Bless you abundantly

The Christmas tree at our Alexandria home, 2010

The Christmas tree at our Alexandria home, 2010

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Today, I wish you the abundant joys of the season!  I am so grateful for the gift of your presence here.

One year ago today:

Doing something worthwhile


  1. This year you will have presents for a new little man in your life under that tree. Hope all is well. Stay safe in this weather. Love you.

    • Thanks Amy, you too! Surely we will be home before too much longer?!!

  2. Jack

    I’m so impressed with your faithfulness to soldier on with your blog and your other responsibilities in the midst of your husband’s surgery. May God help me remember your example in the days and weeks ahead as my natural tendencies tell me to take, not give.

    • Jack, right now I have the happy opportunity to be sitting in my husband’s hospital room for hours a day, which is a blessing despite the unhappy situation that puts him here. Being here gives me plenty of time to do the blog lately, and gives me a way to pass the time. It was actually more of a challenge getting the blog done during some points in the past year, as it will be again, when I am at home with countless distractions and backlogged household tasks and chores silently calling me from every angle. I do find, no matter how busy I am, that it feeds my soul to make the time for this blog every day. It forces me to focus on the things that bring joy to me (photos, memories, people, writing) in a situation where it would be easy to wring my hands or complain or feel sorry for myself or all of the above. I had hoped to be re-blogging some posts from some of my favorite bloggers, but apparently there is no way to schedule a re-blog, though I’ve spent some time trying to figure out how to do it. So I’ll have to do it the long way, by getting permission (something I would have done anyway), then copying a photo or phrase from the post and linking to it. I still hope to be doing that in the coming weeks. In any case, I really appreciate your kind words about the blog, and I hope it will be a blessing to you and many others; you have all made it a blessing to me, by being here with your support and presence!

  3. Michael

    Planning to go to Mary Macs after New Years. Also heard the botanical garden – Xmas lights are worth seeing.
    Hoping you will be able to be home soon. I volunteer at a hospital and I know how boring it can get for all concerned; patients and family.

    • Hi Mike, the hours do get long but I actually relish being able to be with Jeff this much — though I try to keep quiet (and the computer helps with that) it has really been nice just to be with him. He stays so busy when he’s not in the hospital or in chemo that it’s kind of refreshing to see him resting, even if it is being forced on him :-). We hope to go home before too much longer. I hope you like Mary Mac’s as much as we do! In this world of chain restaurants, it’s a truly unique taste of the South at its best. I haven’t seen the botanical garden at Christmas but Drew and Megan’s photos from there at that season are wonderful. Have fun!! And have an extra helping of hot buttered cornbread for me when you go to Mary Mac’s.

  4. Michael

    We also like the L.R. Kristopher’s in Woodstock. Also Williamson brother’s barbecue in Canton. So If I do move down to Atlanta I will probably put on a few.

    • I’ll have to try those; never been to either. Jeff and I used to talk about retiring to San Antonio – I always said one disadvantage would be the inescapable fact that we would both put on a lot of pounds; that city has undoubtedly the best restaurants (or at least the kind of food I like) of anyplace we ever lived. The combination of Texas style Southern cuisine and Texas style Mexican cuisine is just unbeatable. But Atlanta has some good ones too.

  5. Have you ever heard the song, Sowin Love? I love the words and what they say:
    “I used to love to walk behind my daddy, as he plowed a new garden every spring”
    “Our little bare feet in the dirt would make me happy, as we talked about what harvest time would bring”
    “he said son, this whole world is like a garden, what you sow you’re surely going to reap”
    “where bitter seeds are planted, hearts will harden, but a caring hand will make your harvest sweet”

    It’s a lyrical reminder about how to have a happy life by simply being caring to others. Sometimes the simplest lessons say the most. Here’s the whole song by Paul Overstreet

    BTW, Santa was sure good for you all that year 😀 That must have been a fun morning!

    • What a lovely song! I had never heard it. I don’t hear a lot of new music these days – there are so many tunes I love from way back that I love to listen to, that I don’t make much time to discover artists I’m unfamiliar with. I like the part about the Mom sewing too :-). Thanks for the link!

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