Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Y'all!
Can you believe it is here already.
I have not had much opportunity to enjoy most of the festivities of the season, but we (the women in the family did get together last Sunday for a Christmas Tea.
Shelby and Amanda

we had a ton of food that was delicious!
We had :
Chicken and Tuna Salads
Pimento sandwiches
Cucumber sandwiches
Ham and cheese pinwheels
Crab dip
Phyllo Wrapped Asparagus
Lemon tarts and muffins
Santa Hat Brownies
Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake
Pineapple Cake
Rice Krispy Treats
I am sure I am forgetting some of it, but we made it all and every bit was just perfect!
We had several different teas and I think the hit of the day was Twining Christmas Tea and Bigelow Constant Comment.
We women used to get together and bake about a million cookies all day one Saturday in December, then we switched to getting together for a tea or lunch at a restaurant  or tea shop. Now we do our own and we are happier that way, and our goodies are the best tasting you will find! R.
Mom, Beth, Laura, Shelby, Amanda, Joanne, Me, Julia

We had a good time spending the day together and after the tea we went to Beth's church for their Christmas Cantata.
                                                       Beth as Mary (in blue)
Then over the Beth and Steve's for an Eggplant Lasagna dinner.
It was a wonderful day spent with family.
Merry Christmas

Monday, December 17, 2012

The most precious gift

Hey Y'all, How are ya today?
Christmas is only 8 days away, and I not even close to ready this year.

I want to share with y'all the most precious gift I own.
In 2002 my dad found a relationship with God, he never knew he could have.
He found that relationship by spending time with Him, while building
5 houses.
One for each of us.
They are 100% hand made,
right down to the hand cut shingles on the roof.
Personalized to fit us with our favorite colors and other little touches.

Mine is Red. Always my favorite color.

The living room.(Can you see little me in the fireplace?)

The bedroom with a little me tucked into bed.
And little Duncan keeping watch.
All lit up, it looks very cozy doesn't it.
(Note the hand plastered walls and ceiling)

The Christmas tree all lit up.
Someone asked me once what I would take from home if I had to leave fast.
This house and my photos.
It is my most cherished possession.
This little Christmas house is filled to the brim with love.

Even matching curtains in the windows.
He made the doors from a photo he took of the doors at St.Paul's Cathedral in Downtown Norfolk, he sized the photos to fit the houses.
The view from outside the living room window.

There is so much more to this story, but it is so personal, I can't really put it into words. 
Well I could, but I think I will keep it just for me...maybe next year.
 My daddy made something so beautiful for us. He poured his heart and soul into wood, 
plaster and paint. 
He loves us so much and we adore him.
I can hardly type for crying right now , when I think of how much my dad loves us, it overwhelms me.
Thank you dad.
Merry Christmas
I Love You!

I love you too Christy.

Friday, December 14, 2012

My Breaking Heart

My Heart is Breaking for the families of all those killed today.
 Those precious babies... I have no words, only a hurting heart.
 Hold each other a little closer tonight.
I Love each of you.
God loves you more.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Cupcake Winner

Merry Christmas Y'all!
How is your Christmas season going so far?
Mine has been nice so far.
So on to spreading some Christmas Cheer.
I had 18 comments, which I think is a record for me :)
The cupcake mix is going to number 2 Marci at  Suzy Social Worker By Day...Betty Crocker By Night
Y'all take a peek at some of the AMAZING COOKIES this lady makes

She is so talented! I could Never do what she does.
Number one I do not have the patience for it and number 2, I don't have the talent for it either.
Congratulations Marci J!
Email me your address so I can get it out to you.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ho Ho Ho **Gift for you

Merry Christmas Y'all.
Yes I say Merry Christmas!
I keep Christ in  Christmas because it matters to me.
I was at a craft show recently and at one of the booth's I wished the vendor a Merry Christmas, he said Thank You and then said "I don't say anything anymore, you never know what people believe and I don't want to offend anyone" OK I get that, he is a businessman....however;  I replied...."I say Merry Christmas because it is what I believe" he said huh... I have never thought of it that way before...
I work for the "worlds largest retailer" and I say Merry Christmas all season long, In all of the 23 years I have worked in retail, no one has ever said "don't say that to me" actually most people are kind of surprised to hear it if I judge by the look on their faces and most reply Merry Christmas to you too.
So try it on for size, the next time you are out, wish the people in your path a Merry Christmas, I bet it will make you and the person you wish it to both smile and feel great!
Now for a tiny little gift for you, to make you smile, I have to rave about and share a new product I found.
                          HOT CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES!
                         OH MY STARS ARE THEY YUMMY!
                    MARSHMALLOW FROSTING IN THE BOX!!!
                              They really taste like hot chocolate too!

I have a box to send to you, along with some cupcake liners.
So if you would like a chance, just leave me a comment, that's it, just a comment by Sunday 12/9.
I will post the "winner" on Monday 12/10.


Oh and if you would like me to mail you a Christmas Card, please email me your address to

I am trying my best to spread some Christmas Cheer this year.

Monday, December 3, 2012


Ho Ho Ho Y'all!
How are you today?
I finally have a day off and I am hoping to get my Christmas tree up today.
I slept in so I have a late start already, but it was worth it to not get up to the alarm!
My poor neglected blog needed a Christmas theme so I found this cute Gingerbread and HEART theme. Love it! I will probably change the background every week between now and Christmas :)
This time of year is my most favorite time of year. The nights feel magical to me and I love to sit on my porch with a mug of hot chocolate and look at the stars and talk to God. I have not had much opportunity to do that so far this season, so I hope to change that very soon.
The stars from my back yard 
I have been doing some crafty bits but I can't share them just yet...
Well time to get busy.
Have a great day.