:type travel tuesday: {a cozy cafe, paris}

Wishing you a Merry Christmas filled with family, friends, good food, a cozy hearth, and a thankful heart. Praise be to our Emmanuel who came this day, to bring us salvation!

Merry Christmas!


O root of jesse, O clavis david...

O Radix Jesse!
O Root of Jesse, that stands for an ensign of the people, before whom the kings keep silence and unto whom the Gentiles shall make supplication: come, to deliver us, and tarry not.
Isaiah 11:10
Romans 15:12
Revelation 5:5

O Clavis David!
O Key of David, and scepter of the house of Israel, who opens and no man shuts, who shuts and no man opens: come, and lead forth the captive who sits in the shadows from his prison.
Isaiah 22:22
Revelation 3:7



O come thou wisdom...

The O Antiphons of Advent...

There are seven short verses sung before the Magnificat during Evening Prayer of the Church on the seven days before the vigil of Christmas. They each begin with the exclamation "O". Each of them ends with a plea for the Messiah to come. As Christmas approaches the cry becomes more urgent.
The antiphons were composed in the seventh or eighth century when monks put together texts from the Old Testament which looked forward to the coming of our salvation. They form a rich mosaic of scriptural images. These seven verses, or antiphons as they are called, appear to be the originals although from time to time other texts were used. They became very popular in the Middle Ages. While the monastic choirs sang the antiphons the great bells of the church were rung.
A curious feature of these antiphons is that the first letter of each invocation may be taken from the Latin to form an acrostic in reverse.
So the first letters of Sapientia, Adonai, Radix, Clavis, Oriens, Rex, and Emmanuel, provide the Latin words: ERO CRAS . The phrase spells out the response of Christ himself to the heartfelt prayer of his people: "Tomorrow I will be there".

O Sapientia
O Wisdom, who came from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly: come, and teach us the way of prudence.

Proverbs 1:20; 8; 9 
I Corinthians 1:30

O Adonai
O Lord and Ruler the house of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: come, and redeem us with outstretched arms.

Exodus 3
Micah 5:2
Matthew 2:6


all is calm, all is bright

Sorry it's been slow around here lately. We're home for Christmas and everything is covered in a fresh blanket of snow. Those two facts make tending to regular business decidedly more difficult than usual. I will post about our Christmas adventures...eventually.

A very Happy Advent season to you all.

:type travel tuesday: {auntie's tea shop}

Inside Auntie's Tea Shop, Cambridge, UK


the more the merrier?

Brandon often sends out sweeping invites to boxing night at our place, usually with reasonable returns. On a normal night we have 4 to 6 people comfortably watching. The other night, however, everyone seemed to think boxing was the perfect way to fill the evening, and we ended up cramming 15 people and one puppy into our TINY hallway of a living room.

I have been saddened many times at the thought of how few people we could seat, and how poorly suited we are to "movie nights" and such. Now I know that it is possible to fit a whole lot of people in, but definitely not comfortable.


nephew love

One of my VERY FAVORITE things in life right now, is when James sees Alissa's computer or phone and starts crying, "Ah-nnie!" or "Ah-ndie!" because he wants to Skype or Facetime with me! It makes my heart melt.

Of course, after a minute or so he just wants to go and play with his toys, but he comes back for a little hello and a little chat every now and then.

It's hilarious too, because when he's done talking or he's over it, or he just wants Alissa to get off the phone he starts saying, "bye.  Bye.  BYE!" SO adorable. I can't wait to see him in person soon!


waco holiday cheer

Here's a pretty photo of Waco in the 50s or 60s. I wish it still looked like that downtown! There I go romanticizing by-gone eras again. It's so hard not to.

Not sure where the photo came from but this guy posted it on facebook.
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