An Enchanting Christmas Ornament Swap

'tis the season
to be jolly. . .
fa la la la la la la la la!

Hello, my friends!
Let's have a Christmas Ornament Swap, 
shall we. . .

This lovely little swap is open to all USA and Canada residents.
I would love to include all of you from everywhere in the world,
but unfortunately, I have to keep this swap close to home.

Please know that you DO NOT need to have a blog
in order to participate.
Bloggers and non-bloggers are welcome to join the swap.

Now for a few rules 
that I kindly ask you to follow:

Purchase or make a Christmas ornament.
You are welcome to send something that is vintage,
if it's in good condition.
You can also send something from your own collection,
but again, please make sure it's in nice condition.

Send a little something
with the Christmas ornament.
Be creative, my friends,
include something that is sure to bless the recipient's heart.

Include a note
introducing yourself
send a "Thank You" card 
to the lady that sends you an ornament.

If you sign up,
please keep your "end of the bargain"
by following through with sending an ornament package.
If, for some reason, you are unable to participate
after signing up, please let me know before the registration ends.

If you want to join the swap,
please fill out the registration form below:

Registration begins today, November 15th
and will end on Monday, November 19th.

I will try to have all of you lovely ladies paired up
by Wednesday the 21st.
You will send an ornament to someone
and someone completely different will send to you
so you will make two friends during the swap.

We will then have until Saturday, December 1st
to get our Christmas ornament boxes packed and shipped off.
Please keep in mind
that Christmas is quickly approaching
so it would be appreciated if the packages were sent out 
as soon as possible.

Finally, there will be a fun reveal on my blog
on Monday, December 17th.
The reveal is an opportunity 
to share our Christmas goodies with one another.
If you have a blog,
please feel free to write a post about your swap.
If you don't have a blog
than you can simply send me a photo of your treasures
and I will share it on the reveal post.

I truly hope you're able to join
the Christmas Ornament Swap.
It will be a delightful time of giving and receiving,
and along the way you might make a new friend or two.

The Spirit of Christmas
is indeed  the Christ Spirit.
- - Thomas Monson - -

Don't forget to fill out the form below:

Hugs to you, dear friends!


Catching Christmas & An Ornament Swap

To catch the real meaning
of the Spirit of Christmas,
we need only drop the last syllable
and it becomes
the Spirit of Christ.
- - Thomas Monson - -

A very happy day to you, my friends!
The holidays are quickly approaching
and what better way to bring them in
than to curl up with a sweet Christmas novel.
I have always had a soft spot for Christmas books
and during the holiday season I make it a point
to read one. . .two. . .or five.
Catching Christmas is my first holiday read this year
and oh, what a delightful book!

Before I jump into the book review,
I want to mention that I am going to host a
Christmas Ornament Swap.
You can find the details at the end of this post.

Catching Christmas

As a first-year law associate, 
Sydney Batson knows she will be updating her resume by New Year's 
if she loses her current court case. 
So when her grandmother gets inexplicably ill while she's in court, 
Sydney arranges for a cab to get her to the clinic.
The last thing cab driver Finn Parrish wants 
is to be saddled with a wheelchair-bound old lady with dementia. 
But because Miss Callie reminds him of his own mother, 
whom he failed miserably in her last days, 
he can't say no when she keeps calling him for rides. 
Once a successful gourmet chef, 
Finn's biggest concern now is making his rent, 
but half the time Callie doesn't remember to pay him. 
And as she starts to feel better, 
she leads him on wild goose chases 
to find a Christmas date for her granddaughter.
When Finn meets Sydney, 
he's quite sure that she's never needed help finding a date. 
Does Miss Callie have an ulterior motive, 
or is this just a mission driven by delusions? 
He's willing to do whatever he can to help fulfill Callie's Christmas wish. 
He just never expected to be a vital part of it.

My Thoughts
Catching Christmas is one of those
sweet, warm and fuzzy, feel-good book's. . .
it's the kind that makes you smile, laugh, and yes, cry.

Each character is simply precious,
and Callie. . .
well, Callie will wiggle herself into the reader's heart
from the very start.
Her sense of humor and outlook on life
will touch your heart, my friends.
This book is just the thing to get you in to the Christmas spirit.
Make yourself a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows,
grab a soft blanket, curl up by a window in the sunshine,
open Catching Christmas and begin reading. . .
you will not be disappointed, sweet friends.

** I was given a complimentary copy of this book 
from BookLook Bloggers for an honest review. 
All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide
and is a New York Times bestselling author.
She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall,
as well as the Moonlighters, Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911,
Suncoast Chronicles, and Restoration series.
Learn more at www.terriblackstock.com 

And now onto the Christmas Ornament Swap. . .
my dear friend, Vicky from Life On Willie Mae Lane,
used to host a delightful ornament swap
and it was always a joy to participate.
Unfortunately, she stopped hosting it a few years ago.
Since I loved it so much
I thought I would host one this Christmas season.

Registration will begin on this Thursday the 15th
and will end on Monday the 19th.

The rules are easy peasy, my friends. . .
simply send a Christmas ornament,
and extra little "Christmasy" something
to the lady I pair you up with.
This swap is open to bloggers and non-bloggers
so that means you do not have to have a blog in order to participate.
Also, the swap is only open to USA and CANADA residents.
I am truly sorry to limit it like this,
but I feel I must at this time.

I will have more details on Thursday
when the registration opens.
I hope you are able to join the fun.

Have a beautiful day
and I will "see" you on Thursday!

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Also, don't forget
to enjoy 15% off your order plus free shipping
at Rose Petal Blessings.
Use coupon code
when you check out.
This offer is good until this coming Friday, the 16th.


