Thursday, November 29, 2012

Macy and Her Cookie

This is the story of a girl named Macy and her cookie.  One bright November morning, Macy received quite a treat, a puppy dog peanut butter cookie.  She was so very happy!  She loved this cookie so much. She even barked at her feline sister, Emelda No Shoes, when said she came too close to the beloved peanut butter cookie.  Apparently, though, Miss Emelda's interest in the peanut butter cookie cause Macy to develop anxiety.
The newly fueled cookie anxiety drove Macy to distraction.  She found herself crying and running to and fro through out the house.  She was a pitiful sight to behold.
Where, oh where, will the cookie be safe?
Or maybe over here....
So, nestled under presents and tree skirt lies that peanut butter cookie.  Miss Macy returns to the scene every few minutes to ease her anxiety that it is still there.
The end.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Silly Christmas Music: Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey!

Yes....I said Donkey...the Italian Christmas Donkey.

This was one of those  cultural differences we encountered when we lived in New York.  Trust me when I say, this Southern Christmas music junkie had NEVER heard this song before moving north (and hasn't heard it played on the radio since moving back below the Mason Dixon line!) each his own....

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy 30 Days of Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for today, for life
and the joy that God has given me!

Whether you have big plans with friends and family or you are spending this day more quietly I hope you find blessings and joy.  We do Thanksgiving dinner here about 7:00 pm so this morning finds my daughter baking cookies and we are watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and enjoying this beautiful fall morning.  I am thankful that my immediate family (plus my daughter's beau) will be gathered around my table this evening and will also help start the Christmas decorating.  We actually already have 1 tree up (in my office) and I don't feel one bit guilty, as truly here we celebrate one massive holiday called Merry Christgiving! 

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:15-17(ESV)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

30 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 16-29

30 Days of Thanksgiving

Day 16-29, 2012:  Oh my, I haven't done very well with my daily posting!  (But rest assured I have focused on what I am thankful for and spent more time IRL on that than in the virtual world sharing about it!)  It has been a crazy, busy month and I think this morning is the 1st time I have felt I had time to sit down and share. 

This year, I am acutely aware of how much I am thankful for my youngest DS.  We started this year not knowing what the future held for him (not that we know that now...but you know what I mean!)  If you don't know the back story you may want to start reading HERE  In the last 12 months I have witnessed his very close brush with death and more seizures.  Then walked with him down the path through some scary months of doctor's visits, tests and a major lifestyle change.  It hasn't been easy, but honestly, it hasn't been hard.  When faced with a very somber reality and what possibilities it brings into your life, it is amazing what strength God gives you to change.  I don't know that I have slept through the night in over 10 months but I don't resent that...I am so thankful to have the opportunity to check up on an alive, sleeping child. 

There have been some very poignant moments of thanks where he is concerned this past year, some of them big and some of them small, but none insignificant.  When he walked on stage to perform at his piano recital, I sent up prayers of thanksgiving that he was fully functioning.  When baseball season rolled around, I was astounded that we found ourselves sitting on the bleachers...there were many months that we didn't think that would ever happen again and I was in tears of thanksgiving.  When Mother's Day rolled around and he was there.... I felt thankfulness beyond compare. During the summer days spent swimming in the pool...I was thankful for each and every moment. When flag football season started and I got to see him take up his spot at quarterback I felt thankfulness that was overwhelming. 

The last few months have clarified so much in my heart and mind and put life in a perspective that I "knew" but had never had to live with each of my children.  Considering how much I know now about what we are dealing with ...seizure disorders...Epilepsy....I am so very aware of how blessed we are.  I have met so many families that are carrying a much heavier burden and that gives me pause for gratitude daily.  So, I thank God every single day for my children and husband because I know, without a shadow of a doubt, HE is the reason I am blessed to share life with them.

I am also immensely thankful for my handsome husband.  He is a great husband and a wonderful father.  I and so grateful for his patience, love and how he takes care of our family. I know that I have a lot to be thankful for in the marriage department and I count those blessings every day!

