December 31, 2011

Hello to 2012 With Purpose....

I've heard it before.
I've said it myself.

2011 was....

Hmm, how does one
describe this year?

for some...
(Weddings, new babies
new apartments!)

for others...
(Loss of jobs, loved ones,
too much on the plate,
loss of self worth)

Isn't this how every year stacks up?
Some people just have better years than others.
Maybe that's how it is suppose to be.

Ponder this... 

I think we are suppose to be
so intertwined with each
other that when one of us has a
bad day, week, month or year,
others of us are there
to offer the open arms for a hug,
a listening ear, that proverbial glass
of cool water....

As a society, we've become quite
self focused. We've forgotten what it
is to be so much a part of another
person's life that we feel their pains & joys!

All of this to say, as this new year 2012
rolls in, my personal goal is to be

Purposeful in my use of time,
purposeful in my eating & activities
more purposeful in growing in my
faith walk with God,
and more 
purposeful in making and taking
time to 'smell the roses' along the way!

And, I'd like to say that I've seen the ocean,
at least once in this new year.... 
Geesh, it's only a couple of hours from here!

"For I know the plans I have for you,"
declares the LORD,
  "plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
  plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11

December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Can you even imagine the thoughts
of Mary during her pregnancy or
the years of raising 'the Son of God'?

"The angel replied, ".......For nothing is impossible
with God."  Mary responded, "I am the Lord's
servant. May everything you said about me
come true." And the angel left her.

Portions of Luke 1:35-38

"Mary gave birth to her first child, a son.
She wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid
him in a manger, because there was no
lodging available for them."

Luke 2:7

I pray that this during Holy-Day weekend
you will ponder the Truth about Christmas.

Remember that the same baby whose
birth we celebrate at Christmas, was born
for you and each of your loved ones!

He came that you and I would have LIFE...
not as we know it here on earth, but
LIFE with the Father in Heaven.

"For God loved the world so much
that He gave His one and only Son,
so that everyone who believes in
Him will not perish but have
eternal life. God sent His Son into
the world not to judge the world,
but to save the world through Him."

John 3:16-17

You are greatly loved!

Merry Christmas!

December 19, 2011

Favorite Christmas Traditions....

We all have favorite Christmas traditions,
a few of mine are...
Christmas caroling,
Decorating our tree as a family,
Listening to Christmas music,
crocheting gifts & ornaments....
"White Christmas" and "It's A Wonderful Life",
Cookie Swaps....
Spending an afternoon with Gary making Chex mix
and singing Christmas carols!
 Gary is mixing up the "Puppy Chow"...
2 1/2 gallon Zip Lock bags are perfect
for mixing up batches of Chex Mix!!
 Gary is filling up the cup so he can ...
 pour it in to all of the gift bags!
Now he's all ready for Christmas....
Shhh... don't tell!
Gary and Lilly relaxing on the couch!
Ahhhh, now I'm almost ready for
one of the greatest, most important days
of the year!

December 18, 2011

Cookie Swap Fun

Last weekend some friends and I gathered
to have a cookie swap! We had a fun pot
luck lunch and Yankee swap too!
 We each made 4 dozen cookies ... some made
two batches of 4 dozen cookies!

Left to Right
Cindy, Rhonda, Rita, Jaqueline, myself
(Anne taking the picture)
Below, I'm taking the picture
and Anne is between Rita & Jaqueline!
(Sadly, a few friends had work
committments they couldn't get out of)

 Cindy & Anne checking out the
pretty packaging on one of the gifts!
Cindy was dubbed 'The Queen of Christmas'

We all had a wonderful time together! 

December 16, 2011

Christmas Must Be Something More

    I don't know if this
is a new song or one that has
been around for a while.
I just discovered it...
and I LOVE IT!!

At my first listening,
it made my eyes all misty.
 This song touched my heart and
I wanted to share with you!

December 14, 2011

Sugar Plum Fairy

This is sure to make you smile!