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3 important benefits of Christmas #music

Good morning, kittens & dawgs! How was your Christmas? Something new for us this year, we spent Christmas quietly alone.  Good? Bad? Maybe a little of both, but it was more good than bad. I can’t believe how fast this month has gone and much less how quickly another year is ending. Is this an age thing or do you feel it, too?

Now, if you danced with the 4M crew this month, then you know XmasDolly and her elves ~ Jamerican Spice, Stacy Uncorked, Everyday Life, & little ole me are having a jingling good time with non-stop Christmas music. That being said, this is our last chance at it coz we have to wait for 11-months to do it all again. *sigh*

My Christmastime theme focused on spiritual elements of the season: Bethlehem, angels, Mary, and Jesus. This morning, I’m taking a different approach. My musical choices this morning echo the three benefits Christmas gives to mankind, if only for a day.

First, it makes us LOVE a little deeper.


Second, there’s nothing, but PEACE and goodwill for others to fill our hearts


And, thirdly there’s no denying it gives everyone a sheer sense of HAPPINESS!


Ah, now wouldn’t it be grand, if we could live 365-days of the year with Christmas in our hearts?



That’s a wrap for the last Monday of 2014. Thank you for making me a part of your Mondays. I look forward to sharing them with you in the coming New Year. In case you didn’t know, I’m unplugged from cyberspace until January 5th, as I’m spending the week with DH.  The party is still underway, just hop over to XmasDolly to link up and enjoy the fun! 😉

One more thing before you go….





4 Heart-Smart Must-Dos

The folks at Campbell Soup Kitchen have launched the “Address Your Heart Health” campaign. I was asked to participate in spreading the news. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in both American men and women. Amongst the statistics of deaths by Ethnicity, Caucasians take the lead. That isn’t something to be proud about, either.

Fortunately for my family and I we take well-being seriously and place it at the top of our priorities. Over the years, we have managed our lives with a health-conscience approach by following these four basic must-dos for life.

  1. No smoking
  2. Exercise regularly
  3. Reduce stress
  4. Eat a balance diet ~ lean meats & veggies

These are really common-sense steps. I bet you do these, too. One way I know to help reduce stress for a mom-on-the-go is with a few easy-to-make dinner ideas, right? I found a few recipes I want to share with you and to make for my DH.

Grilled Chicken Bruschette

Louisiana-Style Chicken, Sausage & Shrimp Skillet
Pork Medallions with Spinach & Barley
Broccoli Cheddar Rice
PIzza Primavera with Cauliflower Crust

Which recipe has you saying, “Oh, yeah! I want to try that!” They all look pretty awesome, don’t they?

Campbell’s soup has been a big part of my life, and the life of my family. Every bowl of Campbell’s soup I serve, I offer a measure of comfort to those I love. Do you get that same sense, too? Another way to reduce your stress is help at the grocery store. I always say, “a penny saved, is a penny earned” and in this bad economy, you have to be coupon savvy.  Click the below link and begin saving!

Campbell’s Coupon & Savings Center

Soothing some worries, keeping a little more in your wallet, while increasing your heart’s heart with Campbell’s soups… now, that’s something I can really get behind!

About Campbell’s:

Health is foremost on people’s minds, keeping your family in tip-top shape can be a challenge in these busy times. Campbell’s Soup wants you to “Address Your Heart” with Heart Healthy Tips, recipes and more!

Visit AddressYourHeart.com to get heart-healthy tips, including 21 Campbell’s recipes AHA certified and product coupons. Also, to get the latest Campbell’s recipes and offers like them on Facebook!

***This post is sponsored by Campbell Soup Company.***


Love Deeply

One of my favorite Christian inspirational songs is Love In Any Language by Sandi Patti.  This song speaks volumes to me.  Everyone understands LOVE universally.  Love is something everyone craves.

It fails to amaze me how after nearly 32 years I love my husband more now than the day I first married him.  My DH tells me sometimes his heart tickles because he loves me so and we’ve both have experienced physically aching hearts when we’re separated.

According to e-How.com  “When a person falls in love, the “happy” chemical dopamine and the “trust” chemical oxytocin increase to very high levels.”  Perhaps this stimulates the tickling sensation my DH describes and the over-powering giddiness I feel. This article primarily deals with the effects of a broken heart, but it stands to reason that similar chemical changes occur within a person’s heart if they are madly in love, i.e longing, tickling, or giddiness impressions.

Recently, I read the words from first Peter commanding us to love deeply. How can the heart continue to love so much? This is totally perplexing to me. I feel like my heart is a sponge just soaking up more and more love for my DH as the years go by.

To love deeply extends beyond my DH, I learned.  Once I became a mother of our first DD I could not imagine loving a child any more than I loved her.  I selfishly worried I couldn’t begin to love another child equally the same, but I was wrong.

Somehow God instilled in me the ability to not only love equally but differently with all three of my children. Like with my DH, I continue to love deeply as the years pass with my children.  Often times I find my heart aches, as I reflect on bygone years when they small.  This will always be with me. Somewhere amidst my sadness, I sense gladness, as the Lord returns a smile to my heart.

My Thursday Two Questions are:

1.  Have you ever experienced intense feelings of the heart from being in love for years?

2.  Do you love anyone else other than your spouse with a deep love? I’m sure you can answer yes to this one, so really add something more.

Perhaps you noticed I answered these questions before listing them.  I hope you’ll kindly leave your answers in my comments.  I always make an effort in responding to every person and visiting their blog.  Have a lovely Thursday!

To participate in Thursday Two Questions, please visit SelfSagacity and link up.



Love In Any Language

One of my personal bests by award-winning singer, Sandi Patti, is Love In Any Language. What is the language of love?

The language of love speaks through your five basic senses of hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, and touching.

  • Love is the melody of music floating to your ears through expressions of I love you or I miss you or How was your day.
  • Love is the special thing you do every day – a smile, running an errand for your spouse, folding the laundry, or helping to change the oil in the car.
  • Love is your spouse’s lingering scent on his pillow or the smell of his shirt left laying on the bed, the aroma of chocolate cake baking or the morning coffee brewing , a whiff of autumn’s crisp air or the clean woodsy fragrance of pine.
  • Love is the bite of a luscious, juicy peach or the creamy goodies of a bowl of vanilla bean ice cream.
  • Love is the tenderness of a kiss on your cheek or a stroke across your arm or a gentle squeeze of your hand.

Clearly, this is my definition of what love is.  Yours will be similar, but yet uniquely different as it should be.

Some of my favorite verses in the Bible speak of love. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…”

Love spawn intimacy, commitment, and passion as a friend or a lover. A few weeks ago, I wrote I Call You Friend which points out key elements to look for in a friend.  These same characteristics can apply to both a friend and soul mate.

How is it, we can be different, yet our hearts know the language of love?  It’s universal, it’s unspoken, it’s understood just like Sandi Patty’s song goes…

Love in any language
Straight from the heart
Pulls us all together
Never apart
And once we learn to speak it
All the world will hear
Love in any language
Fluently spoken here