"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Is...

Christmas is....a wonderful time of celebration for me!  The fourth week of Advent included several types of celebration for me.  I loved gathering with my East Hill Church Family for a candlelight service that included the giving of time, talent, funds, scenes from A Charlie Brown Christmas, Scripture reading-discussion, and music on a very cold and foggy Christmas Eve.

I also loved gathering with some of my blogging family at Teresa and Dayle's lovely farm near the great Columbia River for lunch on Monday.  We brought food to share and Teresa and Dayle fixed delicious salmon for us to enjoy.  We had fun visiting and popping open the English Crackers Teresa provided.  The crackers were  filled with hats and riddles and prizes like marbles.  Fun :)

We also exchanged an assortment of creative gifts we had made or purchased.  But the first gifts we opened were from our Florida blogging friend, Meredith.  She  knew we were gathering and made each of us a colorful yarn ball with knitting needles ornament and sent them to Teresa.  Thank you, Meredith!  Betsy and I crocheted ornaments.  She made lacy covers for shiny round colorful glass ornaments, and I crocheted little wreathes.  Betsy also brought us jingle bells, tea, and fans from her recent trip to visit her son in Japan. Taci crocheted little granny squares and cleverly put them in jars with the other parts we need to stitch together a pin cushion.  She even included colorful heart headed pins!  Teresa also gave us rolls of pretty washi crafting tape, and little jars in which she had lovingly arranged Nativity scenes.

Christmas is...a special time I celebrate that God loved the world [even me] so much He gave His only Son.  Whoever believes in Him will have life forever with Him because He did not come to condemn the world but to save it. 

However you came to visit One Saylor's Log, I am grateful you come to visit, and that we have the opportunity to creatively explore life together.  Merry Christmas : )

Gracie xx  


  1. Have a wonderful time with your family!


  2. ***** M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S ***** Gracie!!
    I am so happy we have become friends during this past year and looking forward to many more memories in the upcoming year!
    Thank you again for my gift.....the books are so beautiful everyone wants them!
    I hope you have a wonderful day today with your family.
    Sending warm hugs to you all from Louisiana!!!
    xoxo Shari

  3. How I envy you being able to get together with bloggy friends .....and what a perfect setting!!! Sending Christmas greetings to you and your family dear Gracie and to Taci and Betsy and to Teresa too although we aren't blog contacts as yet. Merry Merry Christmas to you all!!!

    Amanda :-)

  4. Your Christmas sounds like there is a lot of love involved Gracie. So glad you liked your little ornament. Sending you a big, big Christmas hug.

  5. Happy Christmas Gracie, loved reading about your lunch with bloggy friends, so special. Have a lovely day with your family,
    Carol xx

  6. Hi Gracie, lovely, happy, sweet post.. I'm glad we're friends. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. Merry, Merry Christmas Gracie!!!! "For God so loved the World that he sent his only begotten Son." John 3:16. I hope you'd having a wonderful day with your family.
    See you Friday!

  8. So wish I could get together with blogging friends like you do. I love all the photos and all your smiling faces. I read all of your blogs and so enjoy each of them. Merry Christmas.

  9. Merry Christmas Gracie! Loved hearing about the lunch at Teresa's!!!!
    XO Kris

  10. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Gracie. It looks like you were surrounded by those you love and that you spent the time in a fulfilling way, which is all any of us can hope for. Relax and enjoy. :)

  11. I get so happy when I see pictures of your lovely home and decorations, Gracie. You're blessed with such a beautiful family (and they're blessed with you!) Christmastime is the best: all the wonderful ways friends and family share their love and appreciation for one another... Thank for writing from your heart, and sharing with us all year long. Warmest wishes to you and yours!

  12. Gracie, Gracie, Gracie can I tell you I am speechless right now!!!! I received your wonderful package in the mail today and I was just stunned when I opened it. You sent me your sheep! Oh my goodness I do not even know how to thank you enough for this absolutely wonderful gift. Gracie, I am afraid you are going to miss your friend, if you do let me know and I will send Fluffy right back for a visit. My friend, you are so generous and you just made my day, well more than my day you made my year. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    1. I'm so glad she arrived safely, and that you love her, Meredith. I know she will be happy with you :) xx

  13. Oh yes, you have captured it all beautifully!!!!

  14. How wonderful your Christmas looks to have been :)

    Wishing you and yours much peace and joy in the year ahead Gracie x

  15. Wonderful photos. So glad you had a good time. I hope you have a very happy New Year.

  16. Such a lovely post Gracie. God Bless you and your family- now and through 2014. Hugs Anne x


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