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** 'Twas The Night Before Christmas...Mom Style **

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas story #11 posted here is the link:


Happy Saturday!
Still not myself. I did put the heat on but no higher than 65. I am very nervous now. DH missing 2 days of work is going to really hard on us. We have to have $425. by the end of the month for our electric bill.

I was hoping to get my niece and 2 great nephews a Christmas gift. They are the only children in the family. I usually get them a board game or something. I doubt they would even notice though. They never want for presents from their parents and grandparents.

I had also hoped to get my husband some socks and underwear which he needs terribly. Also I wanted to get a few long sleeve tops for myself. I have only 3. I swear someone is stealing my clothes. Only pants I found when we got my winter stuff out are all uncomfortable and don't fit right.

Cardiologist was out yesterday and did an echocardiogram and tested my carotid artery. I still have the delay in my heart and some leaking. They will retest in 6 months. He told me to watch my salt because of the edema. I don't have high blood pressure but, will limit my diet soda. I generally don't add salt to my food.

Have a poem of sorts but first I have 3 songs / videos of the day. Good for a laugh. Enjoy!

1. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii9Hxyp2K_c

2. www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_WkACReE4I&

3. www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHe_zk5A3_8&

** 'Twas The Night Before Christmas...Mom Style **

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the abode
Only one creature was stirring & she was cleaning the commode.
The children were finally sleeping, all snug in their beds,
while visions of Nintendo & Barbie flipped through their heads.

Yes, and dad was snoring in front of the TV,
with a half constructed bicycle propped on his knee.
So only the mom heard the reindeer hooves clatter,
which made her sigh, "Now what is the matter?"

With toilet bowl brush still clutched in her hand,
She descended the stairs, and saw the old man.
He was covered with ashes & soot, which fell with a shrug,
"Oh great," muttered the mom, "Now I have to clean the rug."

"Ho Ho Ho!" cried Santa, I'm glad you're awake."
"your gift was especially difficult to make."
"Thanks, Santa, but all I want is time alone."
"Exactly!" he chuckled, "So, I've made you a clone."

"A clone?" she muttered, "What good is that?"
"Run along, Santa, I've no time for chit chat."
Then out walked the clone - The mother's twin,
Same hair, same eyes, same double chin.

"She'll cook, she'll dust, she'll mop every mess.
You'll relax, take it easy, watch TV and rest.
"Fantastic!" the mom cheered. "My dream has come true!"
"I'll shop, I'll read, I'll sleep a night through!"

From the room above, the youngest did fret.
"Mommy?! Come quickly, I'm scared and I'm wet."
The clone replied, "I'm coming, sweetheart."
"Hey," the mom smiled, "She sure knows her part."

The clone changed the child and hummed her a tune,
as she bundled the small one in a blanket cocoon.
"You're the best mommy ever. I really love you."
The clone smiled and sighed, "And I love you too."

The mom frowned and said, "Sorry, Santa, no deal.
That's my child's LOVE she is going to steal."
Smiling wisely, Santa said: "To me it is clear,
Only one loving mother is needed here."

The mom kissed her child and tucked her in bed.
"Thank You, Santa, for clearing my head.
Sometimes I forget, it won't be very long,
before they'll be too old for my cradle and song."

The clock on the mantle began to chime.
Santa whispered to the clone, "It works every time."
With the clone by his side, Santa said: "Goodnight.
Merry Christmas, dear Mom, you'll be all right."

Sometimes we need reminding of what life is all about.
Especially at times when the Holiday season shouts,
and all we do is clean, bake, and procure.
You get the picture -- I'm sure.

So stop for a moment and hug that little one so dear,
whether he/she is 2 or 22, or even older this year.
For they are the gift that God gave us from Heaven above,
and what a special gift to be treasured, with endless LOVE!

May The Real Meaning Of Christmas Be With You All Year.

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MADKAPKID 12/13/2010 8:45AM

    LOVE IT!!!!!!! Have a holiday spirit filled kind of day....Karen emoticon

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CJANSEN40 12/13/2010 8:14AM

    love and hugs, I love the poems and stories you find what a gift.

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OLDERDANDRT 12/12/2010 11:50AM

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1GROVES2 12/12/2010 8:55AM

    I really hope you both get to feeling better soon. Take care of yourselves and try to keep warm. We had our first real blast of winter here this week-end.(very unusual, Usually have somw snow & cold in Oct)
I do not like the cold at all!
Take care,
PS I enjoyed the poem too!

