Thursday, December 21, 2006

So, here it is four days before Christmas 2006. As I get older, excuse me, more mature, the true meaning of Christmas begins to take a more important role in my life. I think it must be partly due to the fact that there are no small children running around the house with an over abundance of energy and high expectations of the gifts Santa will bring.

As we face uncertain times and troubles in the entire world, I am reminded of a poem by Helen Steiner Rice entitled "Let Us Keep Christmas in Our Hearts"

If we lived Christmas each day as we should,
And made it our aim to always do good,
Then we'd find the key to meaningful living
That comes not from getting but unselfishly giving,
And we'd know the great joy of peace upon earth,
Which was the real purpose of our Savior's birth...
For in the glad tidings of the first Christmas night,
God showed us the way and the truth and the light.

I wish you all, from my house to yours, a joyful, peaceful and Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 9, 2006

Looking for Mr. Right

Well, it seems like Christmas is approaching faster than I am getting ready for it!

I need to finish my shopping. I was hoping to get it done this weekend, but after hubby worked overtime today and had to get up at 2:30 AM and I was sick all day yesterday, I'm wondering if we should just wait a couple days. But today is Saturday and I know the stores will be over run with shoppers, I'm kind of afraid to wait any longer to finish. The longer we put it off, the harder it will be to find what we want. Hubby is sleeping in his chair in the living room right now. I told him to go up and take a nap on our bed and it would be quiet and he would be out of the way if I decided I wanted to do something like finish decorating, or vacuum, etc. But he is a stubborn man and won't listen to me. I, on the other hand, am not stubborn.......I am determined! And I want you to know that there is a big difference between the two!

Webster's dictionary defines stubborn as: 1) unreasonably or perversely unyielding : MULISH. 2) performed or carried on in an unyielding, obstinate or persistent manner. 3) difficult to handle, manage or treat. Whereas, determined is defined as: 1) having reached a decision : firmly resloved. 2) showing determination ~ characterzation. In other words, I am always right and he is always wrong. That can be determined by the marrying of whom I thought was Mr. Right, but I was oh so wrong! LOL Just kidding around....he is Mr. Right for me, just a tad bit more stubborn than I had planned or counted on!

This 'Mr. Right in Training' happens to be one of 14 precious grandchildren. He lives in Kentucky and I don't see him or his older brother and sister enough. Maybe someday they will live closer but I doubt it. Maybe someday one or the other of us will be filthy rich and can afford to visit more often, but I doubt that too! So sporadic visits and photographs will have to do!

Sunday, December 3, 2006

A Brand New Page

Wow, a brand new page to write on. I remember as a little girl how exciting it was to have a whole page to write or draw on with my crayons. And if the crayons happened to be a brand new box with the points still on them how beautiful I thought they were and how very difficult I found it to remove them from the box and use them for fear of dulling the point! I remember being hopeful every Christmas that I would get a brand new box of crayons and a whole new pad of paper.......just for me without having to share!!

I have since grown out of that stage and now that I am grown, I don't really have hopes or wishes of things for Christmas. My Christmas wishes are really wishes that I have all year.....and there not really for me. They are for my loved ones. Wishes that they will be happy, be financially stable, be healthy, have a career or job they really like and enjoy life in general!