Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The New Year is Upon Us

Hard to believe it's almost 2017.  So much has happened in the last year, the last several years.

What do you reflect on coming into the new year?  Do you think about love ones lost, things not done, or do you look forward to what the new year will bring you?

Something I discovered in losing my husband is that life is short, time is fleeting and we only get one go around.  Don't put off things you want to do, experiences you want to have.  I went to England and Scotland this year!  I have always wanted to go and I am planning another trip.  I want to go back.  I want to go see my eldest daughter in the new year.  I haven't gotten to hug her in a year.  I also want to go to Florida and just spend the day at the beach, doing nothing but watching the birds and listening to the waves.  I anticipate what will come, what will bring me joy.  No more putting off til tomorrow what can be done today.  I'm going to live life to it's fullest and not regret anything!

My motto for the year is Go Forth, Explore, and Enjoy Every Moment!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

What is Christmas?

History will tell you that the Catholic Church took the pagan holiday of the winter festival and gave it Christian meaning to  convert the pagans to Christianity.  And that is true.  There are a few tantalizing hints in the Bible as to when Christ was born but nothing for certain.  It definitely wasn't on the 25th of December.  But we adapted the holiday as the Catholic Church wished.  There are so many reasons people celebrate Christmas.  Believers and non believers celebrate but do people honestly know what they are celebrating?  Christmas is based in Christ; if you take Christ out of everything and you are not a believer, then why do you celebrate Christmas?  I know since I have been a child Christmas has become so commercialized. It's all about money, spending money, making money, who can give the best, make fun of who gives the least.  In this time of rejoicing I think we need to reflect what the meaning of Christmas is supposed to be about and remember the ultimate gift that was given.  God gave His Son for us.  Christ was God's gift to us; how many do you know that would give up their son for you?

It is a shame and breaks my heart that you cannot go around and say Merry Christmas without offending someone.  But, I don't care if I offend, it is what it is and it is a holiday created to celebrate the Christ and I for one am glad that He was given for me.  So ...

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!

I hope that you think back on what is important and meaningful to you.  Loved ones, with and far from you, Those that have gone from you.  Friends.  The heart of Christmas was a gift but not a shiny, expensive, colourful gift, it was a gift born in a manger sleeping where cows and sheep slept.
Simple gifts, gifts of love, gifts of sacrifice, gifts of time those are things remembered more than anything.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lagging Again

So sorry for my absence.  So much to tell and so little time I have had.  I will get back to posting pictures of my honeymoon at a later date.  I have not had time to do that lately.

The reason for my silence is that I have started a new job.  I was unhappy in my last position and when a former employer called me up and asked me if I wanted my old job back, I jumped on it.  I have been getting up to speed in the office and learning the things that have been changed and generally enjoying my new position.  The work taxes my brain some days but I am so enjoying it!  I can get up and move around, take a break and walk away from my computer and I have the ability to set my own hours, within reason.  I am taking off Friday to do some Christmas baking/candy making and will come in Saturday and work instead.  After being confined to a desk and not given the freedom to move about at will and take breaks when needed has stifled me.  I work hard and put my time in and get my work done and that's what matters.  I have to drive a bit farther to work but, that's ok.  To have a job that I love and enjoy coming to is so lovely.

I have been very busy knitting!  I have finished a cancer cap for a friend going through chemo, finished another hat and an ear warmer for a friend's daughter, I have finished a scarf-it needs blocked- and I started a cowl for myself and am almost finished with a sweater for my lovely husband.

I do a lot of thinking on my commute every day and was thinking about the lessons I've learned in the past few years and the things that I that matter to me.  I don't know where I would be without my faith, and I don't know how people with no faith survive what I have.  I can see why so many turn to other things to relieve their suffering because they don't have the Lord to lean on.  I wish I could teach people what I learned about marriage and about "death do us part".  I see so many young people that move in together, and don't get married, going into the relationship with the idea if it doesn't work out I'll just leave.  Makes for lonely people that continue to do that because they cannot fill the hole within themselves.  Having faith and having a relationship and the bond of marriage make a difference.  It's not based in mutual lust, it's based on love, and the mutual caring of one another.  Marriage is where you put yourself aside and put someone else ahead of you.  When you have two adults that go into marriage with this attitude, it makes for a wonderful marriage and a happy life.  Marriage is hard, even for the best of us but, when you are dedicated and willing to make it work, it can be what it is supposed to be:  a safe haven from the crazy world, a place of refuge and relief and where you can be held and hold one another through difficult times.  I don't know how we as a culture have gotten away from this and it makes me sad to think people are out there not experiencing what I have experienced.  We need to teach our young people what relationships are really like and why marriage is important.

Ok, off my soap box for today.

Have a blessed day!