Well, folks, I have not only survived hosting five events in four days, I have LOVED it!   It has been so much fun having our local and extended church family members over.  Now, I’m not going to say that it hasn’t been interesting.  Yes, the electric department did decide to show up in the middle of my “brunch” to hook up the electricity to Steve’s shop, which required the electricity being turned off for a short period of time.  We managed to eat in the dark!  And, thankfully, there were ladies, who knew how to turn the water off to the toilet in the guest bathroom when it started overflowing at the end of my Ladies’ Party. That was fun!   And…..guess what takes the cake?  Last night, we had ordered a cake to honor a special couple and…..due to illness, they weren’t able to come!  So, we took a picture of the cake, texted it to them, and ATE THE CAKE!  What wonderful memories!

I was asked a question more than once in the last couple of days.  How long does it take you to put all those Santas up and put all those ornaments on the tree?  I’ll admit that it does take me a day to do each, and while it’s a long day, it’s such a joy to see precious reminders of “what a wonderful life” I’ve enjoyed.  For a few short minutes I’m taken back to the time when I first got that Santa or the girls first brought home that handmade ornament.  I remember a special ornament hanging on my parent’s tree or being given to me by my Memom.  I treasure them not because of their beauty (even though, of course, they’re BEAUTIFUL!).  I treasure them for the memories that they represent.  Have you taken the time to thank God for the “wonderful life” that you’ve been given?

One of the main comments that I heard was – I don’t have the energy to go to all that trouble anymore.  My response to that one is:  As long as I am able and I enjoy doing it – I’m going to keep on keeping on.  I know that the day will come when I am no longer physically able to “do all that work,” but seeing my grandson’s face when he walks into the room, makes it all worth while.  I also know that grandchildren grow up, things change, and when the time comes that I don’t “enjoy” it anymore, I’ll stop doing all of it, but I hope that I’ll always do what I can.  In John 9:4, Jesus said, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work.”  Jesus knew that He needed to do what He could, when He could.  How about you?  Our time to work for the Lord is limited.  There will come a time when we are no longer able to work.  When that time comes, I pray that I will hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant…..”  God Bless, Courtney

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