A conversation in Caterpillar Lane –

Harry:  “Hey, Fuzzy, I haven’t  seen Leggus lately, have you?”

Fuzzy:  “Last I saw him, he had crawled into a pine bark and dried up.  At least he sure looked dead.”

Harry:  “That’s bad.  He was a good friend.”

Fuzzy:  “They say he has moved on to Butterfly Kingdom.  Wherever that is.”

Harry:  “I’ve heard of the place.  But it is filled with butterflies; it’s sure not a place for caterpillars.  I’ve never seen a butterfly in Caterpillar Lane, so, I don’t know about you but personally, I just don’t believe there is such a thing as a butterfly.  A butterfly – in Butterfly Kingdom – HA.  …..  Hey Fuzzy, I’m feeling kind of odd.  Sort of like something is wrapping me in a tight bag.  Fuzzy, …  Fuzzy, …   Fuzzy, … can you hear me?….”

Well, we are not caterpillars and Christ is not a butterfly, but listen to Philippians 3:21..”(Christ} will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”  Amazing.  Amazing.  Caterpillar to butterfly; mortal body to immortal body.  (1 Corinthians 15:54)

Did I say it before—amazing?


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Spirit soars freely;

Life escapes this skin cocoon;

Flesh turns to ashes.


death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  I Corinthians 15:55-57


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The Baby Jesus has been tucked away;  No longer with him do the children play.

The Little Babe can’t see the light; He’s in a closet dark as night.

We don’t see where he lays his head; Far underneath the guest room bed.

He’ll be back in a future day; When the merchants want their pay.

But for now He has been laid to rest, He will come next year as our special guest.


Cynical, huh?  A chat about that:

Perhaps that is as it should be.  We quit seeing things that are on display year round.  I left a nativity scene out all year last year.  No one really looked after a couple of months.

Sort of like churches.  They are everywhere; they are open every week of the year.  We take comfort in knowing they are there in case we want to “see” them; in case we want to know the God/Man Jesus, who grew up.  That is a good place to find out about Him as a grown Man and as a Reigning King.  It is a good thing to know The Babe grew up; it is a good thing to give special attention to the Birthday of the Babe.

Sad to say and as much as I regret it, it might be a good thing that some make money in promoting his birthday.  Without the merchandising element, how often would we remember the birth of the Baby?

So having that insight, what will I do next year when I see Christmas trees in October?  Groan, most likely.  😀  Perhaps I should say “Thank you, God, for slamming me with a Christmas tree to remind me of Christmas.  I’m glad Christmas lasts for more than one day a year.”

The Holy Spirit uses all sorts of methods and people to get his message out.  Sort of like “If we do not praise Him, the rocks and the hills will do so.” 

Even Santa?  I’ll be back about that.  😀  





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If you were in a class, Philosophy 102, it would probably not be long before you would be asked questions such as these: what are we here for, where did we come from, what is our purpose, and where are we going. Life’s great mysteries! There are many of them.  God does share answers to some; others he does not.  Mostly they are too big for my brain. That’s the way God is!

But he will give you enough answers to help you find peace as you snuggle down in his pleasure, knowing you came from God and you are going back to God. Meanwhile you are going to look as much like Him as you can. And you can know what to do to “look like him” because you are going to be as much like Jesus as you can. He said, “If you have known me, you have known the Father.” 

From the preacher in the pulpit to the shopper in the “five and ten” cent store to the trooper on the highway to the teacher in the class—and on and on and on –our purpose is the “Show them Christ.”

Sad to say, however, that will likely not get you an A+ in the Philosophy class!  😀

Revelation 4:11  “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

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BEFORE PUTTING THOSE CHRISTMAS CARDS AWAY! Try this lesson for a child on the reason for Christmas. Show in John 1:17 that Christ and Jesus is the same person. Then let the child find and circle the “Christ” in all the “Christmas” words. It is a little easier to make the connection between Jesus’ birthday and the Christ in Christmas.



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That is the ugliest sweater I have ever seen,

Gold splatters on the red and green,

Background snowflakes adds some sheen,

Christmas balls – count ‘em, there’s sixteen.


Does that poem scream at you?  Do you want to say, “That’s too much.”  The end result is gauche.  Too much.

