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October 19, 2006



As my high school English teacher would breathlessly say, "simply gorgeous, simply gorgeous."

Thank you!


As my high school English teacher would breathlessly say, "simply gorgeous, simply gorgeous."

Thank you!


Oh Alice, what a joyful post!

I can only imagine how beautiful that tree must appear with snow falling softly outside those windows. (And your own host of angels gathered beneath.) :)

Thank you for sharing these lovely thoughts and memories.


I wish I could go over your house and look at your collection in person and hear the stories behind each one.

Rebecca B.

Thrice beautiful...the post, the tree and your sweet spirit, Alice.


Beautiful. What a lovely way to start the morning! Thank you.

Melissa Wiley

Oh, Alice, how perfectly lovely! Do you know that you gave me my very first angel? The beautiful gold-and-white ornament that was your first gift to me on my birthday the week before Christmas. I took great care to pack it in bubble wrap for this move!

"We spend our lives collecting angels..." Beautiful.


Both the writing and the tree are just glorious!


Oh Alice,
What a beautiful and tender heart you have for God. I love your reflection on the gifts of our children. How blessed your children are and how you bless all of us.
With much thanksgiving for all you share,

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