Why Did I Come in Here?

How many times have I done this lately?

Ok, why did I come in here? I came to the bathroom and into our closet.

Turned around, standing in the closet, looking all around.

Oh yeah, I came to the bathroom for something, not the closet. What was it? Let’s see.

Thinking, thinking.

Lord, why did I come in here?

I know, if I go back to the room where I first thought of coming to the bathroom, I’ll remember why I came in here.

Ok, I’m in the living room.

Looking around to see if something will jog my memory.

Somehow I don’t think I was in the living room when I thought of going to the bathroom.

Ok, what room was I in? I know, I was in the kitchen earlier, maybe that was it.

Looking all around in the kitchen and dining room.

Nothing is coming to my mind.

Back to the living room. Lord, please help me remember.

Back to the bathroom. Looking around again.

It’s not my eyeglasses. I’m wearing them.

It’s not my keys, I’m not going anywhere right now.

I’m all dressed and I’ve already brushed my teeth.

WHAT DID I COME IN HERE FOR?

What DID I come in here for?

Oh yeah. Now I remember.

I went to the closet, not the bathroom, to get a different purse to change my stuff into. I didn’t want to carry the big purse to church tonight.

Thank you Lord for helping me remember why I came to the closet.

Seriously, the good Lord has helped me so many times to remember things like that. One time I misplaced my eyeglasses. Another time I misplaced my keys. And another time I misplaced my cell phone. (I have had to use the landline phone to call my cell phone to help me hear my cell phone ringing.) I ask the Lord many times to help me with small, insignificant things like these. You may think it’s stupid to ask God for help with things like this. You may think He doesn’t care about little details like these.

These little things that I pray about are the things that I get to see God make the most impact in my everyday life. He most certainly does care about these little things. He cares about all the details of our lives.

Yes, he cares about the big things too. He cares about us having food to eat and a place to live and our health. He cares about a home for us to live in and a vehicle to get back and forth to work and school.

God loves us. He cares about everything in our lives – BIG and little – all of our needs, and all of our wants, our dreams and goals, our family and friends, our church.

He even cares about why I forget things occasionally and He helps me with it all, when I ask Him for help. I know I can pray to Him and He hears me, every time, no matter where I am. He loves for me to call to Him, even when I forget things. I have confidence that God is there for me always!

I’m sure I’m not the only one who forgets things like “why did I come in here”.  :)

You have a blessed day, and remember, God loves for you to call out to Him too, for anything you need.

Love ya,

Karen

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What Does a Good Day Look Like To You

What does a good day look like to you?

I guess it’s a matter of perspective. Many would say it depends on how easy things are going for them, as to whether it’s a good day. Then others who have an attitude of gratitude would say that easy is not necessarily what makes a good day.

A mother of young children might say that a good day would be a day when the kids are quiet and don’t fuss and fight with each other, and they obey her immediately without argument or whining, and nothing breaks around the house. And when there is plenty of money in the bank to pay for basic needs. That’s a good day.

Some would say a good day would be if they had plenty of money to buy whatever they need or want. That would make a good day.

Some would say that a good day would be a day with no big problems to solve at work and everyone did their job with excellence and without complaining. That would make a good day.

Some say a good day is when they don’t have to deal with sickness or disease or headaches or back aches. Having good vision and good hearing and a good memory. That would make a good day.

And wouldn’t it be a good day if we had p-l-e-n-t-y of time. Time for reading all the books we yearn to read. Time for completing all of our DIY projects. Time to sew quilts and aprons and pot holders and table runners. Time to volunteer at a food bank or nursing home or at the local animal shelter. Time to plan a dream vacation or design a dream house or plan out a beautiful flower garden. Time to visit the botanical gardens. Time to visit family and friends. That would make a good day. WOW, that would be a very long day. Ok, that would need to be good days.

My idea of a good day, this might sound corny, is waking up. Having a bathroom with running water and an indoor toilet. To take a shower and brush my teeth and do other toiletries. Being blessed with a washer and dryer to do laundry at home. Having oxygen to breathe. Having a closet full of clothes. Having daylight to enjoy. Having food in the pantry and in the fridge. Having a home to live in. Being blessed with a good, hard-working husband who loves God and me. Having family and friends and a church family to love. Being blessed with good health. And since I am blessed with all of these, I am so blessed. Knowing that my God takes care of all of my needs and provides for my family. That’s a good day.

