Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas has come and gone here in the Heartland.  All the decorations are packed and safely stored until next year.  Now we spend our days waiting until Spring.  This is the time of year that tends to last forever.  Short days, long nights.  A cold that seems to rip right through to the bone.  This is the time I begin to get that strong desire to dig in the dirt...although, I am no longer able to have a large garden, the smell of freshly turned earth, still makes me happy.  I will spend the next few weeks looking through seed catalogs, dreaming of past gardens and flower beds.  I do think I will have a small container garden so I will plan how much, the right location, and then begin collecting rocks and such, for a Fairy Garden, where the herbs will grow.  Now is the time when I try to stay focused on the many projects I need to finish.  I find myself working on them for just a bit and then something else will demand my attention, and the project will be placed into the basket, until I can get back to it.  I have plenty of time.  That's what I tell myself and before I know it time has run out and I still have a basket full.  And so it goes...

Monday, December 16, 2013

My Christmas Wish List

Beloved Family,

For years, you have struggled to buy Christmas gifts for me. I guess I am so simple in spirit, and need, that it is hard to find the perfect something. I, on the other hand, am perplexed by that, as I see myself being easiest to please. With that being said, I have decided to make my Christmas Wish List, for you.

Instead of buying into the hype and commercialism of Christmas, these are things that I would love and appreciate the most.

  1. The best gift I could ever receive, is for ALL of my family to truly accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.
  2. Attend church, either with me or some place else, regularly.
  3. Volunteer to help around those churches.
  4. Perform an act of kindness, from you, to a needy stranger, whenever you can.
  5. Occasional help around the house.
  6. Collect coats and blankets for the homeless.
  7. Help with yard work when needed.
  8. Volunteer at the homeless shelter, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Little Lighthouse, or the children's shelter
  9. Read the Bible and truly search for answers from God
  10. Forgive everyone and everything.
  11. Guys: Read Ephesians 5:25-33 and then do what it says...always.
  12. Girls: Read Ephesians 5:22-24, 30-33 and do what it says...always.
  13. Listen when I give advice and do not take that advice as an attack on you, but regard it as a life lesson, I've learned from experience and wish to pass on to you.
  14. Love your children, more than yourself, your jobs and your money.
  15. Respect your elders.
  16. Get rid of, those things in your life, that do not glorify God. (habits, people, and material items)
  17. Always be true to yourself and your roots. Do not compromise who you truly are.
  18. Do what you know to be right, in the eyes of the Lord, for nothing else matters.
  19. Practice diligently, “The Family That Prays Together, Stays Together”.
  20. Finish something you started, when you were younger. (piano lessons, singing, etc.)

If you feel that you need to spend money on a gift, for me, please consider the following.

  1. Make a donation to Breast Cancer Research, in memory of my Mama and my dearest friend, Chris.
  2. Plant a tree or flowers at a nursing home, in memory of my Granny.
  3. Donate to American Diabetes Association, Alzheimer's Association, or American Cancer Society, in honor of a relative, affected by those diseases.
  4. Donate food, blankets, and toys to Wild Heart Ranch animal rescue.
  5. Adopt a child from an Angel Tree and fulfill his/her Christmas wishes.
  6. Give a grocery store gift certificate to a single mom.
  7. Buy children's coloring books, DVD's and snacks and then volunteer to babysit, for a couple of hours, so that single mom can have “ME TIME”, without worrying about her children. Send the books, DVD's and remaining snacks, home with the children.
  8. Purchase a pretty hat or scarf for a cancer patient.
  9. Buy flowers for someone who is having a bad day.
  10. Send stamps, pens, paper, and phone cards, to someone serving in the military or who is in the hospital for extended periods.
  11. Buy stuffed animals to give to terminally ill children in the hospital and go read a book or sing with them.
  12. Take your brother/sister to lunch.
  13. Take your Daddy to see a movie
  14. Buy lunch for the person, behind you, in the drive-thru.
  15. Give a generous tip to the cart pusher at Walmart

As I look back over my Christmas Wish List, I realize that I may, indeed, be difficult to find the perfect gift, for. I wish for nothing material wise but everything from the heart. I wish for Jesus to be the center of your Christmas, as well as your life, and not those things which will either mean nothing in months and years to come and will be thrown away or donated, later, or that will sit on closet shelves for years, gathering dust. My true and only wish, is for all of you to put God first in everything you do, family second, make your home third, and and career last. There is nothing more important than God and Family.

I love, and thank God, for each one of you. So please, don't think I won't be grateful for anything I receive, this Christmas. I will be, however, I have more than I need and most of what I want. The rest, no amount of money can buy.

Grace, Peace, & Love, to you all ~ ~


Thursday, December 12, 2013

It seems time slips away so quickly.  I can't keep up!  We just put up our Christmas tree last weekend!  It is usually put up on Thanksgiving night but there just didn't seem a time to do it.  The grand daughter spent last Saturday night with us so I made it a point to put it up then.  She loves decorating!  We decided it would be rather simply decorated with handmade ornament I have been playing with, inspired by the Scandinavian theme.  I guess I decided on this because this year I had my DNA tested and it came back as 56% Scandinavian.  I also happen to like simple things and the color red!  There are felt hearts and stars, 3D paper geometric shapes, 3D stars, paper spheres, pine cones, red and white gingham ribbon and candy canes.  Very few lights and a paper star on top.  Very simple and inexpensive!  It's so pretty, too.  I don't know why I am infatuated with the picture of the bottom of the tree (at the top), but I think it is beautiful.

I finally got around to taking the Christmas pics of the Grand daughter.  I do this every year.  It's kind of a tradition by now.  I am putting them in a scrapbook for her to look back on, when she is older.  I hope she treasure that scrapbook as much as I treasure taking the pictures.  It makes my heart very happy to be able to do it.

Lordy, mercy, we had some winter weather last week and it is just now getting back to normal.  It snowed about four inches here at our place.  Some areas got more, some less.  The temps stay below freezing the entire week, so the snow stuck around too.  I'm ok with that as long as it is killing some bugs.  Especially mosquitoes.  I could have done without hauling buckets of hot water out to the animals, three times a day, though.  Seemed as if I would get the water thawed out so they could drink and by the time I got back in the house, it had frozen again.  Trying to use the water hose was didn't work, so the old bucket was it!  I actually didn't mind it too awfully much but oh goodness, did my Mister complain about it!  I guess he better get used to it because next Friday, we are slated to get the same weather as before!  All I can say is, better the cold of winter than the scorching heat of summer!