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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas with Cats

Do your cats climb the Christmas tree?  This is something that I wasn't expecting when our cats came to live with us.  I figured they climbed the tree the first year because they were rowdy kittens but I was sure they would behave once they were adults.  It didn't happen.  They don't climb to the top any more, they just lay on the branches and break them off because they are too big to do that!

Let me back up for minute and give some Christmas tree info.  First of all, I will just admit that I will always choose the "real thing" if I have a choice.  We use butter not margarine. No instant mashed potatoes. No fake flowers in my house, and I would rather have one pair of diamond earrings instead of 100 pairs of costume jewelry earrings.  However, we use an artificial Christmas tree because of allergies.  We had a real tree when Travis was one year old and he ended up in the hospital for three days.  We do try to always buy the most real looking artificial tree that we can find, and everything was fine until the cats came along.  We have gone through four artificial trees since they came to live in our house, but we have finally found the answer.  Even though I don't like something that looks fake I've had to realize that sometimes you have to take your environment into account, and my environment includes two cats who like to climb Christmas trees.

Last year my husband decided to fix our Christmas tree situation once and for all and he came home with the most hideous, skinny Christmas tree I have ever seen.  It screams "I'm artificial!"  However, the cats weren't able to climb it.  Finally! A Christmas tree that they won't break.

So if you have cats who won't stop climbing the Christmas tree, I have the answer for you.  An incredibly skinny, ugly Christmas tree.  Sometimes we just have to do whatever it takes.


**This will be my last post for a while.  My life has changed a lot since I started this blog and I haven't had the time to put into it like I thought I would.  My daughter is home schooled and it has required a lot of my attention.  I was looking through the blog and realized that it is not what I was hoping for at all.  A few years ago I would have chucked it all and started over, but I think I'm going to spend some time reworking it and hopefully making it better. I plan to be back in about 2 or 3 months with better pictures and a blog focused on cooking, sewing, and writing.


Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


I've been thinking about angels a lot lately.  Probably because it's getting close to Christmas and angels are a big part of the Christmas story. Then when I went to church on Sunday the sermon was about miracles.  I believe in miracles.  I think miracles happen all the time to Christians and they don't even know it.  I wonder how many times an angel has stopped something bad from happening to me before it even happens and I don't know it.  Or how many times an angel has arranged for me to get a blessing or favor from God.

When I was in about 5th grade my family was having a really hard time.  No job. No money.  My parents had sold everything they had to put food on the table.  My mom was making coffee and she didn't have any Cremora for the coffee.  We didn't have any money at all. Not even a dollar, so we couldn't just run to the store and buy some creamer.  For some reason my mom opened the broom closet and there on the shelf of the broom closet was a jar of Cremora.  She was so happy that God had supplied our need.  I know that some people would say that my mom was just forgetful and didn't remember putting a jar of creamer in the broom closet, but I know my mom.  She wasn't forgetful and she is the most down to earth, practical person I have ever known.  Besides, who puts Cremora in the broom closet? So if my mom believes that God did a miracle, then I choose to believe it was a miracle also.  So how about that.  The first miracle that I experienced other than my salvation was a jar of Cremora.  I'm sure that an angel put it there.

Sometimes I wonder what my angel is doing.  The older I get the more powerful the spiritual realm becomes to me.  We like to think that we're in control, but I really think that most of what happens in this world is a result of what's happening in the spiritual realm.  The only thing that I have control over is how much I pray and ask for help.  When I get caught up in my daily life and forget to pray, I wonder if my angel is sitting in the La-Z-Boy just waiting for something to do.  I wouldn't want him to get bored.  My goal is to pray about everything so my angel will be really busy.  He can handle it, and if he can't he can always call for help.  Remember when the angel tried to get to Daniel when he prayed and the angel had to call Michael for help?  I guess angels are pretty resourceful.  They have to be because they have some really big jobs to do.

"Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying; "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"
Luke 2:10-14 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Thanksgiving Poem

I posted my grandma's poem about Thanksgiving last year on my facebook page but I like it so much that I decided to post it on the blog this year.

My grandma had very little her whole life.  She lived in a little trailer in the smallest town I've ever seen, but she lived two houses away from the little Baptist church where she taught Sunday School and played the piano. She didn't seem to miss what she didn't have.

A Prayer of Thankfulness
I thank Thee God my Father
And my Savior, Jesus Christ
For saving my lost, guilty soul
Through Thy loving sacrifice.
And for the Holy Spirit,
The Comforter that came
For with the Spirit I am sealed
Kept in Thy precious Name.
I thank Thee for my husband 
For his faithfulness to me
To all our marriage vows
For one in twain are we.
For the children Thou has sent us
I’ve committed to Thy care
Thou has faithfully watched o’er them
In answer to my prayer.
I thank Thee for their souls
Placed for safe keeping in Thy hand
That when the roll is called in heaven
They complete in Christ shall stand.
I thank Thee for my home down here
For a place to lay my head
For my loved ones spared to me
And for my daily bread.
I thank Thee for the fellowship
With those Thou calls Thine own
To rejoice or weep together
Thou has left us not alone.
For all the prayers Thou answered
As my petitions went to Thee
In Thy wisdom Thou didst grant
Sent the answer back to me.
Then for joy and happiness
The joy in which we share
The morning sun, blue skies, lakes and trees
Thy handiwork everywhere.
Then for all the trials, I thank Thee
Thou has sent for me to face
For in my weakness I sought Thy strength
Found there sufficient grace.
For all my trials and heartaches
For all my tears and sighs
I’ve found through years of many sorrows
Are only blessings in disguise.
I thank Thee for Thy watchful love and care
Thy daily Presence ever near
Just knowing I am in Thy hands
Now banishes every fear
And then for Thy forgiveness, Lord
When e’re I fall or stumble
Oh on Thy strength let me depend
To keep me ever humble.
I thank Thee for Thy promises
Thy voice I plainly heard
Thou will do whatever Thou saith
Within Thy Holy Word.
I thank Thee Lord the things I’ve learned
Are things of which Thou spoke
To teach me the way of meekness
Thou has let me wear Thy yoke.
I thank Thee for my mansion waiting
In that home for me prepared
And for Thy word of welcome
Because for me Thou cared.
And too, Father I would thank Thee
Thou are always just the same
Yesterday, today and forever
I thank Thee in Jesus’ Name.
Violet Carr

Happy Thanksgiving!! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thinking of Christmas

I just realized that I've been ignoring my blog lately, but I've been busy thinking about Christmas.

I don't usually start thinking about Christmas until after Thanksgiving because I don't want Thanksgiving to be overshadowed.  The same goes for this year but I have started to think about Christmas and what I want to do.

There's a reason for this.  We're going to really celebrate this year.

Before I tell you why, I want you to know that I'm not saying this to complain, so don't imagine a whiny tone.  I'm simply stating facts.  Last year Christmas stunk.  We had a huge storm a week before Christmas and we lost electricity.  For a week we froze in a house with the temperature in the 40's (inside the house).  Our whole week was consumed with trying to stay warm and figuring out how to eat.  There was no shopping, no special events, no baking cookies.  On Christmas morning we opened presents in our dingy basement because it was 10 degrees warmer than the main floor of the house, and then we went to McDonald's for Christmas dinner.

I know that some people will write blog posts about how they made the best of a bad situation and it was the best Christmas ever.  That's not me. I've been in situations when I didn't have much and I've been in situations when I have plenty.  I'll take plenty any day.

So this year I'm thankful for having plenty.  Which means that I have heat and electricity.  I'm planning what I'm going to cook and bake, how I'm going to decorate, what events we're going to attend, what presents to buy, and right now we're putting together a Samaritan's Purse shoebox because we like to do that every year.

I don't want to miss out on any of the celebration of Christmas.  The birth of Jesus is a big deal!

"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

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