Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Today is my busiest work day, plus I have laundry that needs to be done and I still have my Christmas decorations to take down and pack away for another year. Sometimes I wonder why I bother, no one enjoys them but us. Our children are all too busy with their lives to come home for Christmas, we always end up going to them instead....but I don't want to have a pity party this morning, it's far too early for that.
I thought I'd share a New Year's Prayer with you all this morning:
Dear Lord, please give me…
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I wanted to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you the Merriest Christmas and pray that you will all take a moment to stop during the hustle and bustle, the chaos and fury, of these next couple of days to spend a quiet moment remembering what Christmas is really all about.
May God bless you and your family, and may you have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! God bless us, everyone.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
"Yes, Amanda, it is a beautiful card. Would you like me to buy it for you?" asked her mother. Amanda nodded her head yes.
Amanda didn't know who to send the glitter card to. The stars were shining so bright on the card, it was as if the card was trying to tell her something. Amanda wondered what this special card was trying to say.
It was two days before Christmas when her Uncle Gerald came and visited her. Amanda showed him her special glitter card and asked him if he knew what the card was trying to tell her.
"Well, Amanda, I think this card is very, very special and you must decide what to do with it. You can send it to your parents, friends, aunts, uncles, or give it away to someone special," said Uncle Gerald.
Amanda didn't want to mail it to anyone or give it away. She wanted to keep it forever. Amanda told her Uncle that she would keep the card until it told her what to do.
Her Uncle laughed, patted her head and gave her $5.00.
On Christmas Eve, Amanda went downtown to the toy store. She loved looking in the windows, and she knew that Santa Claus would be giving her everything she had on her Christmas list.
Standing next to Amanda was a mother and child. They were dressed in torn clothes that didn't look very warm.
The little girl asked her mommy if Santa Claus would know they were living in their car and would bring her a gift this year.
The little girl's mommy had the saddest eyes Amanda ever saw. With a small tear falling down her face, the mother told her little girl, she hoped Santa Claus wouldn't forget them.
Amanda pulled the glitter card out of her pocket, looked at it and then realized what the special card was telling her.
She reached into her other pocket, took out the $5.00 Uncle Gerald had given her and handed the card and the money to the mother.
Amanda ran all the way home. She was happy she was able to help someone, but she missed her special glitter card.
Throughout Amanda's life, at Christmastime she always remembered the "special glitter card" she once had. She had told her children and grandchildren the story of her special card and how one card and $5.00 helped to make a Merry Christmas for one family.
One cold Christmas Eve, Amanda was sitting alone on a park bench. A girl came over to Amanda and asked her why she was crying. Amanda told the little girl that her husband died two years ago, her children had all moved away and she was all alone for Christmas.
The little girl reached in her pocket and pulled out an old tattered card and handed it to Amanda saying, "Please take this card. Many, many years ago someone gave this card and $5.00 to my great-grandmother on Christmas Eve. Great granny told me it was the best Christmas they ever had."
Amanda was shocked to see it was the card she gave away so many years ago. She was just about to tell the girl that she was the one who gave the card to her great-grandmother, when the girl reached into her other pocket and pulled out $5.00. She handed Amanda the money and said, "Please hold on to this card until you find someone 'special' to pass it to." With that, the girl ran away.
As Amanda sat there looking at the glitter card, she was shocked to see all the stars start to move. Instead of a group of shining stars, they now were grouped together to form one bright, shining star.
Amanda now realized what this card was telling her so many years ago. Christmas isn't about gifts, toys, parties or pretty clothes. Christmas is about love and sharing.
~ by B. Heran
Friday, December 19, 2008
These are the rulesRule #1 ~ Link to the person that tagged you.
Rule #2 ~ Post the rules on your Blog.
Rule #3 ~ Write 6 random things about yourself.
Rule #4 ~ Tag 6 people at the end of your post.
Rule #5 ~ Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their Blog.
Rule #6 ~ Let the tagger know your entry is up
1. I am a retired teacher. I retired at 41.
2. I am an avid reader and have over 1,000 books in my library at any given time
3. Iam am a majorly anally retentive type A personality. A total perfectionist.
4. When my boys were young I worked as a Hostess at Denny's for about a year.
5. I am a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. One of my ancestors served with General George Washington at Valley Forge.
6. I have a Great-Grandfather who died in the Civil War.
Rather than tag anyone in particular I'll leave this here for anyone who'd like to participate. You're welcome to take the tag to your blog and pass it along!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
If I had half a brain I'd be dangerous. In my last post I mentioned I'd received some items in the mail and thanked the wrong person. I got the items from Joleen at The Primitive Bucket. Sorry Joleen.
