Tag Archive | Christmas

The Singing Contractors

This is awesome!  It gave me goosebumps to listen to them.  Enjoy!


Just call me Scrooge!

So I had to work today.  Once I got home, there was a message on the phone that dh and dd had just headed out to the ER since dd has had a really bad cough that doesn’t seem to be getting any better.  (I tried to get them to come out there while I was still working so I could just leave my dept. and meet them in the ER after my shift.)  Turns out dd has an acute URI (upper respiratory infection).  I thought for sure it was going to be bronchitis.

The only thing I really wanted for Christmas this year after losing my brother was to spend time with family.  The large, extended-family-gathering (aunts, uncles, cousins, and their kids/grandkids), was today after I got off work.  After that, we were planning to meet at Mom and Dad’s for an intimate gathering with just my two siblings and our families.

My younger brother is also sick and skipping the festivities.  I feel really bad for my parents because this is their first Christmas after losing my brother.  I knew it was important to them for all of us to be together.  However, with dd being sick (and likely contagious), we opted to stay home from the festivities.  So this Christmas was a bust for us.  What a bummer!

Once I got home from work and realized they were gone, I tore into the house and took down all of the Christmas decorations.  Everything was down and put away in less than an hour.  And that, my friend, is why I give you permission to call me Scrooge!

Gifts that change your life

Christmas gifts.

Christmas gifts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A few weeks ago, our pastor was talking about gifts.  He asked if we have memories of certain gifts from many years ago that are still very special to us.

It got me to thinking about certain gifts that stand out in my own memory.  There is one gift that was not only a special memory, but was actually life-changing for me.

My brother gave me this book:


Adoair (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Through this book, I was healed of asthma.  In fact, today marks two years since I have used an inhaler.

If you haven’t read my asthma testimony, I encourage you to read it.  I share the life-changing things I learned from this book.  You may even find something there to encourage you and increase your faith for the miracles you need!

Christmas Gifts

Here are a few Christmas gifts I got this year.

DD got me this book:

My mom bought me this mug:

All I Need is Faith and Strong Coffee Mug  -     By: Lorrie Veasey

All I Need is Faith and Strong Coffee Mug

DD bought me a couple of things from the Dr. Who show:

And a magnet with the Tardis:

(If you don’t know anything about the Dr. Who show, you won’t “get” why I thought these gifts were worth mentioning.  You have to be a “Whovian” to understand.)

I was going to buy a vase with the $ I got for my birthday, but dd wanted to buy it for me for Christmas.  It will go perfectly in the family room, on top of our small bookcase.

Taupe & Turquoise Foil Vase - Short

Here is another gift that I immediately put to use:

Valeo Set of 2 Hand Weights - 5 lbs

We opened our gifts here at home last night since I have to work Christmas Day.  Today we slept in and enjoyed the comfort of a nice warm bed since it turned bitterly cold overnight.  I’m so thankful that I didn’t have to get up early and head out to work in those temps!

I have my homemade version of Wendy’s chili in the crock pot.  This will be the perfect day for some hot chili!