Precious Lord, Take My Hand

For I the Lord thy God 
will hold thy right hand, 
saying unto thee, 
Fear not; I will help thee.
- - Isaiah 41:13 - -

Precious Lord, take my hand,
lead me on, help me stand-
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
thru the storm, thru the night,
lead me on to the light-
Take my hand, precious Lord,
lead me home.

When my way grows drear, precious Lord,
linger near - when my life is almost gone.
Hear my cry, hear my call,
hold my hand lest I fall-
Take my hand, precious Lord,
lead me home.
- - Thomas A. Dorsey - -

Out of a broken heart
after his wife and newly born son had both died,
Thomas Dorsey cried to his Lord
to lead him "through the storm, through the night."
In doing so, he created lines that have ministered to others.
This tender song has since been a favorite 
with Christians everywhere.

It was during a revival meeting in St. Louis, Missouri,
that Thomas Dorsey received a telegram telling the tragic news
of his wife and infant son.
Stunned and grief-stricken, Dorsey cried,
"God, you aren't worth a dime to me right now!"

A few weeks later, however,
as Dorsey fingered the keyboard of a piano,
he created the lines of "Precious Lord, Take My Hand"
to fit a tune that was familiar to him.
The following Sunday the choir of the Ebenezer Baptist Church
in South Chicago, Illinois, sang the new song
with Dorsey playing the accompaniment.

Thomas Dorsey once stated,
"My business is to try to bring people to Christ
instead of leaving them where they are.
I write for all of God's people.
All people are my people.
What I share with people is love.
I try to lift their spirits
and let them know that God still loves them.
He's still saving,
and He can still give that power."
- - Kenneth W. Osbeck - -

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: 
in thy presence is fulness of joy; 
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
- - Psalm 16:11 - -

 For this God is our God for ever and ever: 
he will be our guide even unto death.
- - Psalm 48:14 - -

Love and hugs to you
on this Lord's Day!

* * * * *

The willingness of America's Veteran's
to sacrifice for our country
has earned them our lasting gratitude.
- - Jeff Miller - -

Thank you, Veteran's. . .
we salute you!


New Creations In The Shop and The Christmas Craft Show

In crafting there are no mistakes
just unique creations.

Happy day to you, friends!
How is your week going?
I trust it's going well.
Today I thought I would share a few new creations 
with you that have been listed in my shop.
I have all kinds of sweet and shabby Christmas goodies
as well as other items that are perfect for the gift-giving season.
Let's take a peek, shall we. . .

Reversible aprons for the baking lover

Stockings to hang from the fire place
or fill with goodies to give to a friend or loved one.

Handmade ornaments to hang from the Christmas tree
or to use for "dressing up" a wrapped package.

Fabric gift bags and baskets
that are perfect to use for wrapping gifts.

Tote bags make lovely gifts
as they can be used for all sorts of things.

Tuck a small gift 
inside one of these zippered pouches.

Coin purses to hold loose change
or hide a gift card inside one.

Decorate your kitchen 
with this beautiful hand towel.

Fabric coasters, mug rugs,
and other tea/coffee related items
are sure to put a smile on someone's face.

Fabric bookmarks for the book lover.

That's not all, my friends,
as there is so much more available in my shop.
These pictures are just a sample of what's listed in
Please feel free to stop by and take a look.

Also, please enjoy 15% off your order.
Use coupon code
when you check out.
And don't forget that all USA orders
ship for free.
Offer good until November 16th.

I wanted to thank all of you
for the encouraging words concerning the craft show
that I participated in last weekend.
The show was a success 
and I had a delightful time meeting new ladies.
My mom and son were also a big help
and I thoroughly enjoyed having them by my side.
Here are a few pictures of my booth.

Thanks for stopping by,
sweet friends.
Don't forget to enjoy 15% off
with coupon code



Let Us With A Gladsome Mind

A thankful heart
is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- - Cicero - -

Let us, with a gladsome mind,
praise the LORD, for He is kind:
for His mercies shall endure,
ever faithful, ever sure.

Let us blaze His Name abroad,
for of gods He is the God:
for His mercies shall endure,
ever faithful, ever sure.

He with all-commanding might
filled the new-made world with light:
for His mercies shall endure,
ever faithful, ever sure.

All things living He doth feed;
His full hand supplies their need:
for His mercies shall endure,
ever faithful, ever sure.

He His chosen race did bless
in the wasteful wilderness:
for His mercies shall endure,
ever faithful, ever sure.

He hath with a pious eye
looks upon our misery:
for His mercies shall endure,
ever faithful, ever sure.

Let us therefore warble forth
His high majesty and worth:
for His mercies shall endure,
ever faithful, ever sure.
- - John Milton - -

A gladsome, joyous mind
is the product of a grateful, praising heart.
The grateful Christian realizes
that all achievements and blessings
come only from God's bountiful hand.
This realization results in a life of praise.
- - Amazing Grace - Kenneth W. Osbeck - -

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: 
for his mercy endureth for ever.
- - Psalm 136:1 - -

O God, thou art my God; 
early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, 
my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, 
where no water is;
To see thy power and thy glory, 
so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, 
my lips shall praise thee.
Thus will I bless thee while I live: 
I will lift up my hands in thy name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; 
and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips.
- - Psalm 63:1-5 - -

Bless the Lord, O my soul, 
and forget not all his benefits.
- - Psalm 103:2 - 

The Lord is good to all: 
and his tender mercies are over all his works.
- - Psalm 145:9 - -

Blessings to you
on this beautiful Lord's Day!
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