Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Sixty Four days until Christmas Eve. Looking outside, most of the leaves have fallen from the trees and the sky is gray. I think we will have snowfall before Thanksgiving this year. E-mail and phone calls have kept me busy taking appointments for Santa Randy. My heart is still heavy for my best friend Cindylu who is at day 99 in ICU at a hospital in Alabama. Yesterday her husband Charlie put me on speaker phone so Cindylu could hear my voice. I told her to keep on fighting. She is a strong woman, but so fragile after lying in bed for so long. I will keep praying though and this week is a Novena to:
Saturday, October 3, 2015
This was our 9th Year at The Incredible Festival chairing The Children's Games and Wacky Hair Booths at Our Lady of the Lake parish in Mound, MN. We have been parishioners for 38 years. OLL is the reason we chose land to build our home in the area. We love the church and its members. We experience the Love of God and Christian Strength each Sunday we attend. The Incredible Festival is a 3 day weekend event following Labor Day. The dates are "locked" on our families calendar. It is a weekend we volunteer as a Thank You Gift we give back to the church and community for all that it has given to our family. We spend the entire weekend with our 3 children and granddaughter working the booths and making wonderful family memories. We look forward to this weekend every year as the blessings come back to us in multitude from the children we get to interact with. Saturday morning is the "Kiddie Parade" which Santa leads each year. We always have a theme. Our favorite so far in the past 9 years has been "Patriotic Pride". In honor of our Godson, Sgt. Erik V., Santa Randy donned his USMC Toys for Tots apparel and led the parade through the festival grounds.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
I have heard it said so many times, "time flies by". It truly does as 5 years have gone by so quickly... What brings me back to blogging?...by dearest best friend in the Santa Community, Cindylu from Alabama whom I am missing so. I first met Cindylu at a Santa convention in 2006 in Branson, MO called "Discover Santa". It was to be one of the first of many conventions we would be at together. There were over 500 Santas and Mrs. Clauses who attended this first of its kind convention. We didn't really get to know each other right then and there in Branson, MO, but after we returned home though different chat sites we belonged to such as yahoo and ning, now forgotten along the way of social media!! While Cindylu and I are similar in many ways, we are different in many as well. Cindylu is a SASSY SOUTHERN WOMEN who speaks out on many things and speaks the truth even if it might offend someone. I on the other hand, often hold things back and try not to offend anyone. It was my first reality check with north and south culture !! However, that "Southern Spirit" kept drawing me closer and closer to Cindylu and we became what we considered "True FOREVER Friends"!! We continued to correspond through e-mail and social media until we finally came face to face at our second national Santa Convention in 2009 called "Celebrate Santa" in Gatlinburg, TN. We both volunteered to present at workshops and had a grand time together. Friendships like this don't come along very often and we enjoyed it to the fullest. In 2012, Cindylu and her husband Charlie co-chaired to bring the Santa Community back to Gatlinburg, TN for a convention called "ClausFest 2012". I volunteered to be Cindylu's executive secretary and helped in many facets of the convention. We had a GRAND TIME in Gatlinburg and sealed our friendship in concete!!