On the Eighth Day of Christmas…

My true love gave to me eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five gold rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On this eighth day of Christmas, we’re enjoying a quiet family day in gratitude for how much we have. Not everyone gets to spend his/her life surrounded by love. All of us have ups and downs in our lives, but being surrounded by people you love makes it all worth it.

My wish for the new year is to be the kind of person who spreads hope, love, and joy where ever I go.

What are your hopes for the new year?

Merry Christmas!

On the Fourth Day of Christmas…

My true love gave to me four calling bird, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

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As I start work on this fourth day of Christmas, I’m listening to my all-time favorite Christmas CD: John Berry’s O Holy Night. It’s contains some of my favorite songs, and I love John Berry’s voice.

My husband and I had conversation last night about how we could better honor the Christmas season. We decided to exchange one small gift each day next year. We set a limit of $10 per gift with handmade gifts being the preference. I’m actually really excited about finding or making him gifts throughout the year.

Today, I’m wondering what things I can bring from Christmas season into Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. I deeply desire a life where the peace and grace of Christmas are carried through the year.

What is your Christmas wish?
Merry Christmas!

On the Third Day of Christmas…

My true love gave to me three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

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On this third day of Christmas, it’s (relatively) warm and rainy here in Tennessee. I’ll spend the day in my home office with my wax warmer on to cover the scent of wet dog. 😉 I’ll be enjoying Michael W. Smith’s Strings of Christmas while I work.

After work, we’ll spend a quiet evening eating leftovers and enjoying Live Free or Die Hard. I’ll also be starting part two of Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I’ve never seen the movie (an probably never will), but I’m enjoying the book immensely. For us, snuggles and quiet time on the couch are a great way to be present and enjoy the holiday.

How are you working to be present?
Merry Christmas!

On the Second Day of Christmas…

My true love gave to me two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree. 🙂

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Like most people, I’m back to work on this second day of Christmas. Most of my extended family lives in New England, and I am NOT traveling north in the winter, so Christmas has become more and more mellow for us as our children grew up and made families of their own.

Were also not very big on the American version of holidays. We prefer to honor holidays with church and time spent intentionally. So…

On this second day of Christmas, I have Christmas selections playing in the background as I work, starting with replaying the Facebook live stream of Lessons and Carols at St. Paul’s Church in Murfreesboro last year. I sang tenor in this particular service, and it was a magical service for me.

When the work day is done, we will spend a little time enjoying the 57 and sunny we’re expecting today and end with a movie. A quiet day of gratitude for all we’ve been given.

How are you celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior today?
Merry Christmas!!!

On the First Day of Christmas…

My true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree. 🙂

Really what he gave me was help getting my desk set up complete. I still need to find just the right ergonomic keyboard for my personal computer and tidy up/zip tie my cords, but I’m almost set up to be able to run my work system and writing system from the same desk. Big necessity for my office space!!!

We had Chinese with our only unattached daughter and are settling in for Die Hard marathon.

Merry Christmas!

Growing Potatoes

I’ve tried twice to grow potatoes inside. My first attempt was a total fail. I got stalks and no potatoes. My second time I was a little more successful. I had a crop of a whole two potatoes. Not exactly enough to keep my husband and and me fed!

Before the last year, I was pretty convinced I had a black thumb, but I’ve discovered it’s ignorance and not my thumb. 😀

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m starting a Master Gardner’s class next month. In the meantime, I’ve been learning from one of my favorite YouTube channels. I’m going to give potatoes another shot before Spring.

Holiday Reflections

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For the first time in three years, I’m actually getting commercials. In our new home, our Spectrum internet service comes with a TV app that has 25 channels. Now that the days are shorter, I can’t be outside until 8:30-9 o’clock, so I’ve been settling in for some Property Brothers on HGTV on Wednesday nights.

I’ve been surprised at the number of commercials versus actual show. I know the statistics, but to actually watch it… WOW.

What I find more troublesome though is the message behind all the advertisements. Your wife will only know you love her if you find the perfect piece of jewelry. Your kids won’t feel loved if you don’t by them the latest toy, cell phone, etc. Your husband won’t feel loved if he doesn’t get a new grill, toolbox, car kit, etc.

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