Let us bring in the New Year~

December 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my Jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp!
and surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes,
and pu’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl’d i’ the burn,
frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
and gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,
for auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my Jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.


My Christmas Wish List.

December 19, 2012 § 3 Comments

My mom has always said I can put anything on my Christmas and birthday list. Anything.

So I always have.

there was a catch.
You can wish for anything, she said-

but don’t expect you’re going to get most of it.

You see, when you have six children, you can’t get every one of them everything they want. Even when your husband has an amazing job. Six animals, mountains of chocolate, and a backyard theme park just didn’t make the budget. (I’m still wondering why… 😉 )

So we each made outlandish lists, some with over fifty items. (I won’t tell you who it was)Pets, bikes, clothes, a roller coaster or two, bb guns (Hey, this is the South!) and other trivial or expensive items topped the list.

Somehow just making the list was satisfaction enough- we didn’t just have to have everything on it anymore.

We always got many gifts, and we loved all of them. The one I remember most fondly was a purple Barbie Volkswagen bug that I don’t think I asked for. (It even came with stick-on flowers, and a key to open the trunk!) I had much fun with that toy, and even 8 years down the line, my youngest sister played with it. (Though by that time the key was long gone. So were the front seats…)

That memory serves to remind me that it is not the price of the gift, but the value to you that matters.

So even though this list has many items that I do not expect to receive, I can’t help but keep the tradtition my lovely mother started so many years ago. I have always loved making any kind of list.

Here is my Wish List, I thought it would be fun to share!

1. Leather Rucksack

2. The K2 bike– I actually got this one! 😀

3. Nikon FM10.I also am looking at this Canon AE-1, and this Pentax K1000. (Any advice from film camera users is appreciated!)




4. a Rhett and Link T-shirt! These two are my favorite.

5. Keynote to Self Blazer.

6. These amazing Steve Madden boots… *sigh*

7. Sweaters! Part of the reason I wish I lived somewhere cold… I love this one and this one, too!


8. Graphic Tees

Have you always made a Christmas or Birthday list? Did you expect to receive everything on it? What’s on your list this year?



December 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

I have a do-it-youself post that will be up today or tomorrow… It was a guest post for my sister’s blog! In the meantime, here’s this:



December 14, 2012 § 4 Comments

A list.

1. Love someone else. Constantly. Especially when they don’t deserve it.

2. Pray more often, and not just for you. Focus on the needs of others, and the greatness of God.

3. Sit quietly in the morning. Do not make a peep. Watch something or someone through your window, or gaze at one of those rambunctious children sleep peacefully, still for only moments.

4. Drink tea more often instead of coffee.

5. Listen. To God, to others. Your child or sibling rambling on about something that may not mean much to you. It means the world to them. Listen to the lonely cashier, to the birds, to the silence. Speak less. Just listen.

6. Stretch your physical limits. Make it a goal to touch your toes, run a 5k, bike a century, swim more. You can accomplish more than you think.

7. Nurture something. Make it grow.

8. Make a new friend, who needs you more than you need them. Show them kindness, respect, and love.

9. If you haven’t already- learn to forgive. There is nothing quite so freeing.

10. Explore something. Alone, or with someone. Take pictures, make notes, blog about it. It doesn’t have to be the other side of the planet, the other side of the country, or even the other side of town. Walk that trail you’ve been meaning to for years. Look at that new antiques and flea market. Examine your backyard more closely.

Lastly, savor every moment and every person. You do not know how long you will have them, and they do not know how long they will have you.
Make your life count.



December 5, 2012 § 2 Comments

I know how slow the Christmas season is.

Everyone just moping around, with nothing to do, nowhere to go. Absolutely no purpose in life to be found.


If you are present on this planet (Earth, by the way. Hasn’t been discluded from the solar system…yet. Poor Pluto needs a pal.) from the week before Thanksgiving through the week after Christmas, there is a high probability that you are running around like a chicken with its head cut off this very moment.

Which would be quite incredible, actually. Considering you’re reading this right now. Kudos for multi-tasking!

Since you have all this extra time in between parties, shopping, decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking, cookie swaps, and still more shopping, I figured you might want a winter/Christmas-themed Do it Yourself post.

If you make your own ornaments, you’re in luck. If you don’t, or haven’t, I highly recommend doing so. Just once. For me? Pu-leeaaaze? My LIFE will be EMPTY if you don’t. (Not really, I’m just trying to guilt you into making something.)

I love the wreath and framed ornaments especially!


This one doesn’t have a tutorial, but I’m sure you crafty people could figure out how to make this easily! Let me know when you do. 🙂


This is one of my favorites!

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To add to the holiday rush, two of our neighbors, one a very dear friend, were burgled this afternoon. I’m very thankful no one was home, but sad that that happened. I think I’m sleeping with my .22 tonight… 😛


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