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Merry Christmas to All

Saturday, December 25, 2010


Winsten is waiting to greet you and woofs a Merry Christmas!


From our house to yours........


Though there be miles between us........


We pray for Peace to visit your homes all year long.

Our love,
Ted and Sandy

  
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NOTFATCAT 12/25/2010 4:59PM

    Thank you so much for the warm Christmas wish.
Peace and love and light to you as well.

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KAYDE53 12/25/2010 3:08PM

    Loved your pictures...very pretty scenery!!! And your cute doggy!!! Merry Christmas to you!!! emoticon emoticon Kay

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12 Days of Christmas...just a little different take

Thursday, December 23, 2010

On the 1st day of Christmas Obama gave to me, a health care bill that congress didnít read



On the 2nd day of Christmas Obama gave to me, 2 government bailouts & a health care bill that congress didnít read



On the 3rd day of Christmas Obama gave to me, 3 man- made disasters, 2 government bailouts & a health care bill that congress didnít
read



On the 4th day of Christmas Obama gave to me, 4 teachable moments, 3 man- made disasters, 2 government bailouts & a health care bill
that congress didnít read



On the 5th day of Christmas Obama gave to me, 5 Acorn thugs, 4 teachable moments, 3 man- made disasters, 2 government bailouts & a
health care bill that congress didnít read



On the 6th day of Christmas Obama gave to me, 6 brand new taxes, 5 Acorn thugs, 4 teachable moments, 3 man- made disasters, 2 government
bailouts & a health care bill that congress didnít read



On the 7th day of Christmas Obama gave to me, 7 Lawyers suing, 6 brand new taxes, 5 Acorn thugs, 4 teachable moments, 3 man-made
disasters, 2 government bailouts & a health care bill that congress
didnít read



On the 8th day of Christmas Obama gave to me, 8 illegals voting , 7 Lawyers suing, 6 brand new taxes, 5 Acorn thugs, 4 teachable moments, 3
man- made disasters, 2 government bailouts & a health care bill
that congress didnít read



On the 9th day of Christmas Obama gave to me, 9 Mosques a building , 8 illegals voting, 7 government lawsuits, 6 brand new taxes, 5
Acorn thugs, 4 teachable moments, 3 man- made disasters, 2 government
bailouts & a health care bill that congress didnít read



On the 10th day of Christmas Obama gave to me, 10 Factories closing , 9 Mosques a building , 8 illegals voting, 7 government lawsuits, 6
brand new taxes, 5 Acorn thugs, 4 teachable moments, 3 man-made
disasters, 2 government bailouts & a health care bill that congress
didnít read



On the 11th day of Christmas Obama gave to me, 11 unions striking, 10 Factories closing , 9 Mosques a building , 8 illegals voting, 7
government lawsuits, 6 brand new taxes, 5 Acorn thugs, 4 teachable
moments, 3 man made disasters, 2 government bailouts & a health care
bill that congress didnít read



On the 12th day of Christmas Obama gave to me, 12 Aides Ėa-lying, 11 unions striking, 10 Factories closing , 9 Mosques a building , 8
illegals voting, 7 government lawsuits, 6 brand new taxes, 5 Acorn
thugs, 4 teachable moments, 3 man made disasters, 2 government bailouts
& a health care bill that congress didnít read

  
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NOTFATCAT 12/24/2010 12:00PM

    Hear! Hear!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 12/23/2010 4:14PM

    that was neat! Very creative and mostly true! I dont know if 10 plants were closed, but could be.... we know he closed a lot of businesses due to all his changes... because he wants to put Americans out of business! Too many Dam Un-American Illegals in America already stealing Votes due to using dead peoples identity they stold!!

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CMERLE1 12/23/2010 1:55PM

    Definitely different.

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Merry Christmas, Even in Hosptals!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I have read a number of posts from folks who are disappointed that they cannot be home for Christmas. They vented their sorrow and frustrations, and that is a good thing.

Your posts are all too familiar with me. I'm glad you were able to express your frustrations. Serious injuries and/or illnesses take a toll upon one's patience and tolerance!!

I have spent Christmas in hospitals a number of times. Once for my own injuries, and three years in a row when Ally was so ill with her cancer.

We all definitely learned that Christmas is truly only 24 hours long, AND the Birth of Christ can be celebrated anywhere.

The nursing staff did everything they possibly could to make it less dreary, and we realized that they, too, were missing their own homes and families in order to take care of those of us who were under their charge.

Looking at their sacrifice, we all felt a bit small when we realized that they were there for US, giving us whatever care and comfort we needed, instead of being with their families.

A new perspective in GRATITUDE!!

