Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Real Meaning of Christmas

We learned about the real meaning of Christmas this morning in church.

I was apprehensive at first because there was a WOMAN teaching.

I have never sat in a church before and heard a woman speak.

Now, don't get me wrong; I LOVE women : ).

I think they are smart and wonderful and kind human beings and truly FABULOUS teachers.

I just didn't know they could 'teach' in church because when I was growing up that was strictly tabu in our church and in all of our circles.

I am glad I didn't close off my heart to the great lesson that was shared.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 3:16-17

The teacher ended the lesson today by saying,

"What will you do this Christmas season to show you are one of God's children?"

Good stuff, right?
Are you excited about worshipping Jesus this Holiday season?

God is good all the time!
All the time, God is good!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas Lists & Quince Update!

Gary is hoping for these two things for Christmas!
A playstation 3 war game and a World Series Hat.
He is so easy; it's sort of sickening : )!

Kaish wants a puppy and he is absolutely not getting one.
(Talk me into it.)

He also wants a DS -which I already got. Along with an ishload of games....
Is ishload a bad word? If it is, I won't say it any more.
Just let me know.
Do you want anything special for Christmas?
In other BREAKING news!
Quince's feeding tube was removed on Friday. He asked for a cheeseburger today.
I am so happy I could burst! Please keep praying for Quince and his family.
This has been a difficult journey.
It could have happened to any one of us.
We are not invincible.
Sad but true...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

"The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!"
Henry Ward Beecher
"Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live. "
Jackie Windspear
Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.
Estonian Proverb

“You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.' You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?"
William A. Ward
"O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!"
William Shakespeare

"Gratitude consists of being more aware of what you have, than what you don’t."
Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things.

"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude."
Cynthia Ozick

"Gratitude consists of being more aware of what you have, than what you don't."

"Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart."
Henry Clay

"How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child's personality. A child is resentful, negative—or thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people."
Sir John Templeton

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Advent Conspiracy

Wow. This is good stuff. My sweet friend Katie posted this on her blog. Take a few minutes to watch.

S for Sumo Wrestlers

You are probably wondering Who in the World couldn't come up with a great S picture for
I mean, come on, S is possibly the easiest letter on the planet.
Practically EVERYTHING begins with S.
All I can think of is sumo wrestling.
So, Ladies and Gentlemen, I proudly present: My 2 favorite sumo wrestlers : ).
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
P.S. Great Contest over HERE...go look!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A Way Cool Contest for bloggers : )

My friend, Ragan, whose blog I adore, has a business.

A blogging business.

I think she is SO talented.

She is having a giveaway for Christmas. Go check it out:

Blogger Boutique

I think some people that read this blog, but don't have one of their own should start one. It is SO fun. Come on, Betsy and Jen. Start a blog : ).
This is what is WORKING FOR ME this Wednesday and I hope it will WORK FOR YOU too : ).

Monday, November 24, 2008

Cheesy Thanksgiving Jokes

Why do turkey's always gobble?
Because they have not been taught good table manners.

Which cat discovered America?
Christofurry Columbus

What happened when the turkey got into a fight?
He got the stuffing knocked out of him.

What kind of music did the Pilgrims like?
Plymouth Rock

What's round and red and wears a diaper?
A baby cranberry

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Thanksgiving links

A plethora of lovely Thankgsiving activities for every kind of family : ). Young kids, old kids, no kids...

My sister in law, Joy, sent this to me last week. Pretty cool. If you are brave enough to brave the shopping on Black Friday. Are you?

Since I am a horrible cook I will not be trying any of these recipes, but they did look good. It's always nice to see what other people are going to be eating.

Here is a link for a site with online games and activities for kids.

I have tried since I was in college to send one significant Thank you letter to someone each year at Thankgiving time. I think saying thank you and being thankful are two of the most beautiful things in the world. This site has lots of tips about ways to say Thank you : ). This year I am writing to Quince's wife, Andrea. I am thanking her for being a strong parent to her children in the midst of their family crisis.