The best day, I believe, was when God chased me down and got my full attention that He sent His own Son to save me. I knew I was a sinner, I think from the time I was about 5 years old. I didn’t get saved then but I knew I sinned when I intentionally disobeyed my momma. My conscience bothered me terribly and I tried to hide from God in my closet. God didn’t give up on me. He pursued me. He sent a young girl to talk to me about Jesus paying the price for my sins, when I was about 10 years old. That was the best day, when I knew I wasn’t going to hell, I could have confidence that I would be going to heaven to be with Jesus when I die. That was the best day, for me.

Another good day for me was when I got the knowledge and assurance that I AM saved. You see, I used to struggle with doubt about my salvation. In my mind I thought that if I was truly saved, I would have stopped sinning. I wouldn’t have to keep trying to control my bad temper and stop cussing and being critical of others and being jealous of others who were wealthy and seemed to have an easy life. Every time I failed, the devil would accuse me and tell me I must not really be saved because I failed again.

I heard a man explain it so well that I got set free from my self condemnation. He explained that doing right things would not save me. I could not do enough  right things nor make myself stop doing wrong things – to get myself saved. Jesus had done all the right things, for me. He lived the perfect life and since I believe in Him, I get the benefits of what He did. I still live in the flesh in this life, and my flesh will keep pulling me away from doing what is right. This is not to say that I can go indulge in sin. It means I am free from condemnation when I fail. God is not looking at my efforts. He is looking at what Jesus already did for me. He looks at the perfect life Jesus lived, and at the shed blood of Jesus that paid for my sins. He sees me through Jesus. That day that I came to that knowledge and could stop condemning myself and hating myself and stop worrying that I might not be saved, that was a very good day.

Do you know, truly know that God loves you so very much? He does!!!

Are you having a good day today? What makes a good day for you?

I hope you have a not just a good day but a great day!

Love,

Karen

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It’s Been Awhile

I know, it’s been awhile since I last wrote a post. I have been extremely busy. I know you all are busy too. It’s seems like I am more busy since I retired than I was when I was working. But I am really enjoying myself.

I’m driving a lot, over an hour drive down to take care of Mom. I drive her into town to do her shopping, and we eat in town. Then back out to her house. She lives 7 miles out in the country. Sometimes I help her with things she can’t do, like change out light bulbs and such. Then I drive back home. It’s pretty much a full day, 2 to 3 times a week. It’s actually kind of nice to get out of the city and go to the country.

I’ve also been trying to work on some projects, in between the Mom-visits. Here’s one of my projects. I had this bench that I had decided to recover. It originally had a cruddy green cover and right away I covered over that with a plum colored corduroy. Well, tastes change and so has my sofa. We bought a gray sofa last year and I wanted something that would coordinate with the sofa.

recovered bench

I like this a lot better than the corduroy.

I did a quick project for my kitchen. I repainted my knife block and used the same paint that I used to paint the pantry door. Plus I added a wood cutout. I think it turned out pretty good.

knife stand 2

knife stand 1

knife stand 4

knife stand 3

And another little Pinterest pick-me-up. I found this great recipe, a copycat Mocha Frappuccino. Actually it has saved me a lot of money. I used to go to my favorite coffee shop every  day and I haven’t been there since I found this recipe. I use the coffee shop’s ground coffee which I bought at Walmart, so it’s not really a copycat recipe.

I make the coffee in a 3 cup coffee maker and I double the ground to make it as strong as an espresso. I refrigerate it to cool it down and I keep the remainder in a glass jar in the fridge, ready for whenever I want a frap.

I altered it to my taste and I use my NutriBullet to mix it up.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup French Roast ground coffee
1/4 cup sugar (or just under the quarter cup)
1 cup 2% milk (I add a little extra over the cup)
1 tablespoon dark chocolate syrup (you could substitute Caramel syrup for a caramel frap)
ice to not quite fill the large NutriBullet cup (use less if you don’t want it too thick)
RediWhip to top off the glass.

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It is sooo good. Only thing is, it makes a huge glass, probably enough for both a venti and a grande. It lasts me all of an hour.

Another project. I had been looking for some pretty magnets for my fridge but couldn’t find any so I decided to make some. I bought a package of magnets and some scrapbook paper that would coordinate with my kitchen décor. I had a hole punch that was exactly the right size to fit the magnets so I punched a bunch of holes from the paper and peeled the paper off the back of the magnets and attached the scrapbook paper punches. Easy. For some of the magnets, I painted the edges of the magnets with coordinating nail polish.

magnets 1magnets 2magnets finished

I do love DIY projects, especially the ones that I can do on my own and not have to bother my husband for help. He has quite a list of his own projects (some of which I put on his list).

