Thursday, December 31, 2009

My 2010 Resolution


I have only one resolution this year, and that is:

To be like Jesus...to be like Jesus
I only ask...to be like Him
All through life's journey
From earth to glory
I ask to be...more like Him

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Preston - Perfect 10




Happy 10th Birthday Preston. You are the "Man", and one loved guy!! Getting ready for your birthday celebration. Have a safe trip down. See ya tomorrow. Love Nana.

My, how the years have past...2nd birthday.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Gotta Feeling


Holiday time makes me feel so lazzzzzzeee... How about you?

Monday, December 28, 2009

Like Two Peas in a Pod?


We've always heard the expression "like two peas in a pod". However, have you ever looked closely at peas in a pod? I mean, when you really look at them, there's not a chance you'd mistake one for another. Well, what am I trying to say is that no matter how close we become to someone, we are still individual - and as individuals, our choices are ours.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Adore Him

O Come Let Us Adore Him
Jesus Christ, Our Lord

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Way Too Much!

Way too much Christmas goodies!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

An Everlasting Christmas Present

A loving smile
A tender heart
A lending hand
Everyone’s friend


Mark E. Hopper
December 25, 1960
January 27, 1993

You were our Christmas present from the Lord - and He confirmed it even more with your arrival at 2:38 in the afternoon. You were our Book of Acts baby, proclaiming God's Plan of Salvation in a small 6 lbs. 7 oz. bundle. What a gift from above to brighten our lives for 32 years. We miss you each and every day.
Loving you always, Mom

Net Surfing Santa

Monday, December 21, 2009

My Christmas Wish - A Hole in the Sole & Scuff Marks


What’s on my wish list for the holiday season?
Well, it’s not something you can find at the stores,
in a catalog, on the Internet, or can even make.
If you’ve got a minute I’d like to share my wish.


About 40 years ago I was extremely impressed by a certain man of God. He wasn’t finely dressed nor did he preach with eloquent words. Why did I remember this man after all these years? In particular, it was his shoes. He was holding revival in the church I attended, and as he sat on the platform I couldn’t help but notice the hole in the sole of his shoe and the scuff marks on the toes. He was humble man of few words. His delivery was simple but when he opened his mouth the spirit of God would move. It seemed as if he held the key to unlock the gates of heaven - and his ministry touched all those he came in contact with.

His shoes? Yes, they have set him apart all these years. He had put aside his desires for things that society makes us feel are important, and had found the secret of true victory and wealth - the Power of PRAYER. Prayer made him a special preacher - a heart preacher. Prayer put his heart into his sermon, and put his sermon into hearts. This man's specialness brought down the power, conviction, and restoration.

Today I believe that God is searching out men (and women) with great hearts to make them great preachers and great laymen/laywomen. It's true that we can be ordinary and do a measure of good – just as the hireling or the stranger can help at times. However, if we have upright hearts, focused on the Lord, we touch ALL those around us in positive, fruitful ways.
For me the man with holes in his soles is my example, my hero. To impact the world around me, I must be committed to pray more than ever before - earnestly praying in agony, purpose and intensity, and not using meaningless religious phrases or colorful sentences.

My wish this Christmas season is to have at least a measure of the faith and prayer that man of God that I was privileged to meet some 40 years ago had. The hole in the sole of his shoes and scuff marks on the toes identified his revelation of what giving the gift of sacrifice truly meant. What better gift could I give to my Jesus - for truly, isn't He the Reason for the Season?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Are You Wise?

Wise Men Still Seek Him

Oh, When they saw the star, they rejoiced with great joy
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with great joy
Oh, When they saw the star, they rejoiced with great joy
They rejoiced with exceeding great joy

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Let It Snow!




SNOWFLAKES
by Christine Fitzgerald

Sometime if this winter you go
Abroad to see the falling snow -
You will find to your surprise
That a trillion flakes will greet your eyes.

Swirling, dancing in the day,
Who could make them quite this way?
Each one new, six sides on all,
Each reflects light as they fall.

No two ever found alike
With lace and rays and sculptured spike.
Here one moment, then they melt,
But what a silent scene is felt!

Discern in those dear tiny flakes
The face of God who nature makes
To please His children and show His love
To all the world from heaven above.

Fact: No two snowflakes are alike! Snow crystals shown are photos of real snowflakes. Find out how these beauties are captured by going to SnowCrystals.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Dog's Christmas Rules


1. Be especially patient with your humans at this time as they may appear to be more stressed-out than usual.

2. When they come home with large bags of things called gifts, do not assume all the gifts are for you.

3. Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you as they get pleasure out of seeing how you look with fake antlers.

4. They may bring a large tree home, set it up, and cover it with lights and decorations. Bizarre as it may seem, it is an important human ritual, so you need to know: (a) don't go to bathroom on the tree, (b) don't drink water in the container holding the tree, (c) control your tail when near tree, (d) if there are packages under the tree, even ones that smell interesting or have your name on them, don't rip them open, and (e) don't chew on the cord running from the hole in the wall to the tree.

5. Your humans may occasionally invite strangers to come visit during this season. The parties can be fun, but call for some discretion by you: (a) not all strangers appreciate kisses, (b) don't eat off the buffet table, (c) beg subtly for goodies, (d) be pleasant, even when strangers sit on your sofa, and (e) don't drink out of glasses left sitting around.

