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Archive for November, 2010

The Stranger Side of Carols

Have you ever really listened to the words of some of the songs we sing at Christmas? Some of them are on the stranger side. I’ve been pondering them lately, and my friend Ashley Baker recently wrote a blog that brought another one to light – you can read about her humorous discussion of Figgy Pudding . (I’ve never liked that line in the song either, Ashley!)

So, why is mommy kissing and tickling Santa Clause? And how does he know when you’re sleeping and when you’re awake? That song kind of creeped me out as a child. I was all good with Jesus knowing that stuff – but I wasn’t so sure I wanted Santa spying on me.

Why are we telling scary ghost stories on Christmas? Aren’t those usually reserved for Halloween? Personally, I don’t want to be scared on Christmas, after all, it’s supposed to be a jolly time of year.

If you want to get married so badly, why are you asking a snowman in the middle of a field to officiate? (more…)

A Joyful Plan

With the triptophan comas wearing off signaling that Thanksgiving is winding down,  the Christmas season is upon us. I’ve been asked by quite a few people in the past week if I am going to be up early in the morning to shop the Black Friday sales. Can I just say “YUCK!”? To those of you who love to get up with the mobs of people and run around in the cold, more power to you. I however, will remain snug in my bed, wake up with a purring kitty, and greet the start of the Christmas season with a relaxing morning to be followed by Christmas tree decorating and spending time with my family. This will probably be accompanied with Christmas music, hot chocolate, and a Christmas show or two on TV. (A Charlie Brown Christmas, anyone?) (more…)


Thursday, November 11 was a sad day. I came home from nannying to find that the internet in the entire neighborhood was down. Surely though, an internet outage that large would have the company out fixing it quickly, so I did not distress.

However, we were soon to find out that the internet outage caused something here at the house and ministry house to go kurplunk. The three days that were were completely without, I found myself rushing off to Starbucks to get my new favorite drink (the Peppermint Mocha – mmmmm….) as an excuse to use their free wi-fi. Since that date, we have had varying levels of internet. As of today, we are down to one computer that has internet in the entire office. This makes for an interesting game of ‘Who Has the Most Urgent Internet Need?’ (more…)

David’s Psalm of Thanks

Recently I was reading in 1 Chronicles 16 where King David wrote a psalm of thanks to God. This occurred as a response to the Ark being brought to Jerusalem. With Thanksgiving being only less than a week away it is good to dwell on things to be thankful for. And even though the author lived thousands of years ago, it still has bearing on our lives today because God does not change – He is everlasting!

7 That day David first appointed Asaph and his associates to give praise to the LORD in this manner: (more…)

Hot Chocolate Mix

With the weather starting to turn cool, I love curling up with a mug of something warm. One of my favorites is hot chocolate with a little flavored coffee creamer added. (It’s better than marshmallows – try it!)

My favorite hot chocolate mix is a homemade recipe – I have no idea where it came from, but I love it!  (more…)

Southern Verbiage

Having recently moved to the South (from IL to TN), I have definitely noticed some differences between southern vocabulary and northern vocabulary. Here are a few of the words and phrases that I have heard that are definitely southern.

buggy (n.) – shopping cart

Knoxvull (n.) – Knoxville; note: any city name ending in -ville is pronounced as -vull

Krystal (n.) – an alternative to White Castle with equally greasy and questionable food

fixin’ to (v.) – getting ready to, preparing for, about to; example: “He is fixin’ to go to the store.” (more…)

Isaiah 9:6-7 Promise – A Perfect Government

Isaiah 9:6-7 – 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

Traditionally, I’ve heard this passage read at Christmas, as a promise of the gift of baby Jesus. But after reading this familiar passage today, I see another promise that God has given to His people: the promise of Jesus’ earthly reign. (more…)

Anticipating a Southern Winter

One of the things that I am looking forward to having just moved from Illinois to Tennessee is the milder winters. Well, milder according to my perspective. After enduring a few especially cold winters recently (having a few days that went 50 below zero), the thought of the temperatures staying at or above zero sounds downright toasty to me.

So far the fall has been beautiful here. The temperature is slowly cooling off, the humidity has disappeared – it’s the perfect weather for spending time outdoors. Growing up, when we trick or treated we usually had to wear a few layers under our costumes to stay warm. But it was so nice here for Halloween weekend that if I had been a kid, I would have been thrilled about not having to layer up! Oh wait… I did wear a costume to a party, and I didn’t have to wear a coat. It was wonderful to not look like the kid from A Christmas Story who can’t move because of all the layers! (more…)

Becoming a Red Octopus

I don’t generally get into celebrating Halloween. But this year I was invited to a bonfire party with the single’s group that I just started getting involved with. And since dressing up was part of the contests for the evening, I decided that I better not be a party-pooper.

Now that I had decided I was going to follow through with this plan, I had to come up with a really great costume idea. I started perusing all of the websites, looking for a costume that I could reproduce. After a few hours of getting frustrated by the uncreative, cheap-looking, or just down-right prostitute-ish costumes, I gave up and started thinking about what I had with me here in Tennessee that I could use. Unfortunately many of the things I would usually use for a costume were back in IL.

I had the idea to dress up as Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s – all I’d need was a black dress, pearls, and the cigarette holder… but my black dress was in IL as well. And since our party was to be outside, I didn’t think that that would be conducive to games or being around a bonfire. Definitely did not want my little black dress smelling of smoke! Yuck! (more…)

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