So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. And angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on the earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
I love Halloween. I look forward to the first of October to dig in my dungeon basement and bring up the box of Halloween decorations. I like interspersing the decorations in every room in my house. Here are some pics I took of the different decorations that I like to set out...
This is a vignette that I set up in my guest bathroom. I got the picture from The Graphics Fairy. I thought, like her, that this woman looked kind of creepy. Kind of reminds me of the wicked witch in "The Wizard of Oz". I thought I should add a tag to the frame that says something like "Eek!". You know, so that people won't think that I put out a picture of my great-great-great Aunt Agnes ca. 1883 in my bathroom. :-P
I have this hanging on the wall. This came from Target on clearance last year at the end of the season.
This is one of my favorites. These spine-tingling candles flank my china cabinet. They are Dept. 56 candles and they were the last set at a gift shop near our house. I scooped them up.
In keeping with the creepy skeleton theme, I have a ceramic skull sitting in my china cabinet lit up with one of those battery-operated tealight candles. (cue diabolical laughter).
Here is my mantel. The lights are jack-o-lanterns and they came from Target on clearance a few years ago. (See a pattern here?);-)
This is on one of my end tables. I love my haunted house. I ordered that at a Partylite party many years ago. That is a keeper. The pic is my son and I taken around 7 years ago. I try to dress up to pass out candy. I'm still a kid at heart.:-)
I love Snow Babies. I believe I got this from Avon, if you can believe it. It is also one of my favorites.
I have other decorations throughout my home such as pumpkins and spiders. These are some of my favorites.
Sunshine. Crisp fall air. Changing leaves. Perfect day for a walk.
In our hometown, one of our favorite places to go for a walk is on the grounds of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent. It is located right smack dab in the middle of town, but feels like it is miles from civilization. It is very peaceful and I love the architecture.
On this walk we encountered some wildlife including:
a few ducks...
and about 783 geese. (Not that I counted or anything).;-)
We admired the architecture...
and the different statues.
Very peaceful and tranquil. A good place to meditate and get some fresh air and exercise. I am so glad that these sisters have their grounds open to the public to enjoy. We are very blessed to have a place like this to go to.
Yes, I love my dog. This year for Halloween, I bought him his first official costume. When I put it on him to try it on for size, I was imagining what was going through his head. I'll let him tell the story:
Oh, boy! What in the world is my human mama thinking about dressing me up in this ridiculous costume? I mean, I thought that the human species was the only ones stupid enough to dress themselves up in something so crazy.
What did I do to deserve this? I've never bitten the post man. I rarely, if ever, chase cars. I try to obey commands. And besides, if I have to wear this, at least don't put mustard and relish on it. You know that I love my hot dogs either plain or with ketchup only. Geez!
So, all I can say is, I hope that I get extra treats for wearing this getup. What my owners won't do for attention! Oh, and another thing...you had better not even THINK about putting this on your blog!
Isn't he the cutest? I could tell he did not like it because he had his tail firmly between his legs the whole time I had this costume on. But he was a pretty good sport.
Blog love that is! Melissa at Honeyscrap sent me this award. (Aww shucks! *blushing*) :-) She has more talent in her pinky than I have in my entire body. She is a crafting queen and her recipes are mouth watering! So if you need some crafting inspiration (check out her Disney-themes crafts!) or a yummy recipe go over and pay her a visit. You will not be disappointed!
I am paying this forward to other bloggers that I find equally talented and hope you enjoy reading their blogs as I do.
First of all I need to tell you of some rules for receiving the button:
Accept the award and post it on your blog with the name and link of the person who sent it to you.
Pay it forward to five other blogs that you have recently discovered.
Contact those bloggers to let them know they have been chosen.:-)
Here are the five blogs that I enjoy checking out on a regular basis:
Tracy at Tracy's Treasures is what I call my Canadian Cyber-buddy. She is another who has talent galore and we have this bond in that we both lost our dads at around the same time and she has been such a source of comfort to me.
Regina at Scrapping Ladybug is another blogger with loads of talent. She is a devout Christian and I love her obsession of ladybugs. Every time I see one, I think of her!
Keshet at Over The Rainbow is a scrapbooker extraordinaire and I am really wanting her challah bread recipe. Yummy!
Jen at My Pair-A-Dice is another talented scrapbooker and is a brand- spanking -new blogger. Go check her blog out. If you are a scrapbooker, you will get lots of inspiration!:-)
Cindy at Cameras and Chaos is an awesome photographer and funny to boot! We are both University of Michigan fans (Go Blue!) and I'm so glad I found her blog!
Over the last few weeks, we have gotten these cute cards in the mail that are signed "Guess who?" and "Me again!". In these cards were pictures of Ryan taken when he visited them at their grandparents cottage on Lake Huron and gift cards for a treat from Wendy's or Panera Bread. It has been so nice getting these surprises in the mail. :-) This family is our former neighbors who became like a family to us. When we heard that they would be moving a thousand miles away, it broke our hearts in about a thousand pieces.:-( But since their families still live in the area, we try to always get together with them. We always pick up where we left off when we meet.
Anyway, the doorbell rang and it was the UPS man dropping off a package. It was a decent sized box, and I couldn't figure out what it could be. When I opened it, this is what was inside:
Aren't they cute? This is a cookie bouquet from Cookies by Design. They are too pretty and cute to eat! But I'm sure they are yummy:-).
I think that this one....
resembles our furbaby. What do you think?
Again, thank you Curley Family! You are the best! We are so happy to call each of you our BFF!
