Monday, December 14, 2009

The 12 Days of Christmas - John Denver & The Muppets

This is a story by Red Skelton that I grew up listening too. It is touching and hilarious all at the same time. It will capture your heart. So, gather the children up and enjoy....

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Littlest Christmas Tree by Red Skelton

This is a story by Red Skelton that I grew up listening too. It is touching and hilarious all at the same time. It will capture your heart. So, gather the children up and enjoy....

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Carol of the Fryers (Manger Miracle)

Please be sure you listen to this all the way'll need a hanky...reminds us of what Christmas is all about.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

All I Want For Christmas

You haven't heard this song unless you've heard Spike Jones' version!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Santa & His Reindeer Sing White Christmas

This is just TOO funny! It will put a smile on your face. Santa's "Elvis" leg absolutely cracks me up! Enjoy! Click on the link below!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Alvin & The Chipmunks - The Chipmunk Song

Who hasn't grown up with this song? Got a great video here from the original cartoon. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Lights to start the Season

You know, I think I could wake up better in the morning is I got to hear this! Here's to the start of the 25 Days of Christmas - for the next 25 days, there will be Christmas related things on my blog...enjoy!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Christmas Geese

Aside from the Bible itself, this is one of the most powerful ways I've heard the Christmas story told, not about the birth of Christ so much as WHY Christ came to earth as a baby to save us all. I do not know who wrote this, but I know that God has used this story to explain the meaning of Christmas. I hope you will share the story below with everyone in your life who you want to share the Gospel with, in a modern day way.

The Christmas Geese

There was once a man who didn't believe in God, and he didn't hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays like Christmas. His wife, however, did believe and she raised their children to also have faith in God and Jesus, despite his disparaging comments.

One snowy Christmas Eve his wife was taking their children to a Christmas Eve service in the farm community in which they lived. She asked him to come but he refused.

"That story is nonsense!" he said. "Why would God lower Himself to come to Earth as a man? That's just ridiculous!" Disappointed, she and the children left and he stayed home.

A while later, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blizzard. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was a blinding snowstorm. He sat down to relax in front of the fire for the evening. Suddenly he heard a loud thump. Something had hit the window. Then another thump. He looked out, but couldn't see more than a few feet.

When the snow let up a little, he ventured outside to see what could have been beating on his window. In the field near his house he saw a flock of wild geese. Apparently they had been flying south for the winter when they got caught in the snowstorm and couldn't go on. They were lost and stranded on his farm, with no food or shelter. They just flapped their wings and flew around the field in low circles, blindly and aimlessly. A couple of them had flown into his window, it seemed.

The man felt sorry for the geese and wanted to help them. The barn would be a great place for them to stay, he thought. It's warm and safe; surely they could spend the night and wait out the storm. So he walked over to the barn and opened the doors wide, then watched and waited, hoping they would notice the open barn and go inside.

The geese just fluttered around aimlessly and didn't seem to notice the barn or realize what it could mean for them. The man tried to get their attention, but that just seemed to scare them and they moved further away. He went into the house and came back out with some bread, broke it up and made a breadcrumbs trail leading to the barn, but they still didn't catch on.

Now he was getting frustrated. He got behind them and tried to shoo them toward the barn, but they only got more scared and scattered in every direction EXCEPT toward the barn. Nothing he did could get them to go into the barn where they would be warm and safe.

"Why don't they follow me?!" he exclaimed. "Can't they see this is the only place where they can survive the storm?" He thought for a moment and realized that they just wouldn't follow a human.

"If only I were a goose, then I could save them," he said out loud.

Then he had an idea. He went into barn, got one of his own geese, and carried it in his arms as he circled around behind the flock of wild geese. He then released it. His goose flew through the flock and straight into the barn - and one by one the other geese followed it to safety!

He stood silently for a moment as the words he had spoken a few minutes earlier replayed in his mind: "If only I were a goose, then I could save them!" Then he thought about what he had said to his wife earlier. "Why would God want to be like us? That's just ridiculous!"

Suddenly it all made sense. That is exactly what God had done. We were like the geese - blind, lost and perishing. God had His Son become like us so He could show us the way and save us. That was the meaning of Christmas, he realized!

As the winds and blinding snow died down, his soul became quiet and pondered this wonderful thought. Suddenly he understood what Christmas was all about, why Christ had come.