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ROSEMARDORF 12/12/2010 12:15AM

  What an AWESOME CHRISTMAS story!! That one brought tears to my eyes!! I have loved every one of them!!!
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ROSEMARDORF 12/12/2010 12:03AM

  I really enjoyed your blog!! Maxine is a hoot!! LOL Yes our children are gifts from GOD!! The poem about MOM was great!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FVHORVATH 12/11/2010 10:20PM

    How very true! Thanks for reminding all of us!

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DARBOYMOM 12/11/2010 8:45PM

    How true! How true! Thank you for sharing the poem. I'm going to steal this and share it on Facebook.

Praying that things get better for you and your DH. Wouldn't a Christmas miracle be nice?
Peace & blessings to you.

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ROTTLADY 12/11/2010 8:23PM

    I swear it comes with the neuropathy. I can't stand the heat above 60 at my house. It drives everyone crazy but I tell them to grab a jacket. Hope hubby gets better soon. LOL emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUGARPUNK52 12/11/2010 7:27PM

  Thank you! Sometimes we all need reminding.GOD bless.

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ECONLADY 12/11/2010 4:13PM

    I hope you are feeling well soon! The $425 electric bill blows me away. Our house's electric bill is less than half that. Then again, cold for us is 40's and lower. I don't do snow!

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CHRYS13 12/11/2010 3:45PM

    oh, oh, ....I'm raining again! The years pass so quickly and now my little boys are grown men!
Another truly wonderful blog, Willow! Thanks, and bless you!

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LISAWILLBEFIT 12/11/2010 1:24PM

    I am praying for you and your Dh.I hope he can make it to work soon.
Your story made me cry a bit as it is true.

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STACYE13 12/11/2010 1:02PM

    Oh man, ya made me cry again in a good way :) I've been thinking a lot about my kids today so that really hit home. I hope things get better for you guys.

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STEVENGO2 12/11/2010 12:45PM

    Loved the story about Steve and Candy/Holly finding the right home!

Loved Maxine and the poem about Mom!

I hope things work out for you and your DH!

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Sending you some Christmas cheer,

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PAMNANGEL 12/11/2010 12:10PM

    Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.

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GRANPATTIE 12/11/2010 11:54AM

    I hope things get better for you. This economy has hit so many really hard. This is the worst time of year for it. I hope your heart situation improves. I'll be praying for you.

I absolutely LOVE Maxine. Thanks for the links.

I also enjoyed the poem. Very true words.

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~* Things NOT To Say When Hanging Tree Lights & Gift Wrapping Tips For Men ~*

Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas present story #10 is posted.
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Happy Friday!

It is so cold in here I doubt I will thaw out today. Suppose to warm up this weekend but we will be having rain too. After that next week is suppose to be colder than this last week. The Weather person on the TV says "We will be in an arctic freeze" I want to just smack her. Shut up already! She is making me colder than I am. Ha!

DH missed works so of course I feel bad but he needs to work. We can't afford for him to get sick. He got some rest yesterday and hoping he gets to work today. His cold is in his chest and his chest hurts. Me I am split between head and chest. Misery loves company right?.

Today I want to make you laugh. They always say laughter is the best medicine right? Enjoy and have a Great Day!

~* Things NOT To Say When Hanging Tree Lights *~

Did you know that hanging lights on a Christmas tree is one of the three most stressful situations in an on-going relationship? The other two danger zones are teaching your mate to drive and wallpapering.

Things NOT To Say When Hanging Tree Lights:

** "You've got two red lights right next to each other, goober. You're supposed to go yellow, green, red, blue -- not yellow, red, red, green, blue..."

** "Up a little higher. You can reach it. Go on, try."

** "What on earth do you do to these lights when you put them away every year? Tie them in knots?"

** "Come away from that aluminum ladder, kids. I'm going to fry that sucker."

** "Give me that."

** "You've got the whole thing on the tree upside-down. The electric pluggee thing should be down here at the bottom, not up at the top."

** "I don't care if you have found another two strings, I'm done!"

** "You've just wound 'em around and around -- I thought we agreed it shouldn't look like a spiral this year?"

** "Have you been drinking?"

** "Where's the cat?"

** "If you're not going to do it right, don't do it at all. Don't just throw them on, like you do the icicles. You're worse than your father."


