Happy Near Year

I can hardly believe another year has come and gone…time flies by so fast. 

I am so blessed to have been able to have all of you as part of my world this

past year and I wish each and every one of you all the best that life has to

offer for 2009!   Much love and hugs to all of you and thank you for the special

and unique way each of you have enriched my life!  

Happy New Year to all my Spaces Friends…Here’s to you!!!


Hearts and Minds: Poverty


Poverty is everyone’s problem. It cuts across any line you can name: age, race, social, geographic or religious. Whether you are black or white; rich, middle-class or poor, we are ALL touched by poverty.
       – Governor Kathleen Blanco

God is the comfort of the poor.
       – Georgian Proverb

You can’t get rid of poverty by giving people money.
       – P.J. O’Rourke

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
       – Mother Teresa

Poverty is the mother of crime.
       – Marcus Aurelius

A man isn’t poor if he can still laugh.
       – Raymond Hitchcock

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
       – John F. Kennedy

It’s easy to have principles when you’re rich. The important thing is to have principles when you’re poor.
  – Ray Kroc

Most of the poverty and misery in the world is due to bad government, lack of democracy, weak states, internal strife, and so on.
– George Soros

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
       – Confucius

I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.
       – Judy Garland, actress

Think about it: Every educated person is not rich, but almost every educated person has a job and a way out of poverty. So education is a fundamental solution to poverty.
       – Governor Kathleen Blanco

Most poor people are not on welfare. . . I know they work. I’m a witness. They catch the early bus. They work every day. They raise other people’s children. They work every day. They clean the streets. They work every day. They drive vans with cabs. They work every day. They change beds you slept in these hotels last night and can’t get a union contract. They work every day . . .
       – Reverend Jesse Jackson

Thank you from Emma

Emma just wanted to thank everyone for all the sweet birthday wishes…
thank you thank you thank you!!!
Luv, Emma

A Cup of Tea (as only a mother would know)

One day my mother was out and my dad was in charge of me.
I was maybe 2 1/2 years old and had just recovered from an accident.
Someone had given me a little ‘tea set’ as a get-well gift and it was
one of my favorite toys.
Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I
brought him a little cup of ‘tea’, which was just water. After several
cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Mom came home.
My Dad made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of
tea, because it was ‘just the cutest thing!’ My Mom waited, and sure
enough, here I come down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy and she
watches him drink it up.
Then she says (as only a mother would know),
"Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water
is the toilet?"



Happy Birthday Emma


I can hardly believe my little princess is two years old today…it seems like just yesterday I was rocking her to sleep; a tiny little bundle of joy that took my breath away from the moment I saw her.  Two years have come and gone and she is still the sunshine in my day…I am so very blessed!





     Daddy made the cake        


         Birthday Girl    


 Presents from Grandma 





           Mommy and Daddy with B-day Girl



    Mommy’s Special Gift  



        Hurray, I’m 2 today!

Merry Christmas To One and All




The Reason for the Season


Where would Christmas be without the reason for our celebration? The Victorians promoted church going, charity giving, and the celebration of the birth of the Christ child. The true Christmas story as recorded in the Bible was their most important reading of the season.  

  And it came to pass in those day there went out a decree from Ceasar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: (because he was of the house and lineage of David)

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manager; because there was no room for them at the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.  

                              My Gift

  What can I give Him

  Poor as I am?

  If I were a shepherd,

  I would give Him a lamb,

  If I were a Wise Man,

  I would do my part-   But what can I give Him,

  Give my heart.


Christmas Bells                                                                                    The time draws near the birth of Christ:

  The moon is hid, the night is still;

  The Christmas bells from hill to hill

  Answer each other in the mist.  

  Four voices of four hamlets round,

  From far and near, on mead and moor, 

  Swell out and fail, as if a door

                                                                                                            Were shut between me and the sound;

Each voice four changes on the wind,

That now dilate, and now decrease;

Peace and good will, good will and peace;

Peace and good will, to all mankind


Hang Up The Baby’s Stocking

  Hang up the baby’s stocking

  Be sure you don’t forget!

The dear little dimpled darling,

  She never saw Christmas yet!

  But I’ve told her all about it,

  And she opened her big blue eyes;

  And I’m sure she understood it-

  She looked so funny and wise.

Dear, what a tiny stocking!

  It doesn’t take much to hold

Such little pink toe’s as baby’s

Away from the frost and the cold

But then, for the baby’s Christmas,

It will never do at all.

Why! Santa wouldn’t be looking

For anything half so small.  

I know what I will do for the baby.

I’ve thought of the very best plan.

I’ll borrow a stocking of Grandma’s,

The longest that ever I can

And you’ll hang it by mine, dear mother,

Right here in the corner so!

And leave a letter to Santa,

And fasten it in the toe.  

Write-this is the baby’s stocking,

That hangs in the corner here.

You never have seen her, Santa,

For she only came this year

But she’s just the blessed’st baby.

And now before you go,

Just cram her stocking with goodies,

From the top clean down to the toe!


From Little Women

"Merry Christmas, little daughters! I’m glad you began at once, and hope

you will keep on. But I want to say one word before we sit down. Not far

away from here lies a poor woman with a little new-born baby. Six children

are huddled into one bed to keep from freezing, for they have no fire.

There is nothing to eat over there; and the oldest boy comes to tell me

they are suffering hunger and cold. My girls, will you give them your breakfast

as a Christmas present?"



May we all find the gift of charity, giving and celebration of the Christ Child!

Christmas Blessings to one and all of my dear Spaces friends…may your hearts be filled with joy and peace!

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