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December 2011 Archives

This IS NOT a normal Christmas in northern Ohio!!!   Where is the snow? Where is the ice?  Where are the big gray clouds?  Where are the freezing temperatures?  It was 43 degrees when I took these pictures.  The sun was […]

Being homeless is never an enjoyable experience, but it can be especially tramatic over the holidays.  Families with children seem to suffer the most.  The little ones are afraid that Santa won’t find them at the homeless shelter.  The older children […]

Last week they concluded the 23rd year of Survivor.  Many times this season one would find the cast members were  having a prayer meeting, instead of playing a game.  Even Jeff Probst mentioned that he had never seen a year […]

We hear about a few ‘secret Santa’s” every Christmas, but this year in northern Ohio, we have had a bunch of them.  They just want to give someone merry Christmas without creating a fu over themselves. We have had  a […]

I always thought “The twelve Days of Christmas” was just a goofy song to sing at Christmas time.  What in the world do leaping lords and swimming swans have to do with Christmas?  Then someone sent me this explanation for […]

     Do you ever get distracted?  I sure do.  When ever I have something important to do for the the Lord, there are twenty other things demanding my attention.  Our society moves so quickly, that before we know it we […]

We make Christmas to so many things that it is not.  It can become the most frustrating time of the year instead of the most wonderful time of the year.  But, Christmas isn’t candy canes and popcorn put on strings.  […]

Losing someone you love is never an easy thing to bear, but it is even more difficult when it happens near the holidays.  I lost my sister, my last sibling, last year a week before Thanksgiving.  It was totally unexpected […]

We usually think of Jesus’ sacrifice for us at Easter time.  We recall His willingness to submit to His Father’s will and endure the agony of the crucifixion.  Indeed, that was a great sacrifice which bought us our eternal salvation, […]

This is Joshua and Jesse after their afternoon at the ice skating rink.  They were “too pooped to participate”, in anything except a nice long nap.  I think we all wanted to take a nap, but only the little ones were […]