Romans 12:1-2

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

And the Stocking Were Hung By the Chimney With Care

Except at my house when I was growing up we just hung our stockings on the wall.  We had a fireplace and mantel, but I don't think Dad considered it "safe" to hang stockings there.

I often clean house without focus.  Someone in my house asked me when I was going to finish my ADD bathroom cleaning. Lol.  Anyway, I saw the boxes in the corner of our dining room.  One was from early-February, 2011.  Hubby went and picked up my Dad's belongings at the Veteran's Center for us once the roads cleared.  The other box was from June.  After Aunt and I cleaned out our parents' house there were a few things I brought home right away...and there they have sat.

I glanced at the boxes tonight and decided I would start putting things away thus get rid of the boxes.  This was as far as I got...

I held the stocking and felt inside it.  Then I wondered what things must have been in it each Christmas when I was a little girl.  I'm positive there would have been a small memo pad each Christmas.

These were our stockings this Christmas.

I don't worry about the safety of the fireplace - just that they are too heavy for the hangers or that the dog will eat whatever candy is inside (has happened before!)

I almost love stockings more than presents under the tree.

I'll try again on the boxes another time.

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