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Faith is today's Blessing!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Hi..I'm afraid I had a bit too many treats yesterday and I was quite disappointed to be up a couple of pounds..hope it's not so bad for tomorrow's weigh in with the starfish!! Probably just water weight from all the salt in meals out but pounds are pounds :(

Today hubby had a meeting so I used the alone time to wrap a bunch of gifts...the only gifts left to wrap are the ones for the family members coming for Christmas on New Years!! And hubby's..why didn't I wrap his while he was away?? Then when he came home we ran to town for the mail and a few a few more Christmas cards..I love to get them and hear from friends and families..

On to today's't that what Christmas is all about? This time of year I always feel a renewal of faith as I look back on the year behind and ahead to the brand new year..I need to see that there was times I should have let my faith lead me and other times when I felt safe in God's arms. I always include as a New Years resolution to work on my faith...I have lots of Bible study books and other inspirational reading and January is a great month to read and learn and grow!!

One of the areas of faith growth this year has been some angel therapy work I did...after a very stressful couple of months, my friend the angel therapist did some therapy with me and it helped me alot :)

My prayer for you is that this Christmas season finds you filled with faith, a faith strong enough to help you through all your days with enough left over to help others....

..."Rejoice in the season and all of its grace.
Take heart in the blessings of comfort and faith."

Thanks for dropping by and for all your comments and support..keep on Sparkin'

emoticon Love Donna

One Child..

More light than we can learn,
More wealth than we can treasure,
More love than we can earn,
More peace than we can measure,
Because one Child is born.

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BLEGNER1 12/19/2011 7:52PM

    Hi Dear Friend
I have not mailed any Christmas cards this year. Just did not get around to it. Thank you for the words on faith because faith is what is seeing us through everything.
You are in my thoughts and prayers

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BLEGNER1 12/19/2011 7:52PM

    Hi Dear Friend
I have not mailed any Christmas cards this year. Just did not get around to it. Thank you for the words on faith because faith is what is seeing us through everything.
You are in my thoughts and prayers

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MARITIMER3 12/18/2011 7:54PM

    Donna, I keep thinking about your daughter who isn't speaking to you, and I have faith that she will come back... I know that many years ago there was a 2 or 3 month period when my mother and I didn't talk (very unusual for us because I was an only child). It was just before the break-up of my first marriage and I felt that I couldn't hide my unhappiness from her, so I just avoided her. It was horrible for both of us, but we worked it out and became even closer. My thoughts and prayers and with both of you. I know I would be devastated if this happened with one of my children.
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BEATLETOT 12/17/2011 11:52PM

    I've never heard of angel therapy, but it sounds very interesting...I'm glad it's been helpful for you!

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DUSTYGIRL25 12/17/2011 9:38PM

    emoticon It's a Beautiful time of the Year! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 12/17/2011 8:50PM

    This is a very touching blog . . .

And thanks for your "confession" about your Christmas shopping for YOU!! Makes me feel better to share our wickedness!!

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ELLIE-1220 12/17/2011 7:58AM

    emoticon All the best holiday wishes for you and your fam! You are incredible!

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ROSEWCI 12/17/2011 5:57AM

    emoticon Merry Christmas! emoticon

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The Blessing of Memories...

Friday, December 16, 2011

Hi..we just got home from shopping at Williston N.D and I think I literally shopped til I dropped.
At least I'm all finished with the to finish the wrapping, do a bit more baking and cleaning and decorating and buy some last minute groceries..I'm set..woohoo!!

Today's blessing is the blessing of memories..that's a hard one for me since my daughter isn't taking to me. I have to make this a year of balance..balance the good memories with the sad...remembering my parents and brother who are no longer with us...and embracing the ones here and making new memories....Christmas conjures up so many memories..the sights, smells, tastes and love of years gone by...I love to bake..nothing says Christmas like the family favorites that I make every year. Some were my Grandma's, some my Mom's..add to that ones from sisters, neighbors, mother in ones I've found long the way...they all have happy memories for me!! I also like to give most of it away so I don't eat it all...

