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Poems by Grace M. Baxter


There has been a change of plan. Poems are now being prepared as a Kindle book and will be available as a download through Amazon, this spring. Check back for details later this month.

Shorter verses for cards will still be available here.

Birthday Verses

Cheers to Another Great Birthday
For my son, Matthew
©Grace M. Baxter 2015

May your coffee always be hot
and your donuts never dry
May each day be filled with joy
as the hours and moments fly

With the start of this new year
may you step into the Plan
As you listen to God's voice
and be led by His own hand.

May Your Fenders Never Rust
for Doug
©Grace M. Baxter 2015

May your fenders never rust
As your tires kick up the dust

May your headlights always shine
And your radio work just fine

As you're cruisin' down life's road
May you carry a happy load

And with every age you reach
May you have much joy in each.

Happy, HAPPY Birthday!


     60th Birthday
It's Only a Number
for  my sister, Ruth
©Grace M. Baxter 2013

There are sixty seconds per minute
And each hour has sixty of those
As hands of the clock swing quickly around
We don't notice how fast the time goes.

When weeks turn to months and then years
We seldom give thought to our age
While still young inside, the wrinkles we'll hide
And believe we're at just the right stage.

60 is fun and vibrant and young
when compared to others we see
Be thankful for this -- and consider it bliss
You're the youngest you ever will be!

Happy Birthday!


Birthday Wishes
©Grace M. Baxter

Wishing you a day filled with
All your favourite things
Your most-loved people
And the joy that they can bring.

And when your birthday's over
And you're back to the routine,
Remember you're still wished the
Very best of everything.

Happy Birthday!


Counting Blessings

Instead of counting candles
Or tallying the years,
Contemplate your blessings,
As your birthday nears.

Consider special people
Who love you, and who care
And others who've enriched your life,
Just by being there.

Think about the memories
Passing years can never mar,
Experiences great and small
That have made you who you are.

Another year is a happy gift,
So cut your cake, and say,
"Instead of counting birthdays,
I count blessings every day"!


Easter Verses

Miracle of Spring
©Grace M. Baxter

May each miracle of Spring
Be a sweet reminder of
God's everlasting love.

Happy Easter
Happy Spring


My Real Easter
©Grace M. Baxter 2015

In thinking about Easter and what it really means
I pondered many images of flowers, birds and trees
I wondered if the Easter Bunny would be a welcomed sight
With basket full of Easter eggs and treats that would delight.

But in my heart I felt the tug of something far more real
The need to let you know that God will all your dreams fulfill
His love is so beyond the very best for each of us
The Love of God expressed through His dear Son, our Lord Jesus.

My Easter wish is more than just a warm and fuzzy thought
May Jesus Christ, our risen Lord have first place as He ought
His horrid death on Calvary paid for all your sin and mine
Because He lives, we too shall live beyond the gates of time.


Father's Day

Tee-rific Dad
for my Son, Matthew
©Grace M. Baxter 2015

Some dads are big, and strong as a horse
Others are smart ... that's PAR for the course

A few are involved with their kids, and PLAY
While others prefer to PUTTER away

As a dad, there's no doubt you are really an ACE
Caring and giving your child top place

Sharing the best of who you are
For sure as a DAD you are really a star.

Happy Father's Day!


Valentine Verses

Latte Valentine
©Grace M. Baxter 2015

Hot or cold, mild or bold
I will love you all the time.

Warm and sweet, can't be beat
You're my favourite Valentine.

Happy LOVE Day!


St. Patrick's Day

Luck O' the Irish

Isn't it amazing!
Among thousands of others...

I found you!

Happy St. Patty's Day



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I guess you might call me a "right brainer", loving all things creative. Cardmaking is the perfect hobby for me as it allows me to be totally creative, combining design with poetry or verses I can compose myself. With Christmas being such an important occasion for cardmaking and crafting, I decided to create a separate blog just for Christmas projects. "It's All About Christmas" will host all my Christmas items. "Gracenotes For Today" will still feature items every other occasion of the year. I hope you'll drop by often and stay awhile!