Posted by Carol on December 21, 2009
Really, that’s all I want. And it doesn’t have to be THAT big. The only reason I want some mace or pepper spray is for my real estate business.
One of the teachers in my licensing class had me scared silly. She warned us about being alone in empty houses with strangers. And I thought, duh, isn’t that pretty much what real estate people do every day? And she told us about random attacks on real estate agents. By the time she was done, I was ready to sign up for a martial arts class. I’m not a person who is scared very easily, but I do believe in being prepared.
So, Santa, just a can of mace or pepper spray in my stocking would make my day.
And seriously, other than that, I don’t really need or want anything else. I have been blessed beyond measure.
We have a home to live in, food on the table, clothes to wear (although if anyone wants to nominate me for “What Not to Wear” – I’m game 🙂 ), jobs, health, and family close by.
I have two friends that have each lost a child this December (Pray for Hope and Melanie). I have a friend whose husband just got laid off right before Christmas (Pray for MaryBeth). I have a friend whose wife has left him and just filed for divorce before Thanksgiving. Please pray for their family.
So, no. I don’t need anything for Christmas. I have all I need in the gift of Jesus Christ and all He provides. Any thing more than that is icing on the cake.
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Posted by Carol on November 26, 2009
On this day of Thanksgiving, let us give thanks and praise to the One from Whom all blessings flow…
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Posted by Carol on December 24, 2008
Wishing you a Merry & Blessed Christmas 2008!
Dear Hubby was taking the picture, but here’s me with College Son, Darling Daughter, Sadie, and Kobi wishing you a Merry Christmas!
You Tube won’t let me embed this song, but here is Michael W. Smith with Mandisa singing Christmas Day just for you!! Copy and paste the link to enjoy.
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Posted by Carol on December 24, 2008
Merry Christmas! I heard this song for the very first time this year and I loved it so much that I want to share it with you. I hope you have a blessed Christmas and that Jesus truly is the Reason for all we do on December 25th and every day!
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Posted by Carol on December 16, 2008
As fun as it is to deck our halls and share the pictures with all our friends in Bloggsville, when my sweet friend, Pam emailed this to me the other day, I knew this is what I really wanted to share with everyone. While my decorating skills may need improvement, I hope that my “1 Corinthians 13 skills” are ever increasing. Be blessed, Carol
If I decorate my house perfectly with lovely plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass balls, but do not show love to my family – I’m just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals, and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family – I’m just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family – It profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn’t envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way.
Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
Love never fails. Video games will break; pearl necklaces will be lost; golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.
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Posted by Carol on December 15, 2008
Sophie is hosting The Christmas Tour of Homes once again. Last year, I was too chicken intimidated to participate, but after a whole year of blogging, I have lost all of my decorating inhibitions and decided to play along this time.
I mean, you guys have read about my lack of Martha-genes, you’ve seen my Thanksgiving table, and my recent attempt at a gingerbread house. So, now we’re just like family.
So welcome to my home. As usual the decorations are simple, but the welcome is warm. I have a very tasty appetizer recipe for you at the end of the post. So grab a cup of coffee and a slice of warm Dutch apple pie and enjoy the tour!
Hubs and Darling Daughter scoping out a possible tree to cut at the Christmas tree farm.
Just starting to get the lights on.
All decked out.
The stockings all hung by the chimney with care.
These are wax houses and trees, otherwise known as candles, I suppose :). I never burn them. I also have a little village that is going to be set up in the dining room, but haven’t finished that yet. I need to get some fake snow. When I do I’ll take a pic and post it here.
Now for hanging in with me so long, here is a really de-lish appetizer recipe.
- 1 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach
- 1 cup seasoned stuffing (not cubed)
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 3 eggs beaten
- 6 tbsp softened butter
- salt & pepper to taste
Cook the spinach and drain well. Combine all the ingredients and roll into walnut sized balls and freeze on a cookie sheet. Once frozen they can be transferred to a freezer bag. Keep frozen until just before serving. Cook frozen spinach balls at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Serve warm.
To continue on the tour, click on the cute button at the top of this post.
Merry Christmas and God bless us everyone!
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Posted by Carol on December 9, 2008
I have written in the past about my lack of mad decorating skillz, but now I am offering proof. Here is a picture of a gingerbread house Darling Daughter and I assembled this past weekend.
Notice I said “assembled” rather than “made”. I bought a kit at the grocery store that had all the parts ready to go. All we had to was “glue” it together with the royal icing and stick the candy in the right places. Even so, I somehow managed to put one side of the roof on upside down. Fortunately there is enough sugar to hide even the worst decorating transgressions and keep our dentist in business for a very long time.
If you want to see a true gingerbread work of art, check out Linda’s masterpiece that she made from scratch. No kits for her, just lots of blood, sweat, and tears flour, sugar, and candy.
Oh, well. Easter will be here before we know it and I will once again get to show off my inner Martha Stewart when we decorate those eggs. With a kit, of course.
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Posted by Carol on November 27, 2008
This year Thanksgiving was very simple. It was just the four of us, Hubby, College Son, Darling Daughter and me. Although I did miss the hustle and bustle of a large crowd for dinner, I love having all of us together especially since the kids are getting older and I can’t take it for granted that they will always be home.
College Son works at Starbucks and he was scheduled to open this morning. That means he had to be there at 4:45 AM. He was supposed to be off by 1:15 but I guess the line was out the door all day, so they kept him until 3:30 PM. I had planned a late dinner, but I was a little annoyed at the caffeine junkies who should have been home eating turkey so my son could get home to eat his. College Son was not at all upset because on holidays they earn time and a half. His feet were loudly protesting the long day by the time he got home though. : )
Dinner was simple with the usual Thanksgiving menu: turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli casserole, rolls, and cranberry sauce. Home made pumpkin pie and apple pie were dessert, of course.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Oh, in case you’re wondering, Saturday Stirrings is taking a break this weekend for the holiday. It will be back at its regularly scheduled time and location next Saturday. Thank you for your understanding!
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Posted by Carol on November 7, 2008
The Panda asked the Indian, “Do you think your mom will let us go to a Halloween party with a bunch of college kids and no parents at home?”
The Indian answered the Panda, “I don’t think so”.
The Indian was right. So the sad little Indian and Panda stayed home and watched movies.
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