Sunday, December 12, 2010


                                                                      Needlepoint nativity set I stitched in 1992.

Little Jesus of the Crib,
Give us the virtues of those who surround you.
Make us philosophical as the fisherman,
Carefree as the drummer,
Merry in exploring the world as the troubadour,
Eager for work as the bugler,
Patient as the spinner,
Kind as the ass,
Strong as the ox which keeps you warm.
Give us the sacred leisure of the hunter.
Give us also the desire of the shepherd for earthly things,
The pride of the trade of the knife grinder and the weaver,
The song of the miller.
Grant us the knowledge of the Magi,
The cheerfulness of the pigeon,
The impulsiveness of the cock,
The discretion of the snail,
The meekness of the lamb.
Give us the goodness of bread,
The tenderness of the wild boar,
The salt of the haddock,
The good humor of old wine,
The ardor of the candle,
The purity of the star.
~The Prayer of the Children of Provence~

I am so touched by the outpouring of prayers and encouragement regarding my upcoming surgery.
My husband and I are currently in Kansas City.  Interstates and airports in Minnesota are closed due to a winter storm.  We are hopeful that conditions will improve, and we will arrive safely and timely for my surgery on Tuesday.
In the meantime, if you see a reindeer with a shiny red nose and magic sleigh, please send them our way!


Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Prayers will still continue and to get you there on time for your surgery.

Deb said...

We are experiencing the same storm and it's supposed to clear by Monday.
Good luck with the surgery.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

You'll get there, safe and sound and on-time, my friend. This was meant to be for you. Stay warm. I'll be thinking of you.

Rebecca Nelson said...

Thinking of you this day and as always lifting you up to the Lord.

I love this heartfelt.

Love to you~


ShirleyC said...

Keeping you in my prayers.

Martha said...

Continuing to pray for a break in the weather and clearing of the roads.

Beth Sartori said...

I just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you and praying that this surgery will bring the positive outcome that we have been awaiting. Stay warm and safe and hopefully the weather will be more cooperative.

Smocking with Gwen said...

Thinking only the best of wishes for safe travel and prayers for a successful surgery.


Thanks so much for your kind always. I am always thankful for your messages especially knowing that so many things are running through your mind. You always seem to find time to send words of encouragement.

Anonymous said...

The St. Lucy votive candle burning for you at St. Patrick's Church on Camp St. in New Orleans will melt the snow and guide you to the surgeon. Continued prayers for you, Jan and hugs. :)

Anonymous said...

God Bless You during this trying time.


Kathy Ellen said...

Jan, I have just discovered your wonderful needlework blog, and reading your beautiful words are a true blessing! My prayers are with you, to arrive safely in time for your eye surgery, and that it everything is successful for you.

God's Healing Blessings To You!

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