Wednesday, December 03, 2008


The last couple of days had been emotional ones for me. I'd really been missing Swaziland and just feeling weepy about things. After a good two hour long phone talk last night with a kindred spirit and fellow Swazi tripper, Christi, my spirit was feeling so much better. She really helped me gain some Godly perspective and blessed me with the stories of how God was moving in her life.

And then this morning I woke up sick.


I've succumbed to the stomach virus that has struck down about half of my family. It's not a pretty sight...I can guarahnteee that (as Jerry Clower used to say). That said, it's still Christmas. And Christmas is my favorite time of the year so I wanted something Christmasy to blog about but not something that would require much eloquence.

My purty and fun-as-the-fair friend Rhonda (mentioned in yesterday's post) sent me a Christmas meme. I figured since most of the work was done, I could handle using it for today's post. I'm not going to tag anyone, but if you want to use it on your blog, feel free. Just let me know so I can enjoy reading your answers. We Extroverted Intuitive Feeling Perceivers get a kick out of this kind of stuff.

So here goes:


1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I like both, but having 7 kids and lot of others to wrap for means gift bags are faster and easier.

2. Real tree or Artificial? Definitely REAL! And I love going to a tree farm and picking out just the right one with the family.

3. When do you put up the tree? Whenever hubby's schedule will allow us to go get one sometime after Thanksgiving.

4. When do you take the tree down? I don't, hubby does (LOVE THAT MAN!) sometime during the first week or so of the new year.

5. Do you like eggnog? It has the word "egg" in it so the answer is obviously "no". Too many cases of egg-inflicted nausea during numerous pregnancies.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Too many wonderful ones to pick just one but the Barbies and baby dolls were always among my top favorites.

7. Hardest person to buy for? One of the grandparents who will remain unnamed.

8. Easiest person to buy for? Me! ;) LOL! I'm very easily pleased.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? Definitely yes!

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Both.

11, Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Green socks in the school classroom gift exchange.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? CHRISTMAS WITH THE CRANKS

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I shop all year round. I LOVE buying gifts!

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yepper.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Sausage balls, chex mix, venison sausage, cranberry meatballs, and rotel dip with tortilla chips. I know. I'm weird. And yes, I know that was more than one thing...but how can I choose just ONE favorite?

16. Lights on the tree? Absolutely! There is nothing like that initial tree lighting...especially with the little children oohing and aahing.

17. Favorite Christmas song? Traditional one is CAROL OF THE BELLS. Contemporary favorites are by Steven Curtis Chapman and Amy Grant.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Both.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
It's been different things over the years. I THINK that this year it's a big, silver star.

21. Open presents on Christmas Eve or morning? One gift Christmas Eve, the rest in the morning...though our gift exchanging gets spread out over a few weeks because of far flung extended family.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Greedy, materialistic attitudes.

23. Favorite ornament ? It's not just one particular ornament but one type, the "1st Christmas" ornaments for my 7 children. My mom gave each of them a Hallmark one after they were born and they are so sweet.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? We eat fancy sandwiches on Christmas Eve complete with gourmet cheeses and nice meats. But my very favorite Christmas dinner is the fried quail, country supper my Grandma McElhaney used to make every year. I miss it.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Books by Lisa Samson and Claudia Mair Burney, black socks, brown socks, and vanilla body spray. Ooh! I'd also love someone to paint our beyond-boring mailbox.

26. Shopping in stores for Christmas or on the Internet? Both.

27. Snow for Christmas or no snow? Snow but as that's never, ever happened in my life, I'm not counting on it.

28. Do you go to Church on Christmas day? No. Our church has it's special service the Sunday just before.

29. Fantasy Christmas gift? Loving families for every orphan child and airline tickets for my entire family to travel to Swaziland.

Who's next?

1 comment:

Rhonda Jeanne said...

YOU, my dear friend, are as "fun-as-the-fair"!