That being said, it is still much nicer to be OUT of a hospital during the holidays. But if you are there, try to notice the wonderful gifts you are being given by the staff. As you are learning, there is no gift as precious as that of TIME, and DEDICATED CARE.

Amazingly, many children still go to the "fifth floor" (our name for the hospital) on Christmas day to spread whatever cheer and hope they can to those battling cancer. They say they never want "to forget what they gave me, and how important it is to give time and hope".

And now, my dears, it is time to learn another lesson. And this one is very important! You must learn to write ALL of your schedules and plans in water! You are being taught to be fluid in your plans, and not to sink all your hopes and dreams on a particular day of the calendar.

You can have your dreams and hopes with you at all times, no matter where you are. Your dreams and hopes live WITHIN you, not without! The only thing that changes is the SURROUNDINGS!

Once you master the art of writing your dreams in water, you will find that life flows more easily, and you won't be jerked around when things change. As time goes by, it actually becomes a preferred way to live. You will truly be "Going with the Flow", which is God's desire for us.

And so, Dear Ones, I take this moment in time to with you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HEALING, HEATHY NEW YEAR!

Of course, I add my prayers for you daily emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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GETFIT2LIVE 12/22/2010 6:22PM

    Great perspective, thank you!

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ROCKYCPA 12/22/2010 3:00PM

    What a wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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MAYBER 12/22/2010 1:20PM

    Neat blog thanks for remembering and giving gratitude we all need the reminder once in awhile
Merry Christmas and stay in good health
One day at a time

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JAZOIE 12/22/2010 12:59PM

    What a lovely post! emoticon

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The "W" in Christmas

Monday, December 13, 2010


Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience.

I had cut back on nonessential obligations - extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending.

Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the
precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of
Christmas.

My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting season for a six year old.

For weeks, he'd been memorizing songs for his school's "Winter Pageant."

I didn't have the heart to tell him I'd be working the night of the
production. Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher. She assured me there'd be a dress rehearsal the morning of the
presentation. All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then.

Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.
So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes
early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. Around the room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats.

As I waited, the students were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their song.

Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the holiday as "Christmas," I didn't expect anything other than fun, commercial entertainment songs of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good cheer.

So, when my son's class rose to sing, "Christmas Love," I was slightly taken aback by its bold title.

Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy mittens, red sweaters, and bright snowcaps upon their heads.

Those in the front row- center stage - held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song.

As the class would sing "C is for Christmas," a child would hold up the letter C. Then, "H is for Happy," and on and on, until each child holding up his portion had presented the complete message, "Christmas Love."

The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her; a small, quiet, girl in the front row holding the letter "M" upside down - totally unaware her letter "M" appeared as a "W".

The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at this little one's mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her, so she stood tall, proudly holding her "W".

Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it together.

A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen.

In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we celebrated the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos, there was a purpose for our festivities.

For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear:



"C H R I S T W A S L O V E"


And, I believe, He still is.


Amazed in His presence... .humbled by His love.

Again, HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS SEASON!

'IN GOD WE TRUSTí

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CAPTAINCOOKIE 12/19/2010 7:55PM

    AMEN emoticon

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DONNACFIT 12/19/2010 7:46PM

    Beautiful story..Merry Christmas!!

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ROSEWCI 12/19/2010 6:56PM

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LUNADRAGON 12/14/2010 1:52PM

    What a wonderful story and memory! Christ was love!!!! Definitely works for me. He STILL IS! Praise!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 12/14/2010 10:51AM

    that was so joyful to read! thanks for that... Truly Christ was love!. emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/13/2010 11:52AM

    I love this story--I've heard it before, and whether it really happened or not doesn't matter; the message is true. CHRISTWASLOVE and still is. Christmas has never been about the gifts; it has always been about the presence (HIS presence). Have a wonderful, peaceful day!



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A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY

Sunday, December 12, 2010

This has been around before, but I think it bears repeating and contemplation. Thanks for sending it to me, Karen!

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
PLASTER AND STONE.

I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.

NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

WAS THIS THE HERO
OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY.

THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
'SANTA DON'T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS.'

THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, 'CARRY ON SANTA,
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE.'

ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
'MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,!
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.'

This poem was written by a Marine.

The following is his request. I think it is reasonable.....

PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending
this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming
soon and a lot of credit goes to our U.S. service men,
women, and other Forces for our being able to celebrate these festivities.
Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what weowe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and
gone, who sacrificed themselves for us. Please, do your
small part to plant this small seed.

  
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KAYDE53 12/12/2010 7:44PM

    emoticon emoticonWe owe them so much!!

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CRROCKERGIRL 12/12/2010 12:09PM

    I have seen this before! It's excellent! Thanks for sharing! :)

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