Monday, December 11, 2006
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...all around the house! This is a lovely picture my sweet brother Duane e-mailed me. He thought I might be able to share it with you all and I agree!
We had the oddest experience the other day. Just the two of us had offered to go up to my Mom's church and run the dishwasher for them. Mom and one other lady had cooked Chicken Tetrazini dinners for over 100 people and the lady that usually does the dishes was really sick. Well here is the weird part and it still has me creeped out a bit when I think of it.
We were just about to get on I-75 North when Dennis miraculously swerved having seen that the cars had come to a dead stop and weren't even budging. He drove further down the road and took a right and then a left and it was unbelievable...never in my life had I seen cars dead stopped on every major road we came across. It reminded me of "Left Behind". It was as if the world was semi frozen. It ended up taking us 2 hours and fifteen minutes to get to the church, where it usually takes us 45 minutes!!!
Sadly, we missed the whole dinner, the clean up, well I washed one pan, "oh boy". The kids from one of the Sunday school classes were throwing huge wads of paper at each other and were acting rather rambunctious. I couldn't stand it any more I asked the Sunday school teacher "what are they playing"? She said, "they are having a Floridian snowball fight"! Ha! Ha! They fed over 125 people before they stopped counting. My Mom looked exhausted, we felt like we let them down, but when you're caught in traffic you are caught in traffic. Mom gave us oodles of leftovers to take home and at least we got to help her carry in several boxes of her Christmas decorations from the garage to the house to save her a few steps.
It's been over a couple of weeks now that just one of our cars has been working, so Dennis has been taking my car to work. It is fine an all, accept that I have been itching to do a little Christmas shopping. I love shopping for loved ones. I love anticipating the expressions on their faces. I love sewing seeds, because when you give you receive!
Everyone and their Uncle has offered to take me out! It has been great! Even my neighbor Barb across the street had a wonderful time together. My DIL Renee offered but she wanted to go out the one and only day off, my hubby has off this month, which was today! Dennis and I had a blast! We found touching personal gifts for our folks that come from Bethlehem. We had other gifts personalized so they really are special, and come from the heart. We picked up our son Terrence and took him out to Cracker Barrel on his break. Everything is sentimental and should mean a lot to everyone. I am giddy with anticipation!
Lastly, we called and asked if we could stop by the folks house and to see our BIL Jeremy, my hubby's sister, Cindi visiting from Wisconsin, and their two adorable little boys Josiah, 3 and Zachary, 15 months! It was the cutest thing ever, when Josiah was counting his seashells for Uncle Dennis on the armchair; little Jo Jo said, "one, two, three, four". Uncle Dennis said, "Good Jo Jo, can you count them backwards now"? Jo Jo said, "yes", and then he moved the shells one at a time toward the back of the armchair and as he moved them back he counted. "one, two, three, four. lol He got Uncle Dennis good for a 3 year old! lol
I love that Pastor Joel Osteen says, as Christians we sew seeds everyday by putting others first and even when we are not in a position to help. When we do reach out and make other peoples dreams come true; find a way to help out someone else who is in need, the seeds we sew come back to help us.
So, it's just the two of us frolicking around the house full of cute little Christmas decorations and challenging you to put someone else first, reach out and help someone else, plant a seed...