Saturday, December 29, 2012

One of my favorite Christmas songs.

Here it is a few days after Christmas and I am having a great week. So glad that my hubby has been off and the kids are out of school and the MIL has been with us since Christmas Eve. We are all enjoying time together and just taking it easy. A little shopping for the boys and some fast food lunches out with their dad. A quiet house for me and grandma. Eating leftovers and sweets all day. Not having to be anywhere. It is lovely.

For the past couple years I have been posting on Facebook during the 12 days of Christmas - December 26th thru January 6th. A verse each day. The 12 Days of Christmas has always been a favorite song of mine. I now know why as you will see from the explanation of each gift.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree.

The first gift of this Christmas song is a partridge, a small bird similar to a quail or a grouse. The original gift of Christmas is Jesus sent to earth from God. (John 3:16) The partridge was known as a valiant bird willing to fight to the death in order to defend its young. This bird's readiness to die for its young made it an ancient Christian symbol of Christ. The pear tree represents the cross.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me two turtledoves.

For hundreds of years Jewish families used turtledoves as offerings to God. The gift of two turtledoves is a reminder of the sacrifice offered for Jesus by Mary and Joseph. When Jesus was forty days old, they took him to the temple in Jerusalem. They brought a sacrifice of two turtledoves as was required by the law.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me three French hens.

French hens were valuable poultry during the sixteenth century – only the rich could afford them. These costly birds symbolized the three valuable gifts given to Jesus by the wise men: gold, frankincense and myrrh. Gold was the most precious of all metals. Frankincense and myrrh were expensive spices used as incense and for burials.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me four calling birds.

The four calling birds are reminders of the four Gospel writers: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These writers of the first four books of the New Testament proclaimed the testimony of Jesus’ life and teachings. Like birds calling out with loud and distinctive voices, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John spread abroad the news of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. They called people to faith in Jesus as their Savior.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me five golden rings.

Gold rings are among the most valuable and treasured of all gifts. The five golden rings represent the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. These books, known to the Jews as the Torah, were treated with great reverence and considered to be worth more than gold. In these books, Moses, the commonly accepted author, records the creation story and the beginning history of the people of Israel.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me six geese a-laying.

In many cultures, eggs symbolize new life. Six geese laying eggs became reminders of the six days of creation when God, by his Word, brought forth life on earth. God spoke and filled the earth with plants, birds, animals and people during the first six days of creation, as found in chapter one of the book of Genesis.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me seven swans a-swimming.

Seven swans symbolize the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Just as baby swans grow and change from “ugly ducklings” into beautiful and graceful birds, so do God’s children grow and change through the work of the Holy Spirit. The various gifts of the Holy Spirit are distributed for the benefit of the entire body of Christ. (Romans 12:6-8)

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me eight maids a-milking.

The eight milking maidens represent eight unique teachings of Jesus sometimes called the Beatitudes. These words of Jesus, from his Sermon on the Mount, nurture and strengthen us much the way milk nourishes a child.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me nine ladies dancing.

The nine ladies remind us of the nine different fruits that the Holy Spirit produces in God’s children. Just as these ladies dance joyfully, so can every Christian rejoice over the life-changing fruit of the Holy Spirit. Gifts of love and joy and peace are worthy of great celebration!

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me ten lords a-leaping.

Lords were men with authority to command people’s obedience. Ten lords a-leaping symbolize God’s ten basic laws, otherwise known as the Ten Commandments.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me eleven pipers piping.

Eleven pipers represent the eleven apostles who were chosen by Jesus and remained faithful to him. (There were twelve before the betrayal and suicide of Judas.) Like children joyfully following a pipe, these disciples followed Jesus. They also called others to follow him. They piped an everlasting tune of great joy – the salvation message of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me twelve drummers drumming.

Just as drummers beat out a loud, steady rhythm for marchers to follow, so the Apostle’s Creed sets forth the beliefs of those who call themselves Christians. The twelve drummers drumming represent the twelve vital Christian beliefs as stated in the Apostle’s Creed.

