Thursday, December 27, 2012

Welcome to Thankful Thursday - December 27, 2012

 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared
 with the angel, praising God and saying,  "Glory to God in the 
highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." 
Luke 2:13-14 

Greetings Sweet Peas,

Have sure missed you guys!  and hope
 this finds you all recovered and refreshed
 from all the flurry of Christmas activity.

I am feeling great today since I did zip, zero, nada
 yesterday!!  So much  fun not to have to do anything but 
what you want to every once in awhile.  We slept in, had
nice brunch leftovers, so no cooking, only reheating,
and did some reading and wii playing and watched 
Christmas movie, and had whoppers for dinner!!  lol
So All play and no work makes me a fun and happy
and I pretty much did the same thing today accept
I did blog a bit and read some blogs.  So that was
fun................and different since I have not been able
to for some time now.  Fun catching up!!

Well, guess I had better get on with 
Thankful Thursday.

I am  first of all thankful
for whose birthday it really was....for without Him in
my life I would be soooo lost.  I am greatly thankful
for the greatest gift of all times,
the Lord Jesus!!

(Some christmas scenes from my house)

I am thankful
for another really great Christmas Season.  We keep
 thinking they can't get any better but they always do......
I think that is because with Jesus the best is always
yet to come......................

I am so thankful
that we were able to see all of our local family on
Christmas day,  even if for a short time with some
of them.  Got to spend most of the day with Scott
and Megan and have dinner on Christmas eve,
  which was a delightful time and then they did get
 to drop by for short while Christmas day, on their
 way in between houses, which was great.  Dee and
 Jerry were able to be here Christmas morning to 
open gifts like we normally do,and for brunch and 
was able to stay until 3 p.m., and we all had a fun
 time as well, and Susan my SIL was able to be here
 the whole day, other than a few hours that we all
 decided to take a nap,  and then we finished off  the
 day with a Lasagna dinner and watching Polar Express
We made a day of it, so it was a warm,  sweet and
 wonderful day.

I am thankful
that  at a certain point during the season I was
starting to feel a lil panicked because I was so
behind on everything,  and a question came to
me that I think was generated by the Lord, and
the question was.............
Have you ever not been ready for Christmas???
and I had to say  No Lord,  I have to say I have
never not been ready for Christmas,  and then
I was able to just relax in it all.

I am thankful
for the blessing of hubby being able to be off
at Christmas time, he will be home for 13 days,  
21/2 will be working days, but the rest is just time
 off.  That has been a special blessing to our family
 for years now, and we so enjoy it,  and it is such a 
great refresher for my hubby too.  A vacation
 without having to pack or go anywhere.................
unless we want to......

I am thankful
for heating in our homes,  as it is chilly here this
morning,  and it feels so good!!  and if you live
up north I know you are thankful for it even more.

I am thankful
for all the lovely cards and gifts that I received
for christmas from family and friends.  Such
a blessing......................

I am thankful
that Megan continues to do well with her
pregnancy,  course, there are still those normal 
issues of being pregnant  to contend with, some
worse than others, bless her heart.  she looks
amazing tho,  and so cute,  was just wishing
I had taken a pic of her on Christmas so I could
 show you.  She is at the 8th month mark now.....
 expect the next few months will fly by, at least
I hope so for her sake.

I am thankful
for some new books, magazines, wii games
and a kenny G Cd,  we got for Christmas.  
They should give us hours of entertainment.

I am thankful
that my Sil Susan's house is almost back
together again since the flood she had back
on November 5th,  it has been a bit of a trial
for her to say the least,  so know she will be
more than happy to see it come to an end.

update:  just got off the phone with her and
they are completely finished, and she is a
happy camper..............

I am thankful
that a blog friend came by today that I haven't
heard from in ages,  and could not remember
her blog name to save my
now we can keep in touch again on a regular
basis,  so happy about that Sue!!

posterized affect

I am thankful
that Dee and Jerry offered to come over this coming
 Sat. to give hubby a hand putting up a new fan they
got us to match our new light fixture in the dining
 room, can hardly wait to see it up.  

Well, that is my list for this week,  I really could
add more,  but  know it is long enough now.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend

a Very Happy and Joyous New Year!

Love, Hugs and

New Years Blessings to you and yours,

Tablescape Thursday - 3 in 1 Christmas Tables

 Happy 2nd Day After
When I started was just the day
after.............but anyway..........

Hope you all had a joyful day, filled with 
lots of love and laughter and good food 
and fellowship as you celebrated the
Birthday of our Wonderful Lord.

Our celebrations were all wonderful and we loved every
minute of them.  Nothing like having your family with
you as you celebrate any holiday, but especially
as it is one of our all time favorites.

Thought I would show you my Christmas Eve table,
Christmas Day brunch table and Christmas night
dinner table.  I got a lot of mileage out of this
one centerpiece as you will see....................

Notice the lil packages to the left top of each plate, 
 they are andes mints with gift box embellishments from 
the scrapbooking section stuck on them.  Had them left
over from a few Christmas back, and the have lavendar
in them,  and there is also some lavendar on the spode
dinnerware.  So was a nice color touch.

This was a make it with what I have table,  only thing 
I spent was $6.95 for the flowers.

Saw these flowers at Sam's and they were the inspiration,
as I realized they had the same colors as in the spode
christmas dishes, then thought of these lacy looking
candle holders,  so put a glass inside and used one as
a flower holder .  The arrangement didn't look as good
on all sides as I had hoped but decided to use it anyway,
but just turned the best side out and put it at the end of
the table.  Kinda ran out of flowers,  and was gonna
stick christmas balls in there but didn't like that either
but it turned out fine.  I always say where there is
a will there is a way!!   lol
This shot was taken from the right side of the table.