So, keeping it very simple, I’m saying:


I’m off to see the kinfolks, the lovely, lovely  kinfolks.  —Not following the Yellow Brick Road, nor am I wearing red patent shoes, nor am I taking the dog.  😀  I fed the fish and watered the plants.  Now I’m outta here.  See you after Christmas.


First line Friday by:   https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/first-line-friday-december-20th-2019/N

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Look!  Dan reads.

Dan reads book.

Look!  Kenlyn listens.

Keni has thumb.

Thumb in mouth.

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Look!  See Adalyn.

Addy has hair.

Addy is zonked.


Look!  See Kenlyn.

Keni is zonked.

Where is thumb?

Thumb gone bye-bye. 


Christmas memories from our Christmas Family Day, December 14, 2019.  Dan is my grandson, Carl’s son.  The girls are Roger’s grandchildren, my great-grands.





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office in a box

I did something that would make Santa envious!  It was the same thing for all eight of my great-grands, five to twelve years old.  A small storage/file box (not necessarily Christmas theme) in which I put the following items: hole punch, stapler, rubber bands, sticky pad (2 sizes, note and tab), pencil, pen, staples, and small lined tablet, a pack of cashews and pecans, all topped off with a small size (large print) Word Find in 6 yr and older.

I bought the boxes this summer on sale, most of the other items at Dollar Tree or Dollar General.  They cost me about $13 dollars each.  I divided the package of pencil and pens instead of buying each separately.  The young ones kept their “office box” close by all afternoon, and as you can see the older ones went for the Word Finds with boxes near by.

It was unnecessary to wrap these gifts; just stick on the name.  I removed all the packaging from the items in order to make them fit in the boxes.  

Santa never had it so easy!

word find



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swaddled baby

“Come on in.  The baby is with Marta.  He is a delight!”  Mary joined the excitement of her family celebrating Marta’s new baby boy.

“Look, he has ears like Marta’s.”
“His tiny toes are like hers too.  See the little one is twisted a bit to the left.”

“Say what you like, but he mostly looks like his father,” crowed the father, Elias, with pride.

          On the way home, Mary and Joseph mused about the little baby boy.  Joseph questioned, “I wonder how your son will look.  Will he look anything like me?”

          In the wakeful watch of the night, Mary considered this matter.  She knew only one thing.  He will be a boy.  A boy who is the Son of God.  Will he look like me—my eyes, my fingernails?  Will he even have eyes and fingernails?  Does God have eyes and fingernails?  I’m a girl so he probably won’t look very much like me?  Will he have bushy eyebrows like Joseph’s?  Will he look like Joseph, even though he is not Joseph’s son?  Will he look like King David, our mutual ancestor from centuries before?  Will he look like the Angel who came to me from God?  What does God look like?  Maybe he will look like Adam, God’s created man.  Mary drifted off to sleep….she will know before many more days.


          On Christmas night, Joseph delivered the baby boy into Mary’s hands.  She placed him at her breasts filling his first needs on earth – mother’s love and his first meal just like every other newborn baby.  Looking him over from head to toe, she saw a perfect man child. 

          Now she knows.  “Yes, Joseph, he looks very much like you.” 

          He looked very much like Every Man, with the Spirit of his Father. 

John 14:9 “….He that has seen me has seen the Father…”


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Celebrating Christ’s Birth occurred in our home Saturday, Dec. 14th and what was not to love?  Nothing.  We had much food and fun.

The picture above shows my two handsome sons cutting up – doing a version of Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.  I think their version was Grandma Got Drunk on Cranberry Juice; at least I accused them of that.  I had told all my family I wanted kitchen towels from the Dollar Tree for Christmas.  So they had just given me a kitchen towel with a picture of red wine and cheese. I thanked them for the nice picture of cranberry juice in the bottle, very appropriate for my kitchen.   Ever up to the occasion and with the guitar in Carl’s lap, they tried to up-stage me.  So now I’m getting even by sending this picture to the cloud.  Gotta teach my kids to stay humble.  😀

By the way our drink for the day was iced water with slices of lemon and lime. I forgot the cucumber, but it adds a great flavor.  Try it.  No head aches come with it!  

Carl and Vicky, Roger and ReNee, My ever lasting love to you.  You help make my life a joy.  Merry Christmas!

In every day life they look like this:


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