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Before you bombard me with, Christmas is a pagan holiday and that it was “created” by roman pagan traditions, I already know all the arguments. I know that Jesus was not born on December 25th. I know that all the gifts, wrapping paper, crowded malls, Santa Claus, reindeer, etc. have nothing to do with the true meaning of Christmas. However, I love Christmas! First and foremost because Jesus did come as a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and this is when we choose to celebrate that fact. Secondly, I love Christmas because, there is no other time of year that you can hear songs such as, “Mary, Did You Know”, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, The First Noel, Away in a Manger….on the radio, in malls and stores everywhere. All of these songs and hundreds more declares to everyone that Christ came! Third, I love The giving spirit this time of year. I love the good times with friends and family at get togethers, banquets & dinners. I love seeing the delight in a child’s eyes when they open that special gift. I love seeing the delight in my grown children’s eyes and even my husband’s eyes when I give them that special gift on Christmas Day. And ALL of this is brought about because HE came! That’s the reason for all the celebrating. Whether or not He came on this specific date or even in this season, the world is once again faced with the fact that Jesus was born because we celebrate Christmas. That’s why I celebrate! Because He came, I have life and that more abundantly!
The following is an excerpt from Ziig Ziglar. He says it well:
CHRISTMAS! A Reason to celebrate!
You see, I believe it’s worth celebrating that Jesus came to earth—His birth signaled hope for all mankind. I believe that as he lived out a perfect life before God and mankind, he showed that he truly was God’s Son. And I believe that by giving his life up on a cross, he completely paid the penalty that my sins—and yours—deserve before a holy God. And it was made possible because of that first Christmas.
How could I not believe in Christmas? Because Christ was born as a baby in a manger, that’s more than enough reason to celebrate Christmas for what it is—a joyful occasion. I’ve experienced forgiveness of my sins and have the assurance of eternity in Heaven!

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Thanksgiving has come and gone.  We had another wonderful day with family.  Nathan and I are thankful for every time we get to enjoy a dinner with his mom and dad. 🙂  Of course we all ate to much.  I made sure that they all took home the leftovers, beside the turkey and ham. 🙂  I can’t have all the pies and cakes setting around in my house or we will eat them. lol  Anyway….we had a great time.

Nathan and I set up the Christmas Tree just now.  Put the Christmas wreath on the door and we are now “officially” listening to Christmas Music.  I’ve been listening to it for awhile now but Nathan refuses to listen to it until the day after Thanksgiving. 🙂  Ahhh….the joys of the season. I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

Talk to you all later.  Headed out the door to do something.  A little tired of the house right now. 🙂

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Can you believe we are already in Thanksgiving Week? 

There are many things to be thankful for.  I hope all of you have a blessed week.

 

Be Thankful
Be thankful that you don’t already have
everything you desire.  If you did,
what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

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Labor Day

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

 

Have a safe and happy

 

holiday week-end !

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Wishing you a HAPPY July 4th. Have fun with family and friends and remember those who have made our country so great. Even though it’s not perfect, I’m still proud to be an American.

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As we celebrate the Fourth Of July, with our Fireworks,

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hamburgers and hot dogs,
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Let’s remember what this day is all about..

Don’t let us forget those brave men and women who fought and died so that we might have the freedoms we enjoy so much today.

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I don’t know about you, but I still get “goose bumps” when I hear the song, “God Bless America”, or when I stand and “Pledge Allegiance To The Flag”.
So enjoy the holiday, but don’t forget those that made it possible.

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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We had a great time at our Annual Memorial Day Picnic yesterday. We started with the food of coarse and then proceeded to play games. At 3:00 p.m. we stopped everything and had a moment of silence as President Bush had asked everyone to do. And then we continued on in the festivities, enjoying the freedom that so many have fought for. I thank God for America and I pray that He will bless her. Our baseball games were hilarious because we had so many people playing. I think on one team at one time was 31people. LOL We finally had to have just a kids game and then an all men’s game. The ladies challenged the men and that was super hilarious! Do you have to ask who got SLAUGHTERED?!! Anyway, a good time was had by all. If you would like to see some photos of the day you can go to my flickr account. You will find it in the right column of this page under Flickr Photos, “More Pics to Enjoy”.

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The song, “Auld Lang Syne,” is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. At least partially written by Robert Burns in the 1700’s, it was first published in 1796 after Burns’ death. Early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns to produce the modern rendition. An old Scotch tune, “Auld Lang Syne” literally means “old long ago,” or simply, “the good old days.”

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
And here’s a hand, my trusty friend
And gie’s a hand o’ thine
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne

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I hope and pray you all have a blessed New Year! I for one am looking forward to 2008! May God’s richest blessings be poured out on us all. If the Lord should have Gabriel blow the trumpet to call us all home, I will meet you in front of the throne. This could be the year of our Lord’s return. I hope you are looking for Him to split the clouds of glory soon. I am getting ready to go. However, while we are still on this old earth I will enjoy whatever He has planned for my life. There is no telling what God will do this year. It is a joy to serve Him and walk with Him. Serving God is Beautiful. Keep Believing!

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