January is to resolutions like February is to failure.

Like most people, every January, I make New Year’s resolutions. Usually for me, it is weight loss related. I lose the same December slash Christmas pounds every new year. And then I quit. Sometimes by February. Sometimes by the spring.

January is to resolutions like February is to failure

The bottom line is I never follow through with the aspirations I set for myself.

Actually, I can’t say never.

January is to resolutions like February is to failure

One year, about five years ago, I set a different goal for myself. I decided I would read the Bible from page one to page 1939. I started the second day of the year. I had a daily bible that had several verses, a synopsis (that I could understand) and a prayer. Although it took me fourteen months, not twelve, I did it! And—I enjoyed it.

I was so proud of myself the entire year I was following through with my resolutions. Most people who knew me knew I was reading the Bible as my new resolution. When I finished, I was so proud of myself. I learned so much, was closer to God, had a more powerful prayer life and I completed a large goal I had set for myself.

Resolutions are popular because everyone feels they could use a little improvement.”- Marilu Henner

When I read the bible, even though it took me longer than one calendar year, I succeeded in the first, and only, New Year’s resolution I had made for myself. I did not quit.

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Our unanswered prayer

Have you ever prayed for something but God said No? Have you ever looked back on that prayer and been thankful that God told you No?

Those are called unanswered prayers.

Although He always listens, He doesn’t always answer our prayers in the way we wish He would. #unansweredprayers Click To Tweet

Although He always listens, He doesn’t always answer our prayers in the way we wish He would.

We turn to God and ask for piddly things, unimportant trivial things in our lives. We also pray for health, safety, happiness and actual important things in our lives. And then there are those prayers where you ask God for something so important and you pray He answers you the way you want.

our unanswered prayer

Although He always listens, He doesn’t always answer our prayers in the way we wish He would.

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How to decorate your home with Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery

I have rarely paid attention to Pantone Color of the Year. I know about it, I know of it, but I have never cared that much about it. I am typically a red girl and I wouldn’t redecorate my house because Pantone says I should use a specific color.

Until this year.

Pantone Color of the Year
Image courtesy of Pantone Color of the Year

This year, the Pantone Color of the Year is “greenery”.

While green is by far not my favorite color, I do love greenery. Actual greenery. I love to accent with both live and faux plants in my house. Especially in January, after taking all the Christmas down, un-decking my halls, I like to fill the void with plants. It can wake up a room, bring it to life. And there are benefits to natural plants in your home.

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What Over the Edge and being brave mean to me

Over the Edge.  What does this mean to me?  Stepping, jumping, leaping Over the Edge is my way of getting out of my comfort zone, not standing still–moving forward.  Over the Edge is my mantra.

I recently was honored to be published in Holl and Lane Magazine. This was a dream of mine.  Anytime I can write, be published, be read, is a true dream.  A dream that I once thought would never be fulfilled. A dream that would never have happened if I wouldn’t have gone Over the Edge.

Over the Edge
Photo shoot for Holl and Lane Magazine photo by Cameron Davis

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The Christmas Hustle is not what is important

Ahhh, the Christmas hustle. The shopping, wrapping, planning, spending, baking and cooking. All these activities can be fun, if you don’t shove them into a few days. If you spread out all this joy, perhaps you can enjoy Christmas even more.

Most of us, though, myself included, try to jam the Christmas hustle into one week. We look up and Christmas is at our front door and we still have so much to get done.

Christmas hustle

When I reminisce about Christmas past, when our children were young, I don’t really remember all the Christmas hustle. I remember the joy, the fun, the love. I remember many Christmas Eves filled with wonderment, excited children and Christmas movies in the background. I remember how excited I would be to see the excitement in their faces. Their sweet little faces.

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Christmas traditions to start for your family

Christmas traditions, in families, have been the handed down generation to generation, or they can start today. Traditions must start somewhere, at some time.

Now is a good time to start your own traditions or to begin a new one for your family. Christmas traditions are a fun way for families to engage in Christmas festivities, making memories, year after year.

Christmas traditions

Continuing family Christmas traditions, even as twenty-somethings, is both necessary and meaningful. My husband and I began our own traditions when we married 30 years ago and started our own little family. These traditions are still very important to me, and my entire family; we continue them today. Even though my youngest is almost 24 years old.

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. -Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Decking the halls with Christmas trees. Many Christmas trees!

Christmas trees are the main element in my Christmas décor when I deck the halls at my house.

There is a quote I like a great deal; it sums up the way I started decorating for Christmas. “The Perfect Christmas Tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!” Charles N. Barnard brilliantly exclaimed.

Last year, I wanted a change in the way I decked my halls. I had used a lot of the same décor for years. Being empty nesters, and not having grandchildren yet, (YET!?), I was ready for a change. A grown-up change. I turned to Pinterest (duh?) and I found the change I was looking for in one picture.

It was a simple tree, in a simple wooden crate.

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Simple tree in simple crates

It was an ‘ah-ha’ moment! I have crates and baskets and tins, galore! I already use them year-round; all I had to do is buy more stick trees and that would be my new motif!

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Through simple kindness, you can change the world, one smile at a time.

Kindness is something we have all been taught at a young age. All mothers want  kind children. My mother taught me, and I taught my children. I think they listened.

Thumper learned kindness, as well. Thumper said in Bambi, “If you can’t say somethin’ nice, [long pause], don’t say nothin’ at all.”

Kindness. It starts at home.

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our three kids in a kind moment

Based on Matthew 7:12, the common English phrasing is one we should all adhere to everyday. My mother would always tell me, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I think I listened.

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Being thanksgiving-full on Thanksgiving Day

“Forever on Thanksgiving Day, the heart will find the pathway home.” Wilber D. Nesbit, I hope you are always right. I always want to be full of family on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving Day to me means being full.

I have a saying that I (unfortunately) say throughout the year when I happen to over-indulge. “Thanksgiving-full”. This is the feeling of being too full of food. Stuffed. Like the turkey. (although we don’t actually stuff our turkeys)

Every Thanksgiving Day, I eat all the sides (I mean carbs), I eat all the desserts and just a little turkey and ham. I am full. Stretchy-pants-Thanksgiving-full.

Thanksgiving-full can also be a positive thing when you are full of all the other things Thanksgiving Day should offer.

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Being a first-time mother, I was filled with joy.

When a first-time mother first learns, she is pregnant, she is filled with such joy. Love, joy, excitement. There are no words to describe.

Danielle Davis has been loved since March 18, 1988, the day I learned I was pregnant. That’s when I knew God made me to be a mother.

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Danni and I at 20 months old

I had never wanted kids before I met Mark. I had never been a baby-lover. I never ohh’d and ahh’d over babies, especially kids. I had never been a baby-sitter. Didn’t care for them really. They just didn’t interest me at all.

Not until I met Mark, we feel in love, got married and then, I couldn’t wait to get pregnant.

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