Some memorable ones are my Mom's brown sugar shortbread, my grandma's swedish delights, my sister's chocolate shortbread and my other sister's homemade turtles, a dear friend who passed away gave me the recipe for toffee cornflakes, another friend who was my bridesmaid..shared her sister's chocolate fudge that I have been making "cow pie" fudge ever since...I could go on and on...

A lot of my Christmas decorations are very dear to me, too. I have my mother's nativity scene from my childhood, a lot of my mother's tree ornaments, the advent calendar and wreath I used when the kids were little..where does the time go? are they really 30, 28 and 25? I also have a large collection of Christmas books and magazines and of course music :)

Some of my memories of Christmas was the year my cousin came over and my sister, my cousin and I made dozens and dozens of homemade chocolates. Another memory was the beautiful gingerbread cookie church my mom made!! I wish I had a picture :) A crazy memory is of some elaborate painted sugar cookies my sister and I made and then didn't want our drunken father to eat them so we hid them under the bed and the dog ate them..sooo crazy :)

Well..not all my memories involve food, but it sure sounds like it!! lol....There's the presents and the trees and the sparkle tours and the church services..the bloopers with the kids and the family times and love we shared!!..and the chance every year to make new cherished Christmas memories...that will live on in our hearts forever..after all that's what Christmas is all about..taking the time to stop and really celebrate the reason for the matter where you are or who you are with....

Have the Merriest Christmas ever!! emoticon

Thanks so much for dropping in for a chat and to share some Christmas memories!!
Keep on Sparkin'

emoticonLove Donna

"Children come and see Him slumber
in the manger soft with hay.
He, our blessed little Savior,
there was born for us today"
Polish carol

PS Thanks for the gift ideas for son's new girlfriend..I got her a pair of ski gloves, a matching hat, a fleecy blanket and a snowman t-shirt and bath set.. emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 12/17/2011 8:47AM

    You have such beautiful Christmas memories. I only wish your daughter would be a part of sharing stories of your family while growing up. These are memories that should be passed down. I'm wishing that soon she will realize how important it is to be with family.
And I do agree with you about baking. It is so much fun. I'd rather bake goodies than cooking a meal, however, I'm not planning on doing to much because then I'll end u
p eating it all. This time of the year calls for strong willpower. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 12/16/2011 8:10PM

    Really enjoyed your Christmas memories -- and I'm with you about brown sugar shortbread!! Yeah!!

That mother daughter relationship is so difficult for so many . . . hope things warm up soon!

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MARITIMER3 12/16/2011 6:13PM

    Interesting, isn't it, how so many of our memories involve food... cooking it, sharing it, smelling it, eating it. Using family recipes, some made only once a year. Thanks for the reminders.

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BEATLETOT 12/16/2011 9:03AM

    Enjoyed reading about your memories...thanks for posting this!

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MADAMES 12/16/2011 2:22AM

    Wonderful Christmas thoughts! Thank you for sharing your insight about the season; I love reading your blogs.

:) Evelyn


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Today's Blessing of Christmas...Kindness..

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hi..I need to write a quick blog and get to bed..we are going to Williston, ND tomorrow to finish up the shopping and as hubby puts it..get away from the zoo..haha

Today was lots of fun carolling at the nursing home..They loved their sox, too. Hard to believe such a simple thing can make over 20 people so happy..hope you all find ways to make this Christmas season special to you and others.

