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Monday, December 08, 2008
Christmas Bingo Party
More years ago than I care to remember, some very special ladies and I were in a small Bible Study group together. We forged a very special bond over the months and years that we studied, prayed, laughed and cried together.

Inevitably, as the years past and our families grew and changed, our paths began to go in different directions. We promised we wouldn't lose touch, but as time went on we saw less and less of each other. However, there is one special time of year where we all gather together to spend a few precious hours. Always, always it is as though we had only been apart for a few days. The bond holds fast; it is made of strong stuff - our love for each other and for the Lord.

Here are a few pictures from our Christmas Bingo Party:


Mary is our hostess every year. She was our Bible Study leader and is the one who makes sure we stay in touch.

The table - beautifully set for our lunch. Lunch is the same menu every year. No one wants it to vary in the least. Chicken Pasta Salad, rolls, fruit bowl, and lots of goodies!


Mary's living room - where we gather after lunch and bingo to open presents and listen to her girls play their piano recital pieces.



The Goodies!


The Girls! I'm so disappointed that the one picture of all of us didn't come out very well. However - there we are.




This is the little corner where we gathered to pray before leaving to go home. It was such a sweet time. We wiped tears and said, as we always do, "We have to do this more often." Perhaps this coming year we will. If not, we will gather together again next year for Christmas Bingo - and sweet, sweet fellowship.

"A friend loves at all times..." Proverbs 17:17

Blessings dear Blogging Friends,



I have been trying hard to keep up with everyone, but the days have been so full. I have a sense that this season the Lord is calling me, and so many others, to a time of quiet waiting and a gentle savoring of this Advent Season. Because of that, I think I will step back a bit from blogging. I still want to write what is on my heart, and I will visit as time permits. I find I just want to rest in the peace and joy of this sacred time of year
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  posted at 3:27 PM
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11 Comments:
At 4:47 PM, Blogger the voice of melody said...

It looks like you had such a great time! It's nice that even though you only see each other at this time of year, it actually seems like you saw each other just yesterday. That's how it's like with great friends.

Mary's house was decorated so beautifully, and the food... my, my, I had to enlarge the desserts to see them up close. :) Were those pecan tassies on the left?

Hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

 
At 7:29 PM, Blogger Jess said...

Wonderful and such a great tradition.
Just catching up with everyone..

Hope all is well with you and yours, and that you have a great week ahead.

Love, Jess

 
At 7:46 PM, Blogger Laurie in Ca. said...

Hi Linda,

Thank you for visiting my blog today. This party for you girls is a wonderful tradition. The true sign of a great friend is when you can pick right up where you left off, and time between disappears. The scripture sums it up perfectly. I look forward to visiting and reading back to catch up.

Laurie

 
At 8:59 PM, Blogger Diane@Diane's Place said...

I could feel the love as I read your post and looked at your photographs, Linda. I'm so glad y'all had this time together and hope you carry on the tradition for years to come.

I understand about stepping back from blogging a bit to savor and enjoy this holy season. I think many of us feel that calling from the Lord to simplify and emphasize Jesus more this year than ever before. I know I do!

Much love,

Diane

 
At 9:49 PM, Blogger Donnetta (momrn2) said...

This sounds like such a delightful time!

Enjoy and savor your bloggy break!

 
At 10:05 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

Friends are so special and I treasure all of mine too! Step back, all that you need to. I understand. It is very difficult this time of the year but please know you are such a blessing to me and I appreciate your posts, your friendship, and your comments when you have the time. Blessings to you my friend!

 
At 6:06 AM, Blogger Linds said...

What a wonderful tradition, Linda. I loved reading about your gathering.
Enjoy your time of peaceful reflection. This is such a special time of the year!

 
At 6:09 AM, Blogger Abbasgirl said...

The love and joy come through the pictures vividly.

Enjoy your Sabbath and quiet time of Advent.

Annette

 
At 2:56 PM, Blogger Sandi said...

What a great way to stay in touch.

 
At 10:14 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

Looks like a wondeful time, and sounds like a good idea!

 
At 11:23 PM, Blogger Chappyswife said...

Lovely home. It sounds like you all had a great time. How refreshing.

I don't blame you for cutting back a bit. Sometimes we have to do that.

God bless you, Linda, and your family. I pray He grants your heart's desires.

xoxoxo

 

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