Sunday, January 18, 2015

Blissful years

My wife and I will be celebrating 24 blissful years of marriage this week.  I can still remember seeing my beautiful bride walking up the Church aisle to join me at the altar.  She truly is the love of my life.

2015 Affirmations Tag
Tim Holtz Dies, Embossing Folders, Stamps, Grunge Board, Distress Inks, Alpha Parts, Tissue Wrap, Calligraphy, and More.
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - January
During our marriage, we've experience many blessings.  We had two loving, smart, beautiful girls; we've experienced success in our professional lives; and we have a beautiful home.  God is good!

"Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings" - Salvador Dali
Mixed Media Sketching Experiment With My New Gelatos
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #8 - New to You
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Denise, Roger, and Leslie's ABC Wednesday - B is for Bird Wings
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #294
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 46 Year 4
Of course, we've had the natural ups and downs that come with sharing a life together.  (After all, my poor wife married an eccentric, perfectionist, and sometimes moody artist - LOL!)  However, we both share a love and commitment to the Lord that has helped overcome every obstacle in our marriage.

Masculine Aquarium Cards
Tim Holtz Embossing Folder, K&Company Embellishments, Hand Lettering, & More
Freshly Made Sketches #169 - A Sketch by Jen
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - It's A Guy Thing
Karen's Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #167
In celebration of my marriage, I dedicate this post to my dear and lovely wife.  May the Lord continue to bless us and grant us many more blissful years of marriage.  Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

It's Here!

It is hard to believe, but 2015 is here!  Therefore, along with my artwork, I'm offering a toast to the world.  May we find hope, peace, joy, prosperity and above all love, so that we may enjoy a zeal for life in each other's company.

Wedding Anniversary Card & Matching Envelope
Tim Holtz Dies/Embossing Folder, Martha Stewart Punch, Little Yellow Bicycle Papers & More
Freshly Made Sketches #167 - A Sketch by Narelle
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #165 - Anything Goes
A Tribute to the 20th Century
Mixed Media Art Journal Page
Piarom's Mix It Monthly Challenge - Vintage Color-blocking
Art Journal Journey - Inspired by the Masters II (Piet Mondrian)
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday - Week 157
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - Z is for Zestful Art
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 292
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday - Week 44 Year 4
My Daughter's Christmas Centerpiece Design
Tureen, Candles, Ornaments, Pine Cones, Cinnamon Sticks, & More
Bella's 52 Photo Project - Gallery 36 {Nature's Gifts}
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

X is for Xmas

I used to be offend by the use of "Xmas," because I thought people were trying to take Christ out of Christmas.  However, I was enlightened by a priest who told me that the use of the letter X stands for chi, the  initial for the Greek word Χριστός, which means Christ.  The letter X is also used in the Chi-Rho, which is a Christogram used for centuries by Orthodox Greeks, Roman Catholics, Anglicans and other Christian denominations throughout the world.

Love & Joy
Mixed Media Tag
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - December
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday - Week 42 Year 4
I also heard someone say once that the letter X is a symbol representing the cross that was used in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

McCabe's Christmas Gift
Gift Certificate & Tag Holder
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Winter Inspiration
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #163
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #290
In addition, according to Wikipedia, the spelling form of Xmas was used in writings by many historical personalities, such as Lord Byron, Lewis Carroll, and Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior.

In Memory of Family Members Who Are Forever In My Heart
iPhone Shot
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #155
Bella's 52 Photo Project - Gallery 34 {Favorite Photo 2014}
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - X is for Xmas Memorial
However, because of it's widely commercial use in the last couple of decades, most people prefer the traditional spelling of Christmas.  Although I don't find the Xmas spelling offensive any longer, I also prefer the traditional spelling.  Therefore, Merry Christmas!