yes I am right-handed) and had a painful sprain which put me in a cast for 6 weeks.  At the time I was the only musician at the little church where Greg was the pastor – so for 6 painful weeks there was no one to play the piano.

Ten years ago I fell down some cement steps at the church where Greg was on staff in Renton, Washington.  I broke my foot (yes my right one) and had to be in a boot for 8 weeks.  I couldn’t drive or use the sustain pedal on the piano in that long two months – and to top it off, Greg was in process of installing new oak stairs in our home.  There were no side rails – no rails of any kind going up and down, so I just had to hop on one foot and hang on to the wall, when there was one to hang on to.  It was loads of fun.

All of this occurred to me as I was in Dr. Clark’s office getting an adjustment a few days ago.  Because of the jarring that happened during my fall I needed and will need several adjustments on my back.  The facts dawned on me as I relayed to him the above events – they happen every ten years!

There will be many massages in my future as I get my shoulders, back and neck to relax after last week – but it really hurts to have those areas massaged. This kind of pain is gain and anything that gets me back to normal is very welcome.  

And as I look back over these events, I smile.  I’m pretty clumsy – and I’m truly surprised that they don’t happen much more often!  So for now I will heal and try to be careful, “look before I leap” and keep my knees and elbows “in” when walking through doorways – and lift my feet up when I step up on a curb.  At least, I’ll try.

God Bless

Funny Birthday Memories Of Greg

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My husband Greg turns 53 today.  An age that makes him proud.  He is living his dream the last 4 years – doing what he loves to do.  It just took him many years to find out what exactly that is.  Doing wedding and funeral services make him happy and fulfill his purpose – especially memorial services.  And I am happy that he is now free to do this full-time.

But what a time to have a birthday!!  5 days before Christmas – it’s tucked in the middle of other events and holiday activities.  He has never known a birthday without a Christmas tree, concerts, parties, dinners and other numerous things.  I’m sure that as a child, his parents made sure that Greg had presents separate from those that were under the tree.  But as he got older – it was so much easier to combine gifts.  And many in the family have done that over the years – even our own children.  He doesn’t mind – it makes sense to him.   As long as there is good food and something yummy for dessert (especially chocolate) he’s just fine.  Today he will get lunch AND dinner at restaurants and tomorrow and special dessert from out daughter Ashlee as she and her husband Drew come and have an early Christmas with us before we head to California to spend Christmas with our son, Shawn.   

When Greg came home late last night he was humming a “Happy Birthday” tune after working his “moonlighting” job.  It was the middle of the night and I had already been asleep.  And when I heard this I suddenly remembered, “that’s right!  Today is the DAY!”  This morning we were reminiscing over the many years of birthday celebrations.  There are two memories I have of this day – and I just HAD to share them with you.  Both of them are humorous.  What else?  Life with Greg is hilarious – we laugh EVERY day about very random things – each other and life in general.  So here goes.

My first fond memory is 25 years ago today.  I had just found out I was going to have Ashlee.  I was less than 2 months pregnant and felt icky.  I was in bed trying to fight the nausea.   We were living in New Castle, PA – in a 2 story rental.  The master bedroom was up the stairs and to the left.  I remember Greg walking downstairs and singing a sad little tune, “Happy Birthday to ME”  It was so funny that I laughed in spite of myself.  It helped to break up an otherwise very unpleasant day for both of us – and I’m sure we celebrated his birthday later when I wasn’t so sick.  We even flew to Seattle that year for Christmas!  Good times – being pregnant and sick everywhere we went that year.

My second fondest memory happened about 8 years ago.  We were having lunch with Greg’s parents.  A tradition that has lasted even until this year.  For some reason Greg’s mom (and probably me) needed to finish up some Christmas shopping.  Greg said there was ABSOLUTELY NO WAY he was going to the mall.  He has a standing rule:  NO MALL IN DECEMBER.  Now you have to understand – Greg’s HATES the mall.  No, I mean he REALLY hates it.  Now just add the holiday shopping, traffic going in and out of the mall AND the parking – and you have what possibly could be what Greg loathes the most in life.  But for some reason his sweet mother talked him into going “just for a few minutes”.  She told him, “Greg – you won’t even have to get out of the car – you and dad can just drop us off”  She understands his hatred of all things “mall” or “shopping”  especially in December and so tried to appeal to him in that way.  Somehow – I don’t know how, we were taken to the mall that day.  We quickly did our errands and returned to the car.  All the time, Greg muttering to himself – “I can’t believe it’s MY birthday and we’re AT THE MALL!!”  We were leaving the parking lot and onto the main road when all of a sudden Greg’s mom said, “Oh no!”.  That could not be good.  We were like, “what happened?”  She said, “I left my credit card at the last store”.  Silence.  Greg said, “There’s NO WAY I’m going back in there, mom”  But there was no way around it – we had to go back and retrieve her lost credit card.  It was sad but also HILARIOUS!  I told Greg that he would find the humor in it some day.  But somehow when I brought it up again this morning – he still groans and sighs.  Good times!

Happy Birthday, Greg!  You deserve a wonderful day all to yourself – something that is not just tucked into Christmas.  I hope all your birthday memories are sweet (except maybe the two above) and that you will have MANY MORE in the years to come!

You are loved!  Here’s a special song just for you on your birthday – enjoy!

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Straight No Chaser – Indiana Christmas

Last year I posted “The Twelve Days of Christmas” by this great a cappella group. This year I was looking for additional music for my 4th Christmas CD.  The hand picked music that I make for my car. I stumbled upon this group again. I listened to all their wonderful music  – and chose three to use. This one is my favorite. If you have never heard anything from this group, look them up – you won’t be disappointed. They are a class act.
I also suggest “Carol of the Bells” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”.

God Bless you on this rare day of 12-12-12.  I hope all your Christmas wishes come true this season.

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