Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The Meaning Behind The Song The Twelve Days of Christmas:
The twelve days of Christmas are the twelve days between Christmas Day, Dec. 25th, the birth of Jesus, and the Epiphany, Jan. 6th, the day Christians celebrate the arrival of the Magi (Wise Men) and the revelation of Christ as the light of the world.
The Christmas song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" may sound silly and contrived to many of us. But it actually had its origins in religious symbolism - and with a serious purpose.
It dates from a time of religious persecution. The song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas," was written as a kind of secret catechism that could sing in public without fear of arrest - a learning or memory aid to Christians in fact.
The song can be taken at two levels of interpretation - the surface meaning, or the hidden meaning known only to the Christians involved. Each element is a code word for a religious truth.
1. The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus.
2. The two turtledoves are the Old and New Testaments.
3. Three French hens stand for faith, hope and love.
4. The four calling birds are the four Gospels.
5. The five gold rings recall the Hebrew Torah (Law), or the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament.
6. The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation.
7. The seven swans a-swimming represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
8. The eight maids a-milking are the eight Beatitudes.
9. Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.
10. The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.
11. Eleven pipers piping represent the eleven faithful Apostles.
12. Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles Creed.
If you think Jesus being symbolized as a partridge in a pear tree sounds blasphemous, remember:
"Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered thee under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but thou wouldst not have it so." (Luke 13:34 and Matthew 23:34)
The "true love" in the song refers to God Himself.
The "me" receiving the gifts is every Christian.
So that "silly" song we sing at Christmas time has more meaning than we thought.
Monday, December 20, 2010
I experienced for the 2nd time the true meaning of MY life... My 2nd son was born. On that amazing day I met this little blue eyed boy and was so overcome with love and emotion that I was certain my heart would leap right out of my chest. I knew how amazing it was to love a child, I had learned that with my first son but I struggled through my second pregnancy wondering how was I ever going to love this new baby as much as I loved my Bug? Well at 8:32 am on Aug 20th I learned that very thing... I met my Bear, and Just like the Grinch, My Heart grew 3 sizes that day. I just can't believe how much he's grown and how he has stolen my heart. Mommy want's you to know that I love you my sweet Karter bear.
2 months old
3 months old
4 months old
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
So after a month of pure busyness.... I am back and ready to keep up. Today I had a moment of Clarity while watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas" with my 3 year old son. I realized that the Holidays have become so much about Getting and we have lost the true spirit of the holidays. I was watching the show and thinking to myself "how on earth do I teach my kids what Giving is all about? When do you start teaching it?" I know my kids have more than they could ever need and we have talked a lot about others that don't have and how we can help them and we have even given to them, but do they really "get it" at 3 years old? I was raised in a home where we gave and gave of ourselves to others both in time and "things" and this is the way I want my children raised as well.
Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?
That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown
You can find this in Luke 2 of your Bible as well.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Today I am thankful for the Beautiful place I call home, Colorado. I was born here, and other than a small 2 year time in Florida, I have been blessed to live here my whole life. There is no place on earth where you have all 4 seasons and 325+ days of sunshine a year. This is a place where God's majesty can be seen around every corner, and I get to see it everyday. I use this today as my thanksgiving because we are about to go camping this afternoon in the beautiful San Juan mountain range and, though it may be chilly, it will be a spectacular day.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Freedom. I think this sums up the way most of the nation is feeling today. I am thankful to live in a place where we are all able to have an opinion. I love that I can agree to disagree with those around me. I love that my husband and I can have different views on things and still live under one roof. I am so happy that I have the ability to vote for my government even if things don't always go the way I wan them to. I am thankful for my freedom and that I live in the United States of America, the best country in the world. It's just my opinion but I am able to have it because I live here.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/4 pounds stew beef, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 6 large garlic cloves, minced or 1Tbs Garlic Powder
- 8 cups beef stock or canned beef broth
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
- 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 7 cups)
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 cups 1/2-inch pieces peeled carrots
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and sauté until brown on all sides, about 5 minutes.
Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add beef stock, sugar, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, then cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, melt butter in another large pot over medium heat. Add potatoes, onion and carrots. Sauté vegetables until golden, about 20 minutes. Add vegetables to beef stew. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender, about 40 minutes.
Now we wait... I use this time to be "SuperMOM" you can follow suit or do something else to fill your time.
Discard bay leaves. Tilt pan and spoon off fat. (Can be prepared up to 2 days ahead. Cool slightly. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before serving.) Transfer stew to serving bowl. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
So today I am making some serious Applesauce to have for the kids this winter. I have a great recipe that I found a few years back on an internet cooking site. I am just so excited to share it with you all...
First you need Apples :-) The original recipe calls for 4 apples but I always make big batches of sauce and put it in jars. Today I am using about 9 medium sized "honey Crisp" Apples straight from the farms just up the road from our house.
Core the apple so it's easier to cut. (you can omit this step if you want)
Cut the apples into small pieces.
Then Dump the cut apples into a crockpot to cook.
now you need the other ingredients...
Pour the water into the crock.
Then pour in the sugar.
Now add the Cinnamon and Nutmeg.
Now stir it all up and let it cook on HI for 3-4 hours.