** Gift Wrapping Tips For Men **
-Author Unknown

This is the time of year when we think back to the very first Christmas, when the Three Wise Men; Gaspar, Balthazar and Herb, went to see the baby Jesus and, according to the Book of Matthew, "presented unto Him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh." These are simple words, but if we analyze them carefully, we discover an important, yet often overlooked, theological fact: There is no mention of wrapping paper.

The words "wrapping paper" do not appear in the Bible, which means that the very first Christmas gifts were NOT wrapped. This is because the people giving those gifts had two important characteristics:

They were wise.

They were men.

Men are not big gift wrappers. Men do not understand the point of putting paper on a gift just so somebody else can tear it off. This is not just my opinion: This is a scientific fact based on a statistical survey of two guys I know.

One is Rob, who said the only time he ever wraps a gift is "if it's such a poor gift that I don't want to be there when the person opens it." The other is Gene, who told me he does wrap gifts, but as a matter of principle never takes more than 15 seconds per gift. "No one ever had to wonder which presents daddy wrapped at Christmas," Gene said. "They were the ones that looked like enormous spitballs."

I also wrap gifts, but because of some defect in my motor skills, I can never completely wrap them. I can take a gift the size of a deck of cards and put it the exact center of a piece of wrapping paper the size of a regulation volleyball court, but when I am done folding and taping, you can still see a sector of the gift peeking out. (Sometimes I camouflage this sector with a marking pen.) If I had been an ancient Egyptian in the field of mummies, the lower half of the Pharaoh's body would be covered only by Scotch tape.

On the other hand, if you give my wife a 12-inch square of wrapping paper, she can wrap a C-130 cargo plane. My wife, like many women, actually likes wrapping things. If she gives you a gift that requires batteries, she wraps the batteries separately, which to me is very close to being a symptom of mental illness. If it were possible, my wife would wrap each individual volt. My point is that gift-wrapping is one of those skills like having babies that come more naturally to women than to men. That is why today I am resenting:


Whenever possible, buy gifts that are already wrapped. If, when the recipient opens the gift, neither one of you recognizes it, you can claim that it's myrrh.

The editors of Woman's Day magazine recently ran an item on how to make your own wrapping paper by printing a design on it with an apple sliced in half horizontally and dipped in a mixture of food coloring and liquid starch. They must be smoking crack.

If you're giving a hard-to-wrap gift, skip the wrapping paper! Just put it inside a bag and stick one of those little adhesive bows on it. This creates a festive visual effect that is sure to delight the lucky recipient on Christmas morning:

YOUR WIFE: Why is there a Hefty trash bag under the tree?
YOU: It's a gift! See? It has a bow!
YOUR WIFE (peering into the trash bag): It's a leaf blower.
YOU: Gas-powered! Five horsepower!
YOUR WIFE: I want a divorce.
YOU: I also got you some myrrh.

In conclusion, remember that the important thing is not what you give, or how you wrap it. The important thing, during this very special time of year, is that you save the receipt.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/11/2010 6:57AM


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ROSEMARDORF 12/11/2010 12:31AM

  Very funny blog WILLOWWINDS!!! I hope you turn your heat on.... I know you are trying to save money. You and your DH need it !! Just trying to help; don't want to sound critical!! Thank You my friend!! Sending you hugs; and warmth from the heart!!

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DRB13_1 12/10/2010 7:18PM

    I know people have heard those remarks about the lights... whew, candy canes might be poked into vital parts. emoticon

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LISAWILLBEFIT 12/10/2010 6:19PM

    I am so soryy your DH is sick and i know he isnt the type to miss work for nothing.I hope he get better quickly.

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ROTTLADY 12/10/2010 6:18PM

    Another great blog. I love to buy gifts but I hate to wrap them due to having to wrap my own gifts as a child. My mother was dysfunctional and the holidays strange and normally a lot of fighting. I love surprises but few people have a clue what to get me. My husband and two sons are clueless. Thank God the boys have great wives.Due to money issues no presents unless you are a child.I'd prefer a hig and a sincere I love you.
Hope you and hubby feel better. We are in the mid 60's this week so I am sending you some warmth. You are going to have to give in and run the heater. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ECONLADY 12/10/2010 1:02PM

    I loved the bit about decorating with a half apple and smoking crack! I may be female, but I am a horrible gift wrapper and firmly believe in gift bags! Hope you feel better soon!

