We Gather Together

We gather together….

I really wanted to find the clip of the crazy Aunt singing this hymn in the 1995 film, “Home For the Holidays” but I couldn’t find it.

But I did find their prayer. Yikes.

So here is the song being sung.

It turns out that this a truly beautiful VERY old hymn… 1597. Um, woah.

Text: Nederlandtsch Gedencklanck; trans. by Theodore Baker
Music: 1597 – 16th cent. Dutch melody; arr. by Edward Kremser (1838-1914)
Tune: KREMSER, Meter: Irr.

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing;
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.
Beside us to guide us, our God
with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!
We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be;
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

This is EVERYTHING to be thankful for, “So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!”

Thanksgiving Balloon

Thanksgiving. We had an awesome champagne brunch and great Thanksgiving food. It was delightful to have a break from the big, giant cooking session this year. (Especially since Christmas is a month away and that will provide another cooking fest.) It was a delicious meal and, of course, no dishes. The server brought Peter a balloon and we tied it on his wrist with a slipknot. We walked all around the Orange circle… One of the two Starbucks-es on the circle were open.. so we enjoyed Starbucks beverages on our lovely walk. He did eventually lose the balloon. It flew up into the under branches of a very old, very tall tree.

Here is the progression in photos.

Peter and his balloon.

Here it is up
in the tree.

Here are the tall guys trying to reach it. 😉 A little absurd comedy.

This balloon became “a new balloon for the birds to play with.” We left it and said, “bye balloon!”

Witch’s Fingers

We had these as Halloween treats (along with candy) and we got to keep a slew. They’ve been fun to play with for us all.



2011 Halloween – FINAL post

Here is a little bit more of Halloween 2011.

Since Halloween was on a Monday this year it meant that Peter was able to enjoy it at playschool. They have an annual costume parade. They walk in a line across the street over to the building I work in (luckily since the campus is large!) and trick or treat HR and IT.

Due to the nature of his blue monster costume (plush is heat inducing); Peter was a cowboy on Monday the 31st at playschool.

There were some cute costumes. A dad was a milkman and the daughter was an ice cream cone (I hope the mom wasn’t a cow or an ice cream truck!). There was a little Dutch girl. There was a pink horse. There were princesses, fairies, super heroes, your standard costumes..

Here is the cowboy after saying, “Howdy, howdy, howdy, howdy, howdy, howdy, howdy, howdy, howdy.” This is howdy-face.

Here he is on the Halloween parade.

Here’s a picture of a picture.