Today's Christmas blessing is like doing things for others and always try to be kind..there are soo many ways...I stopped and picked up my friend who was carolling with me..since she lives along the way to a special treat I made us both travel mugs of apple spice herbal tea for the drive :) yumyum..hubby was gone to a birthday party and had to leave early this morning so I told him I'd do all the chores for him, which included watering the main herd out grazing...I chopped 6 holes (my arms are killing me) the first 3 had no water..frozen right to the ground already, the 4th and 5th ones were at the edge of a dugout and I thought I was finished but found another herd grazing near a different chopped the 6th one what a work out :) When I got home from town hubby was already home and working on the corral so I did night chores, too. I phoned my sister and my inlaws today, too. Lots of ways to show kindness..I bought a baby card for my niece and told a friend to forget about the money she thinks she owes me..if I wasn't so tired I'd send out some goodies and comments to all my spark buddies that have sent me goodies or left comments..but I need to be kind to me and get some sleep...

...So my dear Spark friends..thanks so much for dropping by and for all your comments and support...your kindness is always appreciated...keep on Sparkin' emoticon

emoticonLove Donna!!

ps...hubby had a fun time at the city..the card for his secretary who turned 60 read..remember when you were little and held up how many fingers old you were? Well now you just hold up one..haha

He shared this on being kind the liquor store the clerk told him to have a nice day and he replied you too...she said he was the first customer that said that to her and it had been really busy...she gave him a bottle of was the little airplane size..but still.. see it does pay to be kind :)

Have a great Christmas season and remember to be your friends, your family, strangers and of course..yourself... emoticon

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BEATLETOT 12/15/2011 8:38AM

    This is a very sweet blog. =)

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SLFGOLF 12/15/2011 1:01AM

    I love this one. So many of my students really need something simple like a kind word or encouragement. We use the "fish philosophy" where one of steps is Make Their Day. A kind word or action can make all the difference in someone's life and can be such an easy thing to do.

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Another Blessing of Christmas..

Tuesday, December 13, 2011's Blessing is the blessing of music..I love Christmas music...I start listening to Christmas music ridiculously early, usually October...every year I buy new Christmas music.. this year was a Johnny Reid cd. One of my favorites is Amy Grant that I bought a couple years ago...especially the songs Count my Blessings and I Need a Silent Night!! What are your favorite Christmas songs? Tomorrow I'm going carolling at the nursing home with my friend and I'm really looking forward to that :)

I went with hubby to check the herd and chop the water holes..then I did some more cleaning and decorating..I was feeling like I was getting ready for Christmas early until son called tonight and said he was coming for Christmas on the 22 and 23 with his new girlfriend that we haven't met yet and then they are going to her parents for the 24th and 25th, then off to Montana snow boarding. My oldest daughter and her boyfriend and 2 little girls are coming for Christmas on New Years since this is the Christmas for the girls to be at their Dads..The other daughter is still going through a rough time and refuses to talk to us :( will be a sad, blue Christmas..especially since we will now be alone on Christmas least hubby and I will be together!!

I really have to get my act together to be ready earlier and also find something for the new girlfriend..?? I'm not going to let this stress me out...the stress of the funerals and the news that a close cousin and his wife have split up (they got married the year before 76)

Time to take a deep breath and just carry on :)

On a brighter note one of my nieces had a baby boy this afternoon:)

Well, I better head to bed and get some rest for tomorrow...thanks for stopping by and keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

emoticon 'Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la la la la emoticon

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BEATLETOT 12/14/2011 8:46AM

    I'm actually not a big fan of most Christmas music, but I do like Trans-Siberian Orchestra and The Beach Boys Christmas album...I LOVED listening to that one when I was a kid, and still do!

I think a cute winter-weather item like a scarf or a hat would be great for the girlfriend. That's a great idea!

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VICIOUS421 12/14/2011 1:12AM

    Take time to BREATH and a little time for yourself!!!!! Can't go wrong with a winter scarf or hat for the new girlfriend as they are going snowboarding. Sorry about the daughter that is not talking right now, hope things work out better soon!!!!!

