Sunday, December 24, 2017

Faith At Christmas

Faith at Christmas comes in many forms.  The reason we celebrate Christmas is told in Mathew 1:18 to 2:23  It is a celebration of Jesus Birthday and the gift of new life he gives us when we believe.  We give gifts to our loved ones because the wise men came and gave gifts to baby Jesus.

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows.  When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.  19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her, desired to put her away secretly.  20 But when he had considered this, behold and angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying,

"Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for that which has been conceived in her is the Holy Spirit.  And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins."

Now all this took place that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophert might be fulfilled, saying

"Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a Son and they shall call His name Immanuel,"
Which translated means,

"God with us."  And Joseph arose from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took her as his wife, and kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son;' and he called His name


Mathew 2:1  Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying

"Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?  For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him."

Let us come and worship Jesus who came to the earth as a child in the manger.  When we believe he is the savior for our sins he gives us the comforter, which brings us peace.

Jesus was nailed on the cross as the sacrificial lamb for our sins.  If you find a sand dollar on the beach who once was a live creature, if you look closely five holes appear.  The holes stand for the wounds Christ bore as he was nailed to the cross and the middle hole stands for when the soldier pierced his side.  A lovely poinsettia  is etched on the white skeleton of a sea creature to give us faith that  sending God's only begotten Son was a part of his plan from the beginning.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Heritage Farmstead Museum Lantern Light

Heritage Farmstead Museum Lantern Light Festival is a magical place of children laughing and discovering what it was like to be on a farm many years ago.
Enter the gates through the mind of a child.  Discover what it is like to make homemade jam.
The most important thing is to seal the jar so bacteria doesn't get in.
Come into a blacksmith's shop as he molds iron through the flame of heat.  When iron gets very hot it is easy to bend.
It is fun to pretend to be a blacksmith and hammer iron with the force of my pounding.
The windmill is still turning as it watches the farm with delight.  There are so many people to enjoy this magical evening of delight.
Singers with red Santa hats sing with joy to celebrate the magic of Christmas.
Shout for Joy, the holiday season is here at Heritage Farmstead Museum.  
A carriage ride of horse drawn donkeys make the season bright.
Spread good cheer because the season is here to make everything merry and bright.
Boys rope a cow with a long scratchy
rope just like the cowboys did so many years ago.

Children dressed up in holiday clothes to share the joy of the light of lanterns at Heritage Farmstead Museum.
Lovely ladies dressed up in period clothes to share in the mood of the night.
Helping hands guide children as they discover buttons can be a craft and a toy.  

Choir directors prepare children for their singing voice
People gather to hear the children sing with lights strung above their heads.

Carolers pass by in period costumes singing Holy Night.

Donkeys live at the Heritage Homestead Museum all year round.  They are well fed by donations of people who love the place.  

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Turtle Creek Fine Arts Festival

Turtle Creek Fine Arts Festival takes place in Reverchon Park located in the heart of Dallas.

Artists display their talent along giant Maple Trees loosing their golden leaves.

Reverchon Park is a 43 acre community park shared by Dallas residents.

White tents hold treasures of art, jewelry, photography and pottery.
Dog walkers come to get exercised and see a possible mural for display in their living rooms.
Stone bridges connect a community of artists who display their creative talents under the tapestry of giant trees.
Holiday gifts are to be found at Zephyr Creations who make jewelry a work of art.
Multicolored leaves fall on concrete ledges to show autumn patterns of delight.
Water trickles to form straight lines of droplets.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush at Barnes and Noble for Book Signing of Sisters First

It was a thrill to see the beautiful sisters, Jenna Bush Hager  and Barabra Pierce  Bush at the book signing of their newly released book Sisters First. So many people came to Barnes and Noble they had to be organized and have four times to even wait in line.  The sisters signed every book with a warm smile and photograph.

Barnes and Noble was packed with men and women who wanted to get their new book autographed by the special twins.
I overheard stories in line of how twins have a special bond.
 Doctor Boyd happened to be next to me in line with his lovely wife.  He told me he had delivered the twins and had a special letter from Former President George W Bush and First Lady Barbara to prove his story.  After I had a brief chat with Doctor Boyd  a nice man escorted  him to the front of the line.
 I got a close up of the primary source that showed their photograph and special letter of thanks.
 People in line were enthusiastic to see the twins upclose.  Jenna Bush Hager is a correspondent on the NBC's Today Show.  Barbara Pierce Bush is the CEO and co founder of Global Health Corps. an organization that mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity.  They take an innovative approach to solving some of the world's biggest health challenges.
It was an honor to meet Jenna and Barbara. They were born into a political dynasty in front of the American Public.  They watched their grandfather become President.  They were twelve years old when their father also became the leader of the United States of America.  Secret Service agents became apart of their daily lives as they watched over the twins.  The book is a deeply personal anthology of revealing stories from their lives.  Their personal bond of loyalty to each other is the foundation for their tales.  

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Autumn at the Dallas Arboretum

Autumn at the Dallas Arboretum is a blast to the senses as you walk into the magical place of bright orange pumpkins, people taking photos of their loved ones, and sweet flowers in the air.

Follow the yellow brick road to the enchanted world of make believe as Dorothy lands in the land of Oz.
Auntie Em misses Dorothy in her little pumpkin house.
The characters come alive as children walk through muchkin land and discover their favorite gourd.
Tom Thumb helped to sponsor the land where children can take a pumpkin home.
Tin Man says I want a pumpkin too.
Scarecrow just needs to be with his friends.
Welcome to Emerald City.
A white carriage framed with hearts will take you to any destination.  
Pumpkins with long stems shine with the backdrop of yellow flowers.
They come in all shapes and sizes.
"I found the perfect shape," says a little muchkin.
Bees buzz with delight because Autumn is perfect for sipping sweet nectar.
Purple and Red horses carry you to a fun day in the sun.
Seventy Five thousand pumpkins are placed so children and adults will feel the spirit of Autumn.
Bring your loved one to this magical place.