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SQUID98 12/10/2010 11:58AM

    "Where's the cat" LOL!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 12/10/2010 10:27AM

    Thank you for the link to the Christmas stories!
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FIREBIRD3423 12/10/2010 10:02AM

    I loved this!! I hate to admit it but I am a gift bagger. If I can find a bag to stick it in I do. I think i am the only girl I know that hates to wrap!

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FVHORVATH 12/10/2010 9:10AM

    Loved today blog! You are so right about men and wrapping paper! And gifts! Mine thinks the best gift in the world is a gift card from Walmart for me! (I do like Walmart )I hate getting it! Cause he is usually the one who ends up spending it on something he wants. He refuses to take the time to think out a gift for anyone!

The other good one is he got tires for his car one year and said they were for me since I drive it more than him! GGRRRRR!Maybe the gift card is better as long as I run and spend it before he does! LOL

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SHER3124 12/10/2010 9:08AM

    emoticon So funny - the worst part is that it is so true emoticon

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LADYSHEL 12/10/2010 8:40AM


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ANAJALI 12/10/2010 8:39AM

    I was laughing so hard as I read through your blog, people were passing my office and giving me funny looks!

Thanks for the great laugh. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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HEALTHYKIM101 12/10/2010 8:38AM

    Loved your blog today. You made me laugh! Some of it is soooo true! Thanks for lifting me up today. emoticon

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~* Do YOU know True Meaning of Christmas ?? *~

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Christmas story #9 is posted.
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Happy Thursday!
My poor DH caught my cold. I loaded him with mucinex, benedryl and Vitamin C last night. He is doing better this morning. He went to a job fair. He is still look and exploring all options.

My cold continues, mostly in my chest now. We have been eating a lot of soup. Progresso has been on sale. I have soup and salad for lunch. It just makes me feel better with the warm food. We had some and the store had them on sale or $1.

I know what I want for Christmas and I am sure everyone would agree is a free Electricy Month. That or they wipe all past debts for electric. Ha! Hey I can dream.

This story I really liked there were some of the symbols I didn't know. I am glad now I do. Enjoy! Have a Wonderful Day!


True Meaning of Christmas
-Author Unknown

Just a week before Christmas I had a visitor. This is how it happened. I had just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the door to the front room, and to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out from behind the Christmas tree. He placed his finger over his mouth so I would not cry out.

"What are you doing?" I started to ask.

The words choked up in my throat, and I saw that he had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly manner was gone. Gone was the eager, boisterous soul we all know. He then answered me with a simple statement: "TEACH THE CHILDREN!"

I was puzzled, what did he mean?

He anticipated my question, and with one quick movement brought forth a miniature toy bag from behind the tree. As I stood bewildered, Santa said, "Teach the children. Teach them the real meaning of Christmas. The meaning of Christmas that nowadays has been forgotten."

Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it before the mantle. Teach the children that the pure green color of the stately fir tree remains green all year round, depicting the everlasting hope of mankind. All the needles point Heavenward, making it a symbol of man's thoughts turning toward Heaven.

He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant STAR. Teach the children that the star was the Heavenly sign of promises long ago. God promised a Savior for the world, and the star was the sign of the fulfillment of His promise.

He then reached into his bag and pulled out a CANDLE. Teach the children that the candle symbolizes that Christ is the light of the world, and when we see this great light, we are reminded of He who displaces the darkness.

Once again he reached into his bag and removed a WREATH and placed it on the tree. Teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the real nature of love Christ showed for us. Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of affection.

He then pulled from his bag an ornament of HIMSELF. Teach the children that I, Santa Claus, symbolize the generosity and good will we feel during the month of December.

He then brought out a HOLLY LEAF. Teach the children that the holly plant represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Savior. The red holly berries represent the blood that He shed for us.

Next he pulled from his bag a GIFT and said, "Teach the children that God so loved the world that whoever believes in Him shall have everlasting life." (John 3:16) Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift. Teach the children that the wise men bowed before the Holy Babe and presented Him with gold, frankincense and myrrh. We should always give gifts in the same spirit of the wise men.

Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a CANDY CANE and hung it on the tree. Teach the children that the candy cane represents the shepherd's crook. The crook on the staff helps to bring strayed sheep back to the flock. The candy cane is the symbol that we are our brother's keeper.

He reached in again and pulled out an ANGEL. Teach the children that it was the angels that heralded the glorious news of the Savior's birth. The angels sang "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will."

Suddenly I heard a soft tinkling sound, and from his bag he pulled out a BELL. Teach the children that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of the bell, it should bring mankind to the fold. The bell symbolizes guidance and return.

Santa looked around and was pleased. He looked back at me and I saw that the twinkle was back in his eyes. He said, "Remember, TEACH THE CHILDREN the true meaning of Christmas and do not put me in the center for I am but a humble servant of the One that is, and I bow down to worship Him, Our Lord, Our God, and Savior.

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LITTLEWIND53 12/12/2010 1:50AM

    Someone on another team told the story of the holly wreath. I had never heard it before, and now twice in one day! Wow!

Thanks for these wonderful and inspiring posts.

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KIWINURSE 12/10/2010 10:06AM

    A wonderful blog! I have taught my children the real meaning of Christmas but thank you for these symbols that I can now pass on too!
Hope that you and your husband are feeling better soon. I agree to try the echaneicia (sp) already suggested!
Thank you too for the song of the day - Carrie bought tears to my eyes! Awesome song!
I just read your Christmas story too and I will be checking in everyday now, thank you!
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Not enough people celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Hope you and your family have a lovely one.

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ROSEMARDORF 12/10/2010 1:00AM

  I loved this story!! The real meaning of Christmas told by a santa!! OH HOLY NIGHT is beautiful!! Happy to hear you are eating some good soup!! It warms me up too!! Feel better both of you very soon!! HUGS!!

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MAZDAWD50 12/9/2010 11:49PM

    That is a wonderful story...thank you for sharing. I knew the real meaning of Christmas...now I can use all these things we traditionally display at Christmas to keep reminding me so that I don't get lost in all the other things that go on at this time.

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NELLIEC 12/9/2010 10:55PM

    A wonderful blog on the REAL meaning of Christmas!

Have you tried echinacea tea with lemon juice for your cold?

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DIDMIS 12/9/2010 10:49PM

    Yes, I know the meaning of Christmas and loved your lesson and illustrations.

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VXWALL1942 12/9/2010 10:38PM

    As usual a message worth hearing, living and repeating. Each of us has the ability and the responsibility to put the true meaning of Christ mas at the forefront. We are society. It is us that the Savior came for. It we who must pass the word.

Sorry hubby got your cold. What a great deal on Progresso. Healthy, warm and filling.

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ROTTLADY 12/9/2010 10:05PM

    I agree with this meaning of Christmas and not what it has become a crazy holiday with manic shopping. We need the spirit of the season and not material things. Awesome story.
Have you got your wheel chair fixed so that you can go to your sisters and get out of the house?You really need to get out and when the houses have lights and decorations it is a beautiful time to get out again and explore the wonders outside your walls and computer. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ECONLADY 12/9/2010 7:27PM

    Hope you feel better soon!

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TINNATEE 12/9/2010 5:57PM

    Wonderful!!! Thank you Willow. God Bless you and your husband

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WILLOW49 12/9/2010 4:17PM

    What a great story!

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JRDIAMOND4 12/9/2010 2:13PM

    Willow, I love, love, love the story.

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    Beautiful blog, and so full of love, the love of God and the grace of our Lord and Savior knows no bounds. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Have a very Merry Christmas.

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CJANSEN40 12/9/2010 12:44PM

    Awesome. I can't wait to share.

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STEVENGO2 12/9/2010 12:05PM


Thanks again for the true meaning of Christmas. It is the gifts from the heart that we give and receive that matter the most. You are giving the gift everyday with your thoughtful and thought provoking blog each day. I always look forward to your blog each day~you warm my heart, mind and soul during this cold winter month. Jesus is the main reason why we celebrate this Season so we should reflect and rejoice for Him who came and who is still with us in Spirit!

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DADOT62 12/9/2010 11:20AM

    Absolutely Awesome Reminder! Thanks for this great Blog Posting.

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ALICIA214 12/9/2010 11:09AM


How beautiful.!! I have a couple of Royal Doulton Santa Groupings, but my main focus for Christmas is my Nativity Scene, it keeps me in touch with what Christmas really means.

