Sitting, Prepping, and Savoring


Woke this morning with a song playing in my head – “We Have This Moment,” by Gloria Gaither.  The chorus:


                                     We have this moment to hold in our hands

                                     And to touch as it slips through our fingers like sand

                                    Yesterday’s gone and tomorrow may never come

                                    But we have this moment, today. 


It’s precious.  Take a look at all the lyrics:


I’m certain Holy Spirit was singing this to me as a gentle reminder that, at any given time, I only have this moment to savor. 


I really did make the most of yesterday…made several of my son’s favorite foods: Tuna Salad for lunch, Venison Stew and homemade Apple Pie for supper… 


It was a fully-lived day.  I even, serendipitously, found a dress for the wedding we’re all attending tonight.  Yes!  A New Year’s Eve wedding!  Should be really special.  My Daughter-in-Awe is the photographer.  And because she’s already taking pictures today, and our son is working, I am sitting our “Grand Dog.”  Could anyone resist this face?



Now, I’m off – to get busy with all the wedding prep.  And to thoroughly live This Moment! 

Head/Heart Argument


I don’t want this to be Tuesday.  Or, if it has to be, then I want it to stay Tuesday for at least another week.  Yesterday I posted about being a happy empty-nest mom.  Today, I’m feeling that niggling pain that comes with knowing our military son will be leaving early Thursday morning. 


It hurts.  I don’t want to feel this.  I don’t want to be a sad empty-nest mom.  So, there’s this inner argument going on. 


My head says, “You should be thankful he could come home.”  My heart says, “I am.  I just don’t want him to leave again.”


My head says, “Think of all the moms whose sons couldn’t come home for the holidays.”  My heart says, “I know.  I do.  I really do.  And I pray for them, and their families.”


My head says, “Well, quit whining.  And make the best of today.”  My heart says, “You can be sure I will!”


It also says…    “Sniff.”

I’m a Happy Empty-Nest Mom




 As any empty-nest mom knows, it’s a happy day when all the “kids” are home.  And mine are.  Including our oldest son, (center) a lst Lieutenant in the Air Force, who arrived home on Christmas Eve…just like the Hallmark card commercial.  While all the chicks (in my case, men!) are in the nest, this blogging mom will be keeping it short and sweet. 


Hero and I just returned from a three-day trip to visit our families, with our three sons and daughter-in-law.   Shown with us here are my In-Awes (a term I learned, and love, from Shalee at Shalee’s Diner – see Blog Roll.) 


I’m still speechless from the sheer wonder of what a gift family is.  This is the Christmas season, but I am definitely in Thanksgiving mode!

Good Tidings of Great Joy!





“Composer George Frideric Handel was bankrupt when in 1741 a group of Dublin charities offered him a commission to write a musical work.  It was for a benefit performance to raise funds to free men from a debtors’ prison.  He accepted that commission and gave himself tirelessly to work on it. 


“In just 24 days, Handel composed the well-known masterpiece Messiah, which contains “The Hallelujah Chorus.”  During that time, he never left his home and often went without eating.  At one point, a servant found him weeping over his evolving score.  Recounting his experience, Handel wrote, “Whether I was in my body or out of my body as I wrote it I know not.  God knows.”  Afterward he also said, “I did think I did see all heaven before me and the great God Himself.”


I was so blessed by this that I wanted to share it.  It’s an excerpt from the December 20th devotional in “Our Daily Bread,” a quarterly devotional published by rbc Ministries .  This particular entry was written by Vernon Grounds.  I hope it blesses you, too.


May you all be overwhelmed by the magnificence of God’s great Gift to us, His Son, Jesus Christ, Emanuel, God with us!  

Merry Christmas!


Guess What I Want for Christmas – The Answers





King of Kings


Okay, here we go:


1.) Chocolate-Covered Pretzels – g. ) I want this but please don’t give it to me.   Seriously, these things are sooo good that I’m better off not eating any!  Know what I mean? 


2.) DVD – “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” starring Jane Seymour – d.) Saw this years ago and have wanted it ever since.  Such a great plot.  


3.) Hires Root Beer – b.) Difficult to find, but I finally found a source.  If you haven’t tasted Hires Root Beer, you haven’t tasted Root Beer!  Period.  When I was a girl, many moons ago, (many), it was a rare family treat to have Hires Root Beer floats.  Delicious!  Well, I finally discovered that you can order it through Home Town Favorites:    They specialize in nostalgic toys, goodies, and apothacary – like “Evening in Paris” perfume!  Check it out.


