Friday, December 22, 2017

Books for Christmas: A list of what is on our gift list.

I just love getting books for Christmas, and I equally love gifting books as well. To me, there's no greater gift than the gift of reading. A book can take you on many a great journey, so it's always the ideal gift! 

Here are a few books on our gift list this year. 

The Illuminated Bible is simple GORGEOUS! This would be a great solo gift, or the perfect gift to share with a family.

Adored 365 is a year long devotional for young women. It has a little area for note taking if you wish, and I find it to be a nice size, and meaningful book. 

You can NEVER go wrong with Carole P. Roman. She has so many WONDERFUL titles to choose from, that the hard part is choosing! We've been blessed with so many wonderful titles over the last couple of years. They are cherished treasures for us, and we love blessing others with these wonderful children's books. I HIGHLY recommend you check them out! We recently started reading one about the Vikings! There's so much to choose from, that you really can't go wrong here. 

Comic books: We love comic books, and comic books stores, and several kids in the family this year will be receiving one. I do caution that you flip through any comic book before gifting to a child, even the ones labeled for kids.  Some of the artwork is not child appropriate in my opinion, so caution should be used here. 

Various fiction: I always think of the person I'm shopping for, instead of myself, when it comes to books. Usually when I buy a gift, I'll buy what I personally like. But when it comes to books, you can't really do that. You have to take their interests in mind. For example: M and the foster son of my best friend both enjoy middle earth wizard type books. Another friend is into table top gaming. Then you have my niece who is all about Zombies. Mr. B loves non-fiction and natural disasters. Me? I like anything really, but if it's like a Hallmark movie in book form I'll probably love it, or a good dystopian adventure. If I bought them only the books I found interesting, it wouldn't be loved nearly as much. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Are you like me, and realizing you totally dropped the ball on the whole Stocking thing? Well, I sure did this year! Luckily for me, I've discovered a few awesome Last Minute Stocking stuffer ideas!

These are available in 12 or 24 packs, and are GUARANTEED to not dry out when the lid is left off for up to 7 days! Now, we have not put this to the test yet because Mr. B nearly always puts the lid on, but a friend of ours did, and she took daily photos to show the progress. On day 7 the writing looked as good, OR BETTER, as it did on day 1! I don't know how they do it, but it's sure like MAGIC!

2.) Dollar Tree Bargains! 

 Speaking of magic....Small magic sets are a great hit! You can find them at your local Dollar Tree store for just $1.00. You can even order online! In addition to magic sets, you can find a great assortment of character licensed goods like magic towels, puzzles, books, and more! They have a lot of neat things to check out!

3.) Candy

Can you ever go wrong with candy? I LOVE these chocolate "oranges." They are one of my favorites! I'm also very partial to Aldi's chocolate bars! YUMMMMY!

When all else fails, everyone can always use socks and underwear!

That's what I plan to put in our stockings! Leave me a comment to tell me what you plan to put in yours!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Feed them.

