Author Archives: Marcia Ren

Journaling – 2020

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Hello, January

CULTIVATE No matter what is being cultivated, the word implies a level of care that is reminiscent of gardening… Hello, sweet friend… Welcome, January! With only a few days into 2020…I have surprised myself by somehow managing to pack Christmas 2019 away. Storage boxes are filled and ready to take down to the basement. (btw…love having a basement!) I am enjoying learning about more efficient ways to organize everything. Cards have been looked at several times…and until next year I will hold them close to my heart. The most lovely thing happened this week… a surprise gift from my high school friend arrived in the mail…my first gift of the year! It was a beautiful JP France hand-painted teapot, creamer & sugar dish. This beautiful surprise was so apropos…since I have been pondering thoughts about the New Year. Thoughts on how to cultivate a deeper richer meaning into my everyday … Continue reading

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At A Glance…

Each new day is God’s way of saying one more time: hold dear each changing season. Hello, sweet friend… As 2019 comes to a close I’m reflecting on all the changes that have occurred in this past decade. There have been many blessings along the way…family…friends…(furry children)… Reflection can be beneficial… particularly as we close out the past 10 years and prepare to begin a fresh new decade. In some ways I’m the happiest I’ve ever been… The years have led me to where I needed to go… led me through dark seasons… as I look down the road and enter a new year… a new decade I see the possibility ahead. The end of 2019 asks for me to pause and cast a vision… Furry pets passed away… December 2013…Celebrating a milestone birthday family members became ill.. we moved states…sold 2 homes…bought another home…retired. Some friends faded away…while others … Continue reading

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Glad Tidings🎄

As the year comes to a close, draw near to those you love and treasure the times you share…Marcia Hello, my sweet friends… It’s Christmas Eve as I begin to write this post. Looking back on the week I am beyond grateful for all the blessings and moments I’ve experienced… A few days in Eugene…which included watching the performance of The Nutcracker…Christmas shopping… a lovely dinner with Joe… Playing the piano at my sweet church on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day… An invitation for Christmas brunch… and experiencing the excitement of hosting… our first Holiday Open House in our new home. One of the most important things for me during the holiday season… Is the unwavering certainty that there will be gatherings to help celebrate… the blessing of the season…filling our home with love and joy.

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It’s Beginning To Taste A Lot Like Christmas🎄

“There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it” – Edith Wharton Hello, sweet friend… CANDY CANE COOKIE BARS 🎅🏻 INGREDIENTS 🎅🏻 preheat oven to 350 degrees F. rack in the middle position 1 cup butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1 egg ( just beat it with a fork in a glass)🎅🏻 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 2/3 cups finely chopped miniature candy canes (measure after crushing) 6 drops red food coloring 2 cups flour (not sifted~(pack it down when you measure it) one cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (that’s a 6 ounce bag) 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (thats a 12 ounce bag) 🎅🏻 Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute 30 seconds on HIGH. Set in on the counter to cool. Place the sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer (you can also do … Continue reading

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