Celine Dion is a Canadian singer from Quebec. She does a fabulous job of singing O' Holy Night. Enjoy!
Saturday, December 8
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All of my regular readers will already know that I love spending time with my grandsons. Well, last night about 9 pm, the phone rang. It was Brandon. Younger brother, Jordan, had gone to stay overnight at his friend's and Brandon wanted to know if he could come here. Grandpa and I agreed that would be just fine.
He arrived close to 10 pm. He wanted to play a game of Mario Baseball and I agreed. This is one video game that Grandma can at least score a point or two in. We decided to play a short game of 5 innings. At the end of the 4th, we were tied 2/2 . I didn't score in the 5th inning, but Brandon did, so he won 3/2. This isn't bad for me, as I'm not a real video person.
This morning we got up, had breakfast and decided it was time for Brandon to go and buy his brother something for Christmas. We do this every year. I take each of the boys, give them a limit on spending and they chose something for the other. Grandpa decided to come along and we headed out of town to a Wal Mart that is about 20 minutes away. Brandon was looking for the hot new toy of the year, Bakugan.
Just before we left, my daughter, Michelle, called. She told me that my son-in-law has taken a job an hour from here and that they will be moving. That means that the boys and I will not be spending as much time together. We see each other between two and four times a week.
As soon as we got into Wal Mart, he headed for the toy department and the aisle where these neat little toys are usually stocked. Not a one! But Grandma spotted them on an end. Brandon was delighted and picked out two for his brother. These are VERY hard to find, so I told him to pick out two for himself, which he could not have until Christmas. In the meantime I will talk Jordan into giving them to his brother for Christmas. They love these little toys.
We had just returned home and were sitting at the table talking when Brandon looked at me and said, "Grandma, what are YOU going to do when we move. You spend most of your time with Jordan and I." And he started to cry.
I hugged him and we both cried. I explained that we would still maintain a close relationship, but it would be somewhat different. He told me he doesn't want to go. I didn't tell him that I don't want them to move either. I have been a second mother to the boys ever since they were born. It breaks my heart. When I first learned that they might be moving, I was devastated and depressed. However, I've put it all in God's hands. It will take a while for the move to take place and anything can happen. Please pray that if this move is God's Will, that he will help the boys and I accept the change and learn to enjoy a relationship without living seven minutes away from each other.
My friends and readers will also remember that Brandon has Asperger's Syndrome, which is on the autism spectrum. Any change is hard for him and this is going to be a difficult time for him to get through. Please pray for him that he will make this transition without it greatly affecting him. Blessings, ~Mary~
Friday, December 7
Today I would like to show you the beautiful Christmas angel that my mother made for me five years ago. It has always adorned the top of our Christmas tree ever since. She is beautiful and I just love her. She has porcelain hands and face. She looks so real. Mom put a lot of effort into making this angel and one for my sister as well. She is a cherished part of my Christmas traditions.
Mom is a very talented woman. She can sew, make beautiful crafts and quilts. Everyone of her great-grandchildren has a quilt that she made them and she has the quilt tops done for each of her children. She is 80 years old and is busy every day. She is a devote Christian woman of whom I am very proud. She brought three children up through very lean times and went without to provide for us.
Someone is having a Birthday. It's Baba from Baba's Blog. I hope you have a wonderful day. Enjoy! I wish you many more. Please drop over and wish Baba a Happy Birthday.
Thank you for dropping by my Show and Tell. Blessings, ~Mary~
I must sincerely appologize for not posting the Pay It Forward winner last Sunday. Though things were hectic around here, that is no excuse. I am extremely sorry.
If you remember, the point of Pay It Forward is that the person who won has to Pay It Forward by doing a random act of kindness by posting a Pay It Forward on their own blog. It doesn't have to be making a card and writing a letter as I've chosen to do, but it does have to be an act of kindness.
Drum roll please....
And the winner is Sharon at Come Sit With me a While.
Congratulations, Sharon. I will get your card and letter out in the mail later today.
Thursday, December 6
After we had dinner, I came to the computer and began visiting some of the people who had visited my blog. When I visited Vic Grace at Cariboo Ponderer, she had some nice awards posted and invited all of her readers to pick up a copy. Here they are:
It only took me about a half hour to make out 38 cards last night. I still have about 140 to do, so that is what I will be doing in the evening for the next couple of nights.
Life around here has been hectic. On Tuesday, we had a big plumbing problem and I do mean BIG. The sewer backed up and oh, what a mess. I called our regular plumbing company and the dispatcher was to call me back. Two hours later, I called her and she said that she wasn't sure that she would be able to send anyone that day. (Thanks for letting me know.)
So, I called another plumbing company and they said they could have someone here in half an hour. Yay! The plumber came and we had to dig up the flower bed at the side of the house because that is where the access is to the pipe that runs from our house to the street. I doubt if my strawberries survived.
