I Fooled Santa

December 28, 2013

When Santa was checking his naughty and nice list. He either wasn’t watching me that closely or cut me a lot of slack. It has been wonderful. My entire family was here. Both of my daughter and hubbies, PLUS all three of my beautiful little grand daughters, my little princess. What more could I possibly have asked for.

Received some wonderful gifts no doubt about that and I do thank all.

Now though there were in fact 6 very special gifts that I admit in my heart rose above the others, each in turn just melted my heart. Each of the girls presented me with 2 Christmas tree ornaments. The first one was one of the plain glass ball type ornaments. Each was personalized as they each decorated there own with paint and glitter. They are beautiful each in their own way. They will remain among my most treasure possessions.

Now I can’t remember exactly how this started. About a week ago I was Face Timing with Billie, Sage and Emery. It must have come up that that when mummy (Billie) and Auntie Shauna were young I often allowed them to put polish on my nails. Well the girls were all over that, excited about putting nail polish on Grandpa. The day arrived any yes my nails had polish put on them. To be fair 8 year old Sage and 5 year old Emery alternated fingers. The finished product looked so good I had to have a picture. I had planned on even posting it here. Computer guy here can’t figure out how to do it.
You have to know the hug stealing game was was on. According to the official score keepers I am sure I lost the game, I came away such a big winner. Life is good


December 25, 2013

To all I wish a very Merry Christmas. Please remember the true meaning of this day. Use it as a time to appreciate what we have. Use it as a time to reflect back on the wonders of Christmas’s past.

My wish for all is for both today and throughout the New Year ahead:

“May the very best day in your past be not nearly as good as the worst day in your future”

Merry Christmas

Vi and Bill

Christmas Cheer/Stress

December 22, 2013

Now this may be just the way I see things going on around me and I could be wrong. It is just that it seems to me the Christmas season is becoming more and more frantic, more and more stressful. I am not trying to say this applies to all but to most to some degree at least.

I have even heard a few comments along the line of “I just can’t wait to get it over with”. I hear that and just think how sad is that. For many it seems the holiday spirit, the loving joy associated with this time of the year has been replaced by the stress, the worry about buying just the right gifts and fighting through the massive crowds at the malls. For some they will be hosting a joyous, loving family gathering. Wow, then there is the added pressure of all the cooking, the pressure of making the meal the perfect Christmas feast.

For so many the days, weeks or even months leading up to Christmas become such a frantic “panic”, we are to exhausted to even enjoy and appreciate the time. The big day comes and in the blink of an eye it is gone for another year. No wonder some are left wondering was it all even worth all the effort?
My simple thought is NO, it is not worth the stress, the effort and particularly the expense we put ourselves through.
First off we are missing the whole point of the season. It is to celebrate a special birth, that is a big deal to me and I will be writing about that. But, that is not the purpose of this post.
I am thinking of the gift giving. There are times when the best gift is a no brainer but usually not. Now suppose you knew a spouse a sibling or really anyone was stressed, exhausted out searching for that perfect gift for you. What are you likely to tell that person: “relax, don’t sweat it, anything is fine.” Do you think they may feel the same way about you getting all stress.
I could ramble on here forever but need my nap

Funeral/memorial Service

December 22, 2013

Several months ago I wrote of the passing of my dear cousin Joe. For very understandable family reasons his Memorial service was delayed until this past Friday. Physical distance prevented us from attending. Speaking to other family I am told it was a beautiful memorial befitting the man Joe was.

I ask for prayers please for the family as they head into this first Christmas without him. Personally, I believe that while he now resides in Heaven, there is someway in which his Spirit will be with the family. Knowing Joe, even while in Heavenly form, he will be beside himself trying to provide comfort and support.

Merry Christmas Joe, you are so missed

Being a grandpa is wonderful

December 16, 2013

I really can’t speak highly enough of the wonders of being a grandpa. They just bring such joy to the heart. i had been talking to my daughter Shauna now as it turned out last weekend they were having a Church Christmas party. Now somewhere in that conversation it came up that possibly granny Vi and grandpa could come for the weekend and babysit young Princess Malieka. We were all over that like white on rice. Took a little rescheduling, Vi’s doctors appointment on Monday but we were off. Normally, I am not a big fan of being out on the highway when temps are in the -30’s and 40’s but there are times when you just have to do what you have to do. This was one of them. A chance to spend time with the little princess takes president over all. We were so happy and excited about the idea, Nothing was getting in our way. Had a great time with Shauna and Jake. I won’t tell them but it was the little Princess that stole the show.

The skin on her cheeks and forehead may have even been worn a little thin from all the kisses. There was a lot of hugging going on. She is a little to young to understand the hug stealing game, hey that doesn’t stop us.

Shauna and Jake, thank you for the wonderful hospitality and for sharing time with the little Princess

My Birthday

December 14, 2013

Well another birthday has come and gone. I am sure it was a wonderful day, I slept through most of it. Morning nap, long afternoon nap and then early to bed. The parts of the day I saw were really good. Lynelle (stepdaughter) came in with Sadie and Seth. Having young kids around just brightens any occasion.

The kids and I have a hug stealing game going on. Catch the other off guard and steal a hug. Poppa here likes this game. I feel like a winner no matter which way the “stealing” goes. Any game has to have rules. Ours are simple. Hugs can be stolen at any time except if you are in your bedroom, the bathroom or at the table eating. Score keeping, keeping track of who has stolen the most hugs, is left in their hands. How those records are calculated can sometimes be a little mystifying, to the point it is a fore drawn conclusion that based on their reported scores I am destined to loose badly. With all those hugs going on I can’t help but feel the winner

It’s my birthday – looking for gifts

December 13, 2013

Here it is my birthday. I never imagined or saw myself reaching this milestone. It is but by the grace of God that I am still here. I don’t have the words to express my feelings of gratitude. I am here with a reasonable quality of life, enjoying life and appreciating every moment of it. Doctors have but written me off so many times I can’t help but feel the Hand of God must be at play here. For which I daily say a prayer of thanks.

it is 10 years ago, I got the words: “two years if I was lucky” and here I am. I am a very strong believer in the power of prayer. Over this blogging time prayers have been for me all over the world. I do thank all for each and every prayer, it has and still does mean a lot to me. I know those prayers were /are heard.

As has become what I suppose you could call my birthday tradition here on the blog I have flat out asked for gifts to help me celebrate. Here I am at it again.

What gifts am I looking for. Random acts of kindness. The size of the act doesn’t matter, for whom it is done doesn’t matter. All that matters is that we take but a few minutes, even a few seconds out of our day to do a random act of kindness for another. The only thing that matters is that it comes from the goodness, the loving kindness contained within our hearts. We are not looking for any sort of recognition or reward.

Should our act be noticed we accept no reward or compensation other than we request it be passed on.

it is my hope many will leave comments for me here, telling me of what you did. It will not be seem as bragging, boastful or any such but instead more as encouragement for others to join in. Share ideas of even the smallest things that can be done. Who is to know what we see as a insignificant act may have a much larger impact on the receiver of our act than we can image. Please