6. Likewise, your humans may take you visiting. Here your manners will also be important: (a) observe all the rules in #4 for trees, with 4a particularly important, (b) respect animals and their territory in the house you are visiting, (c) tolerate children, and (d) turn on your charm big time.

7. A chubby man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night, DON'T BITE HIM!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Jesus is the Reason


Jesus is the Reason for MY Season!!!

If anyone should ever write, my life story.
For whatever reason there might be.
I was on my way to hell, when Jesus found me.
Jesus is the best thing that ever happened...
Jesus is the best thing that ever happened...
Jesus is the best thing that ever happened to me.

I've had my share of life's ups and downs
God's been good to me, and the downs have been few
I would guess you can say, God has blessed me
Jesus is the best thing that ever happened...
Jesus is the best thing that ever happened...
Jesus is the best thing that ever happened to me!!!!

Picture: Oil Painting, The Nativity, Gerard van Honthorst (1590-1656)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Ultimate Gift

Still haven't figured out what to give this holiday season? Well, why not give love... for it will unwrap blessings galore - both for the giver and the receiver.


The only true gift is a portion of yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, December 14, 2009

Thumpity Thump Thump


Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul...
with a corn cob pipe and a button nose...
and two eyes made out of coal.
Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say...
He was made of snow but the children know...
how he came to life one day.

There must have been some magic in that
old silk hat they found...
for when they placed it on his head...
He began to dance around.
O, Frosty the snowman was alive as he could be...
a
nd the children say, he could laugh and play...
just the same as you and me.

Thumpity thump thump,
Thumpity thump thump...
Look at Frosty go...
Thumpity thump thump, Thumpity thump thump...
o
ver the hills of snow.

I LOVE CHRISTMAS TIME!!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Let It Rain (Spiritually)


Today ask the Lord to bring spiritual rain into your life. Heaven knows we need it more than Mother Earth needs the physical kind.

"Let it rain. . .let it rain. . .Open the floodgates of Heaven
We want to see Your Glory!
Let it rain. . .let it rain. . ."

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Loving the Christmas Spirit


Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos
Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa's on his way
He's bringing lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh
And every mother's child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know hot to fly
And so I'm offering this simple wish
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it's been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you

Friday, December 11, 2009

Guide Me, Lord


The Bible does not provide a map for life - only a compass.
Haddon Robinson

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Day of Shopping Delight

An off-day from medical appointments so me and The Papa spent Wednesday at Stanford Mall in Palo Alto. Beautiful decor and shop windows bubbling in delight - special pastry treats at La Baguetto and a candy store that was out of sight (err..taste). The sales weren't that bad either (Macy's 70% off original price, plus 20% more at register).



Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Just a few rare sights in the Bay Area on our visit.

Town of Moraga in East Bay

Mt Diablo State Park

Mt. Diablo

Napa Valley

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree(s)






“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”

Me and The Papa are in San Francisco for medical appointments. Really enjoying all the beautiful to behold this time of the year, including the special Christmas trees of the City. BTW: I won't even go into the great shopping.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Everybody Needs Beauty


Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
John Muir

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Let Your Imagination Flow


The quality of the imagination is to flow, and not to freeze.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, December 4, 2009

Getting Tough Out There?


Remember, when the going gets tough. . .
you can always try to hide. . .
or you can turn to the Lord for His help.
He likes setting things in order, including your life.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Pink Glove Dance



A dear friend sent this to me today. Just had to share.

Abundant Blessings


Have you ever had more blessings than you can contain?
Well then, it is time to give thanks! For there is always
something (or some things) to be thankful for.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

You Bee-zee?

Perhaps it's time to be "as busy as a bee".

Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy
that you have little time to criticize others.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cleanliness Is Next to Impossible


Thank God for dirty dishes,
they have a tale to tell;
while others may go hungry,
we're eating very well.
~Author Unknown


This post is written in memory of my dishwasher that expired Thanksgiving Eve - and oh, what a treat it has been (dish pan hands, et al). I've been thinking of getting me one of the above to start doing my dishes; however, I think getting the machine fixed may be less expensive in the long run than the costs for dog food and doggie supplies.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Some Decorating Done!


Been decorating the place over the last few days.
It's coming along so nicely that I thought I'd share. LOL

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Are You Full?


One cannot think well, love well, sleep well,
if one has not dined well.
Virginia Woolf

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Give Thanks


Give Thanks Unto the Lord. . .for He is Good!
Isn't it wonderful that we know the true & living God!!

The rest of this week I will spend with family & friends, and will return to posting next Monday. Therefore, I want to take this opportunity to wish you the making of beautiful memories and a supply of abundant blessings during this beautiful season.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Counting My Blessings


It seems that God sends blessings
In very mysterious ways.
He always finds the perfect time
To brighten up our days.

He finds ones to be our friends,
Who truly seem to care,
Friends to fill our lonely hours;
What an answer to prayer!

The Lord blesses our hearts
With many a wonderful friend.
Thank you Lord, most humbly
For the happiness my friends lend.

I Count My Blessings for having
wonderful friends, such as you.
Blessings to you and yours this holiday season.