4.) Trip to Hawaii – f.) Have zero interest in this.  Seriously.  No offense to Hawaii, but it just isn’t on my “I’d-love-to-go-there” list. 


5.) Poinsettia – i.) Makes me feel guilty.  Here’s why.  Unlike Michelle at This One’s for the Girls:  I have a knack for keeping Poinsettias alive.  I mean, they thrive in my house.  And I just do not want a bloomin’ poinsettia in May.  But I feel guilty if I throw out a live plant.    And I can’t bring myself to deprive it of water.  So, Hero finally disposes of it when I’m not home.  No matter.  I still feel guilty.  So, please, no poinsettia.


6.) Chia Pet – a.) Hero and our sons have threatened to give this to me for years.  Every year I beg them not to.  What if it thrived like the poinsettia?


7.) Diamonds – e.) I already have too many.  Ha-ha-ha!  Actually, I think c.) g.) and i.) might also apply here. 


8.) Goodwill Gift Card – h.) Limitless potential.  This speaks for itself.   


9.) Dual Bag Vacuum Cleaner – j.) If you haven’t checked out this website, you really need to.  And  do it now, while there’s still time to show it to your hubby before Christmas!   


10.) Rubbermaid Spatulas with wood handles – c.) A woman can never have too many of these!  I’m not kidding.  I use them all the time, sometimes several while cooking one meal.  Mine are getting worn out, and I haven’t been able to find replacements – anywhere!  Please, if you know where I can find Rubbermaid Spatulas with wood handles, tell me!   I’ve purchased expensive, gourmet brand spatulas but they don’t compare.  I want something flexible, with a good edge.  Not those plastic, inflexible things, and not something with such a rounded edge that they don’t do the job – like the ______ brand, which I paid $8.00 a piece for! 


There you have it.  My Wish List for Christmas, 2008.

Oh, Joy! An Answer to Prayer!


God Answers Prayer!

I just had the most wonderful thing happen!  I’ve been out Christmas shopping most of the day, and have everything pretty much finished.  Except for one person, (and I can’t say who).  I’ve been thinking and thinking about what to get for this one, and, just this afternoon, finally came up with a great idea.  Problem was, this item is hard to find.  It’s no longer available.  Unless I look some place like eBay.  And on December 18th, it would be a little tricky, if not flat out wishful thinking, to expect to bid on something and get it shipped to me in time for Christmas.   


So, I did what any Princess should.  I talked to the King.  Because if anyone can accomplish the impossible, it’s The King.  Well, I kid you not, it’s probably been less than two hours since I prayed and I already have the answer!  The name of someone popped into my head, who I thought might be able to steer me in the right direction for this gift.  When I explained what I was hunting for, they said, “Oh, I have that! …” 


For obvious reasons, I can’t give details about what this item is, or who it’s for, but that’s not the point here anyway.  I just want to brag on The King!  He is so AWESOME.  You can talk to Him ANY time, ANY place, about ANY thing!   


I wonder how much we miss out on because we don’t bother discussing little details with Him!   I learned years ago, and it has become a “life motto” for me:  “It is better to ask God for too much, and have Him decide the answer needs to be ‘No,’ than to ask Him for too little and disappoint Him with my small faith.”

Guess What I Want For Christmas!


Christmas Wish List


Here’s a list of things I’d like for Christmas.  Or not.  But which is which?  See if you can match items 1 through 10 with clues a. through j.   If we don’t lose power from the coming snow and/or ice storm, I’ll post the answers Friday.  Here we go…


1.) Chocolate-covered Pretzels

2.) DVD – Scarlet Pimpernel” – Starring Jane Seymour

3.) Hires Root Beer

4.) Trip to Hawaii

5.) Poinsettia

6.) Chia Pet

7.) Diamonds

8.) Goodwill Gift Card

9.) Dual Bag Vacuum Cleaner

10.) Rubbermaid Spatulas with wood handles


a.) Hero and sons have threatened for years to give this to me.

b.) Difficult to find, but I finally found a source.

c.) A woman can never have too many of these!

d.) Saw this years ago and have wanted it ever since.

e.) I already have too many.

f.) Have zero interest in this.

g.) I want this but please don’t give it to me.

h.) Limitless potential.

i.) Makes me feel guilty.



