Under Angel Wings


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Do You Have Room?

Please click on this beautiful and meaningful song below, and sit back and sing along with the words...

                                                             Do You Have Room?
They journeyed far, a weary pair, they sought for shelter from the cold night air.
Some place where she could lay her head, where she could give her Babe a quiet bed.
Was there no room? No corner there? In all the town a spot someone could spare?
Was there no soul come to their aid? A stable bare was where the family stayed.

Do you have room for the Savior, and do you seek Him a-new?
Have you a place for the One who lived and died for you?
Are you as humble as a shepherd boy, or as wise as men of old?
Would you have come that night? Would you have sought the light?
Do you have room?

A star a-rose, a wondrous light, a sign from God this was the Holy night.
And yet so few would go to see the Babe who came to rescue you and me.
This Child Divine is now a King. The gift of life to all the world He brings,
And all mankind He saves from doom, But on that night for him there was no room.

Do you have room for the Savior, and do you seek Him a-new?
Have you a place for the One who lived and died for you?
Are you as humble as a shepherd boy, or as wise as men of old?
Would you have come that night? Would you have sought the light?
Do you have room?
Will you come tonight? Will you seek the light?
Do you have room?

Do You Have Room? Lyrics by Shawna Belt Edwards, Sung by April Meservy

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Most of All

Thanksgiving Day brings to mind
the blessings in our lives
that usually go unnoticed:
a home that surrounds us
with comfort and protection;
delicious food, for pleasure
in both eating and sharing;
clothes to snuggle up in,
books and good entertainment
to expand our minds;
and freedom to worship our God.
Most of all we are thankful
for our family and friends,
those treasured people
who make our lives extra special.
You are part of that cherished group.
On Thanksgiving, (and every day)
we appreciate you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Joanna Fuchs

Thanksgiving Prayer~Thanksgiving Song

Monday, August 1, 2011

Pig Pickin' Cake

Today is my great niece Elizabeth's 11th birthday. Happy birthday, Lizzie! We decided to celebrate by making a Pig Pickin' Cake. "WHAT IS THAT?" you say! Pig Pickin' Cake is a local favorite here in our town in Northern California, and don't worry, the title does not cast aspersions on the person eating it. This cake is a grand tradition that originated in the south, enough said!! In order to better explain the history of this wonderful dessert, I'm going to About.com to give you the whole explanation as well as the recipe...then you can look at Lizzie's creation as we made her birthday cake. Click on this link:

Pig Pickin' Cake a.k.a. Mandarin Orange Cake a.k.a. Sunshine Cake

Now you know the whole story about Pig Pickin' Cake. You can buy one here in our town by The Cake Lady, or you can make your own and save a bunch of money!

Pour a Pillsbury Moist Supreme Classic Yellow Cake Mix into the mixer bowl. Chop fine an 11-ounce can of mandarin oranges and put in the bowl with the juice, or simply process in a food processor with the juice, then pour into the bowl. There should not be any large pieces of fruit in the cake. Crack four eggs into the bowl and add 1/2 cup of vegetable oil.

Beat for two minutes with the mixer.

Pour into three greased and floured 9 in. cake pans, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. I'm glad I checked the cakes at 20 minutes because they were done!

Let the cakes cool for an hour or two, then you are ready to put the frosting together.

Put an 8-ounce carton of frozen whipped topping in a bowl. I had bought a second one and added about half of it as well, just to make sure I had enough, and I'm glad I did, as all of it was used to frost the cake.
Stir in an 8-ounce can crushed pineapple with the juice. Add and stir in a 3.4 ounce box instant vanilla pudding. Stir well until ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Start frosting the layers and build that cake. Lizzie is left-handed and it is fascinating watching her learn how to spread frosting around! Didn't she do a wonderful job?

I can hear you asking, "Is it as good as The Cake Lady's?" The answer is, "I don't know because Lizzie liked the looks of it so much she took the whole thing home!" She promised to bring us some tomorrow, though... :D

Happy 11th birthday, Elizabeth!

Note: The cake is delicious. The cake layers are a pretty light golden orange color inside and are very moist and very tasty! The frosting is light and yummy with tiny pieces of pineapple...and it is just as good on days two and three as it is on day one!! The ingredients cost about $10.00 which is less than it costs to buy the cake, and it is very easy and quick to put together. All in all I give it 5/5 stars!! *****

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Welcome Baby Sophia Grace

On Friday, July 29, 2011 the world welcomed little Baby Sophia Grace. She was born in the Bay Area to her loving parents, Claudia and Rocky. Looking on is her honorary Auntie Olivia! 

Sophia decided to come into the world a week or two early, so she is catching up on her sleep all snug in her blanket and cap. Sleep tight, little one. Welcome to our world!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth Of July

                                                   God Bless Our Troops Around The World

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Grady and Marianne's Wedding ~ June 25, 2011

Grady, our son, and his fiancee, Marianne, were married on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at the Garden Vineyard outside Portland, Oregon. Everything about the day was gorgeous: the bride and groom and all the family and friends, the setting, the food and wine, and especially the weather! We were so blessed with a day full of sun...as I receive more candid shots I will post them up to share with everyone.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

                                                                  Mother's Love
                                                               ~Author Unknown

                                               There are times when only a Mother's love
                                                        Can understand our tears,
                                                        Can soothe our disappoints
                                                         And calm all of our fears.

