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Wow, Christmas is rapidly approaching.  I can physically and emotionally feel the stress and the anxiety.  I really don’t believe this is what God intended.

For my today, I want to stop, in silence and listen, remember, recall and consider…You.

As I look outside it is, in my world, a perfect day.  It is cloudy, foggy, crisp and drippy.  The leaves cover the ground and my car in the beauty of the autumn colors.   Sookie and Tahoe are happy in it also.  This weather, the feel, the silence gives me peace.

Psalm 8:1 and 3-4:  “Oh Lord, Oh Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth.  Who have displayed Your splendor above the Heavens.”  Verses 3-4,”When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers which You ordained;  What is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him.?”

“Your splendor”….that is today for me.  Sometimes, especially when I am driving and I am alone, I look around and see the beauty.  I have to tell the Lord, “What an amazing thing You did today.  the colors, the trees, the sky and clouds.”  To me it is artistry at its utmost finest.  In weather like this, there is also silence.  Nothing works better to clear my head.  Take a deep breath and really listen.  I have said this before, but I feel bares repeating…I tell the Lord, in silence, “I love You and He answers back, “I love you, too”  without a word.

Out my window right now, the wind is rustling the leaves on an old oak.  Immediately, my head hears that song from the Disney movie, “Pocahontas”. ” Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?”  and He answers back in silence…”Why yes, yes I can.”

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I read many blogs during the week.  One of my absolute favorite is Southern Fried Mess.  She blogged one day about this coffee.  It sounded so good and I wanted to try it.  I commented on her blog and I thought it would be so fun to order on line and have the coffee sent to the kids in TN when we are there.  I waited impatiently, every day looking on the porch for the package.  It was that fun anticipation feeling.

Finally, the day arrived.  The next morning we opened the coffee, made a pot and drank it.  It was really good.  I was excited and quite honestly, that first pound went really quick.  Kristin asked if I wanted her to start of the second pound, maybe hoping to save some and make it last…

Then…..I received this picture from Brody on my phone……

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Okay !!!! Did we laugh? Oh, yeah!!!!!  Brody said, “hey, Mom, you know that speacial coffee????..

It was so much fun.  So, thank you, Scottie….It was fun to order, fun to wait for, fun to drink and even fun to laugh……

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I know it’s New Year’s Eve, but my life was very full this Christmas and I am not finished talking about it yet…hang in there with me for just a little more please.

Since we were going to TN for Christmas, I could not, not have a Christmas with my CA kids.  As much as possible we tried to stay with our traditions as every other year to keep some normality for our grands here.  Instead of cooking the breakfast casserole at home, we went to our favorite home toen spot Edelweiss.  All had breakfast there.  Came back to our house for the traditional open one at a time with the kids and then had a roast, baked potatoe, green bean casserole dinner.  Lots of desserts and some “Mexican Train”.  It was fast, but it was just as fun and a lot more relaxing.

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It’s really fun to see the grands getting older, then get to hand out the presents.  Oh, another thing that was so rewardinig as a Mammo and Papa was to see the kids so  excited about the things they received.  Now we did get them toys and books, etc.  But to have them open up a present and say “socks, yeah, thank you!”  It was not expected at all, but I realized that they were appreciative of the needs as well as the wants.  Thank you, Lord.

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Then our game of “Mexican Train” to round out the night.  It was fun and interesting and it was Saturday and Monday, it was on the Tennessee.

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