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Day 14 – Advent Calendar

Advent Day #14 –Have a candlelit dinner, with Christmas music in the background.



{You may choose to simplify the process big-time.  The most important thing is that you do what works for you and enjoy the season with the ones you love!!}

Alternative Activity:  Choose a different place to eat dinner or let your kids decide.  Maybe you can have a picnic on your livingroom floor as you watch the Christmas lights twinkle in the distance.  Don’t have a candle? Turn off all the lights in your house except for one in the room nearby for a “low-lit” meal.

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You have the ability…

to do GREAT things.

You are ABLE to make the best out of the life you were given.

The type of impact you offer this world is UP TO YOU.


Please take time to watch this inspiring video below…

Are you going to continue to feel like you were dealt bad cards for your life?

OR are you going to make something great from the hand you were given?


*If you can access this video copy and past this link into your browser:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9xwCG0Ey2Mg

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What is your favorite Christmas song?

LaRa SaYs: “Well, honestly I have too many favorites.  Can I share 2 of them? AnD ThE AnGelS CrIeD’ tears me up every time.  Love this song…

and my second song, as heard on the movie HoMe AlOnE, always makes me feel like a kid…and everyone wants to feel like a kid now and then :)”


RoByN SaYs: Over the years my favorite Christmas song has changed.  This year I am really into BrEaTh of HeaVeN by Amy Grant.  It helps remind me of the true meaning of Christmas!”


RoByNn SaYs:  My favorite?   Ummm………there is actually no other genre of music where I have so many songs in a dead heat.  This, however, may be one of the most powerful Christmas songs I have ever heard.  It is called, “Mary, Did You Know?”  By Rascal Flatts


Suede Sofa would LoVe to know your favorites this year!


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Nine years ago this month I lost a very close friend to cancer.  Her name was FrAn. 

I met Fran when I was in jr. high.  She moved to my small town of 300 people with her husband, BoB, who was our K-12 school’s superintendent.  They immediately became a part of our community and school.  Fran LoVeD people, music and God.  Actually, Fran just loved LiFe.  I have never met someone who was more PoSiTiVe and UpBeAt than Fran.

Due to budget cuts my senior year of high school, our music program was cut.  Fran stepped in and VoLuNtEeReD to be our vocal teacher.  She took our vocal class to music contest where we won 1+’s –  the highest score possible, not because we were incredible singers, but because we worked hard and were motivated to perform to the best of our ability for Fran.  Her love for music had RuBbEd Off on us.

The year I graduated from high school in South Dakota, Fran and her husband retired to a little resort island called “HoLiDaY IsLaNd” right outside of Eureka Springs, AK.  I was thrilled as my college plans were to attend college in Tulsa, OK, just 3 hours from Fran’s new home.  Bob and Fran extended the invitation for me to come visit them and I did so regularly.  In the course of 10 years I also took many of my FriEnDs along who, after a weekend with Bob and Fran, said they felt like they had known them all their life.  That was just the way they made you FeeL. 

Fran (and Bob) treated us like her own daughters.  She bought us “SwEeT PillS” a.k.a. pastries, made us delicious meals, let us drive their golf cart to the pool (a block away), swam with us, rented and watched chic flicks with us, washed our clothes, and had good heart-to-heart “girl talks” with us.  Sleeping-in was the norm and when we finally rose out of our room we were greeted with Fran saying, “GoOd MoRniNg MeRrY SuNsHiNe!” a phrase I now use every morning when my girls come down the stairs.

Although Fran had been diagnosed with cancer, maybe before I was even in high school, she had always been so positive and proactive in treating her disease, I never worried about it.  She always seemed to be the picture of HeAlTh.   

However, in 2001, when Bob passed away from prostate cancer I begin to notice she wasn’t quite the same.

On Friday of Memorial Day Weekend 2002, I received a call from Fran saying, the doctor’s had told her there was nothing more they could do.  She knew that she was in her final days and was at PeAcE.  A few days later I went to visit her to say  “good-bye”.  Less than two months later, I went to say my final “Good-Bye”.

Fran was an InSpiRing WoMaN.  She touched the lives of those who knew her. 

I hope I can make an ImPaCt on others like Fran made on me.


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