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."~ Melody Beattie ~

Can you believe Thanksgiving is in 4 days? Didn't it come quickly?
What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

Friday, November 21, 2008

The delightful age of 2...

“Twirl around Piglet,Step lightly Pooh,
This silly ol' dance is perfect for two.”
Winnie the Pooh
Baby Sofia is getting SO Big! Whenever I need my baby fix I squeeze her! We all love her so much in our house. Kaishon gets ECSTATIC when I pick him up from school and she is in the car seat! Gary asks me about her some nights when we are falling asleep. Sofia is a lovely baby. I am SO glad Jen shares her baby with me.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

R for Red Tractor

This ABC Wednesday post is not about a Red Tractor...although, isn't that a cool picture?
This post is about the person I think of when I see Red Tractors, and Green Tractors and Orange Tractors and Blue Tractors...
My Daddy.
My Hero.
Only A Dad
Only a dad with a tired face,
Coming home from the daily race,
Bringing little of gold or fame
To show how well he has played the game;
But glad in his heart that his own rejoice
To see him come and to hear his voice.
Only a dad with a brood of four,
One of ten million men or more
Plodding along in the daily strife,
Bearing the whips and the scorns of life,
With never a whimper of pain or hate,
For the sake of those who at home await.
Only a dad, neither rich nor proud,
Merely one of the surging crowd,
Toiling, striving from day to day,
Facing whatever may come his way,
Silent whenever the harsh condemn,
And bearing it all for the love of them.
Only a dad but he gives his all,
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing with courage stern and grim
The deeds that his father did for him.
This is the line that for him I pen:
Only a dad, but the best of men.
Author Unknown
Aren't Dad's the best? What is one of your favorite memories of your Daddy?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Madagascar 2

Kaish and I had a date on Saturday : )!
We went to see Madagascar 2.
He loved it.
I thought it was interesting.
I thought it was pushing an agenda a little.
I don't know how I feel about that agenda.
I know one thing for sure: I do NOT like paying $9 for a movie ticket.
There are LOTS of great movies coming out or out right now.
What movie are you hoping to see soon?

Monday, November 17, 2008

A funny joke to start your week!

A Texan farmer goes to Australia for a vacation.
There he meets an Aussie farmer and gets talking.
The Aussie shows off his big wheat field and the Texan says, "Oh! We have wheat fields that are at least twice as large".

Then they walk around the ranch a little and the Aussie shows off his herd of cattle.

The Texan immediately says, " We have longhorns that are at least twice as large as your cows". The conversation has, meanwhile, almost died when the Texan sees a herd of kangaroos hopping through the field.

He asks, "And what are those"?

The Aussie asks with an incredulous look, "Don't you have any grasshoppers in Texas"?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Links for the week!

The best Grandma in my life right now posted a cookie recipe link this week and that got me to thinking about great cookies! What is your favorite kind?

Yesterday at the rehab center there was a group of people that were walking dogs thru. Quince wanted to go pet the dogs but he wasn't able because he couldn't leave his room. What a beautiful way to volunteer. Quince misses his dog at home and his family. He is so sad this week.

A link to one of my favorite stores in the world. Do you have this store near you? Oh my goodness it is SO fabulous! If you have never been, go check it out : )!

I liked this Pastor's blog page. I just saw it today when I was looking at April's page and I really liked him. He reminds me of my Pastor when I was little. He has great posts with relevant topics.

This girl paints really cool pictures. I love them! Creativity rocks in my book.

Shrek and Fionna's Wedding dress up clothes. Kaish loves this! Oh, yes, he does...

my friend Heather sent me this link this summer and I never got around to it. I think we might do it at Kaishon's Birthday party. Doesn't making ice cream in a can sound fun to you? It is a little cold today...but it still sounds fun, right?

I LOVE this idea. It is a search engine and it benefits charities. I signed up to do it for one of my favorite sites: Can Of Worms This organization is very cool. It was started by some Cederville Christian University Graduates. If you have never seen it before. Go see what they do.

