Category: Christmas

clear blue sky

snow melting
from evergreen branches
Easter lily by a sunny window
Poinsettia too
all part of one story

April 15, 2019
Ellen Grace Olinger

Christmas Morning

Stillness. Home. Grateful.

Some old memories – the way home from visiting my Swedish grandparents, Poppa Ernie and Nanna, at their home in Milwaukee. Poppa Ernie worked on the railroad, and Nanna worked at home. They created a new life here. My father took Nanna back to Sweden for a visit when she was old.

So many years, yet mostly content to be still and simple now. We stopped at Menards in Sheboygan and bought a wreath and holiday planter. Both on sale. Yesterday we bought a poinsettia in pastel colors at Mentink’s Market Piggly Wiggly here in Oostburg. Some good food to prepare at home.

These are some Bible verses I have quoted in posts, this year of change and new health challenges, and healing. My spirit is strong, and much progress. I remember my mother’s last Christmas on earth in a hospital and nursing home. And I reflect upon all the art and stories of family and friends. My goals are to be well, simple, and continue here.

When my spirit
was overwhelmed within me,
then thou knewest my path.

Psalm 142: 3a (KJV)

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the excellency of the power
may be of God and not from us.

2 Corinthians 4: 7 (KJV)

Thou tellest my wanderings:
put thou my tears into thy bottle:
are they not in thy book?

Psalm 56: 8 (KJV)

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us:
and establish thou the work of our hands upon us;
yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. 

Psalm 90: 17 (KJV)

S erene and sure
T rust
A long the
R oad of faith

Please visit Quiet Christmas Poetry if you wish to read more short poems.

Stillness home
Grateful blessings
Thank you

Ellen Grace Olinger

Christmas Poems

almost Christmas
through the evergreens
clear blue sky

reading one page
at a time
of this book and that
evergreens
in gentle wind

holiness
and humility
Christmas

And the Word
was made flesh,
and dwelt among us . . .
full of grace
and truth.

From John 1:14 (KJV)

My poems and the Bible verse are from Quiet Christmas Poetry, which is both a site and a large print chapbook.

For this post, I played with the new Gutenberg editor. I like the new editor.

Karl took the photo of the winter Lake Michigan beach, which became the cover art for our Christmas book.

GT Graphics in Sheboygan, Wisconsin printed Quiet Christmas Poetry.

Copies can be ordered from the books page at Time Of Singing. All proceeds benefit this poetry journal.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes: Pages

It is interesting to look at the stats, and see posts and pages from the past that are being read now.

These are two examples of Pages, which are filed under MENU in the upper right hand corner of this blog.

Haiku New Zealand: My Favourite Haiku, Edited By Sandra Simpson

I was honored that Sandra requested permission to reprint content I wrote for The Haiku Foundation.

Christmas poem by Charles A. Waugaman and picture of the Welcoming Hope book cover

Photo by Karl, 2011