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Remember the CHRIST in CHRISTMAS

24 Dec

We live in a day when it is more politically correct to say Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings instead of Merry Christmas.  I came across this video and it touched my heart with the beautiful message.  I wanted to share it with my friends, family and all of you.  I hope to share and education more people in remembering the true meaning of Christmas and keeping CHRIST in Christmas! 

Merry Christmas!!


Santa’s Surprise!

20 Dec

Santa’s Surprise!

This world is excited with Santa!

We’re told that he loves girls and boys.

And each year he pays them a visit,

Loaded with candies and toys.


Busy elves are his helpers,

Working with Santa every day.

And on the night before Christmas,

Rudolf guides Santa’s sleigh.


But I am excited with Jesus!

I found that he’s just not a tale.

Angels, not elves do his bidding.

He meets all my needs without fail.


He doesn’t just come in December,

He lives in my heart everyday.

He gave me His Name and His power.

I use it whenever I pray.


Everyday’s Christmas with Jesus.

Each day is filled with surprise.

He is both the gift and the giver.

Whatever we lack, He supplies.


This weekend my mom, my daughter and I spent the week back in Iowa where my mother and I grew up.  We had a fun, busy rewarding time.  I enjoyed seeing the smiles and joy from many of my friends and family.  Some I see often and a few I have not seen in years.  It reminds me how important both family and friendships are.  How easy it is to forget to call, email or even text.  I already know my New Year’s Resolution for 2011.  I have already started working on it.  It is to do better with staying in contact with my friends and family.  The smiles I saw this week meant a lot to me and I know my smiles meant a lot to them.  🙂

The Santa Surprise I shared with you was given to me by my mother.  At first I thought it was a cute little Santa poem, but the meaning behind it is so true and very awesome. 

Merry Christmas to everyone who reads this and remember all your friends and family this Christmas and everyday! 


AVON Foundation for Women

13 Oct




Shop my online store under the Fundraising tab and see how YOU can make a DIFFERENCE. 

100% of the net profits will be donated to either the

  • AVON Empowerment Fund to end violence against women.
  • Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.

Depending on which product you choose to buy.  I thank you for your support and helping us change the world!

Forgiveness by Denise Marek.

15 Aug

Forgiveness is one of the very best gifts you can give to yourself.

What is forgiveness? It’s understanding that you cannot go back and change the past and it’s accepting that all your experiences—no matter how traumatic, painful, or unhappy they may have been—are simply lessons from which to learn. Whether emotional, physical, or psychological, negative or positive, those lessons were meant to teach you how to be who you are in this moment—a wiser, more empowered you. You need to understand and accept that today you’re the person you are because of what you’ve learned. Once you accept those lessons—and truly learn from them—the negatives of yesterday will never affect you again. You won’t carry doubt, fear, and guilt. Instead you’ll be free. That freedom comes from forgiveness.

Who is it that you need to forgive? Everyone. You need to forgive yourself for everything it is that you believe you’ve done wrong, for example, not giving love when someone needed it, not being supportive, creating negative energy in another person’s life or in your own, or not being honorable or respectable. You also need to forgive others—all those of whom you’ve thought negatively because of something they said or did. Forgive the neighbor who lied to you, the parents who scolded you, the kid who bullied you in school, the boss who fired you, the spouse who hurt you, and the friend who betrayed you. But how? How do you forgive and stop carrying the negatives of the past around with you?

First, look at the individual you’re forgiving (whether it’s yourself or another) in a different way—step back and put the positive first. In my situation, I had to stop seeing that first friend as nasty and see that perhaps she did what she did out of fear. Maybe she was afraid that if I had a boyfriend, she would be alone, so she preemptively swooped in to protect herself. Or it could be that she was repeating a pattern taught to her by her mother—who, in an effort to control my friend would threaten to take away her special things and give them to me if she wasn’t good!  Maybe my friend was trying to control me in the same way—by taking away the things I liked.

Next, use that lesson to learn something positive about yourself as you move forward. Ask yourself: What lesson have I learned about myself and with what lesson am I moving forward? For me, this experience taught me the importance of being a trustworthy friend and today that’s what I strive to be. It also gave me the opportunity to see firsthand how holding on to anger, upset, and negative feelings keeps you stuck in the past and how forgiveness can free you. Through the experience I learned to forgive and I moved forward. These are some pretty positive lessons for which I’m very thankful.

In forgiving others, it’s important to realize that you’re not condoning poor behavior. You simply understand you can’t change what’s happened, and you accept there were lessons for you to learn in those experiences. You don’t have to necessarily like how you’ve learned those lessons, but you can come to a place where you’re grateful because you’re stronger. Those situations made you tougher, more aware, more conscious, and more capable. You can treasure the fact that you’ve learned so much.

Take all your experiences and become empowered by them. You can’t change them, but you can discover something of value in them. When you do, you’ll be able to extend forgiveness to yourself and others. You won’t carry the barriers and the weights of the past—you’ll be free. You’ll be free to grow into the best person you can be and to create the best life for yourself. Begin today by forgiving for good.

I personally enjoyed reading this one.  The words ring true.  I believe you can not truly move on and be free from a situation unless you forgive either that individual or yourself.  I have taught my daughter the importance of forgiving others and herself.  Patients is very good when teaching a child forgiveness.  Something I at times run low on.  Perhaps my daughter will learn to forgive me for my lack of patients.  : )

2010 Relay For Life of Marshall County

2 Aug

Most weekends when you ask me what I did I probably would tell you not too much, a little bit of this, little bit of that.  This weekend was so much different. I was one of many who was a part of the 2010 Relay For Life in my hometown of Marshalltown, Iowa. I was there to support my awesome Aunt Mel who I am very proud of!  My mother, daughter, myself and many other family and friends attended and were very proud ourselves to be there. This was my first time attending and I hope to attend every year.

Honestly, I was very excited to go, but did not expect to feel all the overwhelming feelings that I felt. There was joy, sadness, happiness, laughter, accomplishment and just the love you could feel from all the friends and family you already had and new friends you made. It was a wonderful experience and I was honored to share it with the friends and family that I did.


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