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Monday, 26 December 2011
Do You Make New Year's Resolutions?
Topic: General


I've been thinking a lot about New Year's resolutions this year. I don't know why. In years past I've sometimes made them and sometimes I haven't. Lately, however, I've really been thinking about what things I want to change about myself and ways that I can help to improve my family.

I'll save the family ones for later, but here are a few of my personal resolutions:

  1. Learn how to use this infuriating Dragon program. (See yesterdays post.)
  2. Read through the Bible at least once.
  3. Eat healthier. (I got a juicer for Christmas to help with that.)
  4. Exercise.(Time to get out the Total Gym again.)
  5. Clean the basement.
  6. Work outside more.
  7. Plant a garden. (That should help with number three.)
  8. Do A L O T of fixer upper projects around the house.
  9. Start earlier getting ready for our summer day camps.
  10. Be more organized in homeschooling. (The kids should love that.)

Well, there you have it, my top 10 personal resolutions for 2012 – not necessarily in that order. I'm sure I'll think of more before 2012 actually begins. I'll keep you posted as to how I'm doing.

So what are your New Year's resolutions for this year? Have you made them yet? Do you usually make them? If you want to share just leave me a comment. We'd love to hear from you.

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Sunday, 25 December 2011
I'm Playing With My New Toy
Topic: Affiliates

Yes, I indeed wrote the following all using my new Dragon - Naturally Speaking program. I know this is a cheesy post, but I really wanted to play with this new toy! Check it out by clicking here - Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home, Version 11. In all fairness though, I must tell you that I am an Amazon affiliate and if you click on the picture or the on the link, it will take you to the Amazon website and I will earn a small percentage if you buy anything. 

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and had an enjoyable day with your family. I sure did. First we read the Christmas story out of the Gospel of Luke and opened up presents at our house. Then, we went over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house where we had dinner and opened up more gifts.

I was very blessed this Christmas. I am really enjoying the new toy that I received. If you never had one you really need to look into it. It's called Dragon Naturally Speaking. Dragon Naturally Speaking is a voice recognition system that allows you to dictate and it will type the words for you. This is really going to come in handy during the next year since I plan on blogging every day. All I have to do is put on my headset, talk into the microphone, and voilà my words appear on the paper. In fact, I'm using it right now. What fun.

Well, again, I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and don't forget what the real meaning of Christmas is, to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Saturday, 24 December 2011
Merry Christmas to All
Topic: The Purple Files


Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Luke 2:11

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Friday, 23 December 2011
Shopping for Christmas is Hard Work!
Topic: Family


John Allen and I went shopping today. Sarah had done all of the shopping for the boys and for me. She had shopped online and in store. She had shopped on the way home from therapies and while out with the girls getting ready for the big meal last week. She has shopped a little for the family, and a lot for others. She has shopped until she has dropped. Making lists and checking them twice to make sure everyone got something on the list whether they were naughty or nice. She has even baked cinnamon rolls for those that we couldn't buy for. She is good hearted that way. BUT, with all of her shopping and dropping, she hasn't left me time to go out and shop for her.

So, today was the day. Oh why do I do this? Why haven't I learned that the closer to Christmas the busier the stores are. Maybe they have been this busy. I don't know. All I know is that it I'm tired. The crowd were nice, and there were no incidents, but I am tired. Sometimes I wonder if it is worth it all.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy shopping and giving gifts. And, many of the gifts that were are buying this year are going to help us live healthier and better. We never give really extravagant gifts. Still, I have that gnawing feeling that we are just doing too much in a wrong way. Do the kids really need that toy or video? Do we, even in the name of health, need that extra kitchen gadget? Should we even be giving to each other for Christmas? What am I teaching my children?

Oh, they know that Jesus is the real reason for the season, but do we really celebrate that? What are we teaching our children?


I don't know if I am even "speaking aloud" and asking you, my readers, this question, or if I am just musing to myself. My children do see us in action at Good News Mission - the ministry that we direct. They know that Mom is often gone helping this lady or that lady (she has a vibrant ministry helping the low income ladies in our town). They lived through the weeks that led up to and the day of our Christmas Meal where we fed 400 (with a lot of help from others). They write to our Compassion International kids and love getting the letters from them.

Still, with all of this, are we teaching that Christmas is a time of giving and celebrating the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ? Especially when I hear comments like "I don't know if I can keep myself from peeking at my gifts." or "Can't we open a gift early?". I think enough is enough. I really think that tomorrow and the rest of this holiday season we are going to focus on honoring God in all that we do. Talking abut the true meaning of Christmas. Talking about the birth of Jesus. Talking about giving more than receiving.

I don't quite know how we are going to do it, but it needs to be done. And it will be done. I need to think some on this and I'll let you know. Stay tuned for some interesting blog posts, and if you think of any ideas please shoot them my way! Thanks ahead of time.


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Thursday, 22 December 2011
Do You Pinterest?
Topic: General


A couple of months ago one of my online friends asked if I did Pinterest. I had no idea what they what they were talking about. Then I found out that a bunch of my online friends are really into Pinterest so I thought I would check it out more. It intrigued me at first. I thought it was a neat concept. For a little while I was "pinning" a lot of things. Then, to be quite honest, the luster wore off and I haven't pinned anything in weeks. Really, all I was doing anyway was just using it as a glorified "favorites" tab.

What am I missing? I know there must be more to it. I really do want to take advantage of it in the right way. How do you all use it? What can you do with it? Is it more than a glorified "favorites" tab? Please leave me a comment and let me know. I'd love to learn more.

Oh, and by the way, if any of you want to befriend me on Pinterest, my pinterest ID is - tink38570. I'd love to hear from you.

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