Monthly Archives: December 2018

What a Difference a Year Makes

Dear Reader: A year ago today I left my house to spend New Year’s with John and Mandy so I would be there to keep Eva Cate when everyone returned to work the day after New Year’s… except for students … Continue reading

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An Interesting Discovery between the Joy of Giving and Getting

Dear Reader: I distinctly remember the Christmas when I realized that the joy of giving was so much more fulfilling and exciting than the joy of receiving….The children were all small and we were over at Poppy’s and Dee-Dee’s ….there … Continue reading

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“Row, Row, Row the Boat…”

Dear Reader: When we have time to reflect back on our lives…hasn’t most of it been ┬áspent rowing…struggling to move from one situation to a better one? Sometimes our struggles have produced an improved change in life….but usually, for most … Continue reading

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Mary Went the Distance…

Dear Reader: I read an excerpt from Quinn Caldwell’s Christmas devotion ( All I Really Want) about the role of Mary in Jesus’ life and it made me pause and think about this epiphany more studiously. Basically it was the … Continue reading

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Words that Permanently are Associated with Christmas

Dear Reader: Isn’t it true that some writers create such memorable characters in literature that they remarkably take on an identity of their own? If you look up the word “GRINCH” you notice it didn’t come into existence until Dr. … Continue reading

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The “God Wink” at the Christmas Eve Service

Dear Reader: Yesterday I left you hanging about a remarkable incident that took place at the end of the Christmas Eve Service….the service in which I told an old German fairy tale…a story about a clock-maker and his love for … Continue reading

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“The Christmas Time Stood Still”

Dear Reader: I never know when and where the idea for the next Christmas Eve story will come…but I always know it will. I suppose I have my foot to thank for the Christmas story last night. While in my … Continue reading

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We All Need a Good Dose of Christmas Childhood Faith and Hope

Dear Reader: Yesterday afternoon this story popped up from one of several ┬ádevotions that come to me daily…I don’t remember ever signing up for them but they do seem to appear at the right time for me. This little short … Continue reading

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Wandering Thoughts of Wonder while Writing about Christmas

  Dear Reader: For three months I wandered in my imagination (while reclining with my foot up on top of so many pillows… I felt like “The Princess and the Pea“) wondering what my next car would look like…most likely … Continue reading

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P.J’s, Purgatory, and a Christmas Miracle

Dear Reader: What a mixed bag of emotions Thursday was…blustery, rainy weather…an oncology appointment…and then everything changed! The photos above were actually taken in the morning (Friday morning)…not at night… because yesterday everyone was having a P.J. Christmas party at … Continue reading

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