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The Most Wonderful Time?

Can I just say, I’m sick of COVID? Can I get an amen?

I don’t know how Thanksgiving looked at your house, but mine looked extremely different from the way it usually does. My brother has tested positive for COVID, so there was no yearly trek out to East Texas. My mom needed to stay safe in her assisted living facility, so there was no interaction with our matriarch. With the disease on the rise, we decided against a large family party and missed seeing our newest cousin. And three members of my family are sick (including my precious daughter Sparkle), quarantining, and had to spend the holiday all alone. 

But God is good. In fact, the sickest member of my family (well, I’m claiming him) said that very thing to me the other night between coughs as I spoke to him on my daughter’s speakerphone. Instead of a large gathering, Sweet Hubby, Spunky, and I visited my son who begged to host. His downstairs is large and open, giving us all plenty of room to eat without facing one another and spread out to watch the football games. Precious redhead and her hubs drove in from Atlanta and stayed with my son, as well. The seven of us kept our masks on and the windows open, but still laughed, joked, talked. And we were grateful for the time we had together. Grateful for the Zoom call a few days later that collected ALL of our family, even those who at that point were recuperating. God is indeed good! 

Our typical crew for Sunday nights. Many of us usually chat on Saturday nights, too.

Adjusting my plans for Thanksgiving made me shed a few tears, especially missing Sparkle, but it was only a day. And we’ve already declared a secondary Thanksgiving Day in February. Maybe by then, my mom will get to join us! My brother has since tested negative and his minor symptoms have disappeared – YEA! Sparkle only had seasonal allergies, but rested well during the weekend to fight off anything that might attack. And I got to do a plexiglass meeting with my mom. She’s having such a great time in her new place – so many events and people that she interacts with all the time – there wasn’t even a reason to bring up the Thanksgiving plans that had to change.  

And God is good! Because even if in February we still can’t get together, God is good for planting His seed of love and hope in the hearts of all my family members! We’ll spend eternity having one Thanksgiving party after another. How cool is that?!

In the bleakest hours, His star shines in the east. His light comes into the world. Hope rises and abounds at the name of Jesus! Yes, this is the most wonderful time!

May your December be blessed! May your family stay safe! May your spirits stay up! May your glasses stay rosy! ~Philippians 4:8


Book Review – Grudges Not Included (Guest Blogger)

Have I mentioned how much I love novellas? Well, I’m not the only one. Today Precious Redhead is sharing her take on the seasonal story, Grudges Not Included by Shellie Neumeier. And you can find all of my reviews in the For Readers SectionContinue reading


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Review Polar Bear Plunge by Linda Glaz

Facing a four-hour trip home from my in-law’s house in Oklahoma, I could listen to my sweet hubby scan through radio stations, I could sketch yet more notes for the story I’m rewriting, or I could find a book on my Kindle. Well, even though I’m from Texas, I really don’t like country-western music and I knew that’s what hubby sought – or football. Ick. And despite my enthusiasm over rewriting my story, I’ve noted the tar out of it. Poised to write, my laptop battery didn’t have enough charge for me to get anywhere. So I opened my Kindle and looked for a new read.

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You’ll See, or Hear, the Truth to My Claim

I’m so flattered that Lena Nelson Dooley asked me to join her on her internet radio show! I’m so excited and you’ll get a chance to hear for yourself just how much of a hick I am when you listen to the recording!

Did I ever tell you about my trip to Mexico a couple of decades ago? Oh, that’s a story!

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Top Ten Christmas Memories

Dear Boy and His Uncle Bubba

10 The memory that I penned for Write Integrity Press about the year just before Sweet Hubby and I got married. We traveled through four states that year and Christmased in three of them! You can read the article HERE!

9 One year my brother and I got my mom an antique piano and on Christmas day, we did a scavenger hunt for her all over East Texas to help her find her gift.

8 And then there was the year that I got my brother a rubber chicken with Christmas ornaments hanging out of its ears. (Do chickens even have ears?) That one event established a tradition for every year. I work at finding a goofy gift to go with my brother’s personality. Last year it was a dancing snowman and they year before that, I found a Santa that shouted “Smelly Christmas” and then tooted Jingle Bells. Perfect for his humor! Ha!

Two From Galilee - The First Noel7 This year’s production of Two From Galilee was an amazing event. This year will definitely go high in my memory archives.

6 One of the craziest memories of a Christmas was the year we got my dog, Marcie, from “Santa.” A sweet, almost three-year-old beagle, she didn’t seem tall enough to get to my table. Until I found her nose deep in my cheesecake ball after our lunch.

5 I loved the year that I announced the birth of my twins, of course, I didn’t know they were twins at that point. I gave my dad a package with a diaper (yes, clean) inside. Then sat there and snapped pictures while the truth dawned on him.

4 That reminds me of the Christmas party when I told my mom about that pregnancy. At the party, we had the waiter bring her a baby bottle as all the other drinks were being delivered.

Frosty at the Gaylord Texan3 Then there was the Christmas when my son got his bicycle and my daughter got skates. Sweet hubby, nephew, and I all got skates as well, so we all walked out to the park behind our house and spent the afternoon rolling around, falling, and laughing.

2 Jelly jars! My sweet hubby’s most embarrassing Christmas came when my mom invited one of her friends to our celebration. Sweet Hubby spent a couple of weeks perfecting homemade jam and even picked out cute Christmas glasses to give them in. (He’s a farmboy married to a city girl. What can I say?) So when our guest opened her gift, he explained that he hadn’t wanted to use boring jelly jars for the gift. The next thing he opened … can you guess? Yes, our guest had also made jam, but in “boring jelly jars.”

1 And our guest didn’t let Sweet Hubby forget it! My number 1 memory came the next year when she celebrated with us again. She made a point to leave notes on all of her gift containers like, “Nothing boring about a PopTart box!” My Sweet Hubby’s ears reddened both years!


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Christmas Wishes

I hope you’ve been enjoying The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt! I’m loving it! And I’m LOVING learning about these wonderful authors! Have you seen their articles at Write Integrity Press? Amazing recipes! (Even I have been tempted to don an apron!) And peeking into their favorite Christmas memories has been a delight. Not to mention all of the articles, tips, pics, and recipes at the Magnificent Hope Christmas Party. Along those lines, I have something new to share with you!

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The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt – Chapter 5, Part 2

This is the second section of my chapter. If you have missed any of The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt, by all means use the links at the right column to catch up! You don’t want to skip a word of this!

Read Chapter Five Part One by Marji Laine here.

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Bringing a Sacrifice of Praise

Dinks at endAfter weeks of preparation, opening night for “Two From Galilee” is tomorrow. What a delight this whole experience has been. Not only have I gotten to work with REMARKABLE people, I’ve gotten to share the whole thing with my girls. That makes for an extraordinary Christmas! Continue reading


It’s CHRISTMAS TIME!

I always have to get past my sweet hubby’s birthday on the first before I really feel it! But he deserves a day of his own that isn’t connected to the following holiday. (I’ve always done the same thing for my son who celebrates on October 26th.) Now I need to brag a bit before I move on, because this wonderful guy has changed so much (only on the outside, thank goodness, ’cause he’s always been awesome on the inside) in the past year. I’ve got a great before and after pics. Continue reading