Happy New Year 2019!

It’s been a very quiet New Year’s Eve at our house — we’ve just been sitting around watching a marathon of “Reno 911” on the Comedy Channel and playing with the cats. It’s been an icy mix of snow and rain tonight, so it’s a good thing not to be on the roads.

I am really hopeful for the upcoming year — I think it’s going to be a great one, with big changes. Of course, life will always throw a curve ball or two, but I feel more confident that I can handle them now.

To everyone who is reading this, I wish you a safe and happy 2019. May you experience God’s blessings to the fullest!

XoOXOOXoOXox

Christine

Merry Christmas

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Madonna and Child

Marianne Stokes

I’m wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, filled with Love, light and many blessings!

XoOXOXoXOxo

Christine

Wordless Wednesday

“Wordless Wednesday” is a visual blogosphere phenomenon. It is a simple blog post featuring an image which conveys a message that speaks for itself without using words. I’m linking this post to Wordless Wednesday. You may go there and find many more links for other bloggers who are participating in the meme.

If you’d like to leave a comment, please click on the title of this post and it will take to you an individual entry page where you may do so. Here is my submission for this week:

Ho Ho Ho! Isn’t he just about the cutest Santa Claus you’ve ever seen? I think he’s adorable.

I hope your week-before-Christmas is going well. I’m busy baking, wrapping gifts, and shipping packages. Just about done! =Whew!=

More again soon my friends,

XoOXOOXox

Christine

On This Day

Today I am thinking of friends and family, near and far, and wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday. Here is a nice little prayer to recite over your Thanksgiving dinner, if you like. It’s short and sweet, yet very complete.

O Heavenly Father:
We thank You for food and remember the hungry.
We thank You for health and remember the sick.
We thank You for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank You for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service,
That Your gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.

I wish many blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving Day! More again soon, my friends.

XoOXOxOXox ~

Christine

Shhhhhh…

Look what arrived in the today’s post — she’s a Christmas gift for someone special! Fortunately the bear’s recipient doesn’t read my blog, so it’s going to be a surprise.

This artisan bear is a handmade, one-of-a-kind and comes all the way from Kyiv, Ukraine. The creator is Alla Sheremetyeva — and she has an Etsy shop if you are interested in purchasing a unique bear, too!

This is the second bear that I have purchased from Alla and I can attest to the high-quality and old-world craftsmanship of her teddies. Go to Allateddytoys and look at all of the cuteness.

Hehe. It’s starting to feel Christmas-y around here…

XoXOxOXox ~

Christine

With Heartfelt Thanks

“On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.” — Dan Lipinski

Have a blessed day, my friends.

XOXoOXoxoX ~
Christine

Weekend Catch All

Not too much going on right now, so this post is going to be a collection of bits and pieces of things that happened this past week. Here we go…

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Are you in the mood to treat yourself to something nice? If you are in the market for shiny little jewelry items, have I got a deal for you! Lisa Leonard Designs is having a 30% off sale on EVERYTHING site-wide! She’s calling it her “Bigger Than Black Friday” sale. I tell you, I could not resist — I bought myself a dainty 14kt gold stacking ring with a tiny blue sapphire in it. It’s so cute, I can’t wait to get it.

The sale just started but I don’t know how long it will last — so if you are interested, you better hop to it!


The first dusting of snow this week has me thinking of the holidays. We’ve made the decision not to put up a Christmas tree this year because of the kitten, Zoe. We *know* that she wouldn’t be able to leave it alone — she’s just that kind of cat. She’s the 6th cat we’ve had and the wildest, most curious one so far.

None of our other cats even thought about messing with the tree. The most they would do is drink the water out of the tree base. Zoe, on the other hand, would be biting light wires, knocking down ornaments and climbing her way to the top the very first day. It’s best that we sit this one out and hope that by next Christmas she won’t be so rambunctious.

Don’t let her innocent face fool you. She’s a little pistol!


Friends, I don’t know how to say it gently, so I’ll just spit it out: My Chicago Blackhawks are sucking the pipe so far this season. We’re 6-7-3 right now and I don’t see things getting better for a while.

This week there was a major shake up in the staff as head coach Joel Quenneville was let go. He was replaced by Jeremy Colliton, who at 33 is the youngest head coach in the NHL today. There is hopeful talk going around that Colliton will be able to relate better to the younger players on the team and light a fire under their asses to get them moving.

I suggest he starts with the defense, because it’s very, very weak. Right now it’s just brutal to be a die-hard fan and watch them play.


Alright, kids, that’s all for now. I hope your weekend is fun and you get to do some things that you love. I’ll write again soon.

XoXOOXOox ~

Christine