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Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas to all!

This is a picture of our Nativity scene that I originally purchased from Avon when I
was a rep several years ago.I don't have all the pieces that were in the 
collection at the time and, in hindsight, wish I did.

I came across this poem and thought I would
share it with you.  It was written by 
Wilfred A. Peterson.

Slow me down, Lord!
Ease the pounding of my heart
By the quieting of my mind.
Steady my harried pace
With a vision of the eternal reach of time.
Give me,
Amidst the confusions of my day,
The calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tensions of my nerves
With the soothing music of the sighing streams
That live in my memory.
Help me to know
The magical restoring power of sleep.
Teach me the art 
Of taking minute vacations of slowing down to look at a flower;
To chat with an old friend or to make a new one;
To pat a stray dog;
To watch a spider build a web;
To smile at a child;
Or to read a few lines from a good book.
Remind me each day
That the race is not always to the swift;
That there is more to life than increasing its speed.
Let me look upward
Into the branches of the towering oak
And know that it grew slowly and well.
Slow me down, Lord,
And inspire me to send my roots deep
Into the soil of life's enduring values
That I may grow toward the stars
Of my greater destiny.

May your Christmas be safe, healthy and above all happy.  From our house, to yours and to those you love, a very blessed Christmas.


  1. It's a lovely poem. Too bad about the missing pieces.
    I do hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

  2. Wishing you and your family a happy, love filled peaceful holiday !
    Thank you for sharing the poem , it is beautiful and I really needed it because I just sat down for a break as I rush around preparing things :)

  3. A merry and warm Christmas to you too my friend!

  4. A lovely nativity that, maybe you could put a trace on Ebay for any additional pieces that come up online?
    Wishing you much happiness hun xx

  5. Wishing you and yours many blessings this Christmas and in the coming New Year.

  6. Happy Christmas to you Mary Anne, i hope it's a safe and warm one for you and your family. We're both ok down under here, nice damp cool day today, christmas day, but mostly now it's hot hot hot. today is a welcome relief. :)

  7. Christmas greetings dear MA!
    What a beautiful Nativity set - I'm drooling!
    A beautiful poem to share at this time.

    MA, I've enjoyed our visits to and fro this year!

    I'm looking forward to another year of reading your fabulous posts - your inspirational embroidery, the tusal updates, visiting the interesting links you direct us to and your humour - it's all great - THANK YOU!!!
    Your creative space is enviable - you are all sorted now and I love the organisers for your beads and threads.
    There's a place for everything and everything is in it's place - WELL DONE!!!

    I'm taking it easy over the next few days after endless hours on my feet over the last week! I hope you are doing the same!

    Thank you for your valued friendship this year MA.
    Wishing you and your family health and happiness
    Shane XOX

  8. Second go at this! Not sure where my comment went!!??
    Have a wonderful Christmas with some peaceful times Mary Anne. Love that poem - truly! One we should all read everyday to keep our lives in perspective!
    Thanks for sharing your studio space with us as well as your new bookcase.
    Really a girl can't want too much more than that!
    x Suzy

  9. Thank you for sharing your beautiful nativity set along with the lovely verse which is something I do try and live by...

    Life is all about the little precious moments...isn't it

    Hope your Christmas was merry and bright dear Mary Anne and that the New Year will be full of wonderful and exciting things for you and yours!

    (((hugs))) from Virginia

  10. What a beautiful poem. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. You can probably find the missing pieces on Ebay. It's a lovely set though, just as it is. Happy New Year to you sweetie! xo

  11. Amen! And have a happy New Year, Mary Ann!
    best, nadia

  12. They are actually very nice looking pieces Magpie.... and I love that they are all white... so pure looking ...

  13. I hope you and yours had the most magical Christmas....xxxx


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