Friday, December 7, 2007

Friday's Thoughts

Everywhere a blogger looks these days in the blogging world, there are such delights for the eye and the imagination. If you haven't visited The Inspired Room lately, try eking out a chunk of time and just enjoy.

Pam Garrison is a busy gal this year with a recent move and a business, but for beautiful images one can't go wrong to visit Christmas 2006 in her blog.

Thank you all for being so supportive...even though I never got the cup of tea that Linda suggested, I skated through the day quite cheerfully just anticipating my imaginary cup. And, I'd like to especially thank Barbara who sent me the sweetest letter. What a community of support I stumbled into back in July. I am truly blessed.

Have a blessed Friday, everyone!

(Clicking on the paragraph about Pam Garrison will take you right there!)

Thursday, December 6, 2007

In the Mood

Let's see, it's December 6 (the official beginning of the Christmas season) and I am already weary of it all. I am blaming it on the fact that I deal with the general public day in and day out and the general public can often be, in a word, rude. That's right—rude. I work on phones all day long and come home with a headache daily because one too many persons decided to slam the phone in my ear or scream and yell at me or worse...I really don't like being called an "idiot." The challenge is to remain sweet and cheerful for I can catch a foul mood just as quickly as the next person. The strain of being sweet and cheerful (so far I have managed...;>) is taking its toll. "Just three more weeks of this," I say to myself every night as I drag myself over the snowbanks to the lot at the furtherest end of the building.

In the meantime, I must reclaim my Christmas joy. It is not about the decorations, gifts (ackkkk), and food of the season, it is about the fellowship and love around the One who was willing to show up on this planet in the first place.

When I taught first graders, I would tell the story of Christmas in ways that they could better understand. "And she wrapped Him in *burial cloths and laid Him in a cow's dish." (*Jesus was the only baby ever born who was meant to die.)

Over the past few nights, I have been reading Max Lucado's "Traveling Light." At one point, Lucado asks his readers to ponder just this line: The Lord is my Shepherd. When I do that in the way that I told the Christmas story to first graders, it simply astounds me. Try it and see!

In the meantime, wishing you and yours the most meaningful Christmas season ever!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


I've been tagged by Miss Sandy at Quill Cottage . Miss Sandy is a sweet and gentle soul who can take her readers away with a few words, a few photos, and that lilting music that she has playing. Hmmmmm, heavenly! (Annnnndddd, you should read how cleverly she approached this five new things tag.)

The rules are simple enough. When tagged, a blogger should link to the person by whom tagged and mention five things about yourself. (Mercifully, no one mentioned anything about being interesting things.) Further, one must tag five new people telling a little bit about each of them and providing a link to their blogs. Finally, one must visit each blogger and leave a message that she's been tagged. Or something close to that. ;>

Five things, eh? Five things I haven't mentioned before in blogging? Oh dear. Sigh. Hmmm. I stew over stuff like this. Let's see...*fidget* Oooookayyy, teaching school was my career from 1979-2003. I have taught every age from pre-school through college level with the exception of kindergarten. My favorite ages to teach are first-graders and adults. Teaching first graders is a delight because one gets to watch the light go on for reading. Incredible! And teaching adults is a rush because they care about learning...very much, and it is always a joy to teach a student who cares. Phew! I made it!

I tag the following:

Terri @ Wind Lost ...she owes me! LOL! Terri has an incredible heart and her spirit comes through in every post. One should go back to the beginning of her blog and read every single thing. You'll be glad that you did. She also has a wicked good sense of style.

Vickie @ Sand Flat Farm because she's new to blogging and this will help her to get her feet good and wet. :> She's doing an amazing job and has an adorable, wee, yellow house that is incredibly charming. Check it out!

Judy @ My Front Porch has posted about so many traveling adventures with gorgeous photos, she has such good recipes, and wonderful, creative ideas to share. You'd be missing out if you don't visit her! I do every day.

HappyOne @ who says that she's just an average person, but don't believe it. She has three blogs and keeps them all going without a hitch. You'll find some amazing letters shared so don't forget your tissue box.

Kari at Just Livin' Large because if I really tick her off (and this just might do it), she'll write some funny stuff and then we'll all have some laughs.

And that, dear ones, will be the best that I can do for you!

P.S. If anyone wants to be tagged...I'll be happy to tag ya if you'll run a little slower! No rules means no rules, right?

Monday, December 3, 2007

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Bell Tone

My goal was not to post today. BumbleVee said that I was loquacious a blabbermouth and it hurt my last feeling. Sigh. LOL!!

But something happened last night that I wanted to write about. A friend presented me with this little silver bell found at a local flea market last July. It says Merry and Happy on one side and Christmas and New Year on the other. And, as dear as it is, that's not the best part. The best part is its tone...pure, sweet, and delightfully clear.

So I said to him, "You must have watched The Polar Express last night." His puzzled look assured me that he had no clue what I was talking about. As I explained the premise of the story...that the little boy asks for and receives the first gift of Christmas—a sleigh bell from Santa's sleigh, that the bell has a quality unlike any other and that as one grows older it is difficult to hear the bell, but the little boy, now grown old, can still hear it...well, you should've seen my friend's face then. He asked me what I thought about it all and I said that, as a believer, I always take these things as allegories of the true meaning of Christmas. For me this story is about faith, not in Santa, but in the Lord.

My own faith has been wavering too much lately, but the gift of this little bell reminds me again that there is no happenstance in this world.

So it was just too good not to share and I agree with BumbleVee...I am certainly a blabbermouth!

P.S. Don't forget to leave a comment on yesterday's post!! (Don't forget to visit BumbleVee either!)