Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Prayer for Christmas Morning

The day of joy returns, Father in Heaven,
And crowns another year with peace and good will.

Help us to rightly remember the birth of Jesus
That we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
And the worship of the wise men.

Close the doors of hate and open the doors of love
All over the world.

Let kindness come with every gift,
And good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil, by the blessing that Christ brings,
And teach us to be merry with clean hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children,
And the Christmas evening bring us to our bed
With grateful thoughts,
Forgiving and forgiven,
For Jesus' sake.


(By Henry Van Dyke)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Piano Recital

11:00 Saturday morning at Mars Hill Baptist Church in Watkinsville,
there were nervous children aplenty!  
Mrs. Rebecca Healan Jones' students sat at a beautiful Yamaha 
grand piano and played their favorite holiday pieces from memory.
This super talented lady also teaches voice lessons, so a few
kids also performed vocal solos.

Julia played "My Favorite Things" by Rodgers 
(from The Sound of Music)
She also played a piece that I loved called
"Campfire Ballad" by Kevin Olson.
It isn't a Christmas piece, but was beautiful and she did a
great job!

Some people camp out at Best Buy on Thanksgiving night before Black Friday.
Mama camped out at Mars Hill Baptist Church so we could have a seat in the
front row!  (Not really, but she was the first one there!)

Julia with "Miss" Rebecca - the lady who is slowly but surely coaxing a love
for music out of Julia - and we love her for that!

We were all so proud.  Even John said, "good job, moron".