I have always loved this poem by Robert Frost. He came to visit our class about fifty years ago when I was in grade school. I remember him being this little white haired man. At the time it was insignificant to me, but in later years when I realized who he was, it was a fond memory.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...
I love it... it is so beautiful outside. I've got the animals fed and watered and the front walk shoveled, so I don't have to go out anymore today. I can just watch it snow. The beautiful peaceful snow!
Hopefully, you can be inside and enjoy the beauty of the day also.
Most of my Christmas shopping has been done for weeks. No credit card gift purchases, and what I've used them for, I've paid off right away. This will definitely be a simple Christmas, but I'm pleased.
I'm glad my mother taught me how to buy for Christmas. Usually, it was an all year thing with a cedar chest or cabinet storage involved. Mom can still sniff out a good sale at almost 80. Same way with the pantry, but that's another story. I'm so grateful for such a good mom.
I really enjoy Christmas... Advent, parties, family, friends, love and giving. It is just what Jesus taught us... love and giving!
Here's wishing you love, happiness, health and a successfully great year!
I Corinthians 13:13
Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.
Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, love divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But wherewith for sacred sign?
Love shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and to all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign .
There is truly joy in knowing Christ as Lord and Savior.
Facebook is fun because you feel like you are with your friends and experiencing what they experience, but your blog is just you. I looked at how few posts I've had this year and feel a little sad. So much, I missed sharing. Well, hopefully, this new year will start off different because I plan to get back to my blogging.
Well, just a few of my thoughts for the day...
I say, "The best thing we can do for our friends, is to be their friend." Just a thought for this Christmas season. We don't always have to buy gifts... send a card and let them know that you love them.
Have a blessed day!
I actually wrote my blog entry before going to bed last night and had it scheduled to post. What a surprise to wake up and find a small snow fall in the night. I love it. It is so beautiful!
I am so thankful for small blessings!
I am so looking forward to snow! We had a little bit Sat. morning but it didn't last. I love to sit by my window and look out at the snow, but I don't like the winds that sometimes come with it. I just want the fluffy little white stuff. Boy, am I picky or what.
I guess you could say that, "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas."
Today, I am reminded that families are a blessing. I come from a big loving family. Dad was one of nine children and mom was one of seven. I was one of four. There were so many aunts, uncles and cousins at our reunions, but time has taken it course and the reunions have less and less. We celebrated the Phillips Family Christmas in Centerville, OH. It was so different than Christmases past, but this is today.
I think most of all I am reminded about how much we should treasure our families. They are only here on earth for a season and we need to bless them and let them be a blessing to us. Looking at my family history, I remember Papa & Mama (dad's parents), in the morning at around 6:30 kneeling and praying in the dining room. I remember Papa's general store, the big family gatherings, and the love. I'm so glad that I can still feel that love with my uncles, aunts and cousins as well as with my parents today and more than anything in this world, I want this love passed on to my children and grandchildren. This love is a blessing from God.
We had so much fun going over old times, eating, laughing and just enjoying being together. Dad & his brothers Uncle Junior & Uncle Albert, & sister Aunt Ruby and some of their families were able to come. It was just a special time for us all.
Blessings to you this Merry Christmas season!
Well, can you believe it, the first week of the Christmas season is soon coming to an end. Some of us will be going to our first Christmas parties or may have already been to one. We are decorating, listening to Christmas music, lighting scented candles, baking and cooking all kinds of goodies and sitting by a gas or wood fire. This is a most wonderful time of the year. I love it!
I have a few more things to purchase. Thankfully, my Christmas gifts are pretty much bought, but I want to support those businesses that have good values and are considerate of their customers. So, today I plan on visiting a store that is high on the Stand for Christmas List.
Have a blessed day... Merry Christmas!
This is something to consider, Focus on The Family has a website Stand For Christmas that lists some of the most popular stores that we shop at and how they are treating Christmas. Since I'm one of these people that try to support those that uphold my beliefs, I am so thankful for this list. My Christmas gifts are pretty much bought, so I will take the list into consideration all year long. I say, that if I buy just for just a holiday, I'm not buying. I buy for a reason and Christmas is a good reason to share with others God's love and your love.