An Arkie's Musings

I like this man from Arkansas. He takes great pictures. He works tirelessly for Relay for Life which is a cancer fundraiser. He has a cool car. He has a great heart. I would have never known what a pretty state Arkansas was before visiting his blog.

Do you have any cool new sites to share with me?

Friday, November 14, 2008

the middle finger

After 9 weeks of nearly perfect behavior, we had a snafu this week...
Kaish got in trouble for sticking his middle finger up in the recess line.
We do not do that in our house.
I have never stuck my middle finger up at anyone ever. NEVER.
He said all of his friends were doing it and he wanted to play too.
None of his friends got in trouble though.
He had to miss 3 days of recess and I got a phone call from the Principal.
(She scares me a little)
I know he feels bad that he got in trouble.
I really know that he is trying this year.
I am trying not to mention it to him 100 times a day but it is so hard.
I just want to make sure he does NOT participate in mischief like this again.
I don't understand it...
Were you good in school? Are your kids? Am I the worst Mom in America?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mr. Martello and Quince

I have a great best friend. Funny : ). Helpful. Kind. Blah Blah Blah.... I really love her.
Jen has these amazing parents: Mr. and Mrs. Martello.
I really love them too.
They have been a part of my life since 8th grade...just like Jen.
I told Mr. Martello about Quince shortly after he had the stroke.
Do you know that Mr. Martello has prayed for Quince every single day since then?
Every single day!
Mr. Martello wanted to send Quince a card. On Sunday I called him to give him the address. I told him I would be visiting Quince later and I would tell him that the Martello's were praying for him. Mr. Martello asked if he could come visit Quince with me. I told him that
Moss Rehab is at least an hour from his home. It was a dreary, rainy Sunday night. Mr. Martello didn't care, he wanted to come. While we were driving to Moss he told me this story.
I want to share it with you because I think it is an amazing testament to how God works.
Mr. Martello had been feeling burdened for Quince's family even though he didn't know them. He was praying and he wanted to do something kind for them but he didn't have anything to give. He had a van that he was trying to sell. It had been sitting at the bottom of his driveway for a couple of months. One Monday when he was praying for Quince he said, "God, if you bring a buyer for the van this week I will donate some of the money to Quince's family."
That Monday afternoon when he was coming home from work he got a phone call. There was a family waiting at the bottom of his driveway to look at the van. He got home and they took a test drive. They bought the van on the spot.
Mr. Martello was so happy to share his profit with Quince. It touched my heart.
Mr. Martello is one of my heroes. He loves his children. He loves God. He doesn't just talk about being a Christian, he lives it.
2 of my sweet blogging friends have shown great kindness for Quince and his family as well.
I know so many of you are praying and I am forever grateful for your prayers!

I know there are many, many more! I am going to try to think of a creative way to show Quince how people all around the world are praying for him.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

the letter Q is hard to do...

I usually LOVE ABC Wednesday...

Will this Q work?

Q is for Quality Time!

On Sunday, the Sellersville Museum, was open.

The theme of this month was Trains.

Kaishon and I were delighted to go to this quaint Little Museum with Grammy and Pop Pop!

We love spending Quality time with them whenever we can.

Quince is still struggling at rehab. He is discouraged because his side is still paralyzed. He is feeling hopeless. My best friends Dad came to visit Quince with me on Sunday night. Mr. Martello shared some verses with Quince. So many people are praying. I know that God can still do the impossible. Thank you for praying! I would LOVE to put a picture of Quince on my blog but I don't have any. I know that he would not like me to take a picture of him right now. When he had his brain surgery they removed part of his skul. I don't think he looks in a mirror and I am glad because I know it would make him sad. He is a beautiful person despite these physical ailments. I will ask his wife to get me a picture. They are the only people in America who don't have a digital camera : ). I will show you the kids soon. They are so cute!