Bag Tag


          Blackbelt Oma  tagged me for this meme because she thinks it’s time for a little whimsey here.  She’s probably right, but I’m warning you, I’m a meme virgin.  I don’t know how to do all that tagging and linking and stuff so if I don’t get it right, you’re just gonna have to coach me.  Oh, ha-ha.  Coach.  That’s a famous name for bags, right?  I know that much, but, I’ll likely never own one of them.  But bags are what this meme is about and I’d already been thinking of posting a picture of mine, sometime, because I am quite fond of it.


        I got this for Christmas from Hero…after I picked it out…when I wasn’t even shopping for a bag.  I was actually on my way out of J.C. Penney’s after some Christmas shopping, when I realized I was going out the wrong door and would not find my car in that parking lot.  So, I was forced to go back through the store.  I promise I had no intention of looking at bags; I just chose that aisle because it was the most direct route to the correct exit.


        Actually, I don’t even like shopping for purses.  I bet I haven’t spent a hundred dollars – total – on bags in the last ten years.  But it just so happened that I did need one.  I’d even been telling the Lord that.  I wanted another black, suede purse exactly like the one I’d been using for more years than I’m willing to admit.  Since I had no hopes of finding any such thing, I simply didn’t look.



        But there I was, trying to maneuver down this narrow aisle, with my purchases and a bunch of flat gift boxes from Customer Service tucked under my arm, when I spotted this purse.  It was not black. It was not suede.  It was not anything I had in mind.  But I fell instantly in love with it.  To justify my spontaneous purchase of something for myself, when I was supposed to be shopping for others, seein’ it was Christmas time, I decided Hero could give it to me.  (He was more than delighted since malls and shopping are so not his favorite pastime.)  At 30% off, it was about $43 including tax.  Based on my previous record, that’s almost five years’ worth of bag budget.  Here’s she is:




         This meme is from Beth at Total Mom Haircut   (You really need to visit her blog.  She’s delightful!)
Here are Beth’s rules:

 1.)  “Post a picture of whatever bag you are carrying as of late.  No, you cannot go up to your closet and pull out that cute little purse you used back before you had kids.  I want to know what you carried today (or the last time you left the house – it’s freaking snowing here so you know I’m in my velour pants today and the green precious is sitting on the steps).”  Note: You’ll have to visit her blog to see her “Green Precious.”


2.)  “I want to know how much it cost 🙂 and this is not to judge, because I’m honestly telling you I was ready to put down some cash; I just got lucky.  This is for entertainment purposes only.  So spill it.  And if there is a story to go along with how you obtained it, I’d love to hear it.  


3.)  “Tag some chicks.  And link back to this post so people know why the heck you’re showing everyone your diaper bag/non-diaper bag.”


I tag Amanda at I Am Mommy    She has two adorable boys, and a brand new baby daughter, so I’m guessing she might have a fun new girly-type diaper bag.  And I’m tagging Michelle at This One’s for the Girls  She hasn’t posted for a few days and I miss her wit and warmth.     


 (Don’t ask me about the variation in font sizes.  Like I said, I’m new at this and have very little idea what I’m doing.  This is what you get when you tag me! )



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?