Thinking of You ~ Wishing You Well ~ and many more!

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Have you received a card or note that has been handwritten? If so, I hope you felt the love that went into it. Every year since we have been married my hubby gets a birthday card with a handwritten message in it from his grandmother. They almost all start the same way: “I remember the night you were born …” These cards have been a treasure for my hubby and for me also. Through the years I learned family tales and stories and traditions were passed on.

A few years ago I did what almost every one I know does on a daily basis. I walked out to my mailbox and picked up the mail. Every day I would get excited anticipating something addressed to me. Maybe I would get an announcement from my favorite nail salon, or a great coupon for a local restaurant, or a postcard from a family member, or a “Thinking of You” card from a friend or maybe … just maybe …a hand-written multi-page letter from a friend!!!

What I found was the same old thing.There was a couple of free magazines, a few odd advertisements addressed to “Postal Customer”, and bills! The only thing that even remotely looked like a personal letter was …

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I am NOT alone …

“I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.” ~ Taylor Caldwell

All I Want for Christmas …

Do you remember Christmas without snow? I do! (and I lived next door to Santa Claus ~ more on this later…) How about a palm tree as your Christmas tree? Santa coming to your house in a convertible?

All I want for Christmas
is my two front teeth,
my two front teeth,
see my two front teeth.

Gee, if I could only
have my two front teeth,
then I could wish you
“Merry Christmas!”

I grew up in Ft. Myers, FL (went to high school at Cypress Lake ~ if anyone knows of it!!!) and I have some fond memories of that time. So, starting tomorrow, tune in here, check out those stories of teenage angst and the gifts that were ‘oh so important’ to a teen girls heart. ❤

In the meantime, be thinking about your favorite Christmas gift you received as a teenager (or the one you are still waiting to have Santa bring to you!) and let’s share our stories this holiday season. 😀

Ha-Ha- Halloween!

I’m listening to the little goblins and ghouls running through the neighborhood filled with the excitement of being out after dark. There is also the adventure of getting “treats”! I wonder if they have any idea what a treat it is for me and my hubby to hear their giggles and see their smiling faces? It sure is worth the bags of candy. 

To add to my entertainment, I’ve been reading the jokes on the Laffy Taffy candy. (and tasting a few) Check some of them out and enjoy a laff on me 🙂

Why did the chicken go to the library?
To check out a BAWK! BAWK! BAWK!

How did the monkey cross the road? 
It jumped on the chicken’s back!

What’s black and white and blue all over?
A frozen penguin!

and finally, for your last Halloween chuckle (and my personal favorite :)) …

How far did the witch fly?
Ghost to Ghost!

Religious Leaders Statement for Unity

More than 50 Religious Leaders Issue Sept. 11 Statement for Unity

Members of Religious Leaders Acting Together for Equality (RELATE) issue a joint public statement in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.


Religious communities and leaders in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago joined all in the U.S. and people of good will across the world in grieving the terrible acts of September 11, 2001. We found these crimes against humanity to be horrendous and contrary to the core teachings of our faith traditions. 

RELATE (Religious Leaders Acting Together for Equality) is 52 religious leaders of Baha’i, Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant denominations from 12 northern suburbs. As a collective body of religious leaders, we originally penned this statement as a response to vicious hate crimes, including the murder of Ricky Byrdsong, on the North Shore in July 1999. Our goal in publishing this Joint Public Statement was to declare our common commitment to developing a diverse, multi-cultural community where all might dwell in harmony, peace, and abundance. We have re-released it since then when the times called for it, as they certainly did on Sept. 11, 2001. 

Joint Statement of Religious Leaders

Today, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of these attacks, we call for continuing prayers for peace and unity in these difficult and uncertain times.

We abhor the stereotype‑based assumptions made about and actions taken against people of any particular faith tradition, ethnicity, or nation of origin.

We urge people in our faith communities to be especially careful when they speak to children about these crimes against humanity Continue reading

Celebrating 175 Years of Methodism in Palestine

Celebrating 175 Years of Methodism in Palestine.

FUMC Palestine pays tribute to rich history

PALESTINE — Special events are planned Sept. 10-11 at First United Methodist Church of Palestine for the church’s Demisemiseptcentennial — celebrating 175 years of Methodism in Palestine and 100 years at its current location at 422 S. Magnolia St. in Palestine.

A s early as 1840, a Methodist Society was organized by John Wilson, a Crockett Mission supply pastor. These meetings were held at the home of Roland W. Box who lived near Fort Houston.
On July 13, 1846, Palestine was designated Anderson County seat and most of the Fort Houston settlers, including the Methodist Society, moved to the new town.

The Methodist church was the first to erect a building. It was located on what is now 812 North Mallard St.. In December 1847, the Palestine Circuit was created with Henderson D. Palmer as its first rider. Three years later the church was given the name Bascom Chapel in honor of the late Bishop Henry B. Bascom. The church served numerous congregations in the community for many years as Palestine’s sole house of worship.

Centenary 1884

In 1884, the Methodists built a new church named Centenary Church to commemorate the 100th anniversary of American Methodism. Centenary Church was a wooden structure with a tall steeple and was located near the intersection of Avenue A and North Mallard. The cornerstone of Centenary Church is now in the north wall of the sanctuary.

The present Gothic-style church was built in 1910 under the pastoral leadership of Dr. James Kilgore. It was formally dedicated as First Methodist Church on Sept. 3, 1911.

In 1968 when the Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren Church united and became the United Methodist Church, the name was changed to First United Methodist Church.

First United Methodist Church

Over the years, many improvements and changes were made. The sanctuary was remodeled in 1952 and a brick Children’s Building was built north of the sanctuary. A former residence across the street from the church was converted into a youth building. An elevator was installed in the church and additional parking space was provided. In 1986, the Carroll Building was erected.

In 1990, the church embarked on the “Room to Grow” campaign, resulting in a new fellowship hall, reconstruction of the old fellowship hall into a parlor and office space, remodeling projects in existing buildings, and a playground for the children.

In 1999, the church began a new campaign, this time an extensive renovation and modernization of the Children’s Building. The newly renovated Children’s Building was dedicated as the Jiles B. Upton Children’s Building on February 17, 2002.

The chancel area was once in the Northeast corner of the Sanctuary near the doors by the current wheelchair ramp and prayer room

The sanctuary, the third oldest in Palestine, is an architectural treasure. Its priceless stained glass windows reflect beauty, dignity and reverence. We began a campaign to “Restore the Glory” to our Continue reading

Great Truths About Growing Older

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. For this eternal truth I’ve got a little bit of wisdom to share with some of my young (and young at heart!) friends. Pay attention!  They may help you live longer 😉

  1. Forget the health food. You need all the preservatives you can get!
  2. When you fall down, think about what else you can do while you’re down there. (A reminder – don’t waste the space you’re in, do something with what you’ve got where you are!)
  3. You’re getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster. (No matter which stage of life you are in – let go and enjoy the ride!)
  4. It’s frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions. (Share the wisdom anyway, you never know who might be listening!)
  5. Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician. (So enjoy that afternoon nap, it can help you keep up a youthful appearance!)
  6. Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.
  7. Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree. (And don’t forget Continue reading