January 31, 2017

The Time- The Days, Weeks, The Whole Month-

Where has the time gone?

How did I miss Thanksgiving?
Actually I did not miss Thanksgiving...It was very real and very 'family', spent with  Three of our four children in the Pensacola, Florida area-
With our middle son and wife along with our oldest who accompanied me to Florida and our youngest son and his youngest...our youngest Grand.

[You KNOW Mr. Lincoln, our Great Grand and his parents were there]

Another grown up Grandson joined in this Thankful gathering and rounding out the crowd, spilling over into the second table were extended family members we have the honor and pleasure of  sharing this time with now and then..

Then before one can dance around the room and count to 100 It is Christmastime-
Well actually I was dragging it out -surely the time between Turkey day and December 24-25 must have been extended to 8 weeks this year.
Why else would I have had such difficulty getting that 9ft. tree up and a respectable amount of house cleaning done?
Did I mention the Costa Rica interruption? Okay, here it is.
Our church's Costa Rica Mission team left on December 15 for a 5 day Mission trip, spending time again with Jose & Leda,(Acts 1:8 partners)  taking with us more than 400 blessing bags for sharing on our big Christmas Party day on Saturday.

Now let's fast forward to Troy and December 20th.....(after mid night)
Can I be forgiven for doing absolutely nothing for at least 24 hours after hitting the ground?
Well, I DID...nothing.

No I cannot share the Costa Rica story in bits and pieces. It will take some time,   some notes, quiet thought and multiple rewrites to pull together  something to give you a true picture of our time.
Don't give up...just come back regularly  to hold me accountable.

This brings us to Christmas at the Harrison House..
Our notes about Christmastime will likewise show up in due time.
We have a fair number of  pictures to share and will happily do so  as soon as the grandson with the real camera gets it all ready for sharing...
to be continued .....soon I hope :)

Just In Case You Were Wondering~

I'm stopping by to clarify something.
Yes, I did leave the country around Christmastime-
But, I did return in time for Christmas with my family.

A small group from my church  returned to Costa Rica in December  (2016)
Below are a few pictures of special moments and dear people .

I've concluded that it's near impossible to share  this with you in little snippets...brief accounts of memorable encounters. Nevertheless I will try to give you a  a few glimpses into

Another Kind of Christmas

In Costa Rica.

So many Christ Followers shopped, filled 1 gallon bags, donated money for us to pay for checked bags, fruit,  and additional supplies as needed.  Then as the Lord led so perfectly, hearts were touched and a plan came together to enable 22 teenagers to attend church camp in January. 
( See the last group picture  below at the end of the post)

Time to say Goodbye again

Back home in South Alabama
on December 20th-
Not to worry-I did get my Christmas tree up before leaving

( 22 youth )
Off to camp in January
Because other Christians Cared Enough!

November 30, 2016


I love giving-but I plainly dislike the Shopping
I do get carried away with the giving
But I detest that MONEY slips in to mess things up

I do truly loving giving to others...
but don't bring me gifts at this time in my life -I have everything-
My house is furnished,
My walls are appropriately covered.

If you  cannot walk in my door without a gift in hand...please-
Something to eat, drink or burn...
okay I'll love something to plant if it's  familiar  and not a new challenge.

I do so enjoy wrapping gifts except when I don't wrap-
I appreciate beautifully done up presents-
but I  enjoy using odd, used and sometimes strange findings to wrap them. Then topping them off with unusual or natural things...love using twine instead of ribbon -  grab a sprig of a dried bloom or a fresh herb stem, even sticking a candy cane under the ribbon or string -This works for me!

There was a time when I was concerned with forming the most perfect beautiful bows...no more-the more simple or  strange the better.

Giving generously over the top presents does my heart good...forget cost-the giving matters..not the spending.(free, cheap, reduced or just simply "on sale" )

It's just important to actually THINK about what and to whom you are giving...just think.

Some of my all time favorite Christmas gifts include a bundle of legal/yellow note pads from Sam's-b//c the giver was taking note of something I used regularly.

And the large  bundle of EMORY BOARDS ...I hope the grand who made the choice knew I was genuinely thrilled!

I can still recall back in the late 1970's  when I had a short unusual wish list for Christmas and an item on it I really, really, really wanted one of my children to get for me was a little $1.25 nail file..('diamond dust' ? )  and no one ever gave me that. I would not buy it for myself because I felt it was frivolous and since I did not actually need it -that was expensive. True story.

And I cannot forget the large gallon size VERY VINTAGE/perhaps antique jar [jug?} given to me by my daughter the year she figured out that I actually do treasure and drool over that used, old stuff from the roadside flea markets- By the way what makes that jug really special is that it has a WIRE HANDLE.  Yes, I'll show you. Don't go away-

And I shall always treasure the simple little wooden angel made and given by one of the older grandsons- I'm not sure he realized it was such a wonderful gift -truly a "Keeper"

Did I ever share with you some of the most unusual  -uniquely wonderful things people had gifted me with..allright, if you insist I will share two or three although I don't have pictures of all .
A work friend of my husband once sent home  (for me) a hornet's nest-Yes he did and I made such a fuss over that..honest to goodness .  That natural wonder of nature was proudly displayed  for years until the weather got the best of it.  Another work friend of Ted's brought back a bunch of beautiful pink rocks collected while his family vacationed in Colorado.

I think it's time to "wrap up " this conversation.