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day he rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father. He shall return to judge both the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

From the book “The Real 12 Days of Christmas” by Helen Haidle 

Throughout history people have been able to show God's love when they were forbidden to do so. I am so thankful that I live in a place where I am free to worship the Lord.

Have a wonderful Christmas season and a joyous New Year.

Monday, July 16, 2012

How to tell your hubby is still in love with you.

How do you know your hubby is still in love with you? Well, I can only let you know from personal experience, so here goes.

We have been married 22 plus years and talk on the phone every work day during his lunch.

We text everyday even if we are in the same house together.

A kiss before leaving and a kiss when first arriving home.

He sends you texts like this: "I love your smokin' hot bod!" even though you know you are at least 20 pounds overweight.

He tells you that you are pretty when you first wake up and your hair is sticking up everywhere.

He lets you know where he is 24/7 and asks the same from you.

He wants you to have your "sister lunch".

He doesn't care if the dishes aren't done or the laundry isn't clean.

He will eat a can of soup for dinner.

He goes well over the spending limit for your birthday and says "you deserve it".

So there is a small list of how I know my hubby is still in love with me.

The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.
I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Genesis 2:18

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Spring Blessings

Has it already been a month since I posted on this blog? In the beginning of this I had planned to post once a week. Well so much for that. 

It has been a wonderful first month of spring. Our youngest accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior.  We celebrated Resurrection Sunday and it was a beautiful day. My hubby and I celebrated 23 years of marriage. 

How amazing to share in the experience as someone prays the prayer of salvation. I always tear up when we have a baptism in church. I did when our oldest was baptized last Easter Sunday. Of course I did when our youngest prayed a sinner’s prayer. Jesus you are amazing thank you for your indescribable gift of salvation. 

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God  Romans 3:23

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  Matthew 28:6

This Easter Sunday was the first that I’ve been able to enjoy our church’s brunch in several years. It was so nice to visit with other believers and see the preschoolers enjoy our annual Bible verse egg hunt. We had our family egg hunt at my MIL’s and bbq’d hot dogs and hamburgers. (In case you are wondering, no I did not cave, I did not buy a new dress for Easter, I actually wore the same thing as last year…shhh don’t tell).
WOW 23 years. I have been married most of my life. I am amazed each day and year of the gift that the Lord gave me in my husband. We still love each other after all these years. Take it from me…be specific when you pray about/for your spouse if you have to write a list. 

The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11.   

 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

This month we also celebrate 19 years in our house. It is amazing to me that we chose our house before it was even built. Never having owned a house before we were not sure exactly what we wanted. The ability to choose what we wanted in colors and finishes helped us make our decision. 

Hope your spring is going well.

Monday, March 26, 2012

It’s all about perspective.

Perspective: the faculty of seeing all the relevant data in a meaningful relationship
It is spring and we are loving the warm weather. With spring comes the rearranging of closets for the warm weather clothes. For me it also comes with oh, Easter is near and I really want a new dress for Easter. But do I need a new dress? No. I have more than enough dresses that I could wear one every Sunday for more than a month and not have to do laundry. I have several that I could wear if I was 20 pounds lighter. I have plenty but I want more. I am struggling with the things that I have too much of yet I still want to get more. And by the way I am in debt that alone should help me to not get more. I feel good when I clothes shop though. 

I have a friend that is going through 7 months of sevens. Her first month was only eating 7 things – the whole month. She is on the second and is only wearing 7 things – the whole month. I think next month she has to give 7 things away every day and another month do without 7 media things. I admire her commitment and know that it is only through God that she will be able to do this 7 experiment. I have been reading her blog and she has quoted the writer of the 7 experiment several times. One struck me – to the core – paraphrasing “if you make more than $32,000 a year you are in the top 5% richest in the world”. You can read more here: Now, living in America $32,000 for a family of four is poverty level but in most other nations you are wealthy. WOW!! We are so blessed, especially living in the area that still has the highest unemployment in the nation. We are one of the truly blessed families though, my husband did not lose his job (he did take a couple of cuts in pay though), we did not buy our home right before the bubble burst and we owe less than our home is/was worth when we purchased it.

