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Christmas Has Done Me Good

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“What’s Christmastime…. but a time for paying bills without money, a time for finding yourself a year older, and not an hour richer, a time for balancing your books?…. If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with “Merry Christmas:, on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.  He should!”  so says.. Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.

But shall we let the story stop there? I say not…. And with that,  this is how Scrooge’s nephew replies………. “There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited.  I dare say, Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmastime…. as a good time, a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut up hearts freely…. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pockets, I believe it has done me good, and will do me good.”

 

May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

 

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M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S !

M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S!

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M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S!!

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THE SAVIOR HAS COME!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!

My prayer for you is that Christmas has done you good, and will do you good this year. Someone was born over 2000 years ago that has done us all good and will continue to do us good…. And for that, I am so very, very thankful this Christmastime.  May you  and your family have a most blessed Christmas!

I know this is a tremendously hard time of year for some who have lost relatives or friends.  It can be a time of overpowering sadness and depression, as the thoughts of those who have gone on ahead of them in this life catapult in as a tidal wave of memories that wash their feet out from under them.  Try to remember those who are alone this Christmas season, not only from a physical perspective, but from an emotional perspective as well.  Show them you care, and let them know it is okay to talk about those who have gone on ahead, and how much their loved ones meant to them, and that they are stilled missed. A gentle pat on the hand, a soft hug, and just being a listener that really cares… goes a long,long way. It is something they need to do, for each time they talk of them, it brings a certain amount of healing. Help them heal..  Gone from our sight… but forever with us… especially at Christmastime.

Grandpa Thanksgiving

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My wife Denise and I just found out we are going to be grandparents this summer. This has been the best Thanksgiving gift we could have ever received.  GOD is great and we can’t wait to see the new little blessing that is on the way.

This is our first one on both sides of the family so I am sure the little one will get an avalanche of spoiling. I am not quite sure I can wait until summertime though! There are so many things running through my mind about what I want to tell, teach, and do with our new grand baby.

Whether it’s a girl, or whether it’s a boy it makes no difference to me.  We are supposed to have some sort of a reveal party where that information, I guess is revealed? Something about blue or pink balloons popping out of a box. I know GOD has great things planned for this little one!

Someone asked me what I want to be called?  I don’t know, but I have a few months to think about that one.  I suppose I’ll be called whatever the grand baby ends up calling me.  They say the grand babies end up calling the grand parents whatever the first one starts calling them. That’s what happened with our daughter too.  Whatever happens, is fine with me.

We are looking forward to this new adventure in our lives.  I am sure it will be a great ride!

Life Goes On and On

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That old picture of you

I keep near 

I keep close in my heart 

I did from the very start

You had to go away

But I want one more day

To have you, to stay

Life goes on and on

The tide

Rushes in 

Rushes out

No doubt

Your smile pulsates my heart

The sun blasts its toasty breath

Warmth within and without

I kneel to pick up tiny bits of sand

 And life goes on and on

The tide 

Rushes in 

Rushes out

The tide

Will not take my love for you

I gather pieces

In the palm of my hand

 Clench my fist and hold on as tight as I can

Bare-footed you stand there

I taste the salt in the air

Kiss you on your damp neck and twirl a piece of your beautiful hair

The cool sand squishes between our toes

Racing the water to see who will cover the holes

The tide 

Rushes in

Rushes out

And life goes on 

The sun is setting now 

No doubt

You turn and smile and grab my hand

The tide 

Rushes in

Rushes out

And life goes on and on 

LEGACY OF WORDS

Leaving A Legacy

I came across this photo of my daughter and I recently of when she was a youngster.  I was obviously a little younger myself.  It made me stop to think about what is really important for our children and those we leave behind when we are gone.  Sure we can leave money, but that will eventually be spent. We can leave a car or a home, but those will eventually have to be replaced or repaired. We can leave expensive paintings, jewelry, gold, silver, stocks and bonds, or maybe even some oil wells.  Those are all certainly nice material things to leave if we are fortunate enough to have accumulated them in some way and can leave them behind for others to enjoy.

What is more important than all of that is to leave them your life and what they meant to you in the form of words. Leave them a legacy of words that won’t decay or ever go away.  You can write them a book, or letters, or even leave behind the blogs you have done.  We all have been given a gift like no other people who came before us with the blog and the internet.  The words that we shape and form into sentences have the capability of transforming and changing lives across the world in some way every single day.  Not just for a day, but for every single day that they remain on the internet. They travel across the oceans and continents forever and find a resting place in someone’s heart and mind.  Think about the power your very words have and the legacy you leave others every day!  You can be a difference maker, a world changer, and a legacy leaver with your positive, uplifting, life-changing words every single day. You can share your life experiences and help someone every day.  Leaving your legacy in words is so much more important and valuable than leaving your legacy in things!

Some of the most important life-changing tools we have been given to use wisely are paper, pencil, and the internet. Make a difference forever in the lives of others by using them to the best of your ability today.

GOD Never stops

GOD Never Stops

COWGIRL

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I just wanted to let you know that my new children’s book “Cowgirl the Smiling Doggie” has just been published and is now available on Amazon.  I really have had a fun time putting together this little book for children and I think they will really enjoy it.

You can’t help but fall in love with this adorable little animal.  She really is a little sweetheart.  If you know of anyone who might be interested please let them know.  Thank you for all of your support!

You can find “Cowgirl the Smiling Doggie” by clicking on the link here.

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