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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Advent JOY

Dh and I spent this afternoon watching our favourite sport, V8 Supercars (the 2008 Championship races no less!), from the comfort of our loungeroom. The added bonus of this sport for me is that I get to stitch as I sit with my beloved hubby.
During the break between race 2 and race 3 I turned the Gail Pan embroidery I made yesterday into a wall hanging....

....and then I almost finished the blanket stitch applique on my 1st block for the Red Delicious mystery quilt but I ran out of thread with only a few stitches to go. A quick dash to the quilting store will see that finished tomorrow.
This is a stitchery I made for Christmas 2005, just a couple of months after I began sewing. It fits in perfectly with my red and white theme.


Hubby is off tomorrow for a 3-day conference near Perth so I'll be spending that time finishing the gifts for our family over in Melbourne and Sydney, ready to be posted on Friday. Next week we'll begin the Christmas baking.

Christmas for us used to be a very serious occasion, a time of worship of Our Lord indeed, but it was celebrated almost solemnly. My husband and I had uneasy childhood memories of Christmas and that flowed on to our adult Christmas celebrations...until 2005. Coming in to the Catholic Church that year totally altered the way I looked at Christmas. It became a time of such JOY and WONDER that things could not help but begin to change. I had loved celebrating Christ's birth when I was a Protestant, but when we embraced the Catholic faith it was as though we opened a door into a level of JOY that we'd not experienced before and Christmas took on a deeper and more fulfilling meaning, a time of expectation and delight, we are almost childlike in anticipation! The Advent Masses leave me in tears because I am so happy.

~So all this to say~
MAY GOD'S LOVE FILL YOU WITH OVERFLOWING JOY THIS CHRISTMAS
AS YOU DELIGHT IN THE BIRTH OF OUR SAVIOUR!

Happy Advent!
Jenny


2 comments:

Julia said...

Hi, nice to meet another wet aussie blogger.
Thank you for your email and comment.
I love your redwork, I have done quite a bit of redwork..
I'll come back often..
Hugs

Julia said...

I must apoligize for my spelling, I clicked before checking..
Hugs