My most inspiring photos are this flag. Amazing, right. I do love  this flag. I think about that flag and our founding Fathers, and all the men and women who served to defend our flag. I’m proud of them all.

flag wavingflag waving 2

I know we’re all aware that this is an incredibly important election year. And we’re all sick and tired of the mud-slinging campaigning. The closer we get to November, the worse it seems to get. But let’s all remember that this was a great nation, and we can be again. I think about this verse that tells me that no politician is going to “fix” America. Only God can do that. Though we do have a responsibility to vote for leaders who stand for God and stand for Israel. 2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

What scares me most, is that there are millions of people who call themselves Christian but they do not vote with Christian values. They vote for Liberals who support abortion, homosexuality, taking God out of everything. They vote for the politicians who support everything that God hates. How is it that a Christian can vote for leaders who hate the God that they say they love? That’s one I will never comprehend, unless they are only carnal Christians. If that’s what they are, they have more to worry about than who is going to be the next president.

In case you didn’t guess, I’m as frustrated as many of you. But I want to encourage you with this. God is on His throne, and none of this election stuff has surprised Him. He is in control of all that is going on. I do believe that another great awakening is coming to America. All is not lost. We do have hope. Our hope is in Jesus. Be sure to read your Bible, stay in the Word. And remember, our hope was never in our politicians. Let’s pray for a revival to come to America. Pray. Pray. Pray.

Keep your chin up and shoulders back and smile.  :)

Love ya,

Karen

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Some To Do’s

Husband and I have been busy doing some To Do’s. Mine, ya know. If I would stay off of Pinterest, husband might be able to rest. But then I wouldn’t have my great stuff. Just thought I would share them with you. Am I the only one who LOVES Pinterest? I know I’m not because there must be several trillion posts on there with terrific DIY ideas.

This first one wasn’t on Pinterest actually. I came up with this idea to save some money in my shopping budget. I am blessed to have a dishwasher but sometimes, well, most times I have to scrub my pots and pans. I don’t like wasting those expensive scrubbing pads so I cut them in half and they go twice as far. That company used to make some called Juniors that were smaller but I haven’t found those in years. This is my solution to the waste of having to throw away pads that I didn’t use up because they rusted before I could use them up.

sos pads cut in half

Next project was this sign for my dishwasher, to show whether the dishes inside are clean or dirty, waiting for the dishwasher to be filled.

dishes are sign parts 3

I found some pretty scrapbook paper in my stash so I cut some to the size I wanted and then I laminated it. Next I made a smaller sign that shows “washed” on one side and “not washed” on the other side. Then I changed it to “dirty” for the other side. I laminated it too, and punched a small hole in the top.

dishes are sign parts

I used some Command poster strips to stick the main sign to the front of the dishwasher and I used a Command mini hook to stick to the front of the main sign, so I we can flip the sign over to the appropriate side.

dishes are dirty signdishes are clean sign

finished sign

Another project we did, ok, husband did, was to build a cat litter box that also stands as an end table at my end of the sofa. The end table part sounded so great, until we realized we have to take the “stuff” off of it to lift the lid and clean the box, 2 – 3 times every day. So now I only put my drink coaster and a box of tissue on it.

cat litter box 2cat litter box sidecat litter box insidecat litter box door

We spoil our kittys. We even put a motion detector light inside, so they’ll have light in the dark of night.

Another project was to put up a measuring cup and spoon rack inside the upper cabinet doors.

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It’s so convenient to have them right where I need them. Husband made the racks and I installed them. We work good together.

So far, he hasn’t got fed up with all my projects. He’s so good natured.

Another project is my pot lid rack. I’ve been trying to get my cabinets better organized and clear the countertops off. I still have a long way to go on that.

pot lid rack

I bought some curtain rods and spray painted them brown. I’m thinking maybe I should have left them white. I’m not sure on this yet. I love the rack. My inspiration in the Pinterest post looks a lot better but I don’t have that many lids. I stack my pots in the lower cabinet, which means I didn’t have a place to put the lids. This is so handy because my kitchen is small and the rack is directly across from the stove.

We are enjoying these little projects. I like to find things that I can do myself, but I love doing things with husband too.

