Sunday, December 20, 2009

I Want A Parrot For Christmas

Today, Phil and I had such a fun day. I had a book signing at Chester Park gift shop and then we went to Apple Tree Bookshop where Phil played Santa Claus to about 35 children. They were all so spontaneous and cute, full of wonder and awe. He came in with his Santa hat and his red checkered flannel shirt looking for a lost reindeer. They played along. He took them one by one and sat them on his lap and asked them what they wanted for Christmas. The most unusual request was from a little girl who asked Santa for a parrot. Terry Mize and I laughed and agreed this needed to be made into a song. Well, it is 2:23 AM and the lyrics to a song just came to me. Here it goes:
I want a parrot for Christmas
I don't want a toy looking thing.
Santa, please bring me a parrot
And make sure he knows how to sing.
Yes, I want a parrot for Christmas,
Dear Santa, I hope that you've heard.
I want a parrot for Christ-m-a-s
And not just any ol' bird.
There's Toucans, Macaws, and black Ravens
Love birds and flamingos so tall,
Oh, I want a parrot for Christmas...
If no parrot, then nothing at all!
Don't care if he's yellow or blue
I just want one I can talk to.
Santa, please bring me a parrot
And maybe he'll talk to you too.
Johnny Dep probably has him a parrot,
An island and plenty of loot.
Don't care 'bout islands or treasure;
Just want me a parrot that's cute.
I'll feed him and bath him and love him,
And get him an exercise gym;
I'll teach him to tap dance, then maybe
I'll teach him to yodel a tune.
Oh, I want a p-a-r-r-o-t for Christ-m-a-s...
Please, Santa, make sure it comes soon!!!!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Turkeys, Toys, Tinsle, and Tears

'Tis the season to be jolly
Christmas trees and boughs of holly,
Rush and push, great crowds of people,
Thoughts of church, those with a steeple.
Family here and family far;
Long trips taken in a car.
Over-eat and under rest;
Making life some sort of test.
Growing up and looking back;
Having more but feeling lack.
Gaining weight, so much to do,
All of this can make you blue!

Remember, Jesus left heaven above,
And came to earth to teach us love.
His angels sing of peace to men
His mission is to cleanse our sin.
He came once and will come again,
On this truth you can depend.
So give the Christ child your broken heart,
Then allow Him to give you a brand new start.
Getting ready for CHRISTMAS DAY,
Feel the joy and make time to play.
Personal fun, but taking care;
For you this is my Christmas prayer.


A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take it and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sheep in Scotland

The sun was slow to light up the morning sky due to the heavy rain clouds. Wisps of mist clung to the mountain tops as we spied the sheep as dots of white amid the rocky slope. The windshield wipers, like a metro dome, set the beat as the rain engulfed our car on the dirt road.
"This may not be a good idea coming this way. I don't see any other cars travelling here and the road looks like it could be dangerous with all this rain." The potholes in the road were deeper now causing the car to bounce up and down.
"We'll be just fine." Phil assured me, loving the hint of danger in our off the main road adventure.
The highlands of Scotland were clothed in their autumn apparel as we slowly meandered up in altitude. Along the steep mountain side more and more sheep were wandering aimlessly; fat, dumb, and happy, moving to the next piece of green to eat. Rapid streams had formed due to the heavy rainfall and we observed that the sheep were clueless to its danger. Phil pulled the car off the road and parked next to the stream, getting out to read a marker. I stayed inside to keep warm and dry. The sheep were everywhere now and I looked at their thick woolly bodies and thought about the luscious yarn that would be spun from their beautiful fluffy fleece. My thoughts were interrupted as I caught a movement in my peripheral vision. On the very top of the steep mountain a car appeared and out stepped a man with his two dogs. Without any noise, only the motion of his hand, the dogs descended upon the wayward sheep and began to nip at their heels, herding then into a flock. The dogs looked happy doing what they were breed to do, but the sheep were not happy. They moved away from their mindless bliss of grazing with reluctance, but they moved.
Phil had seen the dogs and returned to the car to make sure I saw them. He turned up the heat and together we sat in the warmth of the car, silently watching. The silence was broken by the sound of the key turning on the ignition as the car engine roared to life. Our journey continued; both of us lost in thought. Around each curve we saw more sheep and more beauty as the sun broke through the clouds and a huge rainbow appeared. Along the road we stopped for tea at a small local restaurant overlooking the scenery of a castle built near a loch. Sipping on our tea, we reflected upon the sight of the dogs working the sheep. Our heavenly Father had used this moment to reveal to us, in parable form, how Christ is our Good Shepherd who watches over us. Sometimes, we as sheep, don't see the big picture which includes dangerous situations. He sees. That is when He sends the dogs of circumstance to us to nip at our heels and lead us to safety. Like sheep of the fields, seldom do we appreciate the dogs moving us away from our carefree lifestyle, even though the Master Shepherd knows best.
I read the 23rd Psalm with new eyes after our trip to Scotland.

Friday, December 4, 2009

December Calendar

This month is very busy and I love it. Christmas is such a wonderful blessing and of course I am personally dedicated to keeping Christ in Christmas. Here is the calendar of events:

Dec. 5-Book signing at Shalom Christian Bookstore in Wasilla, AK-Noon to 2 PM
Dec.12-Book signing at Pandemonium Booksellers in Wasilla, AK-1:00-4:00 PM
Dec.15- Gingerbread House construction at Apple Tree Book Shop-11:00 AM
Dec.19-Book signing at Chester Park-Noon to 3:00 Pm
Dec. 19- Christmas Party and book sales at Apple Tree Book Shop-4:00 PM

Delicious German Christmas cookies made from the recipe in Tilly's Song will be available to taste and other surprises. Come join us and celebrate the birthday of Jesus and our advent of his return.