It is so unseasonably warm here this year. We've got the air conditioning running, it's in the 80's. At this rate my flowers will be blooming again soon! It's hard to be in the Christmas spirit when you feel like you ought to be swimming. Then I see that out west, Las Vegas and places in California it's SNOWING! The weather has certainly been strange this year. I keep Christmas music playing, that's about all that keeps me in the Spirit.
I think I'll take a break and go watch Mamma Mia. My DH bought it for me. We saw the stage version when it came to town and truly enjoyed it. I do love the music of ABBA and hope I like the movie version as much. Hope you all have a great day!
Monday, December 15, 2008
I was working this morning, Monday is my busy office day, and when DH got home from work I asked him to take out some boxes to the trash for me. A few minutes later in he walks with one of the boxes telling me I needed to go through it, there was some "good stuff" in there. I couldn't imagine what had fallen in the box, but when I looked there was a brand new HP laptop computer! It is my Christmas gift, something I've wanted for quite some time. It was such a surprise as we both have perfectly good desktop computers, but this is one I can even watch television on if the need arises.
We are never worried about giving on the particular day, I already gave him his gift also..a Garmin GPS system.. I told him he should never get lost again. For us it's the giving, not the day.
Many thanks to Deb at Pioneers and Pilgrims. I received my prize today...absolutely fabulous smelling tarts...5 of them! I can't wait to use one..it's deciding which one to start with that will be hard!
I'm looking for a round penny rug for my dining room table. I want one I can use year-round, not just during the holiday season. If anyone knows a great place to purchase penny rugs that won't break your pocketbook leave me a message.
I received my package from Janeen at Primitive Lifestyle. I'd seen on her blog awhile back she'd done a craft show and hadn't sold much. She showed a couple of her items and I fell in love with them. She is so talented and creative and it's a real pleasure to have her beautiful items in my home. I hope she gets some new things listed on Ebay soon. Valentines Day will be here before we know it. I may have to try her "beer butt" chicken one day soon, it looks yummy.
Time to get back to work for me...I've played on this thing long enough. I hope your day is truly wonderful.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
We had a lovely day yesterday, my husband and I went to my AVON Christmas party. It was so much fun. The food was great, I found someone who makes greens better than I do, and I came home loaded down with all sorts of prizes, as well as the top cash prize of $20.00. I enjoy selling AVON, I meet so many nice people that way, and where else could you start your own business for $10?
Today is a busy day for us. Church services, morning and evening, plus we have a funeral to attend this afternoon. For some reason funerals always seem sadder around the holidays and this one is no exception. A young family man, 39 years old, was killed this week in a one-car accident, leaving behind a wife and 2 young children. If you think of it around 2PM this afternoon, whisper a prayer for the Davis family.
I pray your Lord's Day is blessed whether you're attending church services or enjoying family time together. Seeya tomorrow!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I've discovered new friends, talented creative people, wonderful holiday traditions and ideas, fabulous recipes, and most generous people who have fabulous giveaways. It's amazing what can be found by clicking on a simple link.
I've discovered another new blog today...with a giveaway. Hmmm by sharing giveaways I lessen my own chances of winning....maybe I should stop sharing! Nahh it's much more fun to share :)
Angie at Simple Thyme Primitives is doing a Winter Wonderland Giveaway. Be sure and stop in to her blog and see what's she's up to these days.
I think I'm going to bake some brownies. I can't eat chocolate, I have tachycardia so no caffeine, but I substitute carob powder and it makes brownies that taste just as good. They're really yummy with vanilla ice cream on top.
I hope you all have a blessed day!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Here is my beautiful Nativity set. I saw this one year at Family Christian Bookstore and really wanted it, but it was $99.00! I waited until the day after Christmas and went to the sale, got the set for $12.00! Boy was I happy!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
In last night's SEC Championship game we watched the Florida Gators slide to victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide. It was an exciting game, filled with moments where I was sitting on the edge of my seat and others where I was yelling at the television set. I didn't like seeing our Gators behind, or watching the score so close after so many huge wins this season.
Most of all, however, was watching Tim Tebow give praise to God, as I have watched him do all year. He realizes his talents come from the One above and he openly acknowledges it. Now, I don't know that I believe that God ordains the outcome of a football game, but I appreciate the open testimony that young man gives every week, every day of his life, to his coaches and to the other players and students at UF.
