Happy Sunday…one week from Christmas Eve. Welcome to Sunday mornings at home.
If all goes well, then one week from today, our home will be filled once again with laughter from the six grandchildren.
Not even a foot set-back can rob me of the joy this time of year brings.
Today, is always a lifestyle post which includes what is currently on my mind.
I understand that readers who want more focus in a post struggle with this…but having at least one a week which can go many directions is fun for me.
So, for the braver ones in the audience…please join me today for Sunday Mornings at Home.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: LAST WEEK ON INSTAGRAM
I wrote a post last week on IG and FB which I did not want to write, but felt compelled to write.
“I have been blogging about fashion, style and beauty for women in the second half of life for 14 years.
One big lesson I have learned is that impeccable style begins within us and not on the outside. I do not care what a woman is wearing or how her hair is styled, if she is unkind, arrogant, mean, or nasty, she is NOT a woman with impeccable style.
It so grieves me to see women who are 50, 60,70 and beyond write nasty comments to fashion influencers. We are the ones with experience and wisdom who should set examples of kindness for others.
If your comment is not edifying, encouraging, or helpful….just do not write it.
Our voices are needed…more than ever…to help and not hurt.
Be a strong woman of impeccable style and set an example of kindness.”
I did not write this because I was being treated unkindly, but rather, because I knew a group of younger over 50 bloggers who were being treated unkindly and had traced it back to over 60 bloggers.
I know these women and it broke my heart to hear the venom being spewed at them from older women. So unnecessary!
This audience…YOU who read this blog…is so kind and edifying to one another…and I am very grateful for that.
I share this with you because I want to red flag this for when you are on Facebook or Instagram or another. Let us be the ones who step in and say STOP.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: SPEAKING OF YOU
Speaking of you in this Sunday Mornings at Home, I was blessed beyond all measure by your answers to the Reader Survey on Thursday.
I felt like I spending an afternoon really getting to know some of you and it was so enjoyable.
Also, your answers were very helpful to me in planning content for 2024 and I cannot wait to get started.
I think you will also enjoy reading other answers.
I wish you could see the ones I received in email, but since they were sent to email for privacy, they will remain between those women and me.
I smile just thinking of you, and have loved your holiday decor pictures! Here is one more….
Josephine sent her mantel complete with these nutcrackers that I love!
But, she wanted us to know that it isn’t finished yet….“It won’t be completely complete until the rest of the family, children and grandchildren, bring their stockings to hang!”
Merry Christmas to your family, Josephine…thanks for sharing them with us!
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: FROM THAT SWEET LITTLE VOICE
I shared in another Sunday Mornings at Home that my grandsons helped to decorate our real tree this year.
The five-year-old, in his sweet little voice, asked, “Gigi, what is J-O-Y?”
You see, there are several ornaments and decorations throughout the house with my favorite word on them.
My answer: “When you come home after school and find homemade cookies in the kitchen, you have a sense of happiness. Happiness is a moment in time when all circumstances bring you a great feeling.
But, if the cookie plate falls, then sadness takes over. It is a moment of disappointment and loss. We can be sad and still feel JOY deep inside. JOY is a gift from Jesus. It is a reassurance in our hearts that no matter what is going on,
God loves us and is there with us and will see us through. JOY is God’s unchanging love. It is a love we can trust in…even when the cookie plate falls.”
J-O-Y reminds me to keep smiling and trust.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: HOLIDAY CALENDAR
I know…I am with you…so much to be done this week.
I plan to have some end of year content for you as I prepare for my family to come celebrate together.
Also, the two big moments on my calendar before the weekend are….getting my hair done (way overdue) and getting stitches out!!
That will leave the pins to come out in January.
For the first time..ever…I am going to hire help to wrap gifts. I plan to make it fun for both of us!
After Christmas, we will dive head on into 2024 together.
Now, when I was 11, I wrote this poem and have recited every year since then…many of you have already heard it…for the rest here it is….
T’WAS THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS
By Pamela Lutrell
Twas the week before Christmas
My heart was aflitter.
A week to go on of being sweet
And not bitter.
If I am bad ‘
then Santa might see
And on Christmas Day,
there’ll be nothing for me.
It is not that I lead a life of crime
I am usually sweet….
But not all of the time…
I am tempted
Hmm…but not very much.
Again there’s that cake I was told not to touch.
When I saw that cake
I felt Santa’s eyes.
So I blamed it on brother.
I guess that was wise.
For me, being bad is just hard to resist.
So, I’ll be good this week
And get half of my list!
Makes you wonder what type of rebellious child I really was!
Let me know if you have any thoughts on Sunday Mornings at Home!
By Pamela Lutrell
I was encouraged to explain more about my SHOPPING LINKSpage and how to use it. (In fact I just added a few new brands to the list)
I am an affiliate for many different brands and when you click on those brands and shop, then I receive a small commission.
This is such an important income for me and my family.
I have tried to include the brands most shopped by this audience, but sometimes I miss one of your favorites.
If you will tell me what you are shopping, then I can tell you if I am affiliate for them and give you that link…if it is not already on the page.
And remember to send your holiday recipes and decorations with pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. Send to email and do not try to put in comments! YOU are the best.