Well, we are officially in the Christmas season. We've had our first Advent Sunday, decorations are going up, gifts are being purchased and celebrations and parties planned. I love my holidays, but Christmas is my most favorite of all. It is Christmas and it has a very important meaning and reason to celebrate & give gifts.
I started celebrating advent a few years ago because I wanted to make Christmas more spiritual along with all the celebrating, gift giving and the parties that we would participate in. It is something that I really look forward to each year. I want to share how I feel about Advent with you...
I was thinking of this old hymn, O Come O come Emanuel. I had to do a search for it, since it wasn't in any of the hymnals that I have, but it tells the story.
1. Oh, come, Oh, come, Emanuel, And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel.
2. Oh, come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan's tyranny; From depths of hell Thy people save And give them victory o'er the grave. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel.
3. Oh, come, Thou Dayspring from on high, And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night And death's dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel.
4. Oh, come, Thou Key of David, come And open wide our heavenly home: Make safe the way that leads on high And close the path to misery. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel.
The Thanksgiving season is coming to an end on the calendar, but in truth daily, we can praise God, be thankful and bless his name. I am thankful for so many of God's blessings on me, but I think the last verse of this psalm pretty much sums it up...
"Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."
This is and old song, but new for today...
When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed,
Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
When you look at others with their lands and gold,
So, amid the conflict, whether great or small,
As the world looks upon me, as I struggle along
They say I have nothing,
but they are all wrong.
In my heart I'm rejoicing, though
this world may not see...
I thank you Lord for
your blessings on me...
There's a roof up above me,
I've a good place to sleep,
There's food on my table,
and shoes on my feet...
You gave me your Love Lord
and a fine family,
I thank you Lord for your
blessings on me...
Well, you know I'm not wealthy,
and these clothes are not new,
I don't have much money,
but Lord I have You...
And to me that's all matters
though the world may not see,
I thank you Lord for your
blessings on me.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving Season !
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Remembering Our Veterans on this Veterans Day, the hero's of America. Thank you for keeping us safe and giving us freedom. We appreciate your sacrifice.
Today, while we are praying for our servicemen, we need to remember our country. Freedom comes with a price. We can back our servicemen with prayer and we can pray for our country.
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." II Chronicles 7:13-14
Thank you so much veterans, we really appreciate your sacrifice!
All Gave Some, Some Gave All -by Billy Ray Cyrus
Just think, the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are just around the corner and then we will really know busy. The neat thing about the holidays is that we wouldn't want it any other way. We love to decorate, cook and prepare for two the the best celebrated seasons of the year.
Well, just a few of my thoughts ...
Anyway, another October is almost gone. It was a fruitful summer and I was able to get a lot of produce put up for winter. I was able to stock the pantry and goods needed for winter. I need a few more things, but they will come. I like to find specials and coupons especially in times like these.
Well, I've certainly enjoyed the fall weather. It's beauty hasn't let us down. Now we'll look forward to a wonderful Thanksgiving time next month and all that November has for us to experience.
I always look forward to the beauty of each new season. It has been a nice long vacation from writing, but I'm ready for the new blogging challenge. Blogs do take time and effort.
What's new? I've got a Facebook account now and that is enjoyable, but I enjoy blogging. Facebook seems so open, but a blog just feels like me. They both have their ups and downs. I think the neatest thing I do on Facebook is play the Farmville game. Now that is fun!
Guidelines For Today’s Living
By Robert Louis Stevenson
Make up your mind to be happy… learn to find your pleasure in simple things.
- Make the best of circumstances. No one has everything , and everyone has something of sorrow.
- Don’t take yourself too seriously.
- Don’t let criticism worry you… you can’t please everybody.
- Don’t let your neighbors set your standards… be yourself.
- Do things you enjoy doing… but stay out of debt.
