Sunday, July 31, 2011

Christmas All the Time

Hello All, I love this Christmas song, "Away in the Manger" sung by Nat King Cole.

In our home, we've been celebrating Christmas in July. Please listen if you can, this song really puts things in perspective. Sit and enjoy just quietly listening to the sweet words and sweet spirit of yesteryear...In this day and time we need it so, so much worldliness and busyness surrounding us. Not only can we have Christmas all the time but we can instill that sweet spirit in our homes too. Yes, it is obtainable with the Lord's help. We don't have to go with the culture.

The other morning Hubs and I were in the kitchen getting our coffee and such and we were asking each other how the night's sleep went...I reply with a wrinkled nose,

"I had weird, silly dreams."

He replies he dreamt of Mrs. Hobbs. He tells me he misses Mrs. Hobbs, she was an older lady from uso town the town who has the magnificent USO center. Mrs. Hobbs for Hubs was like Mrs. B for me...Both are with Jesus now.

I love what Hubs shared with me in an unusually introspective mood after I told him I too missed Mrs. B and Mr. Meadors too....I still love smalltown but I fiercely miss the Mrs. Blounts and Mr. Meadors...and yes, the Mrs. Hobbs. I told Hubs how sad it was for me to see Mr. Meador's little red and white gas station painted over in a brown color and how it's some auto detail shop now.

Hubs sighs and tells me:
"Yes, I know...Those people were the salt of the earth"

He is so right, yes Hubs, you are so very right.

May we be the salt of the earth now. May we hold on to the beauty of the Lord, hold on to what is right and good, pleasing in the sight of the Lord. And I have a feeling there may be more Mrs. B's and Mr. Meadors there in Smalltown.

Here's a little picture of my youngest daughter's stuffed snowman from when she was a little bitty girl , his name is "Samoni" pronounced a bit like Spumoni desert. I was getting him all clean from the move, he had acquired a bit of mildew on him of all things. I thought this pic of the stuffed musical snowman was just perfect for today. At one time his hat revolved to the sweet music box. He's a treasure!

Be near me Lord Jesus I ask Thee to stay, close by me forever and love me I pray...Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care, and stay by my cradle til morning is nigh...

Goodnight All, ~Amelia

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Stay as Sweet as You Are, You're Divine Dear

Stay as sweet as you are....sweet as you're divine dear...Stay as grand as you are.... This is our oldest daughter, Janie. She is 28 and still looks like such a young gal, love this shot of her on the mower this week taking the garbage down the long driveway for the independent garbage man, no city pick-up here! : ) Yes, she is enjoying it here in the country, she loves the wildlife as we are constantly fascinated by it. I get tickled, one minute she looks like our little girl, the next minute she's in her skirt with her rolling briefcase going to the office in Oldtown to work with Hubs, the next minute she's in the kitchen singing and creating supper for us. Love that song by Nat King Cole. "Stay as Sweet as You Are". That song just cheers me up when I have the blahs. : ) Want to hear a clip? Here you go. It's number 7 on the list. We went to a wedding reception last week and I had the pleasure of sitting with an older lady who lives in Dallas and had seen Greer Garson more than once when Greer Garson was living, once in an elevator of a department store. She said Greer Garson was so lovely, just as lovely and every bit of the lady as she was in the movies... She said Ms. Garson was also very nice and chatted sweetly with her there in the elevator years ago. Do you know just hearing this made me want to cry and brought tears to my eyes? It was just so refreshing for me to hear and also a heart clincher of sorts... I think in part it was the fact that Greer Garson bore a strong resemblance to my daughter's piano teacher in Smalltown when she was in her younger years. Yes, I think that is what got to me. It had an emotional tie to Mrs. B. I soooo want things to be as they were...And to top it off... Lately I've been a bit troubled about the direction homeschooling in our area has been going in, it started around ten years ago and it seems to be going blub-blub-blub. I don't understand how people seem to be so accepting of things and so quick to throw out what is right and good. Now as far as academics, homeschooling is doing great, one of our fellow homeschoolers in the group, a young man was accepted into medical school just last week. But morally? But just the simple relationship to Christ? A sweet and holy life pleasing to God? I am seeing academia on the throne in that affluent suburbia of an area. The life preserver of Jesus is floating and ebbing away and not many in our area seem to care, many seem to almost be blowing Him away, some seem to really believe they are self sufficient I think. Beware. That evening of the reception I was surrounded by it all. Although it was a very sweet reception in celebration of a godly couple, I was troubled in what I was hearing and seeing around me. Don't mind me though, I'm just very alert to it all these days for various reasons which I will write about later, Ive almost been made to feel as an old horse put out to pasture. I've homeschooled for going on 22 years and yes, it's very troubling to me. But on the bright side, the grandmother and I just had such a sweet chat about the old 40s movies and how she would have to cover her ears (and eyes too I suggested) if she were to see the modern movies with the exception of Winnie the Pooh. : ) I will celebrate sweetness on my blog today. I will meditate on things that are lovely and of good report because that is what the Lord would want me to do. One of the sweetest things in our lives besides our family is our doglets... This is Muffie. He is our sweetie. Do you remember Joycie rescued him from an intersection? He is a tiny little guy, and one look at his sweet little face is all you need. : ) We have a profile shot of him too! Isn't it cute? It reminds me of a school picture...Yes, I know I'm sounding nutty now. And of course we have a tired little Muffie resting, it's been said by a soldier friend that he looks like a forlorned dustmop when he gets like this. ; ) Have a sweet evening everyone! I hope to be posting more sweet and favorite things soon!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Musings of Joycie

I just read my second born, Joycie blog it's a good one! I hope you enjoy it too. It really touched my heart. The Musings of Joycie

My Photo ~Joycie now 26, I can't believe it! Joycie is holding one of our little fur angels, Muffie. May we take good care of God's creatures. Muffie was found by Joycie in the middle of a busy road with a collar rusted shut. She was driving and noticing the bewildered little creature, she made that U-turn and rescued this little sweetheart. Our family loves this little guy so much.

Speaking of God's creatures, you may want to see my Vision For a Godly Home blog for two eye-opening entries on the treatment of animals that may affect your choices. It has made a profound affect on me. Profound.