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That time of year…..

Happy Thursday everyone!

It’s that time of year for reflection, being thankful, giving and remembering the reason for the season.  Although, much of that should be done every day.

It’s been a rough year having lost my Dad, but I am so very thankful that I was able to be with him for a couple of days, and as he took his last breath.  It was the hardest thing in the world to witness, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.  I miss him so very much, but I know he’s near.  I also am learning (which could take a while to fully accept) that now that I’ve had a hysterectomy I truly never will be a mom or grandmother, and that it’s ok.  God had other plans, but that doesn’t necessarily make it any easier.  I am grateful however that I have nieces and nephews; and soon to be not one, but two great-nephews.

I’m very thankful that my hubby is gainfully employed, we have been blessed with a roof over our heads, vehicles that run, we’re fairly healthy, we have plenty of clothing, we have enough food and so many other things that many take for granted.  Most of all, we have been blessed enough to share with those that are less fortunate and we take every opportunity to do so throughout the year.

I am thankful for the opportunity to go to school to learn more about how I can help others with different natural healing/health modalities.  This year I became a Certified Aromatherapist, and it’s so much fun making personal blends!!  My hubby has gotten a major new certification for his job this year too, and it was a booger of a test!  He hates taking tests, but I’m so proud of him for doing it and doing well!

I’m thankful that even though it can be hard sometimes (because you rarely if ever get to see family or friends), we have gotten to see so very much of this beautiful country of ours because of my hubby’s job.  Over the last year we’ve seen 3 states for a lengthy period of time.  We have now been in pretty much all of the southern states if you cut the US in half from top to bottom, and a handful of the northern states.  Had it not been for the career path my hubby chose, we’d not have gotten to see and do all the things we have these last 12+ years.

And last but most importantly (to me at least).  This is the time of year to remember the reason for the season.  Christ was born!  If you’d like to read about the birth of Christ, here is the King James version, which is what I grew up hearing.

The King James Version of the birth of Christ, the story of how Christmas came to be.

And THIS is my all time favorite Christmas animated show that they rarely show on TV anymore.  I cry every time….I hope you’ll watch it an that you’ll love it too!

Here’s the link if the embedded video doesn’t work… http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmq7z3

I’ll leave you here to enjoy the video!  Remember as you’re out and about doing all the things that people do at Christmas time to be patient, be kind, be helpful, and spread God’s love wherever you go.

Wishing you a Christmas filled with love and blessings!!!  Merry Christmas!!!




The Christmas Story

For your listening enjoyment….one of my favvvvvorites by Pentatonix:


Hello everyone!  This being Christmas eve, I wanted to share with you the story of Jesus birth.  My Mom used to read this to my brother and I when we were really little, but I still remember it fondly.  I hope you will enjoy reading it too.

King James Version, Luke chapters 1 and 2:

Luke Chapter 1:

1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;

3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,

4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course,

9 According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.

11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.

16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.

19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.

21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.

22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.

23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.

24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,

25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;

40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.

41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

57 Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.

58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.

59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.

60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.

61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.

62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.

64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.

65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea.

66 And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.

67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,

68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:

71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;

72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,

74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,

75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,

78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,

79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

Luke Chapter 2:

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;

23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)

24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.

34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;

35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;

37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.

43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.

44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

If you would like to read more, please visit https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org

Merry Christmas everyone!

May God shower each and every one of you with His Blessings, today and always!!!!

Dear Mom, I love you, and I will miss you…..


Hi Mom,

Well, you’re finally at peace and have joined all of your family, friends and pets that passed before you. I know in my heart that you’ll finally be happy and no longer sad and alone. I can only imagine how hard the last few months have been for you. Scared, suddenly not knowing who you are, nor anyone else….not being able to speak or write, or eat, or, well, just no longer being able to function…..  I truly can only imagine, but what I imagine is very very scary, and I’m so sorry that you had to endure that until God decided it was time for you to come home to Him.

I hope that you do know that all these years have been just as hard for me as they were for you. Not being able to have a relationship with your mom is so very hard, and people that have a great relationship with their mom’s just don’t get how hard it is.  Not having a chance to say goodbye and tell you I love you is even harder than I could have ever imagined it would be. I wanted to see you, but I was told that I shouldn’t see you that way, to just remember you how you were when I was young.  So, I will do my best to remember the good times we had together when I was a little girl and not the rest. Thank you for teaching me to be responsible, how to clean a house, good work ethics, how to iron, how to embroider, the difference between right and wrong…..thank you for teaching me to love animals and care for them…..thank you for taking me to church so that I could learn about God, and accept Jesus as my Savior so that when the time comes I know I’ll be in heaven and see you again…..thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn to have an appreciation for music and learn to play music too…..thank you for teaching me there can be consequences for your actions, and that discipline isn’t meant to be cruel…..thank you for teaching me manners and to respect my elders, thank you for teaching me to have morals…..thank you for all the good times we had during our short time together, and let’s remember only those……

I love you Mama, and I will miss you so very very much. Now, go join with the angels, and your family, and be happy like you should be. ❤


Bionic? Not so much, but definitely as good or better than new! and Happy Easter too! :D

Happy Friday y’all!

Well, as most of you know I had some major back surgery on the 1st, and I’m now on the long road to full recovery. I went in on Wednesday to have my bandages removed and I thought to have my stitches removed. Guess what? I don’t have any stitches! They’re all underneath the skin and the skin is lined up so perfectly (and glued???) that I don’t think I’m going to have much in the way of scars. The doc did a great job lining up my hummingbirds on my tattoo so that I won’t have to add crutches to any of them! HAHAHA I thought I had 3 incisions, but when we changed my new “bandages” last night my hubby noted that I have 4, and the two punctures (one on each hip) where they took bone marrow to mix and inject into the incisions. So, all in all I have 7 screws (approx. 3″ long each), a tiny plate, a spacer, a squishyish new disk, 2 plastic tubes and nylon rope of some sort that runs through the tubes. That’s a lot of new parts! Doc says that I can slowly begin rebuilding my stamina (exercise) in 3 months, and in 6 months I might can start P90x3 (something I’ve really been looking forward to!), and that it’ll be a full year before I’m fully recovered. For now, I’m a blanket for the most part because I can’t do much but lay around for a while. (hmmm, maybe I’ll stop procrastinating and use this time to STUDY and finish my degrees! hahaha) I can do nothing that involves much in the way of tummy muscles for the next 3 months, so walking will probably be the extent of my exercise routine for a while. I can’t even ride a bike! 😦 That’s ok though, I get to look forward to being pain free and being able to do pretty much anything I put my mind to…..and I have lots of goals in mind! (P90x3, PiYo (comes out in May!), another round of T25, 21 Day fix, Brazilian Butt Lift…..lots to choose from!)

My brother laughed when I told him about all my new parts, and started calling me his bionic sis! hahaha A mutual friend said the same thing about being bionic a couple of days ago. I thought it was pretty funny! 😀 I started reminiscing about watching the 6 Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman when I was a kid! Can you hear the music? hahaha

Okay, on a completely different topic here, don’t forget that it’s Good Friday and I truly hope you know what that means! Wishing you a wonderful weekend and an Easter Sunday filled with fun, family, fellowship and many blessings! If you don’t know the true meaning of Easter (the death and resurrection of Christ – He died for us you know!), I highly recommend reading Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the New Testament of whatever version of the Bible that you prefer, whether it’s the King James Version, New International Version or even the Living Bible. Each of those books in the New Testament talks about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Or I’m sure you can find “The Greatest Story Ever Told” playing on TV somewhere. (One of my favorites!)

Until next time! Have a very Happy Healthy Day! :o)