Happy Easter, He is Risen! Καλό Πάσχα και Χριστός Ανέστη!

Yes, I know,  I am not Greek Orthodox, nor am I from any of the countries that observe Orthodox Easter.  But, since we were traveling last Sunday, we had our Easter celebration today.  And, since Easter is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection, shouldn’t we celebrate every day of the year!

He is risen indeed. Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!

Prior to leaving for Spring Break, I spent some time making an Easter plate for my kitchen plate holder.  I think it turned out really well.

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The creation of this plate involved several steps:

  1. Base of plateIMG_1607
    • Bottom glass – clear layer of glass measuring just under 7″ square
    • Top glass – medium blue outer border 1/2″ wide, green noodle (standing on edge) and varied sized pieces of variety of transparent blue glass in a patchwork pattern
    • Light amber glass cut in 5/8″ strips to make the base of the cross
    • 7″ square stainless steel form, lined with shelf paper
    • Full fused
  2. Pieces of purple transparent medium frit to make grapes full fused (visible on the right side of the stainless steel form in the photo above)
  3. Green noodles and stringer, bent by holding the glass in the flame of a soldering torch
  4. Dove and dove wing cut from thin iridescent white glassIMG_1609
  5. Leaves cut from thin green glass
  6. Cross cut from dark amber glass, slumped over 1/8″ fiber paper to be able to “weave” the glass
  7. Cross, dove, vines and grapes place onto base glass and light contour fused to the plateIMG_1612
  8. Slump in a plate mold.

Happy 60th Anniversary, Mom and Dad

1.Anniversary Announcement

Today is my parents 60th anniversary.  To honor them, here is the newspaper announcement and video I made for them.  Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Wed on December 28, 1957, Gordon and Sheila Delzer will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this year.  Gordon and Sheila first met in a barn, being introduce to each other by her father.  A few weeks later, the couple of dates later, a few intervening incidences with another beau and they were engaged.  Their marriage was officiated by Pastor Zarling in Harland, Wisconsin.

They are the parents of four children: Richard, Joyce (Brian), Pamela (Keith) and Andrew (Nancy). Their lives have been blessed with twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren who live in various locations coast-to-coast.

The majority of their years were spent living in Watertown and Waupun, Wisconsin.  Gordon’s career as a semi driver lasted over 40 years.  Sheila worked as a machinist and in direct sales.  After raising their family, Sheila received her degree in Education from UW-Oshkosh and taught special needs children at the middle school in Ripon Wisconsin for many years.

In retirement, they have gone on the help many in the communities around them.  They served as missionaries at various location for over ten years. Their involvement with Mission America Placement Services (MAPS) took them to California, Texas, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan and their home state of Wisconsin.

The couple now reside in Sun City, Arizona enjoying the sunshine and snow-free life of retirement raising peaches, oranges and other citrus.

Christmas 2017

Today we celebrate the birth of our King, Jesus. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for who he is, all he has done and his great love for us. Yes, Christmas is a special time of year here at the Erickson house.  Merry Christmas to everyone!

A Christmas Craft – Fused Glass Ornaments

 

A Christmas Recipe – Cranberry Honey ButterIMG_2579

1 cup salted butter, softened
1/3 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
1/4 cup honey
2 Tbs orange peel

Beat together all ingredients and divide into jars.  Store refrigerated. Enjoy!

 

 

 

What if?

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My husband treated my younger son and I to Easter Brunch today.  While eating, our son asked his dad how is day was going.  His response “It’s the best day of the year!”

That is the truth on this Easter Sunday.  It’s Resurrection Sunday and  Jesus is alive! We have hope in Jesus Christ and that hope makes this truly the best day of the year. The empty tomb of Jesus that gives us HOPE!

HOPE of forgiveness

HOPE of peace

HOPE of assurance

HOPE of Heaven

Hope of eternal life.

 

But, for many, they have walked away from that hope.  To them, I suggest to ask yourself “What if?”  What if your wrong?

What if?  Lyrics by Nichole Nordeman

What if you’re right?
And He was just another nice guy
What if you’re right?
What if it’s true?
They say the cross
Will only make a fool of you
And what if it’s true?

What if He takes His place in history
With all the prophets and the kings
Who taught us love and came in peace
But then the story ends
What then?

But what if you’re wrong?
What if there’s more?
What if there’s hope
You never dreamed of hoping for?

What if you jump?
And just close your eyes?
What if the arms that catch you
Catch you by surprise?
What if He’s more than enough?
What if it’s love?

What if you dig
What if you dig
Way down deeper than
Your simple-minded friends

What if you dig?
What if you find
A thousand more
Unanswered questions down inside
That’s all you find

What if you pick apart the logic
And begin to poke the holes
What if the crown of thorns is no more
Than folklore that must be told and retold

But what if you’re wrong?
What if there’s more?
What if there’s hope
You never dreamed of hoping for?

What if you jump?
Just close your eyes?
What if the arms that catch you
Catch you by surprise?
What if He’s more than enough?
What if it’s love?

You’ve been running
As fast as you can
And you’ve been looking for a place
You can land so long
But what if you’re wrong?

What if you jump?
And just close your eyes?
What if the arms that catch you
Catch you by surprise?
What if He’s more than enough?
What if it’s love?

 

The Man and The Birds

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Paul Harvey was a radio broadcaster that I grew up listening to each and every week.  I had not heard any recordings of his stories for several years.  Then, yesterday, before our Christmas Eve family dinner, my husband played the audio of “The Man and the Birds”.  Such fond memories of my childhood and such tremendous meaning in that story.

Today, Pastor Wes at our church (Berean Baptist) also read this story.  Once again I was reminded of the meaning of the story.  There are many in our society who have not fully grasped the meaning of Christmas and the significance of God’s love for us.  So, maybe this story will touch them and help them to gain the perspective of the wonderful gift we have been given.

The Man and the Birds by Paul Harvey.