love can come in STRANGE disguises

it’s monday…but no giggles today (well, maybe just a few.)

Hugs & blessings has been quiet as of late.

But, I do hope to be more present very soon.

Recovering from an auto-accident I’ve spent this Advent Season

healing,

grieving,

and

appreciating all the grace I’ve received during this period of convalescing.

“You know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers, the night is far gone, the day is near.” Romans 13: 11-12

During Advent we hear the secret of God’s love within us. We have long felt the stirrings of the Life within – the kicks and leaps of God in us yearning to be born. And God will come – poor and hungry, a child wrapped in swaddling cloths.

Will we make room for Him?

Each of us is an Innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus.

See Luke 2:7

There is undoubtedly a Christmas tree in our home, our lights are strung and glowing, our pantries are full, and we are ready to entertain family and friends – but have we made room to feed and welcome the Stranger who comes unannounced?

These STRANGE-ones came unannounced.

But I am so very glad they did!

Giggles.

Bearing great joy they arrived one by one, to set up my home with Christmas glee when I was unable. God filled them (and those whose were not captured in these photos) with good things, who reigned down compassion upon me this Advent Season.

It is not easy to relinquish control.

But I am so grateful to have let go and let Love in.

I hope to be back more regularly again very soon!

But until then I continue to send you my hugs n’ my blessings….may you too welcome the Stranger in this Christmas Season – and be grateful each time that you do!

pure heart of gold

A pure heart of gold…

Etymology & Historical Origin of the Name Kathryn:

Kathryn is a spelling variant of Katherine. It also takes a three-syllable name and turns it into two-syllables. Katherine is the English form of the French name Catherine, which was borne by a popular Christian saint martyred in Alexandria, Egypt in the 4th century, and a favorite in medieval times when the popularity of the name grew (particularly among the French). Saint Catherine of Alexandria, nicknamed ‘the pure one,’ was a Christian martyr tortured on the wheel for upholding her religious beliefs. The name was associated with the Greek ‘katharos’’ meaning ‘pure.’ Our modern use of the Greek-derived “catharsis,” (to purge or cleanse), also lends to C/Katherine’s association with ideas of purity and innocence.

Cheerio!

The Personality of a Kathryn:

Her personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with her spirituality. She operates on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to her, as it gives her time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find “real truth”.  Kathryn(s) are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don’t understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. They are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect – so they are equally scientific-minded. They are particularly charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Characteristics: wise, eccentric, intuitive, imaginative, philosophical, solitary

Information Courtesy of: All about the Names
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double-whammy!

Today’s a double-celebration day and I’m so glad you’re here to stroll through my cyber-space-say-I place so that you can celebrate with me too!

Just recently I mentioned (out-loud; which now makes me more accountable,) that I am determined to achieve several goals I’ve set for myself!

Some goals are new and some have been set for far too long without yet reaching!

But no matter WHEN I first etched these marks of achievement in the granite of my mind matters not – because today….

I CRUSHED ONE!

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