I fully believe God puts people in the right place at the right time. I wanted to see a later showing of Star Wars, in an attempt to hopefully not be squeezed in like a sardine with a bazillion of my new closest friends. That didn't work out, and a 7:40 showing is what I was literally stuck in. But it was OK, because Geeks unite and all was well. Then I wanted to make a quick run to Walmart to grab some grape juice before going home, but a bathroom break at Sheetz was needed first. This put me getting to Walmart right about the same time this younger couple was walking out and talking to this guy who was obviously down on his luck and in need of....something. I admit, I didn't pay them much attention, and I truly tried to walk as far as from them as I could. But despite my best efforts, I still overheard the down on his luck guy say something along the lines of, "Yeah, I'm just having a bit of a hard time right now. But this guy was great and bought me some pants to wear, so I'm OK." I stopped. Literally stopped. I argued with Just keep walking. This guy looks like he's on something, you don't know what he's capable's late. Are you an idiot? Just WALK! It's's dangerous...Just keep going. Funny how that works, right? Never having been one to listen to good judgement, I turned around. Walked back out to him, interrupted the conversation-I'm good at that, too- and said, "Man, are you on the street?" I'm nothing if not blunt and to the point. He drops his head and says, "yeah...but it's OK. This man got me these nice clothes to wear. I'll be ok now." What I never heard come out of his mouth was a request for money, or anything else for that matter. I said, "Are you hungry?" (He LOOKED hungry...) He said, "Well, yeah. I could use a couple of things. But it's OK, I really needed some clothes." (And he really did.) I said, "Come on. Let me buy you something to eat." He says thanks, then says, "I really appreciate that, I really do. But these people here just got me a ride to somewhere where I can stay tonight." He has a friend or something who was letting him stay there-or so was his story. I asked if they could wait 5 mins, they said sure. They were getting him in Uber, so it was fine. I walked him in and told him to get whatever he wanted to eat. I went straight over to the Deli where there were sandwiches, salads, party trays to feed extra people for however much they cost, etc. He says, "I really like apples. I'd love to have some apples." Now I may be really stupid, and apples may be used in some kind of drug thing, I have no idea. But off to the apples we went where he searched until he decided on a bag of snack apples, and politely asked if he could have some caramel dip, too. So we walked up to the check out, and I wish I could describe the looks we got. Looks of disgust mainly. People stepping way back, and people looking at me like I'd lost my ever loving mind. So we stand there, him with his bags of clothes and a backpack. Me with a debit card. A gal looks at him very uneasy, then looks at me and says hi. I tell him to scan his stuff. Have him bag it, and I pay. A whopping $6.55. It's as I'm paying that a male worker comes up and starts interrogating this guy-for lack of a better description. To be honest, I'd have told him off. But the dude remained calm and polite, told him that someone had just purchased those clothes for him, and he was waiting on a ride, and I was buying him some apples. He kept thanking me, etc. He told me he had lost everything in a fire, and had nothing. That he was trying, etc. I told him I really didn't care how he had gotten himself in the situation he was in, I didn't care if he was telling the truth or lying and taking advantage of me. All I wanted was for him to get out of his current condition, better himself, and try to help someone else in the future. He walked out while telling me a bunch of thank you's, God Bless you's, and Merry Christmas.
Now you may be wondering what in the sam hill is the point to all of this. And you know what, I had the same thought. But I think this story is supposed to show that it doesn't matter. We are ALL human. Rich, Poor, Middle Class, Homeless....drug addict or church mouse. Jesus would have fed that man. He wouldn't have judged him on his outward appearance of what truly looked like another hopeless addict in a drug torn community. He wouldn't have kept walking, telling himself the guy could do better if he only chose to do so...or that he was only out taking advantage of people. Jesus wouldn't have cared how he voted, if he voted....Jesus died for that man, like he died for each of us. Simple as that. That man DOES have a choice, that's right. But isn't it the job of the Church to help people like that? Isn't it the job of the Church people to seek out those in need? Those who truly need led to God? Those who truly need fed? That man received more than clothes, apples, and a ride to some where. He received a chance. God orchestrated a way for 5 people's lives to converge at the same place, at the same time, in order for one of them to be given a chance. What he does with that chance is completely up to him. Maybe he will blow it, shoot up tonight, and be another statistic. But maybe he will think about it, and do something amazing and get up out of the slump he's in. The point is, no one knows. And that's where faith comes in. Faith that God knows his circumstances, and can lead him out of that place. Please, think about that the next time you pass by the dirty, scroungy looking person. Think about the fact that they have hope. They have a purpose on this earth, just like you do. Think about it....and feed them.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wordless Wednesday Star Wars Edition

We LOVE Star Wars! So this "Wordless Wednesday" comes to you from a galaxy far, far away.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Holiday Traditions

The Holiday Season is packed with memories for me. And some of those memories are from long standing traditions. One of those traditions was always a huge family dinner, with all of the extended family.

I can fondly remember piling into the car and heading to Mamaw and Papaw's house for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Being from a large family, all of the aunts, uncles, and cousins would be there. There was always so much food, play, and laughter. Ohhhh how I long for those days, just one more time!

It wasn't long until my papaw died from Cancer, and eventually, those gatherings just became too much for my mamaw. She eventually moved into a tiny home on our property, and we began hosting these family get togethers, with both Mom and Dad's family present. We would set up 2 tables, full of food, and everyone had a great time.

After my dad became sick, we had Christmas one last time-but it was just the immediate family. After that, the big dinners just faded away into distant memories until eventually, I found myself with just my niece and my son sitting in a restaurant booth for one holiday meal. I'll never forget an older man who was alone. He was without any family, and his wife had long since passed away. We invited him to eat with us, and it was one of the most enjoyable meals!

I so longed for those feasts of long ago that I began hosting a Christmas party every year. Unfortunately, I'm not sure we will be able to host this year due to health issues, but if we do I'll be sure to post pictures. It's still not quite the same as Holidays of yesterYear, but it's close.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Let the Little Children Come REVIEW TAKE 2

If you remember, I brought you a couple of Reviews from Let the Little Children Come. The first was a Is There Anything Better Than Candy? Tract Box. The second was a sampler pack of a variety of goodies.

Each Pack Contains:

John 3:16 FlipAbout
John 3:16 Animated Tract
Gospel Buttons FlipAbout
Wordless Bracelet Kit
The Lost Easter Egg Pop-up Tract
The Most Amazing House Pop-up Tract
The True Story of Christmas Animated Tract
Silicone Salvation Bracelet
Wordless Book
Where's Everybody Going? Animated Tract

Now is the best time if you plan on purchasing these sampler packs. These are a great way to fill Sunday School treasure boxes, stockings, and so much more! Please check them out! 

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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