Wishing you and yours A Very Happy Holy Christmas. emoticon emoticon

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BESTMEPOSSIBLE 12/9/2010 11:05AM

    Great! Thanks for sharing this, hope your cold gets better.

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~* The Doll and a White Rose - MARSHMALLOW ALERT *~

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

#8 Christmas present story is posted.
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Happy Wednesday! See I told you I had way too many Christmas stories that even double posting blog and website I still have a lot.

I am still fighting this darn cold! I can't wait until it passes me. I have gotten my flu shot. I can't imagine what I would have if I didn't. Been having to have the heat up. 65 degrees when it is nippy but we try to keep it at 60. I am trying my best to make it low so our electric bill isn't any higher. This $425. a month is really hurting us. Before winter kicked in I thought it would take us 3 months to catch up. But now it might not happen that way. Next Tuesday it is going to be 27 the high and 18 the low. BBBRRR!

No word yet on DH's new job he was looking into. They should hear something by the end of the week we hope. My DH is so impatient. They needed a copy of his resume. So I emailed an attachment to the guy like 6 times. He kept saying he didn't get it. Once I sent the email and forgot to attach the resume and he got that one. Then it dawned on me his firewall might be blocking it. So I copied it and put it in the body of the email. That one went. My DH was like "Forget this job" getting all impatient. I told him to hold his horses! Ok now I am saying old.

Ok all you Marshmallow's (softie example I cry at coffee commercials) today is a double whammy. The song and the story. They are very touching. Enjoy!


The Doll and a White Rose
- Author Unknown

I hurried into the local department store to grab some last minute Christmas gifts. I looked at all the people and grumbled to myself. I would be in here forever and I just had so much to do. Christmas was beginning to become such a drag. I kind of wished that I could just sleep through Christmas. But I hurried the best I could through all the people to the toy department. Once again I kind of mumbled to myself at the prices of all these toys.

And wondered if the grand-kids would even play with them. I found myself in the doll aisle. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a little boy about 5 holding a lovely doll. He kept touching her hair and he held her so gently. I could not seem to help myself. I just kept looking over at the little boy and wondered who the doll was for. I watched him turn to a woman and he called his aunt by name and said, "Are you sure I don't have enough money?". She replied a bit impatiently, "You know that you don't have enough money for it."

The aunt told the little boy not to go anywhere, that she had to go get some other things and would be back in a few minutes. And then she left the aisle. The boy continued to hold the doll. After a bit I asked the boy who the doll was for. He said, "It is the doll my sister wanted so badly for Christmas. She just knew that Santa would bring it". I told him that maybe Santa was going to bring it. He said, "No, Santa can't go where my sister is...I have to give the doll to my Mamma to take to her". I asked him where his sister was. He looked at me with the saddest eyes and said, "She has gone to be with Jesus."

My Daddy says that Mamma is going to have to go be with her." My heart nearly stopped beating. Then the boy looked at me again and said, "I told my Daddy to tell Mamma not to go yet. I told him to tell her to wait till I got back from the store." Then he asked me if I wanted to see his picture. I told him I would love to. He pulled out some pictures he'd had taken at the front of the store.

He said, "I want my Mamma to take this with her so she won't ever forget me. I love my Mamma so very much and I wish she did not have to leave me. But Daddy says she will need to be with my sister." I saw that the little boy had lowered his head and had grown so very quiet.

While he was not looking I reached into my purse and pulled out a handful of bills. I asked the little boy, "Shall we count that money one more time?". He grew excited and said, "Yes, I just know it has to be enough." So I slipped my money in with his and we began to count it. Of course it was plenty for the doll. He softly said, "Thank you Jesus for giving me enough money." Then the boy said, "I just asked Jesus to give me enough money to buy this doll so Mamma can take it with her to give to my sister. And he heard my prayer. I wanted to ask him for enough to buy my Mamma a white rose, but I didn't ask him, but he gave me enough to buy the doll and a rose for my Mamma."

"She loves white roses so very, very much." In a few minutes the aunt came back and I wheeled my cart away. I could not keep from thinking about he little boy as I finished my shopping In a totally different spirit than when I had started. And I kept remembering a story I had seen in the newspaper several days earlier about a drunk driver hitting a car and killing a little girl and the Mother was in serious condition. The family was deciding on whether to remove the life support. Now surely this little boy did not belong with that story.

