Fun Foto Challenge: Opposite Colors

This was fun. I had to go to archives to find some color combinations with my garden this past summer but of course, red and green is still all over my house. Come join in on Cee’s Fun with opposite colors – red/green, yellow/purple & blue orange.

for Red and Green we are using my indoor wreath that I made last year…

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Then we jump into last summer flowers remembering the glorious warmth of the season. First is Yellow and Purple….

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Then there is Blue and Orange

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As you are still remember the joys of Christmas, or the beauty of nature or the fun adventure you had, try to remember the smiles you also created while having fun. Share those smiles because a smile can turn into kindness and kindness shares that love language with others.

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The Fun Side of Christmas

We all enjoy the fun side of Christmas with memories that make us smile, gifts that can be ridiculously funny and the unforgettable time with family, whether it be good or bad.

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One fun Christmas

I am sharing with you today the last of my ornaments to share for the year and one that I just received from my daughter that made me cry. Its a tradition in our family that if you find an ornament that absolutely fits another member of the family, its purchased as a memory gift, they are not allowed to be over 5-7 dollars although with the cost of things that usually get bypassed but definitely no $20 ornament.

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One fun summer my daughter and I went to a craft fair that had a glass blower and he was making what he called sun catchers. We both looked at each other and said Christmas ornaments. These were not to be given as gifts as we bought some for our own trees and I thought I would share them with you as they are quite interesting.

Now that the noise of Christmas is done, its time to reflect on the meaning of why we celebrate this day. No other birth of any child has ever effected the entire world such as this birth. But it was just the beginning of why HE came. He loved us that much. So as you head into a new year, remember his love for you and try to share some of that love with others and always be kind.

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Cee Fun Foto Challenge: One(ish) Color

Cee fun challenges always make you think and today’s of Basically One Color I though would be easy but…there is a lot of color right now in my home and around there is a lot of color showing even with all the snow. But I did manage to single out some mostly white and mostly silver pictures of my decoration…that are all over the house.

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This little lady is over 30 years old and still a beauty
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The silver deer and balls are beautiful but leave glitter everywhere.
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The  white church and parsonage in the snow

May your Christmas be beautiful and bright with lots of love and family around. Remember those who may need an extra share of kindness this season and share it fully.

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Hope, A Misunderstood Word

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Hope?

Man, I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow. I sure hope I can find a close parking space at the mall. Or how about – I hope I can lose this weight after Christmas or I hope this growth isn’t cancer. Many thoughts toward the word called hope. The dictionary beaks it down like this:

1 – to cherish a desire with anticipation to want something to happen or be true
2 – trust
3 – to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment

One word in that group stood out for me – Cherish

1 – to hold dear feel or show affection for
2 –  to keep or cultivate with care and affection 
3 –  to entertain or harbor in the mind deeply and resolutely

When we think of hope from a Christian perspective it takes on a whole different meaning. I think what tends to happened with any language or word of power in any language is that we get complacent of its meaning and its power.

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In Sarah Young’s devotional book Jesus Calling, she reminds us that many Christian’s today misunderstand the word hope believing it to denote wishful thinking. And I agree with her statement of  ‘Nothing could be further from the truth.’

Christians believe that once we accept the Son as our savior, we replace the fears of hell with the longings of heaven. We then have the hope of heaven that strengthens us and encourages us, filling us with a yearning for God, our creator, our protector, our savior.

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The phrase hope of heaven highlights the benefits you can enjoy while remaining here on earth. This hope keeps you spiritually alive during dark times of adversity; it brightens your path and heightens your awareness of God.”

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Hope, while it is not tangible to physically hold onto with your hands, it can be felt in your heart. What a powerful gift from God to bring us love, joy and peace…hope.

Now that the Christmas season is upon us, spread that power of hope around and let your kindness be full. Let the love of Christ shine brightly in all that you do.

Kind light

 

 

The Use of Pacifiers, #SoCS

What a controversial topic for a quiet Saturday morning that almost has as many opinions as there are types of pacifiers. My babies were thumb babies, those were more convenient but the disadvantage is when it’s time for them to be gone, you can’t throw it out the window while driving down the highway. My daughter bought one for her youngest nephew, her younger brother’s last child, which we both thought was hilarious. As far as I know, it was never used but I found this picture on line and thought I would share and no this is not my grandson but he is a cutie.

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But the passe I am referring to today is a total different type of pacifier and one I will miss when it gets to warm to use….the fireplace.

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The passe at my house

These two can be running with the ball, yanking on the rope or just barking loud at each other as they race through the house. BUT when I turn on the gas fireplace, the world comes to a complete stop. So last night they were driving me crazy as I was trying to get some writing done, so I turned on the fireplace and five minutes later…

So we all settled down for a quiet evening and enjoyed the soft Christmas lights and a warm fireplace. Do you have things in your home to settle the loud noises of life? If so share away, I love seeing how we all learn ways to quiet the loudness of life.

I post this in with others who enjoy Linda G Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday and today’s theme is loud. I know my house really gets loud sometimes, so every effort at calm and quiet is well appreciated.

While this season can be loud with parties and family, remember this is also season of joy, love and peace. So share you peace with others and know that some are hurting in may ways. Even those who put on a brave face can still be hurting. So be kind through the season and carry it with you through the next year.

Kindness Christmas