Dec 19 2011

Christmas goodies, blessings, and more...

Choices, choices, choices....

With so many goodies to choose from this season, it's easy to overindulge! Here is an article (click here) to help you along the way.

 

Joyful day for soldier's widow at Texans game.

Check out this story. What a blessing for a fallen soldier's family this Christmas! 

 

Brands out by 2015?

Prophet recently conducted a spot survey of some 5,000 U.S. consumers to see which brands they’d put on the deathwatch for anytime between now and 2015.
Anyone who even skims the news headlines will find their rankings no big surprise: Eastman Kodak topped the list with 27 percent of the group, with Netflix and the U.S. Post Office coming in with 19 percent and 18 percent of the vote. RIM (Blackberry) came as fourth most likely to fail (14 percent), and Sears came in fifth (11 percent).
Forbes.com slideshow: See the 5 brands most likely to be gone by 2015.

But what was interesting about this exercise was less the polled group’s choices and more their observations about these brands’ failings:
About Netflix: “They have shown they don’t know their own clients. They are not even clear with what they want as a company. It is a mess.”
U.S. Post Office: “Inefficient and obsolete.” 

What brands do you miss?  Cereal? Candy? Cars? Restaurants?

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Dec 16 2011

Wow - Inflatable yard and a blessing!

And they're up.....

You asked for them, so here you go......the Christmas inflatable house is in full-swing. Well, except for the Grinch - ENJOY! 

 

A Christmas Blessing!

K-LOVE Listener, Demetrice shared this wonderful experience with us on facebook and we just had to share. What a blessing!

TRUE STORY!!!! I was at K-mart getting ready to pay off my lay-a-way. I was the only one in line but no one was at the lay-a-way counter. Another lady walked up and asked was anyone working. I said I wasn't sure but I would go to the other department and see if they could call someone. I did, so I came back and the lil lady started asking about my lay-a-way and my kids. I love any chance I get to talk about my kids. So finally the lady for lay-a-way showed up and told me my balance. Just as she said it the lady I had been talking to about my kids, stepped up and said "I am paying for this." Ya'll, my heart dropped and I could do nothing but cry. This lady paid my lay-a-way and I promise you it was not a small price. I have been crying for the past 2 hr but crying happy tears! I will try to pay it forward! This is just what Christmas is really about! Being a blessing to someone the way Jesus was and is a blessing to us!

 

Healthy Holiday Tips

We've been talking with Catherine Kruppa about Christmas parties and all the yummy goodies! Catherine has some great tips to enjoy the party, the company, AND the food. Check out her website! Advice For Eating

 

Amy's words of encouragment....

"The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest."

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Dec 15 2011

An Encounter....

You’ll Know It When You See It – An Encounter At The Wishing Well by Craig West
 
While at the mall recently, I shared an elevator with a young man who appeared a little troubled.  His name was John.  I asked John if he was O.K.  He asked me if I knew where the well was.  “The well?” I said.  He replied, “Yeah, the wishing well.”  
You see, last week John’s friend asked for a coin to throw into the wishing-well.  With out much thought, he tossed a coin to his friend, and watched him trot off to make his wish.  It wasn’t until days later that John realized that what he gave his friend was no ordinary coin, but a silver coin from WWII that belonged to his Grandfather!  It had been passed down to John as a keepsake and he carried it with him all the time. 
I offered to help John search for it; together we rolled up our sleeves and started picking up one coin afteranother.  I would bring each coin a couple of inches from my face to examine it.  That’s when John said something that I’ll never forget.
He said, “You’ll know it’s my coin because it’s silver, and it shines brighter than the average coin.” 
At that moment I remembered this story from Luke 15, 
"Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!' In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents".
John’s frantic search for something precious and rare so reminded me of Christ’s desire for the lost of this world.  And if you ever feel lost, which happens to me often, even as one of His kids, just know this: Jesus knows those who are His, they shine brighter.  And He will always find you.

 

Inflatable Down!

It's always fun to explore a new community and it's neighborhoods. Well, our travels brought us to this house! Hope we get a chance to see them in their full glory.

 

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Dec 14 2011

Kids spoiled?

A TODAY Moms and Parenting.com online survey of 6,000 parents found that three-quarters of us think our children are a little or a lot spoiled. Almost 60 percent of us think our children are more spoiled than we were as kids. ("When I was your age, I would get socks for Christmas, and I liked it! Then I would walk to school uphill both ways in the snow.") Moms reported they plan to spend an average of $271 per child this holiday, with one in 10 saying they'll shell out upwards of $500 on gifts for each child. Despite the struggling economy, only 1 in 4 moms say they plan to spend less on presents this year.  Read the full article.

 

Drive Safe!

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is recommending that we stop using cell phones, even hands free, while driving because it's too much of a distraction. What's your biggest distraction while driving?

 

 

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