#LightTheWorld: A Christmas Compass

via Daily Prompt: Compass

Yesterday I had the opportunity to sing in our Church service. The piece I chose was Gesù Bambino by Pietro Yon with the Frederick H. Martens translation, although I sang the first chorus in the orignal Italian. It is such a simple, beautiful hymn paying tribute to the sweet, humble birth of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. 

Last year my Church invited all to particpate in the Light The World Christmas Initiative. In simple, meaningful ways we were invited to do a simple act of kindness, of service to others for 25 days. It was so much fun that my husband and I were excited that it was carried over into this 2017 Christmas season. 

Just like the brightly shining star guided the Wise Men to where the Christ Child lay, we use the #LightTheWorld suggestions to act as our compass, guiding us with ideas for simple acts of Christlike love and service to others. Our actions, whether seen or unseen, become part of the #25Days25Ways “grateful chorus swell” that “acclaim His name.”

For truly as we adore others in Christlike service, we are showing that we truly “adore Him, Christ the Lord.”




Enjoying beautiful music

For the last few hours I have been going through some of my favorites songs on YouTube. My heart is filled with joy as I think about this Christmas season and how I want to #LightTheWorld.

Five days and counting! Thinking of the 25 ways in 25 days of service opportunities!

Love ThePianoGuys.com

Love the MormonTabernacleChoir.org featuring DavidArchuleta.com

and featuring BrianStokes.com

and Sissel.net …..



#LightTheWorld 2017: #LetThereBeLight

It was a great way to celebrate Christmas last year



and so we plan to do it again this year!


If you have not yet seen Kevin and Sam Sorbo’s movie, Let There Be Light, please make it part of your holiday celebration for Thanksgiving as a kickstarter to get you into the Christmas Spirit of serving others. 


  1. If you have a nativity that you would kindly share with the Interfaith Community register online here. Drop off is Saturday and Monday!
  2. The Children’s Art Contest drop off is also this Saturday and Monday. Download your entry here. 
  3. Please, come share the joy in this season of hope and miracles. Be the light that draws not just children, but all unto Christ.






Never too early for Christmas decor

There are folks who think nothing of Christmas should be seen before Halloween, but I say BRING IT ON! I love the Christmas decor, especially in the South where the seasons are not as obvious as they are up North. Of course I understand the commercialism side of not wanting to see the decor up too soon. However, knowing what the real meaning of Christmas is, it makes me ever so happy the moment the first of the fake trees or decorations or wrapping paper or whatever appears! Especially Music!


Having a ton of decorations all over my house is not my thing. I have several Nativity sets that I love to display. Normally I have them in my hutch for display year round. Last year we moved to a smaller place in another state so I only have one out now and use the rest of the space to store all of my dishes, flatware, and glassware.

That reminds me to put in a plug for the MONTGOMERY INTERFAITH NATIVITY EXHIBIT  this year. It was so lovely last year. It was my first time attending the display. This year should really be lovely as members from many congregations bring their Nativity sets to share with the Montgomery community. It is an incredible display of unity where we can demonstrate that we truly are of one heart and one mind in celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The photos below are some I took from last year’s event where I volunteered to be a hostess for a few sessions. Definitely, I will be volunteering as a hostess again this year and look forward to doing so with great anticipation.

The Music Event Coordinator, my dear friend Stephanie Ladner, invited me to sing for a twenty minute segment. That is a long stretch for me as a soloist. She smiled and said she would take fifteen if I was willing.

IF I say (teeth chattering) Yes, it will probably only be for fifteen because twenty is a long time. #LookingUpSheetMusicNow 


IMG_5484Avon Collection circa 1996Amish CresheMary Joseph JesusKirk and Cynthia Davis Turkey ANGELS singingKaren Bartels Uganda CrecheMike and Wanda Horsely River City ChurchStacey Stakely Ethiopia CrecheSilent Night Music Box LennoxCreche from Stephen and LInda McDonaldNavity Puzzle from McDonald FamilyTeeny Tiny Creche