And So it began

"ONCE UPON A TIME"....there came along this little lump...insignificant really when you compare it to the entire world of lumps. That is, right up to the point that it wasn't...insignificant I mean............... and so began my journey.

A NEWER SHADE OF I more then SURVIVE...I am learning to THRIVE...

OF COURSE... we all know things are bound to get a little crazy with a surprise around most every corner...not to mention an assortment of bumps and bruises along the way...but I am ever thankful for them all...they have all made me who I am. So buckle up, hold on tight and enjoy the ride thru what I lovingly refer to as LIFE

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas...
from my home to yours
-Etta May-

Saturday, December 24, 2016


Let us prepare for the miracle that was that first Christmas. Let us put aside our frantic preparations of all the “stuff” and reflect on that sacred night.  Tune into and watch any one of the many fantastic messages and videos they have about this special night.  Then take a minute to write down what this represents to you personally, looking forward to what changes you are willing to make to have room in your Inn.  

Friday, December 23, 2016


We are surrounded by the sights, smells and sounds that really bring together all that is love and magic of the season.  Even the most hardened hearts will find themselves humming the tune of a carol or feeling the faint stirrings of a memory of a time past that gives us a little spark of warmth to the soul.  As we come to the end of this little experiment let us take a little bit of time and curl up and get lost in the “magic” of Christmas and see if you just might have a new perspective on that Jolly old guy in his red suit…and just maybe see him in a new light…for what he truly is… a secular worlds way of celebrating the Savior 

There are a ton of classic films at this time of the year....White Christmas (with Bing & Danny), Holiday Inn (with Bing & Fred), It's a Wonderful Life (with Jimmy...but who can ever hear a bell and not think of Clarence getting his wings), but the best one for this journey we are taking has got to be...
The Miracle on 34th Street...
and of course I DO mean the 1947 version!!!  Enjoy this classic…and rediscover of all the magic…do you believe?

Thursday, December 22, 2016


There were angels in the heavens.  They are the great announcers of the Lord always at the ready whenever they are needed.  Every great miracle involves angels...protecting, guiding, assisting, instructing and singing praises. On this sacred night they were doing all that and more.  The heavens were ablaze with the majestic sound around the world of the birth of the Savior.  The sound of “the multitude of heavenly hosts” was awe inspiring and I am sure shocking to a great many as well.  I can only imagine being there to witness that.

Santa just calls them…Elves

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


What is the first thing you do when you hear a bell...look to see where it is coming from.  The shepherds of old would use a bell to call for their sheep especially if any were missing.  You could say the same is true today in most religions…the bell calls their members reminding them it is time to come together.  Although we don’t have bells to remind and call us, Christ our master shepherd has supplied us we our own personal “bells” the Holy Ghost.  He is our constant companion and guide...can you hear your bell?

Bells and Santa just go hand in hand...he has them everywhere and they are always ringing calling us and reminding us that he is there because it is so important to him that we never feel like we are alone…even if we can’t see him...sound familiar?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016


Our sweet tooth celebrates the much beloved candy cane.  What a handy little candy with its hook on the end…grabbing hold of the edge of your cup or on the bows of your tree…it is the symbol of the  shepherds hook so quick and efficient in gathering the lost lambs, keeping the flock together.  As the shepherds of old, we are our brother’s keepers  showing love and support…really seeing others as we look for ways to serve and help those in need, both spiritually and temporally, gathering together those in need of comfort and support.

Santa gives them out freely…hoping to elicit that spark of a smile and joy in the eyes of the child in all of us…reminding us we are all the same on at least one common spot of ground...we all want to be loved and feel like someone really cares and to be seen for who we really are.