My chili that is. When there is a chill in the air and the days start getting shorter, I like to have a "Soup Night". I may make soup, stew or chili. Since I am trying to go through the contents of my pantry and freezer, these are the things I had on hand. Perfect for a pot of chili.
Check out what we witnessed last night. It was a breezy afternoon, but sunny. Since our house was blocking the wind, we were still able to sit on our deck to have our dinner. We have a number of tall trees in our backyard and in one of them is a squirrels nest. Apparently, either the baby squirrels were spooked out of their nest by the wind or decided they wanted to do some exploring. Here are some pictures to help tell the story....
"Have you seen my baby?"
"Is he here?"
"Here I am, Mama."
"Oh, there you are! You had me so scared! Here, let me get you down from there and take you somewhere safe."
Waaaaaaaaaah! My baby started a new phase of life this school year. He is starting high school. Seems like yesterday he was starting preschool. Where has the time gone?
He is going to kill me by calling him my baby on this post. But I can't help it. I am a weenie when it comes to my son. So sue me.
If you want to know what a budding high school student looks like, here he is as he was getting ready to go out the door this morning.
I tried getting a shot of him walking down the sidewalk heading to the bus stop, but it came out blurry. I tried taking it as I was looking out the front door. Heaven forbid if I walked outside to take a pic. Did not want to embarrass him.
When he got home, I asked how his day went. He said it went okay. It will take him a few days to learn his way around the new school. But he seems like he likes his teachers and his classes. Whew! I think it was harder on his dad and I than it was on him. Hopefully, his high school years will be good ones that he will have fond memories of. Wish us luck!
High school. The mouse race that prepares you for the rat race. Author Unknown
Today we said our final goodbyes to a great man. He was not a famous writer, or won a Nobel Prize or a great sports figure. But he was the epitome of what it is to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ here on this earth.
For the past couple of days, we were told time and time again that he was a kind, good man and was never judgmental and treated every one the same. If he had a difference of opinion with someone, he always respected their viewpoint and never argued with anyone. He was always quick to give someone a compliment and a helping hand. He was tall and strong, yet meek. And he was always considerate of everyones feelings.
He also had a corny sense of humor and we could always expect a joke whenever we saw him. He loved to see people smile and would make people laugh even if they were having a bad day.
He loved his wife and children with every ounce of his being. My mom and dad were married for over sixty years yet still acted like newlyweds at times. Sometimes my mom would be walking by him and he would reach over and give her a little swat on the rear.;-) And something that will be with me for the rest of my life is how they always give each other a kiss and hug and said, "Love you!" if one of them was going out.
Early Saturday morning was no exception. As my dad was drawing his last breaths here on earth, my mom was saying her goodbyes and telling him how much she loved him and giving him hugs and kisses, he took what was the last ounce of his strength and reached up and hugged her. That is something that will always be with me. That and the look of peace that overcame him as he took his final breath. It was truly a blessing.
I will miss my dad so much. But I have peace in knowing that he is reunited with his loved ones who passed before him and he is free from all of the pain and suffering. And most of all he is with our Lord and Savior and basking in the glory of God.
I am closing this post with a couple of bible verses that my mom had written down that had given her comfort in challenging times. I hope this will bring comfort to others as it gave us comfort:
He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears off all faces.
And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever."
I could have come up with a more clever sounding title to this blog post. But with every thing going on and the fact that I got no sleep last night, my brain is mush.
Honey had surgery today to replace the spinal cord stimulator unit in his back because the battery went dead. He was in an accident four years ago, and as a result of his injuries he developed chronic regional pain syndrome. It is amazing what modern medicine has come up with to help people with pain issues. We were so thankful that this was available, because my husband did not want to become dependent on drugs. Besides, the pain medication that he was given was wreaking havoc on his stomach. It was scary to have this machine implanted into his back at first. But given the option of living with chronic pain or the possibility of becoming addicted to pain meds, well, there were no other options. He tried everything known to man at first before going under the knife. In fact I believe that this is more or less a last resort, because of the invasiveness and expense of this procedure. If you would like more info, you may leave a comment or click on the links.
The surgery was relatively short compared to when it was first implanted. He was so funny when he was first coming out of anesthesia. I wish I had a video camera. He was in another universe.;-) Now he is crashed on the couch and sore. Hopefully in a couple of days, he will be feeling better.
My dad is in the hospital. He had fluid in his abdomen, and the doctors drew almost a gallon out! One surgeon said the cancer had spread to his abdomen according to the CAT scans, but his lung specialist wasn't so sure. So he testing the fluid for cancer cells. Please pray that it is negative.
My dad did sleep better last night than he has in weeks and he ate a good breakfast this morning. But he couldn't eat anything else the rest of the day. But, if I ate as much as he did this morning, I probably would not be hungry either. We have definitely lived a roller coaster life the past few weeks.
I'll be nursing Honey back to health and seeing my dad in the hospital and helping out with my handicapped brother tomorrow. So it will be a busy time.
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
We just got news today that we were hoping that we would not hear during the course of my dad's illness. We learned that the cancer has spread from his lung to his abdomen. The surgeon wants to put a port in his chest so that he can receive chemotherapy. But we are fearful that the chemotherapy will make him sicker. His breathing has become more labored and he is having a harder time getting comfortable. He told me today as we were sitting on the front porch that he wishes that he would just close his eyes and fall asleep and not wake up. I just sat there and held his hand. I wanted to tell him that was my wish too, that I did not want him to suffer. But it is so hard to let someone go that you love with all your being. But if I have the choice to have him live on with this illness, I am more that willing to let him go. After all, he will be reunited with his loved ones that have passed on from this life and will be welcomed into the arms of Jesus. I want him to know that it will be okay. That we will be okay.