I know that even though my 30 Days of Thanksgiving posting was not as consistent as I had planned, I am still very filled with gratitude for all the blessings in my life each day....and for a Savior who made it so.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen
`~Thomas Ken, The Common Doxology

Thursday, November 8, 2012

30 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 16

30 Days of Thanksgiving
Day 16, 2012: On this chilly Fall morning I am thankful for a warm, secure and safe house.  It may seem like a simple or obvious thing to be thankful for but one which I do not want to ever take for granted.  Thank you, God, from whom all blessings flow.

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!
Psalm 30:12 (ESV)

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

30 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 15

Day 15, 2012:  Today (and always) I am thankful for my oldest son.  Almost 16 years ago he came into my life and just turned it upside down and for that I am grateful.  He has stretched me as a person and shown me so much about myself through my reactions with him. Being a "mom of boys" has really challenged me and taught me sides to life I had no idea existed!   

DS1 is compassionate, smart, strong,  handsome, funny and loves God.  I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to be a part of his life and that I get to watch as God's story for him unfolds....he has big things ahead. 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
James 1:17 (ESV)

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

30 Days of Thanksgiving: Days 13 & 14

30 Days of Thanksgiving
Day 13-14, 2012: I just got back from voting.  Yes, it was a bit cold out this morning, cloudy and dreary as well, but I was not missing the opportunity that most of this world never knows.  I got to walk into a warm building, be greeted by friendly and helpful poll workers, stand in line with strangers who all seemed pleasant and happy to be there and boldly, without fear, cast my vote for who I think should lead our great nation.  I am so thankful that I have that freedom. 

I am also thankful for a special group of girlfriends.  We have come together through a mutual love of books to form a little book club.  Through our shared love of words we have developed a wonderful, supportive sisterhood.  Although we only officially meet once a month, I am so thankful for these sweet women and the special blessings they are. 

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples,
proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
let this be made known in all the earth.
Isaiah 12:4-5 (ESV)

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

30 Days of Thanksgiving: Days 11 & 12

Day 11-12, 2012: Today I am thankful for a wonderful church family that felt it important to gather for prayer for the future of our nation tonight. 

I am also thankful for the ability to pray freely without fear, as so many, in other countries have never known that freedom. 

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
Colossians 3:15 (ESV)

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Friday, November 2, 2012

30 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 10

30 Days of Thanksgiving
Day 10, 2012:  Today I am thankful for my sweet daughter.  She has grown into a lovely young lady, both inside and out.  She has shown me so much and my heart has grown because she is in my life.  I am proud of what a successful and hard working woman is.   In giving me a daughter, God blessed me with not just a child but a friend for life.

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.
Psalm 127:3 (NIV)


Thursday, November 1, 2012

30 Days of Thanksgiving: Days 7-9

30 Days of Thanksgiving

Day 7-9: The last few days the weather has brought devastation to many in our nation so I can't help but be thankful for the beautiful weather than we have experienced.  It has actually felt and started to look like Fall! We have only felt the breezes of the storm that raged north of us.  Living close to the coast teaches you to respect these storms and they are always a concern, so you learn to be thankful for when they pass you by while also anguishing over the lives they wreak havoc upon.

I am thankful that my youngest son has now been able to say good bye to the crutches he has been hobbling around on as of late (he fell from about 7-8 feet out of his tree house....I am overwhelmingly thankful that other than bruises and a bad ankle sprain he was OK!)  I am also thankful that I survived yet another "Mom of boys" moment with this one without having a heart attack! 

On a lighter note, I am thankful for a couple of good eBay scores this week!  I got 2 silver platters for a steal and I can't wait to get them in the mail!  I also got a great deal on some unopened Christmas party napkins (50 cents a pack!) at a thrift shop this week that will be put to great use in the coming season!!!

Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
  Ephesians 5:20 (ESV)
Please join me celebrating 30 Days of Thanksgiving
by leaving me a comment telling me
what you are thankful for today!