Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Tis' the Season!!!


I hope that everyone is enjoying their holiday season!!! For some, like myself, it hasn't even begun. And for others, it is in full swing. Mine sort of began this evening when I finally decided to start my Christmas shopping after a stressful day filled with two finals and work in between. As I headed to the mall, not evening listening to Christmas Carols because I could not listen to Christmas Carols with it being such nice weather outside! Is it just me, or do you find it hard to be in the Christmas Spirit this year?!

Well, with that, I go to my personal story and the explanation of the picture of the very happy man with the goofy elf hat on in the above picture. That my friends is one of the most Christmas Spirit filled men I have ever met, even person at that. I feel that for some in my family, I know for a fact myself, that it is hard to be in the Christmas Spirit without him here. For those who do no know, he passed away this summer. "Pap" as most people knew him as, was like a very big kid on Christmas Day. He could never wait for his children and grandchildren to arrive at his house for dinner. More importantly, he could not wait for what was to come after dinner! PRESENTS!!!! I am almost positive that I have never met a child who was more impatient to open their gifts. He would shake, tap, and even begin to unwrap before it even got to his turn to open a gift. (In my family we all take turns opening one at a time.) Not only was he excited to receive his gifts, he was more excited to GIVE his gifts. He was always so proud of how much he paid for things that were on sale, or made sure to let us know if our gift was a little pricey. I loved having Pap with us on Christmas. Like I mentioned earlier, it is hard to have Christmas Spirit without Pap here with us. This really hit me this evening, when I came home from shopping. I found myself coming up with so many ideas of what to get for loved ones. I wish I had the money to give them everything they wanted or all the ideas that I had. I began to think about my Pap in this moment. It finally hit me, that Pap will sadly not be there with us on that Christmas morning to show him all my gifts, or at dinner for good conversation mediating, and for good laughs. And yes, Pap would not be there sitting in his LA-Z-Boy Recliner, opening his gifts before it is his turn.

I know I am not the only one going through this, and I know this will be hard for those in my family to read. I debated on whether or not to post this, and I am not sure if it will even be read, but I feel their is a reason this needed to be said.

We can all learn something differently from our Christmas experiences, and we all have different traditions. But this year, I feel we should celebrate those we have lost, like Pap, in a different way this year. We should all learn three different things from Pap or a loved one we have lost. 1.) We should remember their legacies and allow them to live on. Save that empty space for that lost one in your room on Christmas Day. Talk about memories you have of that person. Not talking about it is not going to help you move on. 2.) Carry on their traditions. Be excited to GIVE gifts this year instead of receiving them. Buy something special for someone you have never thought to buy for before. 3.) Cherish each day you have with your family, and make this holiday season, this Christmas, and this New Year SPECIAL! Start a new tradition or share a funny memory. Spend as much time with your family as possible, and maintain a good, whole-hearted, and loving attitude to your family in respect to those you have lost.

Have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, and I hope these words bless everyone who reads them!!!!

With Love,


Friday, November 17, 2006

MICKEY--here we come!

Tomorrow morning I'll be flying to Fort Lauderdale FL for 2 days. I'm goin with Matt and his family. We'll be in Ft. Lauderdale for 2 days visitng his aunt and uncle, then we'll be going to DISNEY WORLD on monday! :-) I am VERY excited!!!!! This is a much needed vacation from that crazy school stuff I was talkin about in last blog! WHEW! hehehe!
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

What this is all about....

So I suppose before I posted all that crazy stuff I should say what this blog is for. In high school I wrote from the local newspaper. I love writing and when i graduated I no longer had a way of getting my thoughts out to the world. When writing for the Dominion Post I got to voice my opinion on tons of issues. Well for example, one I thought of just this morning was how our culture kind of shoves Thanksgiving aside in our world today. With decorations for CHristmas already being put up on High Street this morning I was reminded of that article I once wrote.

With this blog I hope to get those same issues discussed and for those people who ask me if I am a journalism major because of what I wrote in high school can now read this blog and read some articles that I wrote then, and things I will be writing now.
I'll try to update everyday or every couple days whenever something comes to mind!

Hope you enjoy reading... Not sure if this will fall through or if anyone will actually care... but just thought I'd give it a shot!

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Lately I have come to the conclusion that LIFE is absolutely a crazy thing. We go around living our daily lives, having this plan of what is going to happen each day. Some days those things are completely different than what we expected. Sometimes this completely ruins our day, or it makes our day so much better.
College makes life especially crazy. They say that this should be the best time of our lives. We're being educated, most of us are out there having fun and making new friends, but at the same time, most of us are going stir crazy from stress. Going out of our minds trying to get good grades, manage time between friends or boyfriends/girlfriends, going to our clubs and groups, and having time for ourselves. Now I am pretty sure that all this stress we put on ourselves is in fact taking years AWAY from our life. Really, we're just losing days off our life when we get stressed out over a test, or a paper, or managing time. and for what?! This education that will send us straight to our jobs, straight to a working lifestyle of , in most cases, even more stress. Then, we'll get married. MORE STRESS! then... we'll start having babies.... and the stress levels begin to hit maximum capacity. At that point of babies running around and growing up, what our parents always told us of "you're on my last nerve" will be true. Because from high school decisions of where to go to college stresses most out, or even the stress of becoming a teenager, all this until the day we die!!! life is all about managing stress.

So, today I realize that life is most definitely a CRAZY thing and that I need to manage stress more efficiently. Instead of living my life for today, and making my own expectations, to rely more on God and what He is going to do with my day, and my life.