Two days later I read in the paper that the family had disconnected the life support and the young woman had died. I could not forget the little boy and just kept wondering if the two were somehow connected. Later that day, I could not help myself and I went out and bought some white roses and took them to the funeral home where the young mother was.

And there she was holding a lovely white rose, the beautiful doll, and the picture of the little boy in the store. I left there in tears, my life changed forever. The love that little boy had for his little sister and his mother was overwhelming. And in a split second a drunk driver had ripped the life of that little boy to pieces.

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VXWALL1942 12/9/2010 9:09AM

    Thanks (said with tears in heart). Praying the Lord helps hubby.

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ROSEMARDORF 12/9/2010 1:30AM

  Very Touching beautiful song; and story!! I have seen that Christmas movie about the red shoes: I cried alot watching it. Thank Goodness for people with kind hearts like you WIllow!! You are an earth Angel !! Hope you get rid of that cold soon!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ECONLADY 12/8/2010 9:33PM

    I hope the job works out.

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MSPOOH404 12/8/2010 8:31PM

    I love that story. That one and "Christmas Shoes." Even though the stories are sad, they do point out what's most important at this time of year...and all year 'round. Loving each other. Praying for each other. Just being together. I think SHARMAE is right...people find this time of year so "stressful" because they are stressing the wrong things.

Keeping you and your DH in my prayers!


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PLAYBLUES22 12/8/2010 12:55PM

    Sweetie, simply lovely emoticon

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SUGARSMOM2 12/8/2010 12:44PM

  thank you . yes am a sucker for sob stories .want to help and protect everyone . emoticon emoticon

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STEVENGO2 12/8/2010 11:56AM

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For continuing to remind us what Christmas is all about!

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IAM_HIS2 12/8/2010 11:48AM

    This story is so touching and all too real for me. It truly reminds us that Christmas is love...it isn't large expensive gifts, it is giving of your love. It makes me wonder why people think of Christmas as a stressful time. Perhaps we need to get into the true spirit of Christmas and stop all the shopping, rushing and over-spending for gifts will be forgotten over the years.

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STACYE13 12/8/2010 10:24AM

    Oh man, Christmas shoes kills me everytime I hear it. The story made me cry :) I'm gonna add you as a sparkfriend if that's okay.

It'll happen. I know it's frustrating waiting for a job. I've had that happen with attachments and it drives me nuts.

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NMCINTYRE1 12/8/2010 10:19AM

    You are correct in that many of us have probably heard this story before. But reading it makes us try harder to keep the Christmas Season in perspective and enjoy our families and think of others at this time. It is what the season is about. Thanks for sharing. I hope and pray that your DH gets a wonderful job soon whether it is the one that he is currently pursuing or not. I hope you get to feeling better too. Stay warm, huddle up with a few more sweaters. You'll beat the electric co. yet!

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MISSM66 12/8/2010 10:16AM

    Thanks for sharing emoticon emoticon

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SASKATIA 12/8/2010 10:14AM

  You made my day so much better! Thank you!

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FLYER99 12/8/2010 10:14AM

    Willow, your stories and songs never cease to amaze me and fill me with a glowing heart. These were wonderful. I want you to know that you make my day everytime I read your blog and listen to your music. Thanks and I pray DH will have patience. All good things come to those who wait. Bob.
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LINDAGRAVEL 12/8/2010 10:07AM

    such a sad story especially around the holiday's.It makes you think of the young family not really able to celebrate emoticon

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*** HELP ? and Maxine. Today is a Win - Win ***

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

7 Christmas Gift is posted here is the link.


Happy Tuesday! Still fighting this darn cold. I really have to give the makers of benedryl and mucinex credit. I know I would feel so much worse without them. The mucinex even has a cough suppressant in it.

I had did a bunch of research on Christmas Gifts. It originally was a crap load of stuff. So yesterday I went through them and picked in my opinion the easiest and most interesting ones. Hope they might help anyone looking for a gift idea. Of course there is a funny for you. Maxine's 12 days of Christmas.


~* IDEAS *~

**One Year my Aunt took a homemade doilies from my Grandmom and put it in a nice frame. Looked great on my wall.

**I use to go to craft fairs a lot. One lady took old jeans and a shoe box. She used a hot glue gun to apply the jeans on the outside of the box. Then inside she used a cotton fabric. It made a trendy hope box. She had about 20 of them and sold out! She even had orders to make up.