The plumber worked diligently and was just finishing up when the phone rang. It was the first plumbing company saying they were sending someone out to fix the problem. I told her that I had called someone else and was sorry, but the problem was under control. I couldn't believe my ears when she said, very sarcastically, "Thanks for calling and letting us know."
Well, that plumber can forget ever doing work for us again. Yes, I admit I should have called her and told her, but did she call me and let me know that she didn't think she would be able to dispatch anyone that day? I bit my tongue and wished her a Merry Christmas and hung up the phone. Too bad that company lost my business. The man who fixed the problem was polite and courteous and that counts with me.
The plumber was just leaving and it was nearing time to take the boys to the farm. I jumped in the car and went and got them. We took the toboggan and they had a great time because the snow had a little coating of ice on it and they flew down the hill like lightning.
Yesterday (Wednesday) was one of those days when everything that could, went wrong. I had planned on doing a lot of Christmas decorating and, of course, it didn't get done.
This morning I was to meet my daughter where my youngest grandson goes for his motor skills therapy. They are teaching him to type with a special program and he has to go once a month to be tested. I was to be there at 9:45. Since I haven't been sleeping well, I had asked my daughter to call early this morning to be sure I was up. She forgot until 8:30 and I had about a half hour to get showered, dressed and be there. I did get a good night's rest, but had to skip the shower and get their pronto. My daughter and her husband had an 11:00 funeral to attend and Jordan's lesson takes an hour. We did make it and he is now safely in school.
I guess now you can see that I've been running myself ragged and getting nothing done that I really should be getting done. With the Florida trip looming, it seems there is extra to do this year. Why oh why did I let hubby talk me into leaving just after Christmas?
Anyway, it will all be fine. Life will slow down, I hope and I will still get all of my Christmas things taken care of.
Laurel at Laurel Wreath's Reflections is once again hosting Thankful Thursday. If you would like to participate, just click the link for more information.
This week I am thankful for:
1. Having the plumbing fixed and being able to run water and use the facilities without the worry of any mess. I am also grateful for a polite and courteous plumber who gave us high quality service.
2. The snow so that my grandsons could enjoy a bit of tobogganing. They didn't get to go last year, as snow was scarce here last winter.
3. For a husband who helps out whenever he can and goes above and beyond to make things easier. He can cook a meal, do dishes and take care of most household chores if for some reason I don't have time.
4. For an opportunity to share things with all of my blogging friends and visit them to share their lives as well.
5. For the Power of Prayer and for Jesus, who washed us clean with His blood and allowed us to have eternal life.
Wednesday, December 5
Tuesday, December 4
Monday, December 3
You Are a Cranberry and Popcorn Strung Tree
Christmas is all about showcasing your creative talents.
From cookies to nicely wrapped presents, your unique creations impress everyone.
And this one was a lot of fun too.
Your Christmas is Most Like: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Each year, you really get into the spirit of Christmas.
Which is much more important to you than nifty presents.
Both of the quizzes were fun, but we all know the true meaning of Christmas was Jesus' birth and that is the reason for the season. When the boys were little, they used to sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.
Nativity Graphic courtesy of Penny Parker
In Other News:
Sharon at Quiet Reflections is having a giveaway for some lovely books. Please be sure to drop by and join in the fun.
Yipee! The parcel arrived this morning and I was ecstatic. It was a lovely basket filled with all kinds of wonderful goodies and so well packed with red tissue paper and bubble wrap to keep the contents safe on their long journey. (Thank you, Mama Bear.)
Let me show you the beautiful things I received.
A beautiful basket, a journal by Debbie Mumm, a magnetic notepad by Debbie Mumm, note cards by Debbie Mumm, a Hallmark Keepsake Santa ornament, a handmade angel ornament, Irresistable apple body lotion by Bath and Body Works Pleasures, a 28 month planner, a pair of warm and cozy slippers, an angel bookmark with blue beads and a snowman pot holder.
I was speechless. Such a lovely gift. Here are a couple more shots:
Thank you, Mama Bear. I love all of it and the angel is so special because you made her. It is such a lovely gift and I will treasure all of the items, always. Thanks so much for hosting the giveway. Blessings, ~Mary~
Sunday, December 2
Meeko loves the snow and had a great time rolling in it and putting his nose into every deep snowdrift he could find. He is, after all, a northern breed and would prefer winter to summer. When we got back, I put him on his lead so he could stay out and I fetched the camera from the house to take some photos. Isn't he adorable? Of course, I'm prejudiced.
Here is my car with snow on the roof. It's going to have to be cleared off, but that won't take too long. I also need to back it into the driveway so I can be sure to get out if we get more snow.
Above is the park across the street. Below is what it looks like in summer.
As I was coming back to the house with the camera, I tried to get another shot of Meeko. He wouldn't cooperate because he was too busy digging in the snow and having fun.
As I was writing this and uploading the photos, the sky has become overcast and gray. I would rather the rain didn't come along to make a slushy mess of all this beautiful snow, but that is what the weatherman has predicted. We will see and I will post another update tomorrow. Have a wonderful and peaceful Sunday. Blessings, ~Mary~