42 nd Wedding Anniversary...

Today, we are celebrating our 42 nd Wedding Anniversary!

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day ...

The Fourth Sunday of Advent 2010...

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

Blessings of Christmas Thomas Kinkade

I've been listening to Christmas tapes from the Kinkade series & I thought you might be interested in Thomas Kinkade explaining his paintings. I just love Kinkade pictures. He is my favorite painter.

I've notice that the stores, magazines and papers have lost the true meaning of Christmas. They don't even have the spirit of a wonder family time of year. I hope you enjoy this.


Busy Busy Time of The Year...

It's a hustling & bustling busy, busy time of the year. It just seems like their is always something to do or get. I just love it!

I have tried to stay in as much as I can and sleep as much as I can to get over this bug or at least keep it at bay. So far, so good.

Dean Martin - Let it Snow!

We'll dedicate this to mom & dad since it has snowed on their anniversary.

Happy 65th Anniversary...

Happy 65th Anniversary to my parents, Clarence & Rose Phillips. The sweetest and most loving parents a lady can have. Even in their 80's, they stay young! Love you lots, mom and dad!

The Third Sunday of Advent 2010...

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.

Read: Isaiah 35:10

Thy Word - Maranatha Singers

Wow, what a week!

I've been battling the results of this virus for over a month. This week has been the best. I am still a little hoarse, but there are so many that I've come in contact with that are in the same boat, so to speak. Anyway, I went to church last Sunday, went to a woman's Christmas banquet with my daughter-in-law, Minda, on Monday night, went to Bear Creek Farm's last night to celebrate my son Duane's birthday and to Centerville to celebrate the Phillip's Christmas with my aunts, uncles and cousins. It has been quite a busy week. I'm tired but holding up fairly good.

I have a couple more things to go to this next week, but they are calling for a snow storm. So, we will see. I'm not much for getting out in bad weather.

The woman's Christmas banquet was nice. Lot's of different tables decorated by table leaders. Festive and beautiful. The food was good as well as the speaker.

Friday, we had a bountiful meal at Bear Creek Farms in Indiana. That's always a fun trip. My son Duane & his wife, Minda & her parents met us there to celebrate Duane's birthday. This is an annual trip and we really enjoy it. Of course, they have a great food court and it's a nice little resturant and shop.

Today was so much fun! The Phillips Family Christmas is always fun and upbeat! We ate at the Golden Coral. Mr. & Mrs. Claus stopped in and we were able to get the Aunts & Uncles from ages around 78 - 90 to get pictures with them. Some took quite a bit of coaxing, but we all laughed until some almost cried. It was so funny! Actually, all of us were at least in one picture with the Claus's. Santa told me that we have one really neat family. I am inclined to agree with him. The Aunt's & Uncles have always been loving and fun. In fact, it was probably the brightest spot in the resturant with all the laughs, hugs and gift giving. The waiters & other employees were quite friendly and seemed to enjoy it all.

One thing about this Christmas sticks out so much. People just do not appear happy. I looked around the restuarant at all the miserable people. They've lost the joy. I mean, there were not many smiling faces... just glum sullenness. The Santa and I were talking about it. Their business cards say, "Jesus is the reason for the season." The Santa & Mrs. Claus allow them to get into different groups, but Christ is their real message. We give because it represents God's great gift to us... Jesus!
Jesus is The Reason For The Season

We celebrate Christmas by showing other's God's love through our giving. It is a great time of year to show the real meaning of Christmas to those we come in contact with. It is a good time of year to give to someone you are not normally connected with and share God's gift of love.

DO NOT let the world steal Christmas. DO NOT buy gifts for a holiday. Spend your hard earned money for a reason. Let the world know that Jesus Is The Reason For The Season. Gift gifts of love to remind other's of God's great gift to us. "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

Thank the Lord for a good week!
Merry Christmas!

Celebraiting Christmas At The Food Court With The Hallelujah Chorus - Must See!

This clip will bring a praise from your heart and tears to your eyes!

The 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 are reminded how the way was prepared for His coming.
Scripture reading: Mark 1:1-8

The second candle is lit to remind of the messenger sent to prepare us for the coming of Christ. God so loves us. We pray that our love will grow more deeply as we celebrate God's gift at Christmas.