Thursday, December 18, 2014

I think I have found something...

to keep me busy next year...
with an idea from a dear friend...
I have this idea of making stockings...
throughout the year...
starting out with the basic shape like this...

but putting my touch on them with something like this...
they would be small, one of a kind projects...
ones that I can handle...
using up the tubs of scraps that I have seemed to collect...
and I won't have to worry about selling them or having them pile up around here...

I will make them for the toy drive for next year...
I will start out with girly ones...
for the high school girls and then go down to the babies...
then the rest will follow...

its a project that I can pick up and put down, pick up again...
as the year plays out...
they are small enough to create one in an afternoon or evening...
I can shop at thrift stores for fabrics...
and trimmings...

and it might be something they keep and use year after year...
;0)
I may never have any grandchildren of my own...
but God has given me a town full of them...
to help their families pull CHRISTmas off without them knowing...
of the struggles in their lives right now...
so children can remain children just a bit longer...
and they can dream of things we have forgotten about...
;0)
 so that's the plan...
even on bad days, I can work on stockings...

got some plans tonight of shopping and cruising the streets of Paris in search of the most awesome CHRISTmas lights over there...
if DH is up to it when he gets home...
DO NOT want to shop this weekend or next week...
I am thinking tonight will be the slowest time of all the remaining days...
we have a very short list to finish up...
and then we can just sit back and wait for it to come...

so, are you done shopping????
got your tree up?
some don't have it up yet, can you believe that?
we have been working on CHRISTmas since the first of October...
you would think I would be sick of it by now...
but I'm not...
its a good year...
;0)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

look at her now...

this is our very own little Miss A...
aka princess boom boom...
she got to meet Santa and his Mrs last night...

this is her big brother, who had his Christmas program last night, too...
he is in the pre school class...
she's the one I baby sat the summer before last when she was first born...
my, has she grown...
they both have...
and isn't this the best Santa ever?
real whiskers and all!
and to think I used to baby sit their mama when she was that little...
time sure passes faster than we want it to...

we went shopping last night for that 10 year old girly, girl...
and we found some wonderful things...
then we grabbed supper and ate it in the park...
drove around and looked at Christmas lights before heading home...
watched A Christmas Carol...

got to make that toy delivery this morning...
like to keep on top of those this time of the year...
you just never know how many calls you will get, so like to get them done as soon as possible in case another one comes in...
hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

the magic of Christmas in our little town...


been taking short drives to look at the lights in the evenings...

taking calls, making deliveries and have another shopping trip to do...
buying for a 10 year old little girl who like girly things...

got caught up on the book work for the toy drive...
dropped off items at the school and picked up an envelope with $80 in it...
the kids at the grade school raised money for our kids...
now that's sweet!

got another donation in the mail, too...
so we are not done yet...
we be making a trip to town tonight, not sure yet...
I know we need to go Thursday...
or so...

spent Sunday with the old man cleaning house...
yesterday was book work and phone calls...
and a nap...
today is delivery, sorting through toy totes and bagging for a couple of other kids...
pick up here and there and grabbed the mail...
store run and have to go back...
Charlie is out of dog food...
and I am not letting him have people food again!
gave him the poopies...
not a good thing...

we are on our umpteenth day of clouds, clouds and more clouds...
BUT!
the forecast is calling for sunshine tomorrow!
I need my batteries recharged so bad...
I might even be laying out...
(those of you who know me, know how likely that is to happen)

not many more days left until Christmas...
I think we are ready, or soon will be...

need to visit a neighbor...
it will be a year on the 18th since his dad passes away...
so want to check in on him and make sure he is ok...
those first things are the hardest ones...
not that any are easy, but they do get easier...

so off with you...
you have cookies to bake and gifts to wrap...
tinsel to hang and don't forget the mistletoe!
so get that jingle music blasting and get to it!
;0)



Saturday, December 13, 2014

our Kids Shopping Night!

