Featured Images {chronicle}

Cleaning out my drafts folder this week .. this was written almost a year ago .. Featured Images {chronicle} is an update of a previously unpublished post, with pictures of my grandson.  At the end I’ll add some current pictures of him .. how did he get so big???  Here’s his mother when she was a tad older than he .. with her Gram:

Here’s the old unpublished unedited post:

{sigh}{big sigh}

Has anyone else had the privilege of learning how to use a featured image for a post?  My photo won’t show on the post.  I thought perhaps it was too large, but when I edit it, it won’t save.  Help!

Meanwhile, I learned the simple process {two clicks} of making a photo gallery, which I should have done long ago.  This one is a bit random, from Christmas.  Photos already on the blog.

Learning, ever learning, never ending because there are always new things, things changing, more information, faster, faster…

Learning little by little, overwhelmed much of the time, the rest of the time spent with head in proverbial sand.

Today the learning curve is about Featured Images on WordPress.com blogs.

  • First, choose a theme which allows Featured Images.
  • Next, check your theme to see where it can be used.  The My Life theme (this blog) allows featured images in posts and on pages, but not in the header.
  • Make sure Featured Images is checked off on your Screen Options (top right side of post editing screen).
  • Try it out on an unpublished post.
  • Decide how to best use featured images for the benefit of your readers.

Current update:

Obviously I succeeded in getting the Featured Image to work, as I’ve been using it regularly.

This Christmas is the year of passing the family ornaments down to the next generation.  No pictures of that yet, but it’s very much in our hearts, this first Christmas without my mother, my kids’ Gram.  We have her 1950s ornaments as well as handmade ones which she gifted to us years ago.  Lots of memories, lots of love.

Christmas is the season for family, for remembering the old ones, cherishing the new ones, the young, and making new memories for the future.  It is a time for family traditions.  It is a season of love, of giving, of cherishing what loved ones have given.

Christmas is not about stuff.  It is about relationships, it is about selfless giving to those we love, just as God gave us His only Son that we might live through Him.

 May your Christmas season be filled with memories

and joy and hope in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

Now, let’s see if I can remember how to make a photo gallery ..

Everyday Christmas {part 6}

This is the final post in the series Everyday Christmas.  Parts of this post are from last year’s posts, which are focused on what Christ the God-man, our Redeemer, has done for us.

In case you missed them, you may want to check out the rest of the Everyday Christmas series: {overview and part 1}, {part 2}, {part 3}, {part 4}, and {part 5}.



“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men; And, being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

“Wherefore, God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name, That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, o things in earth, and things under the earth, And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God, the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11


Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne

Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown when Thou calmest to earth for me;  But in Bethlehem’s home was there found no room for Thy holy nativity.

Chorus:   O come to my heart, Lord Jesus — There is room in my heart for Thee!

Heaven’s arches rang when the angels sang, proclaiming Thy royal degree;  But of lowly birth didst Thou come to earth, and in great humility.

The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest in the shade of the forest tree;  But Thy couch was the sod, O Thou Son of God, in the deserts of Galilee.

Thou camest, O Lord, with the living word that should set Thy people free;  But with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn they bore Thee to Calvary.

When the heavens shall ring and the angels sing at Thy coming to victory,  Let Thy voice call me home, saying, “Yet there is room– there is room at My side for thee.”

My heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus, when Thou comest and callest for me!

—Emily E. S. Elliott

This first video is organ only with beautiful video and lyrics — great for singing along.

The second is part of a cantata, written by David Hamilton and performed by The Buckhannon Choral Society, which is quite lovely.


Silent Night! Holy Night!

Silent night! holy night! All is calm, all is bright Round yon virgin mother and Child,

Holy Infant, so tender and mild — Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night! holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight; Glories stream from heaven afar,

Heav’nly hosts sing alleluia — Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night! holy night! Son of God, love’s pure light Radiant beams from Thy holy face

With the dawn of redeeming grace — Jesus, Lord at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.

—Joseph Mohr, Trans. by John F. Young


This video is about listening with your eyes, since it is in sign language.

At one point I hear myself think, Why sign language, when there’s a screen with the words on it?

And then I started watching her sign,

and I got it.

What are your thoughts?

There is something beautiful in the signing.

Something that is missing in the English language.

Something that describes our LORD,

and what He has done for us.

Christmas is over.

Let us not forget.

Our Saviour’s sacrifice.

Music and signing by: Twin City Bible Church, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Everyday Christmas {part 5}

This is {part 5} of six in the Everyday Christmas series.  In case you missed them, you may want to check out {the overview and part 1},  {part 2}, {part 3}, and {part 4}.

Everyday Christmas is focused on the birth of Jesus through Scripture and music.



The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

O Holy Night, a cappella.

The Carols of Christmas.
This first one is 48 minutes of the King’s College Choir, 2011 Christmas Carols.  Quality traditional choral music, not light seasonal fare, including a lovely pipe organ.  Good to have on while working in the kitchen or elsewhere, writing that Christmas letter or cards, decorating, or just enjoying the good company of loved ones.

Handel’s Messiah, the choir of King’s College Cambridge (England) 2:38

Parts of this post are from 2013 posts, O Holy Night {when Christ was born} [12.19.2013] and Joyeux Noel {Carols of Christmas} [12.24.2013].