I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

Merry Christmas!


mouse and snowflakesHave a Blessed Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year!

Hoping to get back on track with my blogging soon now that our home renovations are coming to an end and we will soon be moved into our new home.  I’ve thought of a lot of ideas but haven’t had any time to write them down.  I’ve also missed reading the blogs I follow, only having time to skim through quickly or sometimes miss them completely.   There sure aren’t enough hours in the day right now!  Glad life isn’t always so busy!

This isn’t our first move but certainly the most difficult.  I’ve come to some valuable conclusions:

  • don’t move just before Christmas unless it is absolutely necessary
  • don’t move just before Christmas into a house that requires a substantial amount of work to be done
  • don’t attempt to move just before Christmas when you are getting into your senior years

Looking forward to spending tomorrow with the family and enjoying a wonderful dinner.  It will be great to just sit and do nothing!  Of course, this is because we aren’t having our Christmas celebration in our new house and I won’t have to look at the unfinished mess.  Maybe next year I’ll be the host!

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. ~Burton Hillis


Home alone

Will you be spending home alone for Christmas?  Sadly there are millions of people around the world who spend the holiday season feeling alone amidst the hustle and bustle going on around them.  Some of us have recently lost a loved one or maybe Christmas is a reminder of something unpleasant that happened in the past.  Others are struggling with depression or feeling that nobody cares about them.   We may attend festive parties and sing cheery songs but inside we may be crying out in pain.

There are so many families that don’t even spend time together at Christmas because of distance, being too busy or just because they just don’t want to.  This is a shame because Christmas is such  a wonderful time to share traditions and create memories.

Take some time to consider your friends, neighbours and co-workers and determine if they are receiving any love during the Christmas season.  If you are fortunate enough to be spending Christmas with your loved ones, why not consider doing something special for someone who may be feeling alone:

  • invite them to spend some time with your family
  • stop in for a visit
  • buy a Christmas gift
  • call them on the phone
  • send a cheery Christmas card

If you are spending Christmas alone, don’t allow any negative thoughts to bring you down.  We are conditioned by society to believe the lie that there is something wrong with us if we don’t spend Christmas with family and friends.   In reality, there is nothing wrong with spending any day alone.  Being alone can be very peaceful if we have a positive perspective on life and realize our true worth and value.   Solitude can be a wonderful break from our lives of constant pressure and stress.   There are lots of things that you can do to enjoy spending time alone:

  • watch a Christmas movie
  • listen to some music
  • read a good book
  • take a walk
  • nap
  • meditate
  • do some puzzles
  • organize closets

If you really don’t want to be alone at Christmas you can:

  • attend a Christmas church service
  • feed the homeless at a local shelter
  • go to a park and say hello to anyone you meet
  • pick up some Christmas cards, sign them ‘from a friend’ and deliver them to the mailboxes around your neighbourhood
  • call people you know and wish them a ‘Merry Christmas’
  • try inviting some friends over to watch TV – you might find someone who is just as lonely as you are and wants companionship

Whatever your situation, try to have a good Christmas and spread some love around!



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When I was young…..

WHEN I WAS YOUNG….. Families ate meals together.

NOW……Families rarely eat together.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG…..Young girls dressed like girls.

NOW…..Young girls dress like adults.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG…..Stores were closed on Sundays.

NOW…..Most stores are open Sundays.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG…..Many families attended church together.

NOW…..Many families don’t bother going to church.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG…..You seldom heard about divorce.

NOW…..Divorce is common and expected.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG…..Teen pregnancies were uncommon.

NOW…..Teen pregnancies are accepted and on the rise.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG…..Most children respected their parents.

NOW…..Many children don’t respect anyone.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG…..Families watched 1 TV together.

NOW…..Many families have a TV in every room.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG…..Homes had 1 phone.

NOW…..Many people have their own cell phone.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG…..Clothing was fairly modest.

NOW…..Clothing is sexy and often too revealing.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG…..People waited until they could pay cash for stuff.

NOW…..People want everything now, charge everything and get into debt.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG…..Violence was disturbing.

NOW…..Violence is accepted as the norm.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG….Schools were fairly safe and didn’t require lockup.

NOW…..Schools are dangerous and you need a code to get in.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG….Well that was over 40 years ago and so many things have changed.  But have they changed for the better?  What will this world look like 40 years from today?  If we don’t start making some better choices…..