Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Peace



Darkness cannot drive out darkness; 
only light can do that. 
Hate cannot drive out hate; 
only love can do that.     
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


May He who has overcome the world bring peace to the heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers blanket the families of Newtown. I'll be back in the New Year.

xoxo Michele 


Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.



 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

My Favorite Christmas Ornaments


My favorite ornaments don't come from a store. They are inspired by books and music from the library, and then rolled out and cut with gingerbread cookie cutters by the smoochiest sixth grader I know.


Creating magical memories in the kitchen with my children (and many precious children I claim as mine) is a priceless gift.

Want to know my secret weapon? 


Elvis: Christmas (mooches smooches is the king)
Mario Lanza (super swoony)
Sting: If On A Winter's Night (dreamy times infinity)
Christmas With The Stars (run to your library now and pick this up)


A collection of Christmas CD's from the library. And a ginormous boombox I'm too embarrassed to show you. It's hiding in an armoire (that also houses our microwave). We love to play it loud and sing along. Or hush the volume to a whisper so we can share our day. Either way, the captivating crooners provide the soundtrack for melodious memories. 

Spending less and sharing more, the tangible sense of community and companionship - knowing we are borrowing beauty that was in the home of a dear friend down the block or a retired veteran at The Pines - this is where I find both joy and gratitude.
 

My favorite ornaments are the harvest of sharing. The creation of companionship. A library's legacy is love.

xoxo Michele

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Gift Of Companionship


I write every day, but publish very few of those ideas. And because the thoughts are tucked away like the special occasion hand-towels and china, Productivity loves to sit on my shoulder. Reminding me of an impatient to-do list that fusses for my attention. A meaningful life subtracted by hidden words.


And then I come across a book like Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird and inwardly rejoice. Even now, I'm continually surprised by how a writer can cheer our hearts with a message that is equally personal and universal.


Authors are ethereal companions, reaching over miles and even centuries with a letter seemingly written just for you. The gift of lifelong companionship - for us and our children - magically shared by the library. 

xoxo Michele 


Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rick Steves' European Christmas


Quickly becoming one of our family favorite Christmas Specials this season, Rick Steves' European Christmas is a simple reminder that sharing the hope of Christ with family, friends, and neighbors is what the holiday is all about.


Europe spends less on holiday gifts than Americans do, but there is no doubt they get the full heart of Christmas. 

When your heart grows weary of the commercialized Christmas, visit your local library. I don't know if it's because they specialize in sharing, but I've found meaningful memories for our family throughout their shelves of books, music, movies and cookbooks.


The choirs are nothing short of spectacular, and they inspired us to shop the library for European Christmas CD's. We're listening to where our traditions began while baking cookie ornaments and sharing them with our neighbors.

How is the library sharing the holiday with your family?

xoxo Michele

33 seconds in you'll hear the magic.


Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.
 

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Thrill Of Hope


I've been living the thrill of hope all week. The promise of a new bathroom (that is still to come}. A dear friend waiting for good news from her doctor. Our daughter's joyful anticipation of dancing onto the stage and singing for family and friends and neighbors. 

Hope. It is thrilling. Especially when our object of hope is everlasting. 



No one shares the thrill of hope in as many ways as the library.

xoxo Michele
 
Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.
 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

My Favorite Elf Collection From The Library

elf on the shelf 








So far we have resisted the Elf On The Shelf craze, but John-John is pleading for one. Personally, I'm a bit weirded out by spying elves. John's friends all have one or two, and he delights in inviting himself into their homes and discovering where the elves magically appear each day.

While I'm pondering the idea of an elf agent among us and taking a break from our bathroom project, I put together an Elf Collection from the library. We all agree on this borrowed beauty, and the book is a classic - if you haven't read it with your children yet - log on to your library website now and reserve a copy tonight.

   Elf

Wrap up an elf collection from the library and enjoy this borrowed beauty with your family. Do you have an Elf On The Shelf?  Are they any good at bathroom remodeling?

xoxo Michele 

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Bloggy Break

Guess who decided to re-mod the bathroom right before the busiest time of the year? Clearly I've been watching too many DIY TV shows, because I thought we'd be enjoying our new bathroom in an hour. But tile likes time to set, and uninvited dilemmas pop up like weeds in a garden.

You can follow the fun of our bath remodel here. Or I'll be back next week after I've had a chance to shower and pick the grout out of my fingernails. 

xoxo Michele 

 
Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.