Friday, November 30, 2012

I'm happier...

... when I'm not complaining.

Last Sunday (our nephew) Rob preached a great sermon at Fellowship of the Parks...

The sermon was on the last of the Ten Commandments, "Thou shalt not covet."
It was a GREAT message. (You can listen to it if you go HERE and go down the 'page' and click the Nov. 24/25 "Coveting and Contentment" message. - You can hear it on iTunes, or even watch the video.    YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID.)

 In the message Rob told of a friend who decided that for a week he was going to put a dollar in a jar every time he caught himself complaining. At first the friend was putting lots of dollars in the jar, but by the end of the week he was not 'spending' so much money.
I didn't put out a complaint jar, but it so made me realize how often I complain. And I so often don't realize it is complaining. I think it's just talking.
Thanks for that, Rob.
Before we went into the church auditorium we saw Rob's sweet family!!
That's Rob's mother-in-law, Charlsa, his wife, Caroline, and their son, Sawyer. 

Here's Caroline with her dad, Galen, who's holding his precious granddaughter, Delia...

Also in the foyer was Bailey's dad!....
He was manning the Christmas Shoe Boxes station - with boxes people can donate - of items for children who wouldn't have a Christmas otherwise.
It's a wonderful thing.
(I'm pretty sure Dennis brought the shoe box giving to Fellowship of the Parks.)
(Dennis is a wonderful man.)

Here are the two wonderful dads talking things over....

And here are their kids...

That's a picture of them in Scotland that Bailey just put up on Facebook as her profile pic.
I like it!!

Oh, Bailey's mom went to Scotland to visit Bailey and Will at Thanksgiving!

Here they are at their 'Scottish Thanksgiving'....
I like that picture!

In closing here's our fireplace decorated....
(You can tell that stockings face a different way depending on when you buy them.)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

There's Even More Whimsy...

... at LONESTAR ANTIQUES (5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX)...

And of course there's the whimsy in the Christmas Village in the Tea Room!!!
It's fun!!!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Whew... I'm tired...

... but happily so...

Sam and I went to the Baylor/Texas Tech game yesterday at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington. We weren't expecting to win - even though Baylor beat No. 1 Kansas State last week.
(Baylor's had good games and bad games this season... and well, our hopes weren't too high.... Ah, but we won in overtime!!)

Here's after the game...
... the Baylor crowd is singing "That Good Old Baylor Line".
(And they (we) were all smiling.)


Different note, Friday I decorated the house for Christmas...

I'll show more pictures later. 
(I like the simplicity of those two pictures, frankly.)
(Right now I'm so tired I'm needing simplicity.)


So Thanksgiving is over, and we're on to Christmas.   

And LONESTAR ANTIQUES (5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX) is too!! 

The Christmas Village Train is up in the tea room!...
Here are Terri and Trish putting it up...

And here's Terri the next day putting on the finishing touches...

Here's a picture I took from two years ago...
(You can tell that the village makes people smile.)

If you get a chance, come check out the village.  It's free!!

I might be beside it playing Christmas carols!

Which Christmas carol do you like the most?
Leave a comment telling me, if you wouldn't mind.... either here or on Facebook.
It could be an anonymous comment... that's okay.
And you don't have to leave a comment... but just so you know, I get comment-needy sometimes.

C'mon! Tell me which Christmas carol you like the most - OR the least!!!  (Don't think too hard.)
I would LOVE to know!!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

I am so thankful....

I'm overwhelmed with blessings this evening.

And today has been wonderful.

Here are some pics...

After the meal...
That's Mother getting the turkey leftovers taken care of... and Laura filling the dishwasher. 

Then Laura, Ryan and Sam brought Christmas down from the attic...

Then it's football, of course...

Now I'm in my pajamas.... and rooting for the Redskins.
(We used to always be for the Cowboys, but with (Baylor Bear) Robert Griffin III playing for the Redskins, well, our loyalty has changed!!  (I'm speaking for Sam and me.))

It's been a wonderful day.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The table is almost set...

Here's the centerpiece...
That's pretty creative for me- ha!
(Will and Bailey will notice the candle holder-thing from Garden Ridge that I used to decorate the tables for their rehearsal dinner.)
(And the other little things used to be part of the holiday (Thanksgiving) tree.)

And about the new stove we ordered and is still in the cardboard box in the corner of the dining room. well, Voila!!...
Extra tablecloths can be quite handy. 

So I'm excited.
And smart: I've ordered quite a bit of the meal from Market Street.
(Some people would mistakenly call that lazy.) 
We will so miss Will and Bailey... but so glad we saw them last month in Scotland....