I’m we’re working on a couple other projects. A framed bulletin board and a recipe card holder. Husband cuts wood for me, since I’ve never tried to run his table saw. He’s such a good sport.

Have you gotten hooked on Pinterest projects?

Talk to ya later. Have a blessed week.

Just have to share. This morning when I opened the back door, we had a dense fog and it was so beautiful. I could barely see the houses on the block behind us and the wooded area past that. I could hear birds chirping and singing. It was glorious. Spring is almost here. We already have temps in the upper 70’s and I’m running the a/c during the day.

Love,

Karen

 

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No Winter for Us???

It’s not fair, y’all. (Yes, I’m pouting.) I see that Vee got a healthy winter and Sandra got her winter, but down here in central Texas – no winter. And I heard early in the season that winter was going to be harsh this year. Evidently not here. I’m looking at WeatherBug. 77 high tomorrow, 60’s and 70’s for the next 10 days. We haven’t had one snowflake this year. I’ve seen a lot of people wearing shorts and flip flops, all winter down here. Spring will be here and I’m not in the mood.

I’ve still got some winter décor up around the kitchen and living room. Can’t seem to get interested in Spring stuff yet. Though I was thinking just today about looking for a chart on what things to plant now. I want some pots to put flowers in. I can take pots with me, if we decide to move. I want to move, husband is reluctant. He’s afraid he won’t find another job, because of his age.

I’ve been looking at maps. Places to move to. I know I’ve said that before. Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana. Maybe Ohio. I desperately want out of my home state of Texas. I’m not going to say why, but I can tell you what I truly long for… the rapture. Come Lord Jesus, come.

I ordered a For Sale sign today to put up down at Mom’s. We’re going to sell her property and move her closer to us. She doesn’t want to live down there any more and it would be better for her to have a smaller place. Mom wants to move out of Texas too. Summers are too unbearable and the drought is just hard on our spirits.

Tomorrow is my youngest nephew’s birthday. 16. He’s growing up so fast. We’re having his celebration at our house. I spent today tidying up, putting away sewing projects. I’m still working on some pot holders for myself. I plan to sewing Mom a couple of kitchen mitts. It irritates me that when you go to buy the mitts, they only ever have the right hand mitt. They never have the left hand mitt. So… I’m sewing a pair – left hand and right hand. I don’t use mitts in my kitchen but Mom prefers the mitts. I made her some pot holders, and now I’m working on matching mitts.

I gotta get to bed so I can be rested for the party. I want to make it fun for nephew.

If any of you want to bring me a chest load of snow, I’d love ya for it. Maybe you could pray with me that God will blow the winds to push snow down here. He can do it. I have hope. :)

Talk to ya later.

Love,

Karen

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Recipes, Cake, Potholders, Pens

While eating a piece of this delicious cake, I’m writing this post.

Hershey loaves

This loaf is for Mom. She loves Hershey cake, and since she isn’t able to stand for long periods to do much baking, I thought I’d make it for her. I’m going down to visit her tomorrow.

Hershey loaf

I’ve been going through my recipes, reminiscing, organizing. I bought some binders to organize all my Pinterest recipes. I also went through my recipe box to organize them. I sure wish I had planned ahead, way back when I bought cards to match the box. I didn’t buy enough, for sure and since it was so long ago, Lang no longer makes this pattern of cards. Maybe it’s time to buy a new box. I’ll have to think about that. I’ve got so many recipes in the box written on lined index cards. They’re not pretty like the original card. I bought this box at a place called First Monday in Canton, TX. They have a huge trade days the weekend of the first Monday of every month, starting on Friday and ending Monday, though by Sunday most of the vendors are packing up and moving on til the next month.

recipe card & box

Here’s another recipe I had filed in the box. I don’t know who I got it from. I’ve never made the recipe but years back I talked Mom into making it for me. They are delicious. Don’t know why I’ve never made them. Please excuse the shadow in the photos. I snapped them tonight and my kitchen lighting is not so great.

Amish Cinnamon Rolls pg 1

Amish Cinnamon Rolls pg 2

Amish Cinnamon Rolls pg 3

Then there’s the potholders. I made these for Mom. I let her pick out the fabric. She doesn’t hang her potholders so I didn’t put a loop on them. I actually sewed 4 of them for her and I’ve got 2 matching kitchen mits cut out, ready to sew. I’m in the process of sewing some for myself too, different fabric for me.

