1. Saturday evening Dee and I picked up two of our grand daughters, Eryn and Hailey. Dee had laid out a "tacky tour" that led us to five beautiful homes. The first and last houses had Santa Claus sitting outside so the girls had a chance to update their Christmas list, twice.
My favorite house was the one that had the lights set to music. All we had to do was dial our radio to a specific station and then watch the lights dance with the music.
The last house we visited had the largest display of lights, a manger scene and even provided free hot chocolate.
It was a nice evening sharing with the girls. We plan to do this next year and may even expand it a little bit.
2. Dee bought a Christmas story book that has a personal recording feature to it. It allows you to read the story and then save what you have read. When the recipient opens the book they hear your voice telling the story. It's a great gift for the young children and adds a personal touch to the Christmas gift.
The story is not long and the book has about ten pages. We rehearsed the lines and then started. All went really well although I noticed that Dee had used a wrong word on the last page. "A" instead of "the." Not a major issue but when the girls are following what we have recorded they would probably notice it. So I suggested we re-record the last page. Everything was fine until Dee got to the "the" word and then she started laughing. It was like watching "TV Bloopers" She couldn't stop and then I started laughing along with her. When we finally regained our composure we started again. Dee went through her part and then I started mine. Well, I did the same thing she did, changed a word. We both started laughing all over again.
It took us longer to do the last page than it did to do all the other pages. This turned out to be a double gift. We shared giving a gift only to have God provide us a gift of togetherness. Thank you Lord!
3. Please take the time to read "Prints of Grace, Excellent Advent Advice Part Vll: Wait Patiently." She asks an important question about waiting. For whom or for what, for family or friends or for those you don't know. There is a link to Becky Kelley's song "Where's the Line to See Jesus?." A beautiful song for this Advent Season.
4. I went to the dentist Wednesday morning. There was a small part of my crown that required a little bit of work near where it covers the tooth. Dr. Russ said, "we can do this without Novocain."
Ah, the old "you won't feel a thing" routine. I immediately explained to him that he wouldn't feel anything, but I would. It actually was not bad and afterward I was able to get a cup of coffee and drink it without having it dribble down my chin.
5. December 14, 2012 "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will be released. Check out the trailer. It is directed by Peter Jackson who also directed the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. You will notice some familiar actors along with the addition of Martin Freeman as the young Bilbo Baggins.
6. This morning I listened to a song that touched my heart. "Labor of Love," written by Cunningham Grant Evan and Davis Christopher. It is sung by three lovely voices, Point of Grace. Listen to it here and pay close attention to the lyrics.