Christian Encouragement Plaques

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We’re working on a new collection of personalized Christian Encouragement Plaques…they’ll be in the store soon. In the meantime, here’s a little sneak peak at a Scripture verse that will be featured in one of the designs:

Irish Blessing

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If you’re a regular here, or if you’ve poked around The Christian Gift store, you probably know I’m a photographer. Most often, my focus is the landscape. I post my images here and to our Facebook page regularly. Often, I pair them with excerpts from Scripture. Other times, I might find an interesting quotatation that’s a good … Continued

Gift for Godparents – A Creative Idea!

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I did a double-take recently while adding the personalization to a customer’s order for a plaque for Godfather. Why? The baptism year wasn’t 2012…it was 1970. Turns out the purchaser was the Godchild – obviously now a man in his early 40s. He wanted to present his Godfather with this memento – it was a … Continued

The Greatest Show on Earth

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Who doesn’t love a great movie? Or concert? Or maybe a theater production? Some of these shows are so good you remember them for a lifetime. Still, there’s nothing as amazing, as spellbinding, as reliabily entertaining as the show nature treats us to – month after month, year after year. While each season has something … Continued

National Park Week – Don’t Miss Free Admission!

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I’m a big fan of our National Park System. Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Badlands, Yellowstone, Hawaii Volcanoes, Grand Teton, Mount Ranier, Saguaro, Wrangell- Elias, Redwood, Wind Cave, Acadia, Muir Woods, Point Reyes, Indiana Dunes National Seashore, Cape Cod National Seashore… I’ve been fortunate enough to visit these wonderful places (along with many more National Monuments, Historic … Continued

Life is Like a Rainbow

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I found this quote the other day…there was no attribution given, but I thought the sentiment was spot on! A Nor’easter just blew through this area, leaving up to three inches of rain behind. With precipitation totals lagging, we needed the moisture. Three inches in the space of 30 hours was a little much in … Continued

Rest in Peace, Eric

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Eric Schwartz, the young man who very capably supported my office IT operations for the past few years, died Friday of brain cancer. Such a sad turn of events. Eric had things running so smoothly here that we only saw each other perhaps once/twice a year. If there were problems along the way, he always … Continued

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day is fast approaching (May 13th)! If you’re looking for something different for your mom, you might want to consider one of our personalized keepsakes to commemorate the day. We introduced them last year (along with plaques for Father), and they’ve been popular gift items. There are four designs to choose from. Other options … Continued

Earth Day

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When I was growing up back in the Stone Age, Earth Day arrived on the scene (April 22, 1970). As a “field trip” of sorts, my classmates and I spent the afternoon cleaning up litter; we were assigned to work in the park at the center of town. I recall being a little surprised how much … Continued

Praying With My Eyes

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One of my favorite landscape photographers, DeWitt Jones, writes a column for Outdoor Photographer magazine. In the current issue, he talks about what photography means to him – that it’s much more than making images, it’s an experience. He correctly points out that, if we’re not careful, we photographers can get so caught up in making the … Continued

With God All Things Are Possible

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A fixture in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Mount Washington Cog Railway has been chugging its way to the summit with passengers in tow since 1869. It’s the oldest mountain-climbing railroad in the world, and features the steepest railroad tracks in North America. Every time I stop by to watch the brightly-colored trains … Continued

The Joy of Springtime

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Without a doubt, spring is my favorite time of year. Whether it’s agonizingly slow to arrive or leaps onto the scene early, I eagerly anticipate its arrival each year and never tire of watching the natural world wake up from winter sleep and burst back into life. Though cleaning and preparing my gardens becomes more backbreaking … Continued