I would be aching for them - not spending Thanksgiving with family -  but they are!!!!

Bailey's mom, Robin, got to Scotland today!!!
Here's the picture Bailey put on Facebook...
Bailey captioned the picture with "MOM MADE IT TO GLASGOW!"

That is so wonderful.
And it makes me so happy. 


Oh, here's a quote I like .... 
"What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets.  I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?"  ~Erma Bombeck

(I like that quote so much I'm going to put it on Facebook, too.)   

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I'm in the mood ...

... for Thanksgiving.

I went to NorthEast mall this afternoon.

I parked and looked to my left and saw this...
I had to take that picture! 
(I was so glad I looked to my left.)

There are so many things to be thankful for, aren't there?

Running water
A warm, comfy bed
The Bible
Good teachers we've had through the years
Good neighbors
Taste buds
Time to blog

I just wrote those on (a) spur-of-the-moment.
It felt good. 

Here's a great quote...
"Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow."  ~Edward Sandford Martin


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Just Kitten...

Want to hear a cat joke?
Just kitten. 


A man wrote this...
I was visiting my daughter and son-in-law last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper.
“This is the 21st century, old man,” he said.
“We don’t waste money on newspapers. Here, you can borrow my iPad.”
Let me tell you, that fly never knew what hit it….

Why does a lobster not like to share?
Because they’re shellfish.
What do you call a nosy pepper? 
What did the three legged dog say when he walked into the bar?
 “I’m looking for the man that shot my paw.”
How do you make a goldfish age?

Take out the “g”.
I called SeaWorld yesterday to see if I could get my sister a Shamu Fan Club Sweatshirt.
They said my call may be recorded for training porpoises.
What do you call a male cow who is taking a nap?
What do you call an alligator wearing a vest?
An investigator!
A guy goes to the doctor and he has a carrot in his nose and celery in his ear.
He says, “Doctor, I don’t feel too well.”
And the doctor says, “Well, I can see you haven’t been eating right.”

Friday, November 16, 2012

Giving thanks...

I am loving reading all the words of thanksgiving on Facebook these days.
(Many of my FB friends are doing the 30 Days of Gratitude this month.  Every single day they put up another thing they're thankful for.... and they're all different - some specific, some general. It's wonderful.... and makes me thankful for Facebook.)

So for what do I want to tell you that I'm thankful?

Many things.

The first thing I thought of was this...
The Bible...

When I was in my early twenties and single I 'discovered' it.   Well, I was raised in a wonderful Christian home and we had our DBRs (Daily Bible Readings), but it wasn't until I was out on my own that I began taking it seriously.

It was a friend named Kathy Bailey from Edinburg that I knew in high school (from being in (Baptist) Magic Valley Youth Choir with her - as her roommate on tour) and a friend in college, a Mary Jane Bailey (from our singing group CATCH THE SON (yes, that was the name (Hi Deanna, Rita!), who were so effervescent in their Christian faith that, well, at first it made me nauseated.   Really, they were too happy in Jesus to be real. (Someone told Mary Jane to not smile so much in the church choir... it was not a reverent thing to do.  And really....)
Anyway, long story short, their joy somehow led me to wanting to seriously read the Bible for myself.
So I did.
It changed my life.

I found myself being a voracious reader of those letters from the Apostle Paul near the back of the Bible, like Ephesians, and Colossians (I LOVE Colossians), Philippians.....
That's it for today.

(I never know where my blog will take me.  Yesterday my post was about not flirting with married people.)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Don't even think about flirting...

It is so flattering to have someone flirt with you, or look at you a lot, or spend more time with you than is necessary.

I've seen (and you've seen) married folks flirt with folks who are not their spouses.

I've seen the aftermath of affairs....
And I know that no one is immune from them (affairs... and the aftermath).

Gen. Petraeus IS human..... but if anybody should have known better it was he.
How disappointing.
But there you have it.

And it reminds me of Bill Clinton.
He's been coming across as the statesman of the Democratic party.
He is no statesman in my opinion.
I would call him despicable.

I would call Petraeus a sad figure.

Nobody seduced Clinton.
He was (is) the seducer.

And he is continuing to seduce us all.
(Well, not me.)

Let me get back to the idea of flirting.
It's often where affairs start.

So don't flirt.

And if you're the recipient of a flirt, make yourself look at that flirter as though he/she has a deadly case of chicken pox all over his/her face, and it's VERY contagious.

The aftermath of affairs is nothing good. 

Protect yourself.

Decide to not 'go there', no matter how tempting.

Decide now.... when you're reading this post...

Don't wait till you're being tempted to decide.

That's my sermon for the day.

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