Now it's on to the Championship game. May the best team win! I'll be in front of the television watching, that's for sure.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
My life has been a whirlwind these last few months. I was diagnosed with cancer back in August, and there's something about that one word alone that sends you spiraling. But, I've learned that it's not the end of life and that doesn't mean that you give up hope, or living. I'm scheduled for surgery after the first of the year, and am praying that the surgery will take care of the problem. I know that God is totally in control, and this journey is a learning and growing process for me, it's certainly taught me patience.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
This year, in our family, we came to the decision that Christmas had become a giving contest. We decided to no longer purchase gifts for the adults, only for the children, and we set a limit on that. We also decided that we would change some of our family traditions to include reading the Christmas story to the children and to select a charitable deed to do as a family. This year it is a care package for a soldier serving our country in Iraq, far away from his home and family on Christmas.
More importantly, we all need to stop each and every day and take time out from the hustle and bustle of cooking, baking, decorating, card writing, gift wrapping, shopping, and swiping those credit cards, to remember what Christmas is all about. It's about the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ, who was born in a lowly manger, who died on a cross, and who rose again on the third day so that we might spend eternity in Heaven. It is Jesus who makes this the most wonderful time of the year.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Yes, this is me! Well, okay, it was a long time ago.
Too many years came and went before I figured out that I treasured the wonderful things I had growing up. Unfortunately, too many of them had long been lost. It's really a shame someone didn't warn me, as a child, that I would want those dolls and toys when I reached middle age. I might have taken better care of them.
Slowly and steadily I have been rebuilding my collection of dolls and precious toys. This doll, however, continues to elude me. I've hunted and searched through EBay, doll sites and books, trying to find what kind of doll this is. I've written to experts and even paid one expert to look at my photo and tell me. Her best guess was a Sears "Happi-Time Playmate. Nobody seems to know anything about them or have one for sale. I keep hoping that one day I'll run across someone who has my doll for sale.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Suddenly I find myself leaning more towards the politics of the Republicans. Now, I still don't agree with all the things they have on their platform, but as I grow older I find myself leaning more to the right instead of the left. I guess you might say I'm in the middle.
This year I'll be casting my vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin. I admire their politics. I admire their stand on certain issues. I admire Sarah Palin for being a strong, determined woman who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go get it. More than anything I admire their main focus..."Country First." It's about time someone remembered that we're all Americans first.
Monday, August 25, 2008
I don't decorate with any Halloween type decorations. You won't find jack-o-lanters, bats, witches, and the like at my house. But I think a person can decorate beautifully for fall without bowing to convention and bringing a day dedicated to evil into your home.
Like most people, at this time of year, I'm tired of the endless heat and humidity and am ready for some cooler, drier weather. I'm ready for the bounty of the fall harvest. I've got my Autumn Wreath candles ready to light .....anytime fall, anytime!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
If you haven't tried one of these books, I urge you to try one....you'll laugh, and you'll cry too, as God speaks to your heart.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
I was recently convicted to be dresses-only. Six months ago if you'd have told me this I'd have laughed in your face. But God works in mysterious ways His wonders to behold. Now I couldn't be happier and when I'm forced to wear a pair of pants (I have to go to physical therapy twice a week because of a fall) I feel so strange and can't wait to get home and get them off.
It's amazing what we Christians convince ourselves is okay, and how we accept that we can be like everyone else in the world. One problem with that theory. Christians are totally different than the world. Satan tells us it's okay, he's so sneaky and subtle sometimes we don't even notice him working in our lives.
I truthfully believe, in our society today, women don't give a second thought to the provocativeness of their dress, they only think about it being "in style." We don't realize sometimes that we can be a stumbling block to our fellow Christians and we don't stop often enough to realize what we're saying to the world, either.
I have been amazed at how differently I am treated since I've started wearing dresses all the time. People are much more polite, I'm treated with respect and courtesy. Strangers hold doors for me, I've had traffic stop in a parking lot so I could cross to my car. My husband even treats me differently, more gently and loving as though he now realizes all the time that I am a lady as well as his wife. He holds doors for me, helps me in and out of our vehicle, carries my Bible and things. His behavior is more respectful. I realized I was telling him it was okay to treat me so casually and more as an equal instead of the fairer sex and helpmeet.
I realize too that God doesn't lay this on everyone's heart. I'm not sure why, after all these years, he laid it on mine! But He did and I struggled with it. I didn't want to give up my comfy capris and t-shirts, my jeans and sweats. But God wouldn't leave me be until I did it willingly.
I used this as a starting point in my life and started examining myself in all areas. My speech, my friends, my comings and goings, where we eat (we've stopped eating at the local sports pubs...they're the closest to where we live so we've given up the convenience, but we also don't provide the witness of us walking out of a bar together), what television programs we watch, movies we rent, books and magazines I read....every thing. I want more than anything for my life to be completely pleasing unto the Lord.