Thursday night we opened up the shop and let the kids in...
we had some really wonderful donations...

took us a few days to set this all up at the fire hall...

and the kids were few this year...
we were competing against a basketball game...
the whole town goes, you know...
but the kids who came got some awesome gifts!

and we had a bunch of awesome helpers on hand...
some of the best people around...
and my friends...

spent today shopping...
for the toy drive and little bit for us...
Craig took me out for lunch...
McHugh's Double Drive through...
oh, its been too long since we went there...
going back real soon!

came home, unloaded...
messed around and waited for Steve to get home...
took off for the fire hall to grab the wrapping paper and empty boxes...
we are officially out of there!
took them to the furniture store to put upstairs...
grabbed the rest of the gifts for the 5 year old little girl...
came home, ate supper and took a nap...

got up again...
Craig and I bagged all the toy drive stuff up in bags, ready to deliver tomorrow and Tuesday...
got our stuff wrapped...
did dishes, bathed the dog...
and finally just finished my CHRISTmas cards!
I am so late...
always have them out no later than the 5th...
well...
yeah...
no excuse...

laundry and some major house work when we get up...
DH has to work and I think he's happy about not being here...
wonder why?

so, I am off to bed...
got much to get done and I can rest on Sunday!
;0)

have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I need your help...your prayers...

this is my surgeon...
the one who changed my life...
our lives...
he is also a surgeon in the Army Reserves...
and he is being deployed...
to Afghanistan...
mid December, so he could already be on his way there...
he has a 3-4 month deployment and this is his 3rd deployment since 2009...
he is to be in a surgical unit attached to a Special Forces unit...
working on the ones who are too seriously injured to be transported...
real darn close to the fighting if not in the middle of it from what I have read...
this is the man who took out my gall bladder after others wouldn't...
it took me 18 years to find him...
he is also my boob doctor and has calmed all my fears with my fibroid lumps...
and keeps a very close eye on things to make sure none of them change...
he also drained 2 of them last summer for me that were very painful...
he is kind and gentle and explains everything so well...
without talking down to you...
he is just so different from what I have had to deal with before...
he is such an amazing doctor and so needed in our small hospital...
he is the only full time general surgeon!
he is such a blessing to all of us!
there will be such a void for his staff and patients while he is gone...
they do have others coming in to take his place...
but it won't be the same until he's back home...
so, here is what I need for you to do...
pray...
pray for God to send angels to surround him for protection...
angels to protect his surgical unit...
and the Special Forces unit he is attached to...
prayers for safe journeys there and back...
prayers for the hospital staff and patients here...
prayers for his family...
and his friends...
we so need him back in one piece, upright and breathing!
he has so much more to do here...
so many more lives to touch...
  
you can click HERE for a link to an interview they did of him before his deployment...
it was done by EIU, the college Craig attended and graduated from...
you can also see our wonderful hospital and clinic where we go and some of the most wonderful people who work there...


heading up to do the Kids Shopping Night in a few hours...
;0)
got another call for the toy drive...
need to gather up a bag of toys for a 5 year old little girl...
we have most of hers in the left over totes, but need to find an age appropriate game and of course a coloring book and crayons...
we ran completely out of those...
picking things up for 5 high school kids tomorrow and shopping for a 17 year old boy and a junior high age boy...
we also got another $100 donation in the mail yesterday!
its still coming in...
this program has been so blessed this year with donations and amazing helper elves...
I am so thankful that God allows me to be a part of this every year...
that he sent me my surgeon so its all possible now...
that some of our past families are prospering with good jobs and can give back...
;0)
CHRISTmas is about giving...
giving freely...
so whatever you give...
money, a toy, a kind word or just a smile...
give it with all your heart...

to get what you need the most of...
which is love...
you must first give it away...
;0)

edited:
if you are having trouble hearing the interview for Dr. Nadeau...
go back now and click on the link...
then close out this window or turn off the player at the bottom of the page...
you may also need to turn up the volume on youtube to hear it well...