Wow! The Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone, but the concept of giving thanks should stay with us all year long. What is one thing about this past Thanksgiving, or even the past year, that you’re thankful for? Given the circumstances of life, I’m thankful for my health and the dedication of my family. For this past month, I’m thankful for the chance to spend time with family and friends. What about you?

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FUN FACT: The song “Jingle Bells” was first written for Thanksgiving, but later became one of the most popular Christmas songs.

was another one of Albert Einstein’s  famous quotes, but realistically anyone and everyone could have and should have said it. To be perfectly honest, we all have impulses every now and then . But how many of us act upon them?

I rarely find a time, when I really feel impressed to do something, that I ignore that feeling. I’m not saying that I’ve never ignored it, but for the most part, I act upon it.

I love sharing gifts with friends and neighbors. I love it when my neighbors bring me food gifts or stop by unannounced for tea or coffee. Yes, that is giving of your time and that really is the same thing. For many of us… our time is far more valuable. So share with the ones that you’re close to. When the mood hits; Do something!

Oh yeah, don’t forget… if you send monies... get the receipt for tax purposes. LOL

“I must do something” will always solve more problems than “Something must be done.” ~ from BITS & PIECES

in your community and support it generously with your time and money.

As we look at other nations and foreigners to help, sometimes we fail to see that family or person who lives just down the street that needs help far more than even them. A child down the block or across the street may stand in need of a coat or a new pair of shoes. The elderly may need food or companionship. So before you write a check and ship it off to help someone you don’t know, take a minute and ask who could use my help even more? Is there anyone in my town or that I know going hungry or stand in need?

Where can I help? Your local church is a good place to start. Church’s and Community Centers usually have a food pantry or some type of outreach program that could use some help, yours and mine.  If not, start one. It’s never time wasted, when it’s for a good cause.  Volunteer.

It’s not a secret that when I was a young girl, my mother worked hard and long hours to support her five children, as a single parent, so she was gone a lot and there were times that we did without. One of my favorite memories is when the church came to our house and brought food and gifts at Christmastime. It was the main reason I became a Christian. It impressed me that they thought that much of my mom to help her. I know how much she appreciated and was humbled by it. She later became a Missionary Lady. For years she then helped others. I then wanted to help others too, as they had helped my mom. The rewards far outweigh the sacrifice.

Be there for someone who may only need help for a short time, God will richly bless you for it.

On the street I saw a small girl shivering in a thin dress, with little hope of a decent meal. I became angry and said to God, Why do You permit this? Why don’t You do something about it?” And God replied, “I certainly did do something about it. I made you.” ~ SISTER MARY ROSE McGREADY

John Denver said, “The best thing you have to offer the world is yourself. You don’t have to copy anyone else. If you do, you’re second best. To achieve success is to be first, and that’s being yourself.”

And I just happen to agree.  All I have to offer you is…

Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year 2010.

From me to you…

Love and prayers and Welcome to the Family!

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There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. ~Erma Bombeck, I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression

What is the most important lesson you would like your kids to learn in Life?

Nothing is impossible to a valiant heart. ~ Jeanne d’Albret

that the nicest thing you can do for yourself is to do something nice for someone else.

If you were to go around asking people what would make them happier, you’d get answers like “a new car,” “a bigger house,” “a raise in pay,” or “winning the lottery.” Probably not one in a hundred would say ” a chance to help people,” and yet that is what brings about the most happiness of all. ~ GEORGE BURNS

financially and emotionally when they are down.

Very few burdens are heavy if everyone lifts. ~ SY WISE

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The ones that really need help are the ones that never ask for it.  So pay very close attention. You never know who might be hurting.