Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Simple Gifts

Bits and pieces of the lyrics of that old Shaker song have been going 'round in my head all day today...
'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

'Tis the gift to have friends and a true friend to be,
'Tis the gift to think of others not to only think of "me"
And when we hear what others really think and really feel,
Then we'll all live together with a love that is real.

Trying to keep it simple this holiday season.
Trying to be a true friend.
Trying to listen.


stephanie@craftylolly.com said...

So well said. I just adore that little vintage silver bell.

Theresa said...

Great thoughts! :) Simple and sweet!

Gail said...

I'm all about simple this year, it wouldn't bother me to not buy one gift in a "box store", I'm into handmade this year!

Marie said...

Such sage words... and lovely images with them.
Happy Holiday season!
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
Charmed giveaway!

Unknown said...

Hi Laura! What a beautiful post!! I love a simple, vintage Christmas...that's my favorite!

:) T

Mindy said...

Last picture rocks...as I hum this for the rest of the night. Thank you. ~Mindy

Willow Decor said...

So sweet, simple and true.

Jane said...

Very well said. The simple objects in your pictures made for great photos!!

Anne Lorys said...

Keeping it simple can be a real struggle, can't it? But being a good friend, being a good listener, is one of the best gifts you can give anyone...this time of year, or any time.
I think you're a wonderful friend!

Debra@CommonGround said...

Just beautiful, Laura. Love the paperwhites, I have some I need to get planted! So glad you came by today.

Ange said...

As simple as wrapping up a package with a little brown paper and kitchen twine and a rosehip from the garden! Beautifully expressed, with simplicity!

Cate said...

Such great and very true lyrics!
Thanks for sharing them as well as the wonderful impressions!

cheryl kuhn said...

What a lovely post and beautiful words!

Debra Howard said...

Oh you have the makings of a gorgeous Christmas. I just love this season. I am hosting a giveaway this week so hope you stop by and enter.

Anonymous said...

Simple & beautiful. Thank you for this wonderful post today.

Trouvais said...

Hi Laura. Used to sing that in church...love it. Thanks for yet another drop of beauty into our day! Trish

Kathy-Catnip Studio said...

Lovely imagery, thank you for sharing them!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Lovely song with lovely lyrics and sentiments. Yor bulbs look very healthy and on their way to beautiful blooms Laura. XXXX

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Such lovely, simple images, Laura.

Rosemary said...

Me too!

Heidi said...

Beautiful images, great thoughts, wonderful and much needed right now. Thank you!~
Heidi - Heart and Home

Jennifer said...

So beautiful, so true! My son's wedding left our budget tight this season - no complaints at all - we're thrilled to have a new "daughter" - so I am making a lot of gifts and thinking of as many heart filled ways to let people know how much they mean to me - you have the right idea -thank you for the beautiful words - they meant a lot Jennifer