Forgot I had these lil package sprinkles for the table.
They were red and green just pulled
out the green ones,  and they were the added touch
I needed.

This shows part of the centerpiece from the left side
of the table.

Notice he is sitting in there all by his lonesome.  I was 
running out of time so left well enough alone,  but
thought of something I could add when I did the next
table as you will see further on down............

this is what he looks like from the right side of the table.

Nice overview of our Christmas eve dinner table.  It was just
for 4..............

The next set of pictures below is of our brunch 
table......It was for 5 of us,  but turned out to
 be the  7 of us at the last minute, so added
them in at the other end of the table where
the flowers are...............

 I added salad plates,  cups and saucers and
changed the silverware and napkins. Added a 
pitcher for juice and andes mints with no
embellishments, no time......

These napkins are a darker green with a swirly
pattern,  but go well too, thankfully!  Also
every one was so neat,  I didn't even have
to change the tablecloth which I thought
I would for that made
it really easy...............

 Also added some green christmas balls to
the decorations

Added that green Christmas ball and ribbon in with Mr. Bear
and also on the table,  so made it a bit more colorful and festive.

This shot was taken from the top left side of the table.

Below are the final pictures from our Christmas
 night dinner table.  I had actually planned something
else,  but was whipped by then, and this was just 
easier since it was just the 3 of us.

 Decided to add in some red this time!  Used the same 
plate and napkin ideas I was originally gonna use for the 
other table I had planned,  So just added the red chargers
 and my new white corelleware I got for Christmas instead 
of the white basket weave plates.  

Also added different silverware, glasses and these 
adorable lil bear finger tip towels I bought years ago, 
 they work quite nicely as napkins. 

Then added some red Christmas balls and lil
package sprinkles and I had taken all the 
Christmas balls that were on the ribbons that
I used to embellish the napkins and stacked
them at the end of the table till I got ready
to do the next,  and thought it looked pretty
neat,  so just spread them out and added the
red Christmas balls in there

This was what I did at first.............

 Nice close up of the cute lil bear!!

Then decided to add the red  salad plates in.....liked it 
much better, more color of course.  So my table setting 
was so easy this year, it was amazing.........................
and the table is still fine,  no  messes after 3 times.........
now that is amazing!!  lol

I think the Lord really gave me extra lil graces like this
since I am still having tendinitis issues,  it is much better
tho,  so I am very grateful for that,  and think it will
probably soon be gone.

Yesterday we did absolutely nothing!!  lol
I knew I had better,  as I was feeling it more than I
had the previous days.

Sorry this was soooooo long,  but didn't 
think it would show the results of the 
subtle transformations if I split it up.....
and that was the whole point, to see
 how you can take it from this to that!!

I am linking up to Susan over at Between
 naps on the porch,  be sure to go over and
 check out all the beautiful tablescapes.
Just Click here!

Am also linking up to Kathleen over at 
Kathleen Cuisine. If you would like to
see for yourself,  Just Click Here!

Have a Delightful Day,
Can't wait to hear how your Christmas was!!

Hugs and After Christmas Blessings,


Friday, December 21, 2012

Utube video of poem from yesterday's post that was done on Dr. Phil show...Powerful!!

Greetings again,

Just had to come back and post one more
time..................Beth from over at the Garden
gate came by and told me that the poem I
shared yesterday, was the ending of Dr. Phil's
show yesterday and that is was on utube, so
I watched it, and it was beautiful and powerful
and just wanted yall to see it...............

Here is the link......Just Click Here!

.Merry Christmas! and Remember.....
 Jesus is the Joy of the Season

Love, Hugs and Very Special
Christmas Wishes for you and yours,


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A beautiful poem written about the Conn. situation, Please take the time to read will bless you!!

Greetings Sweet Friends,

How are you doing today??

Better I hope,  I know these things
are hard to stop thinking about, so

I rec'd this from a friend last night thru email, and it is really
a wonderful poem and read!!  I know you are busy but
take the time to read it,  I think you will be glad you did.
It is beautiful...............and well worth the time,  and
it really isn't that long.  

I doubt I will be posting anymore before Christmas,
cause figure everyone is getting ready and doesn't 
have the time to read anyway,  plus we are all
spending time with our families and friends,
like we should  be...............

If you didn't see my post yesterday,  it is going to
be my Thankful Thursday post this week,  as that
is what it started out as.................but just felt
led to post it early this week because it was about
the conn. situation.  I will put the link to it at
the end of this poem.

Eleven Days Before Christmas

Twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38 a.m.

when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.

Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air,

they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.

They were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say,

they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.

"Where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.

"This is heaven." declared a small boy. "we're spending Christmas at God's house."

When what to their wondering eyes did appear,

but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.

He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.

Then He opened His arms and He called them by name,

and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring.

Those children all flew into the arms of their King

and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,

one small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.

And as if He could read all the questions she had

He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."

Then He looked down on earth, the world far below,

He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe.

Then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,

"Let My power and presence re-enter this land!"

"may this country be delivered from the hands of fools"

"I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!"

Then He and the children stood up without a sound.

"Come now my children, let me show you around."

Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran,

all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.

And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,

"In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."

Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA

Here is the link to my post from yesterday
"  just click here!

I wish you and your family a spirit of peace 
Love and Joy during this Christmas Season,
May you have great joy in spending time
with those you love so much.................

 Also, thanks for being my blogging buddies, 
 you have been and are a continued blessing
 to me.

Love and Blessings,

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