“The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Happy Christmas



Then Pa and Ma and Mr. Edwards sat by the fire and talked about Christmas times back in Tennessee and up north in the Big Woods. But Mary and Laura looked at their beautiful cakes and played with their pennies and drank water out of their new cups. And little by little they licked and sucked their sticks of candy, till each stick was sharp-pointed on one end.
That was a happy Christmas.

~Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie

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Those sweet stories never get old. I hope you all will have a happy Christmas too!

Take care,
~Melanie

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Enjoying the Beautiful Christmas Season...

One of my favorite things....sitting in the dark looking at the lights on the tree.♥

Katie wound some lights around the handrails and the tree out front. :-)

Always enjoy the Christmas cards from friends and family...

A close-up of our nativity scene, the one we've had since we were first married.

I hope you're all enjoying the beautiful Christmas season too.  :-)

Take care,
~Melanie

Sunday, December 7, 2014

A White Thanksgiving

We spent Thanksgiving with my parents, and this is what we woke up to the day before Thanksgiving...so beautiful. It's no wonder I love snow and winter so much. These are the views I had when I was growing up! The pine trees go all the way around the yard.

We enjoyed watching the birds in the feeder. The squirrels climbed in there too. :-)

We had a very nice visit with family and friends. The week went by too quickly!

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Just a little idea to pass along...

We have the Gideons come to our school every year. Sadly, they've told us that now they're only allowed in about 5% of the public schools in America. Our students receive these little New Testaments every year. They've been encouraged to give any extras to friends who may not have the opportunity to receive one. Also, Katie's class made up some care packages to give out to the homeless, making sure to include a New Testament along with water, snacks, a toothbrush, etc.

If you don't have any extra Bibles lying around, I think tracts would work well too. We should always be looking for opportunities to share the Gospel!




So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. ~Isaiah 55:11

Take care,
~Melanie