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Christmas Bells...

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(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), 1867)
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.


I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.


And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."


Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."


Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!
On Christmas day, 1864, the beloved poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow received word that his son, a soldier in the Civil War, had been wounded. Just two years before, Henry had lost his wife in a fire. As this dev…

Fast December Thoughts...

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Ready? These thoughts have to be fast because there is so much to do. Cooking, visiting, shopping, traveling, singing, sleeping, volunteering, etc. I also have a good book I need to read at the end of all of the fast a furious stuff. So here goes... Ky at the Canton Trade Days a few weeks ago. She is so much fun. The sisters on the Canton Square. 
I don't have any blood sisters but these are even better.
They are truly my sisters in every way.
Most importantly my sister's in Christ. So very thankful I am.
Broccoli and cabbage we harvested out of our little garden yesterday before the hard freeze. I covered the plants up in hope of saving the hundreds of tomatoes that are trying to ripen. We will see if they made it to see another warm day.
I am so hoping that they did.
Have you driven around to see the Christmas lights?
So fun! I love this yard.
 Can't wait to see this in my mama's house.
I wish you four boys a great Christmas and good luck on your finals!
They …

Growing Grateful Kids -Christmas Thoughts...

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7 Ways to have more Grateful Kids this Christmas :

(By- Ann Voskamp- http://www.aholyexperience.com/)

1. A “Gifts We Already Have List”

Hang a long paper on a wall or on the fridge or back of door. Fill that list up before Christmas — with all the countless ways God blesses you all as a family. Count 1000 (or a bit more or less) of the gifts you already have this Christmas!

2. Thanks Mob the neighborhood

Set out a basket of Thank you postcards and leave a pen and stamps in the basket. Add a stash of chocolate bars. See if you can empty the thank-you card basket, accompanied by chocolate bars, by Christmas — a thank-you card and chocolate bar for the postman, the garbage collector, folks at the hair salon, the crossing guard, the church janitor.

3. Love-in for a Shut-In

Adopt a shut-in this Advent. One person who is home bound or elderly or in a nursing home — and have the kids think of one thing they can do for that shut-in face to face over Advent. Sing Christmas carols with them one e…