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DUSTYGIRL25 12/14/2011 1:02AM

    Sounds like you are pretty on top of it. If you only need to get a gift for your Son's GF you are doing good.
I haven't even started yet beccause we are waiting for paydays. We've decided no using credit cards this year.
So sorry to hear that your daughter is still holding out on making up. Life is to short to ignore family.
My daughter is somewhat the same way, she's not mad or not speaking but she always spends Christmas with her hubbys family or her fathers family anyone but us.
That's ok. We'll enjoy Christmas anyway.

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MARITIMER3 12/14/2011 12:53AM

    Christmas seems to intensify everything, doesn't it? I hope that you like the new girlfriend, and that you and your husband enjoy Christmas "on your own". I'm sorry that your daughter isn't speaking to you; perhaps the holiday season might make her re-think things.

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BIGBADMOMMABEAR 12/13/2011 11:37PM

    I misread and thought YOU were going snowboarding! I thought you were very brave to do that!

I'm sorry to hear your daughter is sti going through a rough time.

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TORTILLAFLATS 12/13/2011 11:36PM

    I have the Christmas music playing all day long and enjoy every minute. The Holidays goes by so fast.!
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JMGLEN62 12/13/2011 11:29PM

    I love Christmas music as well. The Trans Siberian Orchestra is my favorite go to this time of year. Our children are 24 and 21 so I know it won't be long till they might not be with us on Christmas day. Wishing you and yours the best holiday season!

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The 12 Blessings of Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 home today from the second funeral in 5 days :( Todays was a sad one..a neighbor's 32 year old daughter passed away. I find it really hard to attend funerals since I always cry when I see someone else I feel quite wiped...

I did see lots of friends that we knew when we were in Weyburn today so spent way more time visiting than shopping :)

Yesterday we went up to daughter's ( a 3 1/2 hr drive) for the littlest granddaughter's birthday! She is 7 today :) The party was lots of fun..the girls were really excited. Then on the way home we stopped at my sister's for a visit and beer :) It was a very long day.

December is flying by and the Christmas preps are coming along fine..most of the gifts are bought, most of the baking is done, most of the house is decorated and I even got all the gifts for the seniors wrapped for Wednesday when my friend and I go caroling at the nursing home. We got them all Christmas sox (the men get wool sox) I made wrapping paper cones and then added tissue and a bow...28 packages...we missed last year and I'm looking forward to it :)

To follow my theme of Blessings I'm going to share a bit from a book I have byT.J.Mills called The Twelve Blessings of Christmas (yes..there is 12 days left until Christmas eve!!)

Today's Blessing is The Blessing of Warmth..I hope you feel the warmth of the season in your house, with your family and friends and in your heart...some ways to spread the warmth is with a warm cosy fire..we have our wood stove going..baking a batch or 2 of cookies to warm up your house and share with family and friends...sending warm Christmas greetings to family and friends, be it Christmas cards, e-mails, phone calls or even cheery greetings to people you run in to :) Other ways to warm up..a cup of hot cocoa, some tea or coffee...some hot oatmeal for breakfast or a nice bowl of soup for lunch...I hope each and every one of you can take the time and slow down and appreciate the WARMTH of the Christmas season :) You all bring me warmth with your friendship, inspiration and support :)

Thanks so much for dropping by...keep on Sparkin' emoticon

Love Donna

emoticon "Enjoy every warm minute and have a merry little Christmas!"

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BEATLETOT 12/13/2011 9:47AM

    Thanks for posting this! I will focus on warmth today and this weekend!

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DUSTYGIRL25 12/13/2011 7:37AM

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your friends. This has to be the worst time of the year to be grieving. It's always going to be a tough time to get through.
It's very good that you have most of the hard stuff done now and hopefully can sit back and enjoy the Christmas holiday. I still have so much to do since we are waiting on payday. Thanks for sharing your story of blessings. The idea of sharing warmth sounds so wonderful.
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SLFGOLF 12/13/2011 1:01AM

    My daughter and I cuddled up together to finish our Christmas cards last night. We had finished our Christmas shopping Saturday. Always a good feeling to get things accomplished and be back in the comforts of home.

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