- Don’t borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than actual ones.
- Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish enmities and grudges.
- Have many interests… if you can’t travel, read about places.
- Don’t hold post-mortems or spend time brooding over sorrows and mistakes.
- Don’t be the one who never gets over things.
- Keep busy at something… a very busy person never has time to be unhappy.
This list was written by Robert Louis Stevenson over 100 years ago and is still so relevant today. I read it in a little book that I bought my Mom for Mother's Day and thought I'd like to share it with you.
Have a good day!
Anyway, World Net Daily has a forum section called LAUGHLINES. I decided that in spite of the sickness, I needed a good laugh. You might want to check them out for many, many more laughs.
Recently, I was diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D. - Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. This is how it manifests: I decide to wash my car. As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the hall table. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the trash can under the table, and notice that the trash can is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the trash first. But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the trash anyway, I may as well pay the bills first. I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go to my desk where I find the can of Coke that I had been drinking. I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. I see that the Coke is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold. As I head toward the kitchen with the coke a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need to be watered. I set the Coke down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers. I splash some water on the flowers, but most of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill. Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do. At the end of the day: the car isn't washed, the bills aren't paid, there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter, the flowers aren't watered, there is still only one check in my checkbook, I can't find the remote, I can't find my glasses, and I don't remember what I did with the car keys. Then when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I'm really tired. I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail. Do me a favor, will you? Forward this message to everyone you know, because I don't remember to whom it has been sent. Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!
GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY.
GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL
LAUGHING AT YOURSELF IS THERAPEUTIC!
It just amazes me .... "He's big enough to rule his mighty universe
Yet small enough to live within my heart."
It's hard to drive with tears, but the blessing was so great!
I am so ready. I love to see the flowers pushing their way through the ground and all the green after a long winters snow and rains.
It's been one of those weeks. Tired, not feeling on top of it and sometimes just run, run. You know what I mean? I need a day of rest!
Amy & the munchkins are heading back to Kansas. It has been so nice getting to spend some time with them. I bought some kids books and Kinsey and Caden have been reading up a storm. I love it! I love to read and I like to see my grand kids enjoy the adventures of going anywhere and having adventures through the pages of a book. Like someone once said books will take you anywhere and through many experiences. Oh, maybe that was me. :)
Today's another full day so until next time, enjoy the day!
It's always hard to part with the old, but new can be good. In this case new is great! For now, my old Home Interiors web address transfers over to the Celebrating Home web address.
Things are looking up...
I was listening to Crown Financial Ministries this morning. They gave a little morning minute on WEEC which was a shining light. So many people are going around and sounding like the sky is falling. He says we have 93% of the people working and there are companies that are even hiring. Now, I like that way of thinking!
Yes, things are tight and who knows might get worse, but look at the 93% who are working and look at it from that angle. Of course, we have to pull our purse strings in a little, but you know it's good to watch your budget.
A brother-in-law sent out an email this morning that I totally agree with...
Henry David Thoreau reminded us that a man is wealthy in proportion to the number of things he can afford to do without. The economic and energy crises that the world faces will probably be used by God to encourage people to simplify their lives. Too many of us know "the price of everything and the value of nothing." We are so glutted with luxuries that we have forgotten how to enjoy our necessities.
Today is a day of reconsidering the value of everything and to look on the upside not the downside. God is still in control and we live by His economy.
Just a few thoughts that I thought that I'd share with you today!
Have a great day... after all 93% of Americans are still working!!!
The picture to the right is supposed to be a winter scene. I'm not sure it doesn't also look like waves in an ocean. Oh well, pretend that it is snow. I had a computer crash just before Christmas and I've lost lots of pictures, articles and poems that I've written. Some were saved on my external hard drive, but lots weren't . We live and learn don't we.
Today, my thoughts are on the scripture in Ephesians 5:1, "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children." It's very humbling just to think that we can imitate God. For sure, we can't do it on our own. We need God's guiding hand daily.
Have a blessed day!