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Isaiah 63:  7  I will tell you of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, ……..

Today I turned “60”.  It is amazing that I don’t feel any older than about 40, but maybe 60 is the new 40.  I have really good genes so my hair has a litle gray, but it is naturally ash blond, so it looks like more highlights.  I have a few wrinkles around the eyes, but compared to a lot of other people not many.   

Until this time I have few health problems.  I manage to do about anything that I want, within reason.  I do find that I don’t work as fast as I did in my earlier years.  I also like to take an afternoon nap, but I always wanted to do that, but I just never had the time.  I continue to try to get healthier and lose some weight (a few pounds each month) by controlling portions, eating only one carb per meal, etc. 

I am involved in a wonderful volunteer effort at the church:  Manna Meal (check out the link from this website).  I am knitting hats/scarves for the Christmas meal next year,  I make Magnetic Hematite bracelets to help ease arthritis pain.  Hubby and I grow a garden and I can the produce each summer, wonderful tomatoe juice for the winter.    I am working on two cookbooks.  I enjoy my “8” grandchildren and my wonderful husband.  I continue to explore new crafts and ideas.  I’ve discovered FaceBook and Twitter (not really a fan of Twitter).  I enjoy/love UK sports.  So I would say my life is full.

The life expectancy for those in our 60’s is computed to be about 100.  Amazing that I might have another 40 years to live.  What will God have in mind for those years????  Who knows, but I hope I will open to his leading and ready/willing to act on his wishes.  I thank God for the last wonderful 60 years and look forward to many more.


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Zephaniah 3:17  The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

This is from a devotional under the heading of Joy.  At this wonderful season we should truly be experiencing Joy.

Thanksgiving is over and the shopping days until Christmas are numbered.   With “8” grandchildren I will definately be doing some shopping.  I am also trying to shop for items that will make a difference in their lives:  educational type toys.  Of course you have to have some JOY also.  My oldest grandchild is 7, so they are all very young.  Last year we did some ornaments.  This was a tradition with my children as they got old enough to create things.  This year I hope to do the same.  The other tradition we had was decorating cookies.  We may try that this year also.  These memories are precious.  We still decorate the tree with the ornaments that our children made.

Try to incorporate some traditions this year in your family.  Remember the “Reason for the Season” – Jesus.  If you do not attend church services, consider doing so this year.  Having your family involved in a congregation gives them a wonderful sense of why they are here, the love of Jesus and a group of people who will love and nurture them.

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Psalm 97:11  Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.

A great, gourmet and inexpensive gift.

Buy plastic spoons:  red, green or white

Melting chocolate wafers:  milk chocolate, white chocolate, green color, dark chocolate

Toppings:  Chopped peppermint, marshmallow, shaved chocolate, sprinkles, etc.

Melt the dipping wafers.  Dip the spoons into the mixture and allow to coat the entire spoon.  Place the spoon onto parchment paper or waxed paper.  Place peppermints, marshmallows into the bowl of the spoon while still wet.  Allow to set.  Drizzle other melted toppings of differing coloring onto the spoons.  Allow to set and package into individual bags or 4-6 spoons into a pretty bag.

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Kevin Skinner

Psalm 28:7  My heart leaps with joy and I will give thanks to the Lord in song.

Way to go Kentucky Man !!!!!!  Your heartfelt songs won the heart of America.  You deserve the prize.  I pray for your success and contined blessings from God.  Continue to give “thanks to the Lord in song”.

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Psalm 37:4  Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Weather is definately the ultimate unpredictable Lady.  Our area had 1/2 – 3/4 inch of ice topped off with rain and then almost 3 inches of snow.  Our house has lovely mature trees (or it did) around it.  We will lose about 7 trees due to the storm.  The amazing thing is that several are on the roof and we do not think there is any damage.  When we came home last night we did not park where we normally park and a tree limb fell 2 feet behind our vehicle.  One limb is still straddling the powerline, but as of now – No Power Outage.  We have been tremendously lucky. 

It makes you realize that what was yesterday may not be tomorrow.  I think the lesson here is what you make out of YOUR tomorrow.  The two trees we will lose in the back will make a lovely spot for an herb garden.  I have wanted to have one close to the house, but too much shade.  Ha!!

We cannot contact anyone near our Lake House which is in Western Ky.  That area has been harder hit than here.  We have a Walnut tree growing out of the deck.  If it came down, we probably don’t have a house.  The power is probably out, so the waterbed maybe an icecube that freezes and bursts.  It is amazing how at peace I am with this.  These are only THINGS. 

As I grow older and wiser I have learned that although some things are priceless: photos, family heirlooms, etc.  They are only THINGS.  All of our family is safe and well.  THINGS can be replaced.  The important things are:  God’s forgiveness, Family, Love and Caring.

I will attach a few photos.

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Psalm  138:8  The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord endures forever – do not abandon the works of your hands. 

Today was definately a Historic day for our country.  I am not a minority and do not pretend to know what minorites in our country have faced or what this day meant to those groups.   I pray that this is a sign that this country gives people the opportunity to  prosper beyond any other country in the world.

I have really been appauled at the tone of the conservative “talk radio” today.  I did NOT vote for President Obama.  I do not believe that government handouts will solve the problems of the economy.  BUT, I also believe that someone who can inspire the people in this country to come together to support each other, help each other and take an active role in getting our country back on track cannot be bad.

I remember the presidency of John F. Kennedy.  He inspired this country to look beyond themselves and to help each other.  Ronald Regan also inspired us to become one nation.  I pray that this country can come together.  The words that John F. Kennedy spoke, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for this country”, should be our mantra.  Together we can embrace each other, help meet each others needs and propel this country into a new era.

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Psalm 29:11  The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. (more…)

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