Years of doubt and disbelief vanished like the passing storm. He fell to his knees in the snow, and prayed his first prayer: "Thank You, God, for coming in human form
to get me out of the storm!"

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

My First Christmas In Heaven

There is nothing like a Holiday to emphasize the gaping hole in our lives from a loved one who has passed away. I cannot comprehend how anyone goes through a death without Jesus Christ and the hope of eternity. Having lost my mom last year, it is because I know my mom knew Jesus, that I am able to go through each day of missing her, knowing that each day is one day closer to seeing her again. And, on that day that we are reunited, we will rejoice that there will never be another separation.......ever.

I know there are others of you who will read this today, having been through your own losses this year. People I may never meet, but who understand the pain of missing someone this Christmas. I do not know who wrote this poem below, but I pray that it will soothe, as a bandaid on your aching heart. Someday, we will all be reunited and I am looking forward to that day with great anticipation and the hope of all eternity.

My First Christmas in Heaven

I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below
With tiny lights, like Heaven's stars, reflecting on the snow
The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away the tear
For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear
But the music there cannot compare with the Christmas choir here.
I have no words to tell you the joy their voices bring,
For it's beyond description to hear the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me; the pain inside your heart.
But I am not so far away, we really aren't apart.
So please be happy for me, you know I hold you dear.
Be glad I'm spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I sent to you a special gift, from my heavenly home above.
I sent to you a memory of my undying love.
For love is a gift more precious than the purest, finest gold.
It was always most important in the stories Jesus told.

Please love and keep each other as our Father said to do.
For I can't count the blessings or love he has for you.
So have a Merry Christmas and wipe away that tear.
Remember, I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Holiday Survival Kit

Wondering how you're going to get through Christmas this year? The reason this is so funny is because probably most of us can relate to it! Enjoy!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Letter From Jesus

(I do not know who wrote this, but it is brilliant. If we followed this, we could probably turn this whole world around.)

A Letter From Jesus Christ, concerning His birthday celebration.

Dear children,

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. Maybe you've forgotten that I wasn't actually born during this time of the year and that it was some of your predecessors who decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually a time of pagan festival. Although I do appreciate being remembered anytime.

How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate my birth just, GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER. Now, having said that let me go on.

If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can & may remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching explaining who I am in relation to you & what each of our tasks were. If you have forgot that one, look up John 15: 1 - 8.

If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it.

1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.

2.Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

3.Instead of writing George complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up. It will be nice hearing from you again.

4.Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.

5.Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.

6.Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile it could make the difference. Also, you might consider supporting the local Hot-Line: they talk with people like that every day.

7.Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families.

8.If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary, especially one who takes My love & Good News to those who have never heard My name. You may already know someone like that.

9.Here's a good one. There are individuals & whole families in your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them (and I suspect you don't) buy some food & a few gifts & give them to the Marines, the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me & they will make the delivery for you.

10.Finally if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.

P.S Don't forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me & do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above & get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember,


Friday, December 19, 2008

A Cat's Christmas - Tree Decorating 101

I have no idea whose cats these are, but they have been a big hit at if you like cats, this site is for you!

Tree Decorating 101 - A Cat's Christmas

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Elvis Presley & Martina McBride - Blue Christmas

Ahhhhhh, technology. Here we have Martina McBride singing Blue Christmas with Elvis. I don't know how they did it exactly but it looks very real and I think she did an awesome job creating this video, so enjoy!
Blue Christmas

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Carol Game

Here's a game you can print out and play with your family! This is a game of "Guess the Christmas Carol" by looking at the pictures. You could print out enough copies for all the players, then set a timer to guess all the carols. Once the timer goes off, then you can look at the bottom of the page to see the answers and decide who won! You can even split into 2 teams! Don't Cheat!!! Have fun!
Guess the Christmas Carol!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Animals "Do One Thing" video - CUTE!

This is great! You won't get through this with a straight face. The song and animals are cute, but the message is very serious. It's about taking care of nature for the animals and you can find out more about the "Do One Thing" project right here. Enjoy this video!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Santa's Jigsaw Puzzle

If you've got little kids, they'll enjoy putting this puzzle together! If you don't have little kids, let your inner child enjoy this!
Santa's Jigsaw Puzzle!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - Free Books!