Mom's pot holders

I’ve been doing a lot of sewing since I “retired” and I sure am enjoying myself. After the potholders, I plan to sew myself an apron. Then maybe I’ll start a plan for sewing some gifts. Is it too early to start Christmas planning?

pot holder

Lastly the pens. I had a favorite pen, until lately. I can’t seem to find a refill for it that works good. The major stores and office supplies don’t carry the blue ink any more. Doesn’t anyone use blue ink? I prefer blue but I do have some black ink pens. I’m kinda picky about my pens. I like Fine point, ball point pens. I do NOT like those gel pens or roller ball pens. They skip and I don’t have the patience to keep rewriting letters. That’s what’s been happening with my favorite pen. I found some blue refills on Amazon but when I used them, they also skip. Maybe the ink is very old. I don’t know but I got discouraged because I write my devotions and I need a pen that works.

pens

I threatened to my husband to buy a $100 pen on Amazon that works. You know that old saying, you get what you pay for. I think I put him in a panic so he brought a couple of pens home for me to try out. And I bought a box at the office supply store. I think the ones I bought will work, once I set them in a container where the ink will go down into the ball. Below is the one I’m using (one of the pens husband brought home). I might look on Amazon to see if they sell it. So far it’s working great.

the pen I chose

I’m doing a study on the phrase “I Will” in the Psalms. I use a marker to bold the words I Will. I think I’ll study “understanding” next. And then maybe “anointing”.

Do you hand write or use the computer? I find I remember something better if I hand write it. Especially names.

I gotta finish my cake so…

Y’all have a wonderful weekend. Keep warm.  :)

Karen

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The Fridge

front

This is our fridge. A little too busy looking, I know. Sometimes I think about clearing everything off of it. I decided I like looking at the stuff and reading what’s on there. My sister and her son like reading it too, I think. Well, my nephew laughed at the picture of his mom and me from back in 1971. Goofy looking, ya think?

2 girls in 1971

I put some of those things on the fridge for humor, that picture was also  to motivate me and my sister to lose some weight. Oh, I know I’ll never be that skinny again but I will get myself a lot closer.

some sayings

One of the magnets says “One in four people are unbalanced. Think of three friends, if they seem ok, you’re the one.” HeeHeeHee!

There’s a photo of my grandmother. She’s with the Lord now. I sure miss her. She loved God and she showed it by loving others. She was a very generous woman, always helping her neighbors.

Daniel prayer for student

I personalized the Daniel Prayer to pray over my nephew. You can find it in this book, The Daniel Prayer for Parents. The prayer is in the back of the book.

Jeremiah 17.7,8

I love putting favorite Bible verses on 4×6 cards to put on the fridge and on our bathroom mirror.

There’s also some school pictures of nephew and a calendar and some magnets. And yes, that is a little birdie at the bottom of the fridge. I put it down low to entice Calli kitty to play with it. The only time she really messes with it is when she’s mad because I didn’t get her supper ready soon enough. I tend to forget occasionally. I start it by putting a plate out and a can of cat food, and then I also start our supper. I am a multi-tasker and I guess that’s not too good for me, these days. Guess I need more gingko, for my memory. Miss Calli lets me know I forgot to put her plate down. She pulls the birdie off and throws it around and then she pouts on the rug in front of the sink.

Then there’s the right side of the fridge.

right side

There are some bookmarks. I change them out every so often. I collect bookmarks.

There’s a Shalom prayer.

Shalom prayer

And then the Ten Commandments. I wish everyone would study and memorize them and teach them to their children. The schools might not be so violent if the secularists and the ACLU had not taken them out.

10 Commandments

I have a church calendar of events, and my 2016 Priorities list. I did not call it my New Year Resolutions. I hate the word resolutions, only because I know 99.99% of people never keep resolutions, including myself. I tried it one time, when I was 18. I failed to keep most of them. I separate the two in my mind so that I don’t set myself up for failure, because I think I can attain Priority goals, and if I don’t, I won’t feel  like a failure.

There’s also a list of He is and He will. Read that one. It will encourage you.

He is, He will sayings

There’s a paper asking a very good question, If Jesus Came to Your House? How serious are you about your salvation, your relationship with Jesus?

If Jesus Came

Just a few things on the left side.

cabinet side

Do you have anything on your fridge?

I tend to use my fridge as a message center, I suppose. For now, I’m okay with it. Someday I might remove it all, not today.