What’s on your list?

Artificial Christmas Tree?


I only have a minute so I’m gonna make this short.  If you love the smell of evergreens but have an artificial Christmas tree, check out the link below. 


Aromatique has the most elegant decorative fragrances out there (they don’t call it potpourri).  Two of my favorites for this time of year are:  “The Smell of the Tree”


"The Smell of the Tree" - Aromatique


and “The Smell of Christmas.”  


"The Smell of Christmas" - Aromatique


They’re lovely to look at, make wonderful gifts, and they smell soooooooo intoxicating.  The site has a store locator so you can find the shop closest to you which carries Aromatique.


You’ll thank me.  And Aromatique should.  lol

“A Christmas Story” – Era Vintage Jacket


I just have to show you this jacket that I found a few years ago at a church yard sale when we lived in the south. 


Way Cool Vintage Jacket


In the first place, I don’t know why it would be in the south, since it doesn’t get all that cold down there.   Not like up here in the Midwest, anyway.  The minute I saw it, I thought of the movie “A Christmas Story.”  I’m sure the jacket is from that same era.  Anyone who has seen the movie…and who hasn’t…would recognize the style.  There are no tags to indicate size or fiber content.  That dates it.  And take a look at the label: 


Label says "Boyville"


Isn’t that the coolest, ever?  


I love that movie.  My sons taught me to.  They loosened me up to enjoy a bunch of other films, too,  like “The Sandlot,” “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Nacho Libre.”   Stuff  like that comes with being a mom of all boys.  I can’t tell you everything they’ve taught me, but let’s just say I’m corrupted and now laugh at stuff a dignified lady shouldn’t.


So, anyway, when I saw the jacket, I knew I had to rescue it, and bought it on the spot.  It’s (then) woody scent revealed  it had been gently stored in a cedar chest, which probably accounts for it’s great condition.    


When we moved north four years ago, the jacket came with us.  It’s for a larger boy.  But it fits me perfectly.  I love this jacket.  It’s really warm.  And cute.  And kinky.  I think it’s a blast to wear vintage clothes.  But Hero isn’t all that crazy about me wearing this.  Maybe because he thinks I look a little hobo-ish in it.  I don’t know. 


Okay, then.  So, I thought the jacket might be a real treasure for some eBayer.  (The movie has quite a following now.  The house where the movie was made has even been turned into a museum.)    I’ve never sold anything on eBay but thought I’d give it a try.  And spent a long time trying to figure out how to list it.  A long time.  Then I hit the wrong button and lost the whole thing.  


So, the jacket is still here.  And I thought, what the heck, why not show it to y’all.   Maybe some “A Christmas Story,” aficionado out there in Blog Land will see it and offer me a thousand dollars for it. 


Or maybe it’ll just make you feel like whipping up a batch of buttered popcorn and snuggling with your kids for a good laugh watching Ralphie and his family welcome Christmas in 1939.


P.S.  See if you can spot the jacket.  Clue: It’s a different color.

Who’s Makin’ a List, Checkin’ it Twice?


“Oh, he’s makin’ a list, checkin it twice; gonna find out who’s naughty or nice…”  Yup.  It’s time to take stock of who gets toys and who gets coal.  ‘Cuz Santa Clause is comin’ to town.


 There’s always a little tension at this time of year about who gets the most attention – Santa Clause or Jesus Christ.  Funny thing is, many of us subconsciously sing the same thing about Jesus that we do about Santa.  “…He’s makin’ a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice…”  If our list of good deeds is longest, we get to go to Heaven.  If that’s not the case, however, and our bad deeds list is longer, we go to Hell.  Or so we think.


It’s easy to get caught up in living our lives doing good deeds to stay out of Hell.  Not to mention that being nice makes us feel good about ourselves.  There’s just one problem.  Our lists and God’s don’t agree.  According to Him, all of us are short in the good deeds department.  Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  We’re doomed.


That’s what makes Christmas so fabulous!  Almighty God sent His Son to Earth specifically to live His life on our behalf.  Jesus Christ did everything right.  No mistakes.  No bad deeds.  Then God switched the lists!  He placed our bad deeds on Jesus’ list and Jesus paid our penalty on the cross.  We don’t have to worry about lists anymore.  That’s the whole reason we celebrate Christmas.  Christ the Savior is born!