This is a really great site for free books - this works a little differently than just downloading a book. For those of you who listen to Podcasts on iTunes, this is sorta like that - you subscribe to the book and each day you can get a new (or more) chapter of a book. This, I'm guessing is why the books are free - podcasts are free. If you don't want to just listen to a chapter a day - then just subscribe to the book, get your chapter a day, and then once all the chapters are downloaded to iTunes, put the whole book on your iPod and there you go! Check it out, and enjoy!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Teddy, Football Star

My nephew played his last game of the season last week. He did a great job! He did not get to start with the team this year, but I can't wait to watch him next year after he's gotten to practice with everyone!

Thursday, October 23, 2008


This picture does not do justice to what the sky looked like from my office last night. We were under a tornado warning and I was a little nervous about leaving work since I live so far but it was already 7:00p so I prayed a quick prayer for safety and headed out. When I got home (safely), it was windy and chilly - now, those of you who know me well know that on June 1st of every year I start praying for windy and chilly and ask God to just warp me into October. So, I was ecstatic last night and decided to walk Sadie around the neighborhood. My niece, Terah, joined me which was great so I could catch up on what's going on with her! Loved it! Fall is coming!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Printer Divas

Last night my one of my co-workers tried to print something and it jammed. It was quite an ordeal after that. We were all trying to figure out where the paper jam was and we were all offering to hit the printer with a sledge hammer or throw it out the window! One of my co-workers, Ashley, wrote a cute little story about it and took a picture with her phone. I am posting it because it is hilarious! Enjoy!

"We've all experienced it. You push "Enter" and run for the printer to stroke it gently as it calibrates and prepares to print your labels. You've made it through a tough day and had to stay an extra hour just to have the printer all to yourself. While the other MKCSO folks are at the local watering hole drinking their day away, you are staring with fingers crossed at a very heavy piece of machinery who holds your every happiness in its manual tray.

Suddenly, a beep. NOOOOOOOO! You've heard it before...surely it can't be that big of a deal.

As you open and close every single door and latch on the contraption, another co-worker comes to offer her sage advice: "Just kick it!" As unhelpful as that is, you agree. The first kick gets you no where so you scream and begin to re-open and re-close every single door and latch on the dang thing.

Another co-worker hears the commotion and offers more advice: "Throw it out the darn window!" Again, not so helpful. The fourth co-worker (and by far the best looking) calls the "Help" Desk - please notice placement of quotation marks.

So there you are kicking, screaming, opening, closing.....when suddenly there's a shriek (from the pretty one): "THERE!" The paper jam has been discovered!! HUZZAH!!!

With a bit more elbow grease from the youngest of the Printer Divas, the jam is removed and the labels resume printing! Hallelujah!


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Lock, Stock & Barrel

It's official! Jonah Seago Finkelstein's adoption is now final! He is ours, irrevocably! As far as we've been concerned, he has been ours all along since his birth - but now the Courts agree with us that he's ours and no one can take him away! He, of course, was oblivious to the proceedings. See, as far as he's been concerned...he's been ours all along.

Discover Houston Haunted Tour!

I want to make a disclaimer there that I do not believe in ghosts. I do not pretend to understand everything about spirits but I believe when we die we go to Heaven or Hell - we do not linger on earth. My bible says "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." That's my story and I'm sticking to it! So anything that is going on in a couple of these pictures, I don't necessarily have an explanation for so I'd like to hear your comments!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Darcy Anne Ramos, September 27 - October 11, 2008

Baby Darcy went to the lap of Jesus at 2:13 am this morning. We are all devastated, but not taken by surprise. We knew she would not get to stay long but, she DID defy every prediction by every doctor. We are all blessed to have known her at all. The lives she has changed are many, and her legacy will live on long after she is gone. Darcy is free and she is no longer in pain. She is whole and perfect. And, while we miss her here, we know we will see her again. I love you, Darcy. You are free, and I will see you soon!

Please pray for the Ramos family as they plan Darcy's Homegoing Celebration. You can also continue to read Mom Tracy's journal online here. You may also leave notes of sympathy and encourage ment there.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Habitat for Humanity

Recently, some co-workers and I participated in Habitat for Humanity. It was a wonderful day, but the temp got to over 100 degrees and it seemed to suck the breath right out of you! But still I had a great time!