Gifts Already

It was lovingly selected...I was blessed and surprised to receive it from the sweet "sisters" in our bi-weekly Bible study! This beautiful piano ornament will be displayed year 'round with the rest of my "piano" collection.

THIS ornament (though fuzzy in the photos) was hand- painted by a lovely woman in our community.  It was part of the "Naughty Santa" exchange I participated in earlier this week--YOU know...where you can steal a present from another person who then can steal one from someone else or open a new one?!?  I was thrilled to "win" it!
By the way, have you participated in any "new" twists on gift exchanges?  I'd enjoy hearing some fresh and fun ideas.


 This is Christmas:  not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving,
not even the carols, but the humble heart
that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ.
(Frank McKibben)


  1. Hi dear sister in Christ,

    I've been absent for a time but whenever the Lord brought you to mind, I prayed for you Rebecca.

    Beautiful message and photos here. Loved the quote at the end.

    I pray a CHRISTmas filled with JESUS for HE is the reason for EVERY season. Enjoy Him!

  2. Beautiful treasures Rebecca and I love the quote at the end. I so agree.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Beautiful gifts Rebecca, I know you will enjoy putting them on the tree, and each year as you do, you will remember the giver.
    beautiful thoughts and quote.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  4. Been having some internet connection problems so I am just now catching up on my blog visits. I love the Christmas get togethers at church with card and gift exchanges and all the extra Christmas hugs. Your piano ornament is unique.


    Beautiful ornaments - lovely sentiments as well.
    Three close girl friends and I celebrate several times a year, birthdays, summer barbecue, Fall Harvest and Christmas - for Christmas we each make a traditional food to share from our family holiday celebrations. :-) It is always a loving and delicious gathering.

    Love to you
    peace and hope.....

  6. What a wonderful post Rebecca!
    I love what you said about balancing it all.
    So very true ~
    it's the heart that receives the most important gift of all ~

    Your ornaments are wonderful too!
    {I just discovered your post on sweet potatoes and cranberries... awesome combination!}

    Blessings always * wishing you peace and joy*

  7. Two beautiful ornaments to treasure! So, so nice! I have a hand painted ornament on my tree~a poinsetta~that my mom did in 1981. We play that game at our extended family party (which is coming up this Saturday!) ~~ it is always a lot of fun. Everyone brings a $10 gift and you never know what you'll end up with. We're just way too large a family to exchange gifts with everyone so this works out very well! It is limited to the adults (13 and up) ... the little kids (my mom's great-grandchildren) all get a $10 gift from either Santa, la befana, or this year, MRS. Claus! My sibs and I (6 of us) purchase the gifts to save mom the expense.


Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
♪ I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning ♪ (Psalm 130:5-6)