Monday, December 31, 2012


 I wrote this post last year, but I think it applies to ANY YEAR!!  I hope you are able to take the TIME to read this.......

It is almost here, 2012!! We all have been given the gift of another year.

I know some of you will read the words I have written here, others will just skim over the images. I hope you who have  taken the time too come by my blog today will take the, “TIME!” to read what I have written………

.....I look at my upcoming year a bit differently than I use to when I was younger. It is not so much about how much I will get done this year, or how much stuff I will get, but I look at the time I have been given as a gift.

I choose to use my time as a precious gift, and when I get the opportunity to spend time with my loved ones or friends, I am going to use my time wisely.

 I know it feels as if time goes by faster,but trust me we have same 24 hours as our ancestors had. What is different is how we choose to spend our time.

Life has taught me a couple of really good, and meaningful lessons about how I use my time, some were hard lessons and some were wonderfully pleasant lessons, but I did learn from them……..

One lesson, and the hardest lesson in my life, was taught to me at the age of twenty four when my Dad at the age of 47 died of a heart attack.

My world crumbled at that very moment. You see I was a Daddy’s girl, through, and through. I basically thought this man could walk on water.

Through losing him I realized at a very young age, that it was the sweet moments, the time I could never get back. 

I might have pictures, or gifts he had given me, but I never could get back the time, that precious gift of time to spend with him.

I remember thinking if I could just have 30 more seconds to tell him once again how much I loved him, and  how much I appreciated him, I would give up everything for those precious seconds of time.

I am not glad that my Dad died, but I can truly say I am glad that I learned how important it is to spend my time wisely when it comes to the people I love and care about. 

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My other lesson was a happier lesson, and it came in the form of a little 6 year old boy. 

We had our boys, and their families here for some occasion, and all of the girls were in the living room talking about, design, hair, make-up and the latest fashions. 


I was in the middle of a story when my 6 year old grandson came up to me and asked me if I would play volley ball with him. I told him sure, just give me a few minutes to finish my story.

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A few minutes to a little guy is an eternity, so of course he came back in a very short period of time. I stopped my story, and looked into those blue eyes and said, “Sure, Grammy will play with you!”

We went down the hall, got the beach ball and started tossing it back and forth down my almost thirty foot hall.

All of the sudden, that little guy came running down the hall, hugged me around the waist, and ran back to his end of the hall, and we continued our play. 

Not a word was spoken, but I knew! He was telling me how much he loved me, as only a small child could with such a heartfelt demonstration of love.

It was not hours, truly it was maybe 10-15minutes, but the point had been made. I put him, and spending time with him above everything else, and he knew without a doubt how much his Grammy loved him.

You see it is not the amount of time, it is the quality of time, and how you choose to spend your time that matters.

So with that my dear readers, I leave you with this……..

.....Time is a gift, we all get to choose how we will spend it, and who we will spend it with. 

I pray that this year you all spend your time wisely and lovingly with the special people in your lives……….

Happy New Year, and May God bless each and everyone of you with precious, precious “TIME!”!


Sunday, December 30, 2012

It's Not Just For Christmas, Leave it Out All Year!

Do you ever wish you could keep up some  of your Christmas decorations all year long?

I have a couple of things that I used this year that I wish I could keep up. They don't shout, "Christmas Decoration!"

I had to think outside the box a little so it  made me look into ways that I could make that possible.

The first element is my round lanterns that I hang on the mirrors that are on  each side of the window in my dining room….

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I love the contrast of the black lantern next to the crispness of the wallpaper, and white framed mirror.

Because I have loved this look for more than two years I started thinking, “Why can’t I keep my lanterns out?”

Obviously I won’t be hanging them with Christmas ribbon! That would look odd, but I am going to find out how I can hang them on the mirror.

I put out a request on my Facebook page asking if anyone has hung something on top of a mirror with Command strips.

Bloggers are such generous people. I connected with Kristi from Addicted 2 decorating. She informed me that I could use Command picture hanging strips to hang my lanterns on my mirrors.

The best part is she wrote a blog post, "A Little Mirror on Mirror Magic," on just how to do it. This is perfect so I can show my hubby!

That old saying where there is a will there is a way held true.

So, this year I will be leaving my black round lanterns hanging on my mirrors.

Sometimes we have to think outside of the box to get a look that we are happy with. I am so glad I found a way to do what I want with my lanterns.

Do you have a decoration you love so much at Christmas that you would love to leave it out? 

Think about it, I bet you can figure out a way to use it all year long.


Friday, December 28, 2012

The Little Black Dress For Your Home!

What Little Black Dress Does Your Home Wear?
With the New Year celebrations coming up we all start thinking about what to wear for the special parties.
Should we go glitzy or should we stay classic?

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We have all heard of the “Little Black Dress.” No one wore it better than Audrey Hepburn. 

We have been told for years that we all need one in our wardrobe. 

I have my simple Calvin Klein that I will be able to wear for years to come and I can dress it up or down. 
The “Little Black Dress” can go with anything, and go anywhere. It can be changed by just adding different accessories, color or texture.

I also think we need pieces like this in our homes.

I started thinking about what is the “Little Black Dress” in my home?!
You know the item, or room that goes with just about anything and it can be changed by an addition of an accessory or a color. 

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My “Little Black Dress” in my home is definitely my dining room with it’s simple green and white striped wallpaper and wood floors.

Unadorned it is just a square room with wallpaper and wood floors, but with a few changes it can be changed for the seasons, or for any occasion.

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Do you have a “Little Black Dress” in your home?
I think we all need an area or an item that is easily changed, don’t you?

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After all it is change that keeps us motivated, and moving forward towards a new goal. 

Change is exciting, and motivating so we need our own “Little Black Dress” in our homes.

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I think a good goal  for 2013 is to make more areas in my home dressed in it’s own “Little Black Dress.”

How about you, do you have a little black dress in your home?

Take a look around! 

Do you have areas that are easily changed with just a few accessories, textures or color?

Something to think about, isn’t it?

I wonder what my dining room will be wearing for New Years Eve?!

“Enjoy the Process” Of:
Finding the “Little Black Dress,”
for your home!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Party Is Over!

The party is over it was a big success. Everyone is healthy, happy and well fed so now it is time for a little of this ……….

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I might even do some of this………

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Or this……..

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I actually might do a little of this too…………..
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So if you see me around blog land you will know that I will look something like this……….

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How about YOU?

What will you be doing today?

Whatever you choose to do I hope that you are………

“Enjoying the Process”


Monday, December 24, 2012

To God Be The Glory


Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Source: via Patty on Pinterest

Jesus, name above all names.

"God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:9-11

Saturday, December 22, 2012

My Merry Christmas HOME!!



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I am wishing you all a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. Thank you for coming by my blog to see what I am up too throughout the year. I have met so many wonderful people through blogging. As long as you keep reading I will keep writing! Make as many memories with your family as you can. May God bless each and everyone of you.