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Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Came Early

Hello friends,
I hope you had a good weekend and didn't get too much snow!
It has been cold here.
It is -24.5 deg. Celsius (12 deg below 0 Fahrenheit) outdoors this morning, and if there is any breeze it will feel much colder than that.
I am going to stay in today and try to get rid of this nasty cold that I seem to have gotten.
I was back to walking 45 minutes each morning and loving it, but not today.

 Next Sunday my hubby will officially be pastoring our new church, so the kind people from the church we've been attending for the last four years gave us a bit of a going away at the annual Christmas banquet.
I want to show you a couple things that we were so generously given.

First, this runner was given to me by a sweet friend who loves to quilt and knows the colours that I use in my home. 
Isn't it gorgeous?
I love it!

The mugs with the stags on them are large and are perfect for our morning coffee or hot chocolate in the afternoon.
And I cannot forget the Lindor chocolates, Lindor makes the best truffles ever, I think!

We also received money and gift cards.
The people of Truth Tabernacle UPC have been a tremendous blessing to us in the last four years.
We have learned to love them and they have so generously opened their lives and homes to us.
We will miss being a part of their lives on a weekly basis.
But best of all, the Lord blessed us with a Pastor and his wife who will be friends for life.

Later this week I will show you something else that I was gifted with...
it's something vintage...

Thank you for coming by and leaving such sweet comments.
I appreciate each and every one of YOU!


Rhonda said...

Hi Cindy, that runner is so pretty, it makes me want to go and sew right now. Church friends end up being lifelong friends I think.
Your new church must be close to your home as you have not mentioned moving?

I am so sorry you have a cold, I have had 4 colds this school year and they have really slowed me down. My sweet grandchildren have all shared their germs with me :)
Hope you feel better soon.
And another question, I think you wear skirts only so how do you dress when you walk, especially in this cold weather? I know this is personal but what do you wear under the skirts to keep your legs warm? I prefer to wear skirts but when the weather gets cold, I rely on jeans but I would rather not.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Beautiful runner from a good friend!

Brigitte Peetermans said...

Dearest Cindy,

Your red runner is absolutely gorgeous.

And how I love your home in the previous post. It is SO Christmas with the warm lights and the snow and all.

You are so Lucky to have such a warm house.

Have a nice week this week,

Brigitte from Belgium

It's me said...

That is great news for your and blessings from me darling...happy week !!...x !

podso said...

Your friend knows you well. What a beautiful runner. Love the colors. Trust it all goes well as your husband pastors the new church.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Brrr! It's rainy and cold here.

That runner is so gorgeous!

I hope you feel better soon!

NanaDiana said...

Congrats on your new church, Cindy. That is always exciting, a bit scary,and a bit sad to leave what we know. I am sure you will do great. Love the runner and the cups, too. Hope you have a great Monday! xo Diana

Kelley said...

First of all, congratulations on the new pastorate! I'm so excited for your family.

The gifts are so sweet. You will remember the gift-ers for years to come when you take out these sweet items. Well... except the Lindor truffles... LOL!

I send you warm island greetings from the Philippines where we base as UPC missionaries. We recently "resurrected" a church on Saipan Island, so we're in this pastoring venturing together. *wink*

Happy highways,

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Rebecca said...

Cindy, I imagine you experienced quite a range of emotions at the going-away "party". What fine remembrances. You are obviously loved.

I'm just getting over a cold myself (first thought the sore throat was "just sinus", but other symptoms over the past week say "cold". Not fun at all, is it?

It is supposed to be very, very cold the next few nights here. Guess this really IS winter! Not much snow yet for us though.....

My thoughts and prayers are with you two as you begin this new era of service. May God bring you much joy and use you for His glory!

Vintage Gal said...

Cindy ~ how exciting for you and your husband that he is pastoring the church. Blessings to you both and may the Lord continue to bless you. Love the runner ~ so beautiful and I love the mugs ;-)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

These are very sweet gifts from your church members, Cindy. The runner is particularly pretty! Best wishes to your husband as pastor in your new church!

We are also experiencing the bitter cold weather but it is expected to warm up by the end of the week. I hope so, as my heat keeps running and running and I my skin is drying out

Carol Z said...

Cindy, the runner is lovely. What a treat to brighten winter days. Take good care and keep warm.

nannykim said...

I am glad it is still warm here. It is in the 70's. But later in the week we will hit the 20's. When you live in the South you can wear light clothes one day and flip flops and the next day have on boots and sweaters ;-).

Being a pastor can be a really tough job. I have seen pastor's go through some difficult times with different congregations. Hope it will be a blessing for you both and for the congregation ;-).

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Our weather has been similar to yours, Cindy...makes me want to hibernate! Sounds like you have some caring friends to give you such a going away party...blessings on your family's new church and your husband's new pastoral position!

Linda R said...

What a pretty runner. Sounds like you two will be missed. But exciting times ahead. Take care and stay warm...


Joyful said...

You are moving on to the next adventure in your life. How fortuitous that is comes at Christmas. I do love the runner your friend made you and it sounds like you got some other neat gifts. It has been pretty cold here in Vancouver too. Today we had snow. I went for a walk and it wasn't as cold as it has been over the weekend. It was nice to end the evening after dinner with a walk in the gently, falling snow.

Marina Pérez Bejarano said...

You are very lucky! I love you show us the corners of your home.



The Quintessential Magpie said...

That was so sweet of them, Cindy, and I will be thinking of you on your new journey!



The Quintessential Magpie said...

PS. I hope you get to feeling better. xo

ScrapbookingButterfly said...

Congratulations are in order as you embark on new experiences in a new church. There will no doubt be new friendships to cultivate as a bonus. The quilted runner is a gift from the heart and something to grace your home for years to kind many people are to be so generous with their talents. It looks lovely on your kitchen counter! Mmmmm! Cozy up with hot chocolate in a reindeer mug...perfect for the cold weather we have been having and to nurse that cold of yours...hope it goes away soon!


I love those gorgeous mugs and wish some hot chocolate in them, please! Congrats on the new church, life always brings us to knew ventures in life, from one day to the next you never know what'll come! Lovely quilt runner and such a heart felt gift to forever cherrish and I love how it looks on your counter too. Thank you for visiting me sweet lady.

Pamela Gordon said...

That is a lovely gift from your former church friends. The runner is gorgeous and perfect for your home. God bless you and your husband as he starts a new ministry in a new church. Hugs, Pam

Carla from the The River said...

That is beautiful.
I like your header of your blog. So festive. :-)
I will be praying for you and your husband.