“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Christmas is my favorite time of the year. How could it not be, I'm married to a traditionalist. My wife, LaRee, begins Christmas preparations about now, at about the same time as firewood is being piled against the house for a cold Canadian winter: The cozy family warmth of hearth and home: That is LaRee's specialty. 

For more than 43 years of marriage, I have looked forward to each Christmas -- the aroma of gingerbread and shortbread baking in the oven, the smell of pine bows spread along the fireplace mantle, the sound of crackling wood burning in the fireplace. It may be cold outside but our home and hearts are warm and snug. As the snow comes down, we settle into a gentle time of comforters, sweaters and piping hot chocolate.

LaRee is an artisan par excellence! She has started spending more time in her sewing room creating unique gift offerings for an upcoming Christmas Fair.  For example, last night she sewed a matching apron set for a little child and her doll.  (LaRee has the heart of a mother/grandmother.) There will be little children wearing their 'gingerbread apron' to help parents or grandparents bake Christmas goodies. Indeed, every little girl needs an apron for herself and her favorite doll in the kitchen.

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