Tonight, we will start to open our hearts
to the Miracle that happened many years ago
in Bethlehem
and tomorrow we will celebrate
the reason for Christmas!

Have a very blessed Christmas!

Christmas Week...

What a beautiful way to start Christmas week... beautiful white snow. I love the peaceful look of softly drifting snow. It is a winter wonderland.

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.

Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening
By Robert Frost 1923

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though.
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sounds a sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
And miles to go before I sleep.

Our 41st Wedding Anniversary...

Today is our 41st wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary to my dear hubby!

The Fourth Sunday of Advent...

Today, we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent. The candle that we light today represents peace. (All the purple candles and the pink candle are lit.) We can thank God for His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, who is the Prince of Peace.

"For unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
-Isaiah 9:6

Let It Snow...

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.

The Fun of Christmas Shopping...

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!

Happy Birthday Merrill...

Happy Birthday to my hubby! His age... now that's the question!

Here's wishing you love, happiness, health and a successfully great year!

Faith, Hope & Love...

"...and now these three remain. Faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
I Corinthians 13:13

I love celebrating advent during this Christmas season. Many years ago, I started using an advent calendar. Then I added the advent candles. Celebrating Advent makes Christmas so much more special and giving so much more meaningful. I was thinking of this scripture which describes parts of our advent celebration and this song that I came to mind that I want to share with you today.

Love Came Down At Christmas

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 our token,
Love shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and to all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign .

-Christina Rossetti, 1885

The Third Sunday of Advent 2009...

A pink or rose colored candle is lit on the third Sunday of Advent and it symbolizes Joy for the coming of Christ. We light this candle to thank God for His Son our Savior who brings us great joy. (We will have the first three of the Advent candles lit today.)

There is truly joy in knowing Christ as Lord and Savior.

Happy 63rd Anniversary Dad & Mom! Here's wishing you many more!

Happy Birthday Duane...

Happy Birthday Duane! Wishing you blessings for your special day and throughout the year !

Winter Is Here...

Wow... winter is here. It has been so windy and cold, but hey, I've been ready. It is just kinda rough when you have to go outside. If I have to go somewhere, I am thankful that I don't drive horse and buggy! Sitting at home by the fireplace or just in a nice cozy warm room and looking out is great!

Happy Birthday Lauryn...

Happy Birthday Lauryn. Hope you have lots of fun today!

I'm So Glad To Be Back Blogging...

Tell you what... I'm so glad to be back blogging. I got so involved with facebook that I neglected my blogging. Really, I think I like blogging better because I have more space to express myself. You just can't say some things with a few clicks of the keyboard.

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...

The Blessings of Friendship...

Have you ever thought about the blessings of friendship? I always think of that scripture, "A friend loveth at all times..." Proverbs 17:17 It is so true... friends love you through the thick and thin of it all. They are there for you in the good and the bad. It is so good to have friends.

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!


Yeah, for the snow...

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!

Snow, Where Are You?

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."

The Second Sunday of Advent...

On this second Sunday of Advent we light the second purple candle which represents love. (We will have both the first & second Advent candles lit today.) We light this candle to thank God for His love in sending Jesus Christ our Savior.

" For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." - John 3:16 KJV

Families Are A Blessing...

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!

Grab A Cup of Coffee...

Grab a cup of coffee and let's chat a bit...

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!

Something To Consider...

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.

Officially In The Christmas Season...

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.

The First Day of Advent 2009...

Today is the first Sunday of Advent, Christian's celebrating the remembrance, the promise and birth of the Christ child...

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...

"Advent, Advent the little light burns,
First one, then two, then three, then four,
Then the Christ child at the door."

The lighting of the first candle, of hope, is in the anticipation of Christ birth...

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.

Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emanuel

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.

Be Thankful & Bless God's Name...

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.

Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

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."

-Psalm 100

Counting Our Blessings...

We are at the time of year, where we set aside a day of Thanksgiving and we are counting our blessings. Lots of our family and friends are traveling, we're gathering together and sharing our love and blessings.

This is and old song, but new for today...

Count Your Blessings

When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done!

Count your blessings, Name them one by one;
Count your blessings, See what God hath done;
Count your blessings, Name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, See what God hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessing, money cannot buy,
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey's end.

Some of God's Blessings on Us...

All around us we see sad faces of people who are unemployed or struggling to make ends meet. Sometimes, we fail to see the good that God has blessed us with. This song has been going through my mind all day. I'm am so blessed!

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 !

Do Not Call Registry...

Today, I signed up for the do not call registry. They are releasing cell phone numbers to the public and I'm already bombarded with phone calls at my home phone. If I want to be called, I'll give my number or business card out.

Sometimes, enough is enough. Most cell phone users, that I know, don't have free incoming calls, so this is important information. Call 1-888-382-1222 or email.

"Hopefully, I was able to help someone with this information."


Remembering Our Veterans ...

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!

