Like most of you I have been out and about, Christmas shopping, going to rehearsals, and attending great Christmas gatherings… and eating toooo much =)
While on one of those excursions, I went to Walgreens for a few things and had a great encounter. I was paying for my items, and the lady behind me had an armload of various Christmas decorations, some lights, a couple stockings, and few other things. I had seen her in the aisle earlier and we had exchanged Hello to each other. When I saw her come up behind me I said Hi again and mentioned that it looked like she had found what she needed.
At this point she smiles Big and said she was getting ready to go decorate a house. She then explained she had a closing that afternoon and she was giving the keys to a new home to her client and 2 children. I really tuned in at this point. She said she wanted to surprise them and wanted them to have a feeling of Christmas when they went to their house for the first time. WOW! Isn’t that soooo cool?! Now let’s go back.
She is a RE agent here in LV and had a closing on a house , which in most cases means the job is done. Many people think that once that happens an agent is done, and they collect their money, right? Well, I know many RE agents, and that really isn’t how they view it. They want relationship and lasting friendships.
This woman was one of those great agents. I thought what she was doing was so sweet that I asked for her card, gave her mine, and invited her to tune in here so I could recognize her for her great efforts and Christmas spirit. Great job Terry P. You made a difference to those around. Blessings for the season and a bountiful New Year!
How can we share a little Christmas spirit today? I’d love to know your ideas!
This is Thanksgiving week. There will be celebrations all over the country, lots of meals shared, stories told, and lots of laughter. This is a time of reflection and many of us make lists. Here is my partial gratitude list.
I am thankful for
You , my readers of the blog, supporters, and encouragers, thanks for staying with me.
My great hubby, Bill
My kids, Alicia, Justin and my sweet daughter in law, Emily, and granddaughter Caitri
My Mother and sister, and her son, Brighton
My brother Greg, his wife Paula, and the whole family
All my cousins all around the country, many I have seen in the last few months, and those I haven’t seen in years.
Wonderful friends at church, too many to list, but you all know who you are – I’m sending hugs your way.
Pastors at our church who lead us and share God’s Word
Friends in KC, again, I can’t make a total list, but know how much I value our friendship
Friends of the heart, that we can go months without seeing each other, and still pick up the conversation as if it was yesterday
I am thankful for Freedom, living in a country where we can worship freely and openly.
Most of all I am thankful to be a child of God, daughter of the King, and joint heir with Christ. (Romans 8:17)
Thank you Lord for saving my soul,
Thank You Lord for making me whole
Thank You Lord for giving to me,
Thy great salvation so rich and free
This is a beautiful picture taken by my great friend Sherry g Rambin.
Blessings to all of you. What’s on your list?
(OH one more thing…. my sweet little dog Sashie =)
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You are a child of God, Creator of the Universe. A child of Almighty God, ruler of Heaven and Earth, and He loves YOU! WOW! Isn’t that amazing?!
Today as I sit here, it feels like there may be a few of you who may need a little reminder of just how special you are.
Often we think that the car we drive, or the job we have, determines ‘who’ we are. Not true! My friends, things, jobs, positions, money, etc., do not give us our value or worth. It’s being a child of God that matters, believing it can change everything about our life.
It defines our character
It determines our choices
what we do
how we live our life
how we respond to ‘life’
Believe it and receive all the blessings your Father has in store for you… His beautiful child.
“For God so loved the world He gave His Only Son…..” for YOU!”
Many of you were following my FB page and the trip with my Mother through the South, so you have seen some of this info. For those of you who didn’t see the FB postings…. Here are a few highlights.
Great concert with Friends in KC. Thanks again to Peggy Forstad, Elizabeth Birger, Calvin Arsenia, Andrew Yates, Roxie Adrian, David Smarts,Jennifer Merriner, and Nathan Merriner, plus the many helpers to make it possible!
Left KC on Monday and headed to Little Rock, AK, to see a longtime family friend. Poppy and my Mother have been friends for 64 years! WOW!
We visited with my cousins in Memphis, TN. What a joy! (Pat so glad you are doing so well after surgery) God is the great physician. Thanks to my cousin Gordon for his hospitality and a Fun dinner with the family.
Headed through the cotton fields of TN, AK, and LA (Louisiana). I even picked one and brought it home. My Dad’s family all picked cotton to help the family. I remember him talking about it being such hard work out in the sun all day.
Next on to Monroe, LA, and lunch with my sweet Aunt Sharon. She is still a hard worker and doing great at 86!
Coushatta, LA, and Hall summit where my Mother spent many years was next. I met her friends at the bank. Remember the days of actually speaking to your banker, knowing them personally, and being friends? (Not just push button….today’s non-personal approach). They actually knew and remembered her.
Then we had lunch at the local dinner. Cornbread made in an iron skillet, and THAT was yummy. It’s time to go buy one, an iron skillet that is, (I gave mine away a number of years ago.,. thinking I was ‘over’ the cooking part. Time for a new one=)
This was a whole $8, including ice tea and dessert, vanilla pudding =)
We visited my Mother’s house where she used to live until about 10 years ago. It was her Dad’s house, and before that, was her Grandmother’s. It seemed in good repair and the trees she planted around the house are fabulous and so big.
The rest of town, however, was disappointing and sad. People have moved out and left buildings just deteriorating. The little corner grocery store is no longer there, nor was the one beauty shop, and the high school is vacant and overgrown with weeds and trash. I doubt we will go back again. It was pretty hard on my Mother.
A great time in Shreveport for another special visit with a long time friend and then back to Little Rock to do some ‘antiquing’ with Poppy. (She looks pretty awesome for 91!)
If you have the opportunity to get in the car and take a road trip, I encourage it. The time spent in the car is invaluable. It opens up opportunities for talking. I heard stories I’d never heard before, as my Mother reminisced about her past.
We were able to visit with friends and relatives that we haven’t seen in years. These kind of trips don’t just ‘happen’, you have to make it happen. When? There is never the ‘perfect’ time, you just have to make the time ‘perfect’.
Think about it. Where would you like to go, who haven’t you seen in years, who do you want to go with you?
Many Blessings! ‘Til Next Time –
Question: If you were going to take a car tour, where would you go?