The weekend is getting closer. Not that it matters to me any more. I’m retired now. Still can’t get used to that word, RETIRED.

Y’all have a great Thursday, and Friday, and weekend.

Karen

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A Very Merry Christmas

red house and snowman and cat on porch

kids and snowman

First, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy time with your family. Gift “giving” is so much fun but visiting and talking are the most fun to me. Kids have fun with getting gifts. I know I did when I was a kid. I don’t know when it was that my focus was more on the giving. I’ve always liked giving but in these years of my life, I really  enjoy it. And of course, there’s the food.

This year I was so late with my shopping and decorating. I didn’t put up my Christmas village, like I always have. I was late getting a tree and I had to “settle” for a 6.5ft, instead of an 8ft that we usually get. And, we didn’t put lights on the roofline.

I have ALWAYS put my gifts in boxes and spent a lot of time gift wrapping very creatively. This year, I used pretty gift bags. My sister commented on that. Oops. I will do better next year. I enjoy doing the creative gift wrapping. Funny thing is I retired this year. You would think I would have plenty of time to have done great this year. Where did all the time go?

I used to start shopping some time in July, listening to what family and friends said they liked, making a mental note. Well, mental notes don’t work very good for me any more. I lose the notes. I guess I will start writing them down. My sister jokes that she has to keep a writing tablet with her at all times so she can write ideas down, right when they come to her. Yep, that’s me too. New year resolution – carry a tablet everywhere, all the time.

Bad thing is, resolutions usually don’t last very long, do they? Okay, not a resolution. A determination. A commitment.

Husband and I talked about the outside lights. We plan to put the lights up the week before  Thanksgiving, next year, and just not turn them on until after Thanksgiving. I’m putting a reminder on my phone and on my desk calendar.

I saw on FB that there are a lot of people who decided not to put up a Christmas tree, all kinds of reasons. We did that one year, but it’s a tradition that I don’t want to let slide. Even though we don’t have many visitors, husband and I enjoy it. My mom is 80 years old and has always put up a tree. I didn’t put very much on our tree. Balls different sizes of red, clear, white, brown. And  clear glass icicles. Oh yes, lights too, of course. We always put up a real tree. The couple at the tree lot where we have gone every year for the past 13 years told me that it’s best to get a tree as soon as they arrive to the tree lot, or cut your own. The fastest you can get it set up and watered, the better it will be. Keep it watered and it will keep it from shedding too early.

I did notice that not many people send out cards any more. That’s also something I’m NOT giving up. I love sending Christmas cards. It’s a real  contact with family and friends. So many don’t do anything real.  They think Facebook is the only contact they need. I’m not addicted to FB like some people I know. I check it once in a great while.

I also prefer to actually talk  to family and friends on the phone. Most young people think the cell phone is for texting and games. They seem to forget they can actually talk on the thing. I like to hear a voice, their voice, not just read a text message. Hearing their voice makes me feel more connected to them than a text. Don’t get me wrong, I do texting too, but I enjoy talking.

Thought I’d share something that I did this year. Well, I did it last year, to use this year. I made a spiral notebook for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have a section for recipes. I printed a couple of pages of our Thanksgiving pictures of our gathering down at Mom’s. I put a list of what gifts I gave to whom. I made a section for Christmas stories that I have collected over the years. The first one, of course, is the Luke 2 account of the birth of Yeshua Jesus. Last weekend, we celebrated Christmas with my sister and her son and husband. Sister read aloud some of the stories while I worked in the kitchen cooking. Some of the stories are tear jerkers. We both teared up.

We played Christmas movies, too. I’ve collected more this year. I have a couple that we haven’t watched yet. I think tomorrow night will be a good night for that. I’m going to make a peach cobbler (from scratch) tomorrow so I might watch one while waiting for the cobbler to bake.

I put up several framed prints of the wise men this year. One is my favorite. It has the wise men on their camels, looking into a stable from the right (east) looking toward the left (west). The wise men came from the east to worship the newborn King. Why do so many illustrators have them looking toward the right (east) as if they came from the west? Am I being too critical? Did you know that the Bible does not say that there were 3 wise men? Matthew 2:1.

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My little church scene on the bookshelf.

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Snow. Oh how I wish pray we could have snow for Christmas. It could  happen. Even though it was 73 degrees yesterday. If any of you have too much snow, could you send some of it down here please? :)

Y’all have a blessed and very Merry Christmas!

Love,

Karen

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