**A hand made recipe book would be a good idea. A compilation of old family recipes from your family, and your friends' families. Start collecting them in the summer and take your time and edit and make them real nice and sturdy (to withstand the heavy use!)

**A calendar for the family with everyone's photos and birthdays. That was a big hit.
Free 2011 Calendar Pages


**Bath Salt Recipe


**Hot Chocolate in a Jar Craft


or container.


**Cookies in a Jar


**Home-Made Message Board


**Pine Cone Air Freshener Craft


**Sea Shell Recipe Holder Craft


**Necktie Purse/Wallet


**Liquid Hand Soap Recipe


**Make a Bundt Cake Candle

63 Gift Ideas for Under $10 - For Any Occasion of the Year!


**Every Day Is Christmas**
~Author Unknown

Every day is Christmas when you have the kind of mind,
That stores up all the goodness and the sweetness it can find.
When you don't need an occasion, to spread a bit of cheer,
But just keep on a-giving, of yourself throughout the year.

Every day is Christmas, with a gaily wrapped surprise,
When you've learned to see the friendship, in someone else's eyes.
When you try a little harder, and complain a little less,
Holding fast to all the fervor of the faith that you possess.

Every day is Christmas, when you've found that you can be
More concerned with words like "you" and less with "I" and "me."
When it's fun to do a favor, and to lend a helping hand,
When being understood means less, than when you understand.

Every day is Christmas, with a beauty deeply cast,
When you find it doesn't matter, if you're first or if you're last.
When you can face your conscience, and be glad of what you are,
Then every day is Christmas, with a stable and a star.

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JILL313 12/9/2010 12:41AM

    Thank you for the good and reasonable gift ideas. It's always so interesting reading your blogs. God Bless. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHRYS13 12/8/2010 7:09AM

    Willow...you've worked so hard to give us all gift ideas. Thank-you!
The poem is so lovely.....and so filled with truth!
Blessings to you - - - emoticon

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ROSEMARDORF 12/8/2010 12:08AM

  Some very good ideas WILLOW!! Thank you!! Loved The Maxine song!! LOL I hope you are feeling better very soon!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MILLISMA 12/7/2010 11:23PM

    Glad you're feeling better. Thanks for all the links and info.


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ECONLADY 12/7/2010 10:53PM

    This year I am giving my nieces and nephews (they are adults with kids) my own cookie dough. It's in balls, double ziploc bagged and ready for the oven. This way they can have the cookie whenever the want them. Since my cookies are legendary they are thrilled with the gift.

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.DUSTY. 12/7/2010 10:14PM

    Thanks for all the great ideas and for taking the time to research it all out for us! emoticon

Hope you feel better soon!

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FVHORVATH 12/7/2010 3:27PM

    Hope you feel better soon! I liked a lot of the ideas and will probably use some of them!

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THOMS1 12/7/2010 3:16PM

    Hope you're feeling better soon. I really liked your blog, all the ideas and that was really a great poem. emoticon

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GEMINISUE 12/7/2010 3:13PM

    Tried your links and many did not work, maybe you can check these out.

Hope you cold gets better soon!

Take Care!

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FLYER99 12/7/2010 1:52PM

    Hi Willow, Thanks for the gist ideas and I loved Maxine! I hope your cold gets better soon. All the best to you and DH. Bob.

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STEVENGO2 12/7/2010 12:15PM


Thanks for sharing ideas about gifts. Also the story about the old dog and old man really touched my heart! I see you put a lot of effort into this blog. Thanks for caring for those of us who read it~ and make us think!



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WILLOW49 12/7/2010 11:30AM

    Some great ideas! Now I need to get busy!

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VAMANOS 12/7/2010 11:24AM

    As usual, you have provided such a wonderful list of ideas! I've been wondering what we could do for my husband's mother and stepdad, as they have everything they could possibly need and then some. You have given me some ideas for a gift of the heart, always the best kind.


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PARKERB2 12/7/2010 11:11AM

    Thanks for a good blog, as usual. It's snowy and cold here in Western North Carolina so I'm reading the cheery blogs from the Spark people today. Hope you have a good day. How the weather where you are?

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