I will not lie, it is very hard to be a SAHM (stay at home mom) and see others spending freely and posting about their adventures on Facebook (dinner out every week, weekends away, Disneyland trips, frozen yogurt or Cold Stone every week) those are luxuries for us. We eat out at a restaurant maybe once a month (with a gift card and/or coupon). We go have Dairy Queen maybe once a month. We pick up Little Caesars Pizza once a month. Those are treats (and a big deal) for us. Movies, nope, hardly ever go. The last movie I saw was “The Help”. When we do go it is on $6 Tuesday. 

Okay, so I am whining. I am so blessed to be able to stay home with my children and help at their schools. We have more than enough to eat (although I do coupon and buy on sale). We have good running vehicles. We can pay our bills on time. We have clothes to wear (the little one has holes in the knees of his jeans though). We have a GREAT family and get to spend time with each other every week. Our kids do have piano and guitar lessons every week and we are so thankful that my mom helps to pay for that. We have our Savior that knows our every need and provides accordingly. He is always there and He is always stretching and teaching us. How I long to serve Him better each day.
Just a little rant now and then helps I guess.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; 
or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, 
and the body more than clothes? Matthew 6:25

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Stroke warning

You can Save someone's life by sharing this.

STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Le...tters... S.T..R ...
My friend sent this to me ...and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks.

During a party, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. (they offered to call ambulance)

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food - while she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00pm , Ingrid passed away.)
She had suffered a stroke at the party . Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today.

Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead. It only takes a minute to read this...


A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Remember the '3' steps, STR . Read and Learn!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster.
The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions :

S * Ask the individual to SMILE ..
T * = TALK. Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (eg 'It is sunny out today').
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS .

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call the ambulance and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

NOTE : Another 'sign' of a stroke is
1. Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue.
2. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

A prominent cardiologist says if everyone who gets this status shares it; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.......

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Overwhelmed, yep that's how I felt this morning. I looked around my house and thought "What did I do with these four days that I was home?" Well, really I have been sick for a week and the past four days I have been trying to get on top of it and FINALLY yesterday I felt halfway decent. Woke up this morning not feeling so good. UGH!!! Once I got some water in me and blew my nose a hundred times I felt a little better. I was able to help in my youngest son's class for his Valentine's party on Tuesday. I was able to do the sheets on Monday. I was able to go grocery shopping on Wednesday as usual. I will admit it did feel good taking it easy these past four days. I was able to spend some quality time with my hubby this morning - that helped - and talk to him about how I was feeling. He made me fell better he said you just give the word that this is too much and I will have a talk with my sisters and we (his two sisters and he) will take on more so I can do less. WOW! What a great husband I have. I love that he (still) wants to come in and rescue me. We will celebrate 23 years in a couple of months and still feel like newlyweds. Pictured above are the roses that he gave me for Valentine's (with just a little prompting from me). I do feel better now.

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. 
Philippians 4:13

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Refreshing Change

So I heard on the radio (probably S. O. S.) that there are three things that you can do to reduce your chances of being on Welfare.

1. Graduate High School
2. Have a job.
3. Wait to have children until after you are married.

We were discussing this at dinner this past week and my oldest said "Welfare, isn't that what is good for you?" WOW I thought, I knew what Welfare was at 12 years old and my son doesn't. Am I too protective? Have I sheltered him too much? NO WAY!! Although we were not on Welfare growing up times were tough and we knew people that were. He knows now. Hopefully he can keep his innocence a little longer.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I'm not the only one!

Did you see this article?

I can so relate to this woman.
It feels a little better knowing I'm not the only one that feels that way! Now I just need to find a support group...or maybe start one. Yeah I have time for that. :-)