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A Real Country Christmas
In real life country Christmas decorations you don't have to add work boots and cats and homemade wine to make the picture more interesting.  It's just the way we live. Real Country Christmases have a little rust, dust, and trust. (There's...

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25
These Are a Few of My Grateful Things

To be truly grateful we must be extra-sensory humans paying attention to the little details that make up a fully lived life.  When we rush through our day and forget to listen to birds singing or tea pots whistling we have missed a chance to be grateful.  When we hurry to our next appointment missing the sun rising up in the distance outlining clouds in red and yellow and orange.  We've missed a chance to be grateful.  When we don't even notice the smell of coffee anymore because we've become too jaded - we've missed a chance to be grateful. 

So this Thanksgiving be grateful for the big things, but look closely at the world around you and take note of all the small things that will tell you exactly why you appreciate those

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10
The Love in Daddy's Hands
The country music song Daddy's Hands has always touched my heart deeply.  I have never once listened to this song without tearing up.  The lyrics in this song describe my dad perfectly.  In his younger years my father worked until his hands bled.  Today his hands are still calloused from the many, many hours he put in to keep us all fed.  Now my own tough and hard-working husband is an icon of this song too.  It is his hands that are

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12
Mother's Day Makeover
Every mother needs a daughter like mine.  She likes to cook, clean, and tear stuff up . . . yes, that's right . . . I said tear stuff up.  Really, she likes to remodel.   Maybe it's because we have been remodeling our 1862 home for the last 21 years.  All of the kids have had a helping hand in the renovation, but it's my Kristin that really enjoys the work.  She has helped me paint, paper, prime, and plaster, among many other household tasks.  I really appreciate all she does to

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The Essence

Definitions for "essence" are as follows:  The most important ingredient, the basic nature of a thing,  the entity that makes a substance what it is.  Did you know that even though it is January 3, it is only the ninth day of Christmas?  That's right, if we celebrate the twelve days of Christmas we have three more days to enjoy the essence of this beautiful holiday season. 

After forty-four Christmas seasons I just found out that the twelve days of Christmas starts on December 25.  But even better I discovered the essence of the Twelve Days of Christmas.  It goes as follows:   Christians made up this song sometime during the 16th century as a secret code to teach their children valuable lessons of their Catholic faith.  (The king of England banned all Catholic teachings because of divorce issue.  Anyone caught with a writing of Catholic teaching was severely punished or killed.  Hence, The Twelve Days of Christmas song was born.  My true love = God.  A partridge in a pear tree = Jesus. (A mother partridge will pretend to be injured to protect her children.)  Two turtle doves = 

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