Veteran's Tribute...
All Gave Some, Some Gave All -by Billy Ray Cyrus

Happy Birthday Dad & Ted

We celebrated dad and Ted's birthday with a birthday dinner at my parents. Dad is "48" and Ted is 52. Can you figure that one out? Oh, yes, dad is actually "84" but in real life, he may act more like someone 48. He keeps going and going.

Happy Birthday!

A Busy Week...

Wow, what a busy week... It just seems like it has been go, go, go. I've been working on some time consuming projects, voted, visited my parents and went to Sophia's birthday dinner.

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 ...

Time Flies...

Time flies... especially as we get older, so it seems. I remember as a child thinking that the special events that I was waiting on would never arrive. Now they just seems to fly by without even stopping for air. It is funny how we view things at different seasons of our life.

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.

Prayer In The Square

World Net Daily had a link to a Prayer in the Square rally that took place at Time Square Sunday. I haven't heard or read anything about this, but I am glad that this wonderful act of faith happened Sunday. I enjoy good news, and what better news than there are people praying for our country. Wow, 15,000 people, now that's good news!

Fall's Arrived....

Summer's over and Fall's arrived...

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

Guidelines For Today’s Living

By Robert Louis Stevenson

Make up your mind to be happy… learn to find your pleasure in simple things.

  1. Make the best of circumstances. No one has everything , and everyone has something of sorrow.
  2. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
  3. Don’t let criticism worry you… you can’t please everybody.
  4. Don’t let your neighbors set your standards… be yourself.
  5. Do things you enjoy doing… but stay out of debt.
  6. Don’t borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than actual ones.
  7. Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish enmities and grudges.
  8. Have many interests… if you can’t travel, read about places.
  9. Don’t hold post-mortems or spend time brooding over sorrows and mistakes.
  10. Don’t be the one who never gets over things.
  11. 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!

Need A Laugh...

Do you need a laugh? I do... I feel terrible. Whatever just keeps hanging on.
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.

Diagnosis A.A.A.D.D.
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!

How Big Is God?

Driving home from an appointment this morning, the words to this song came to mind. I'm sure you'll understand... the Lord was so near and so big.

How Big Is God?

Though men may strife to go beyond the reap of space
To crawl beyond the distant shining stars
This world's a room so small within my Master's house
The open sky's but a portion of his yard.

How big is God, how big and wide is His domain
To try to tell these lips can only start
He's big enough to rule his mighty universe
Yet small enough to live within my heart.

(As winter chill may cause the tiny seed to fall)
To lie asleep till waked by summer's rain
The heart grown cold will warm and trod with life anew
The Master's touch will bring the glow again.

How big is God, how big and wide is His vast domain
To try to tell these lips can only start
He's big enough to rule his mighty universe
Yet small enough to live within my heart.
-Ray Price

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!
"The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in him,

and all the upright in heart shall glory."

Psalm 64:10

Yeah, It's Spring!

Today is the first day of spring... yeah, it's Spring!!!

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!

My New Site

My new sales site for Celebrating Home is listed on the left side of this page. You can check it out when you have time. I really do like this new company and I think those of you who liked the old companies Home Interiors and Gifts and Home and Garden Party will really like the new company which has the best of both worlds, so to speak. The products are just beautiful!

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.

" If my people which are called by my name,

will humbles 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."

2 Chronicles 7:14

Looking Up...

Welcome this fine rainy late winter morning! Well, it looks like the snows almost gone. We have little piles here and there where it drifted, but mostly whats left is the brown grass of winter. Today will probably add to a lot of peoples depression with the economy and all. Even the working people are discouraged and worried.

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 Quiet of A Snowy Day

Just sitting here at my desk and looking out on the quiet of a snowy day, I think of the following verse.

God's love is such a quiet thing,
And yet it's everywhere.
You feel it in a gentle snow
Or in an answered prayer.
-author unknown

Punxsutawney Phil Saw His Shadow...

Well, six more weeks of winter... Yeah! I would much rather have six more weeks of snow than rain. Snow is pretty and fun! Last year was perfect for fruit trees and crops. The winter lasted longer and everything worked out fine. We had a great harvest.

Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania has had this Groundhog Day tradition since 1887. Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow 97 times since then. They do not have records for nine years and he has not seen his shadow 15 times. It sure makes for a great fun festive time for these folks, I'd love to be there, maybe, someday. Anyway, you folks in Pa can keep on skiing!

Will Punxsutawney Phil See His Shadow Today?

Are you a Punxsutawney Phil follower? Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? That is the big question on this Feb 2, 2009. I'll let you know just as soon as I find out.

Snow, Snow & More Snow...

This has been a week of snow, snow and more snow. We've had at least 13" of snow. We've had blowing wind and drifting drives and roads. This winter reminds me of the 1960's a lot. We had lots of snow back then. Of course, I think last year was a cooler winter also. It sure seems like we are going into cooler times.

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!