                                               There are times when only a Mother's love
                                                         Can share the joy we feel
                                                  When something we've dreamed about
                                                            Quite suddenly is real.

                                               There are times when only a Mother's faith
                                                           Can help us on life's way
                                                     And inspire in us the confidence
                                                          We need from day to day.

                                                For a Mother's heart and a Mother's faith
                                                        And a Mother's steadfast love
                                                        Were fashioned by the Angels
                                                            And sent from God above.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Meaning Of Easter, by Billy Graham

We worship a risen, living Savior who has promised to give immortality to all who believe on His Name. No longer do men and women need to stumble in the fog and darkness of hopelessness. A light shines brighter than the noonday sun, offering hope to everyone who has been born again.

Jesus promised, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in  Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die." (John 11:25-26).

Long ago Job asked the great question of the ages: "If a man dies, shall he live again?" (Job 14:14). Death carries with it a certain dread. It has always been the enemy, the great, mysterious monster that makes people quake with fear.

Death stalks the rich and the poor, the educated and the uneducated. Death is no respecter of race, color or creed. Its shadow haunts us day and night. We never know when the moment of death will come for us.

Is there any hope?

I take you to an empty tomb owned by Joseph of Arimathea. Mary, Mary Magdalene, and Salome had come to anoint the body of the crucified Christ, and they had been startled to find the tomb empty. An angel sat on the stone by the door of the tomb and said, "I know that you seek Jesus...He is not here; for He is risen." (Matthew 28:5-6). 

The greatest news that mortal ear has ever heard is the news that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead, as he had promised. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the chief proof of the Christian faith. It is the truth that lies at the very foundation of the Gospel. Without a belief in the resurrection there can be no personal salvation. The Bible says, "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9).

In the resurrection of Jesus Christ we have the answer to Job's question. The Bible teaches that because Christ lives, we also shall live. The greatest truth that you can ever hear is that Jesus Christ died but rose again, and that you, too, will die but can rise again into newness of life.

The resurrected Christ still lives today. Though Jesus is in His glorified body in heaven, through the Holy Spirit He dwells in the heart of every Christian. The Scripture speaks of "Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Colossians 1:27). Christ, in whom "dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily" (Colossians 2:9), lives within the hearts of people. This is a mystery that is beyond comprehension and yet is gloriously true.

The Scripture says that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead on the first Easter will raise us from the dead if the Spirit lives in us. Call upon His resources. His grace is more than sufficient; He will cause you to triumph over the world, the flesh and the devil.

From PRAYER FOCUS, by Billy Graham
Thank you to my dear sister in Christ, Carol, for sharing!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

An Irish Blessing


                                                                 An Irish Blessing

                                                             May neighbors respect you,

                                                                 Trouble neglect you,

                                                                The angels protect you,

                                                               And heaven accept you.

Link to a beautiful Ireland video especially for St. Patrick's Day:
This Blessing Is For You

Friday, February 11, 2011

Jubilation In Egypt

The huge crowd in Tahrir Square, Cairo, reacted in jubilation today to the stunning news that the dictatorship government of President Hosni Mubarak fell. The military council will be setting up a provisional government until political parties can be formed and elections held.

Mubarak's regime ruled for over 30 years. Eighteen days ago the people of Cairo began an uprising in Tahrir Square which played out on TV screens around the world, even when Mubarak shut down all internet and cell phone usage in Egypt.

The Egyptian people have earned the right to re-write their constitution and embrace democracy so that they can be free. Besides watching history unfold in the mid-east, I have a special interest in the political outcome in Egypt as I have a dear friend, Rawia, who lives and works in Cairo. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family and friends on this historic day.

Monday, January 31, 2011

"All About God," By Ethan

Early Friday morning Ethan, one of our fifth graders at Valley Christian Academy, came into school and walked up to me with a big smile on his face. He handed me a piece of paper with red ink words and music chords scrawled on it, and the title of the song was "All About God." He said to me, "This is for you."

This was one of those moments that you live for as a teacher. A few months ago Ethan had never touched a piano, then my co-teacher began to teach him to play chords to some of our songs that we sing every day. To our amazement Ethan was soon accompanying us daily and even when we performed!

On Thursday night he was playing his keyboard at home, (a Christmas gift from his parents), and he started to hear words in his head and a tune. He said to himself, "I'd better start writing this down!" Smart boy.
Within forty-five minutes or so he had a song, fresh from heaven. 

The first thing we did when school started on Friday was to start learning "All About God." Ethan stood by me and sang the melody as I played the chords on my guitar. The other students quickly picked up the melody and the words, and Ethan had exact instructions for us such as, "Sing it through, then repeat the song playing the chorus at the end twice." My co-teacher spent some time with him writing out the melody and chords for us. It truly sounds beautiful! What a blessing for Ethan and for our school.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year's Blessing

New Year’s Blessing

As we look toward a brand new year
Then gaze back to the past
We pause with mixed emotions
And memories that still last.
For these years have taught us lessons
We never thought we'd learn
To stand in the face of adversity
Seeking peace for which we yearn.

Our nation still stands together
  Since that sad September day 
    When in an instant all was changed
And so many taken away.

Each life a precious memory
Each face burned in our souls
     The heroes, the innocent, those who were lost
Were halves who made someone whole. 

So we pray for this year to be peaceful
For strength to see us through
For each one who lost someone precious
And for all that is holy and true.

As we pray God's eternal blessings
For our leaders and our land 
We walk toward the future together
Heart to heart and hand in hand.