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12/14/11 - NNHS Newsletter
Mary, Did You Know?

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

- Luke 1: 30-33

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,                                              

   This theme is being repeated from 2007. The song - a particular favorite of mine - and the accompanying paintings, which I thought would be unfamiliar to most of you, are my Christmas present to y'all.

    Merry Christmas!

BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXK50lsrdq4 - Mary Did You Know - Kathy Mattea, 1994

BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eueVMrIupQ - Mary Did You Know - Kathy Mattea, 1994 - sing-along version

BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyYv80hibTw - Mary Did You Know - Reba McIntire with very moving video

BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN70R-3ao0U - Mary Did You Know - Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd

BONUS #5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii9JvTyeL1Y - Mary Did You Know - Donny Osmond with paintings by Simon Dewey and others

BONUS #6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ax5d8JzdyaA - Mary Did You Know - Rascal Flatts - CMA Country Christmas, 2011

BONUS #7 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhmaHR1CRik - Mary Did You Know - Clay Aiken with paintings by Greg Olsen and others


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary,_Did_You_Know%3F:   

"Mary, Did You Know?" is a Christmas song and Marian hymn with lyrics written by Mark Lowry and music written by Buddy Greene.

Mark Lowry wrote the words in 1984 "when his pastor asked him to write the program for the living Christmas tree choir presentation. The music was written by Buddy Greene. Michael English was the first recording artist to record and release 'Mary, Did You Know?" on his debut album titled Michael English which was released on January 1, 1992. Country music artist Kathy Mattea recorded her version of the song in 1993 for her Christmas album "Good News", thus giving the song its first wide-spread exposure to Country radio.

A duet version recorded by Wynonna Judd and Kenny Rogers peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts in 1997...


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

     Happy Birthday today to Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND   Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA!

     Happy Birthday tomorrow to Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND        Buster Vest ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

16 -   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA;

17 -   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR;

18 - James Strickland ('57);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html 


TODAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:

From http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday1214.htm:   

Saturday, Dec. 14, 1861
QUEEN'S CONSORT CRUELLY CADAVERIZED


Prince Albert, known to generations of Americans only as a brand name of pipe tobacco, was the consort to the queen whose name denotes an era, Victoria of England. Although not the king, and possessed of no official duties beyond begetting the next generation of royalty, he was quite influential in a quiet way, particularly in diplomatic matters. He had been working steadily to defuse the uproar caused by the "Trent Affair" wherein a US ship had stopped a British one on the high seas and removed some of her passengers, an act viewed in London as tantamount to piracy if not warfare. Notions for retaliation ranged from diplomatic recognition of the Confederate States to a military attack on the US by way of Canada. Albert had quieted most of these but then his health, never strong, had begun to fail. Today he died, and his queen and his empire were in deep mourning.

Sunday, Dec. 14, 1862
BURNSIDE BAFFLES BRAVE BATTLERS


Five bloody, futile charges had been made up the side of a rise called Marye’s Heights in Fredericksburg yesterday, and today the proud Army of the Potomac was in tatters. Out of 114,000 men assembled nearly 13,000 had become casualties, either killed, wounded, taken prisoner, or fled. The opposing Army of Northern Virginia, although battered, was unscathed on the heights above the Rappahannock River. This morning Burnside had a brilliant idea: his men should charge the heights once again. His commanders were aghast, and some reports suggest outright mutiny might have occurred if they had not been able to talk him out of the notion. Instead the work turned to finding and tending the wounded, and burying the dead. Lee, in turn, was criticized by some in Richmond for not counterattacking.

Monday, Dec. 14, 1863
LONGSTREET LASHES LENGTHY LINE


A year after Robert E. Lee had breathed his famous wish at Fredericksburg--”I wish these people would go away and leave us alone”--Gen. James Longstreet had to be thinking precisely the same thing. He had withdrawn from the gates of Knoxville after the failure of his last assault in East Tennessee, and now he wanted nothing more than to get his battered, ill-supplied corps to a winter camp where they could rest and rebuild their strength. The problem was getting there. He was set upon today by the forces of Union Gen. James M. Shackelford in a battle at Bean’s Station, TN, and it turned into quite a sharp fight. As the weak winter sun sank into evening, the Confederates had driven Shackelford’s men back some distance but had not broken them. Everyone settled down for an uneasy night.

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 1864
TARDY THOMAS TAKEN TO TASK


Gen. George Thomas had been teetering on the fine edge of unemployment for weeks now. Known in the papers as the “Rock of Chickamauga” for his heroic defense of the Union army’s retreat from the catastrophe of Chickamauga, he was facing questions about his abilities on offense. His orders were to attack the Confederate Army of Tennessee, which had come to the outskirts of Nashville following the Battle of Franklin two weeks ago. Thomas replied that he was perfectly willing to attack, but had been stripped of all his best troops, particularly cavalry, when William T. Sherman had taken them along on his march to Atlanta. Thomas had been resisting repeated orders from Washington to attack until he was better prepared. His boss Ulysses S. Grant, who was himself being pressured from above, was being ordered to remove him from command and had managed to hold off when Thomas reported the area had been shellacked by an ice storm, making battle impossible. Today he reported that temperatures were rising, the ice was melting, and the attack would take place tomorrow.


   From Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of South Australia - 12/13/11 - "Went Hunting":  

Sorry this wasn't with me at Thanksgiving, but it might give folks a "SillySeason" (as the Aussie call it) chuckle...

Went Hunting

Shot my first turkey yesterday,

scared the s_ _ _ out of everyone in the frozen food section…

It was awesome!
Gettin' old is so much fun....

      Thank you, Carla!


    From Dale Parsons ('48) of VA - 12/13/11 - "Check out Happy Holidays | Carlson School of Management":

From The Parsons Family

   WOWZERS! Thank you so much, Dale! One day I'm actually going to be at the right place at the right time to see one of these happenings, and (childlike creature that I am) I'll think it just occurred naturally because people are happy and like to sing, so I'll start joining in and singing along and not realize the whole thing was pre-planned until I notice that I don't really know the choreography! 


      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/13/11 - "You don't want to miss these LIGHTS!!! WOW":

Enjoy!!!

Be sure to have the sound on for this.
 
Amazing Christmas Lights Display with over 45,000 synchronized lights! The show is so popular that it requires a crew of 3 people to manage the vehicle traffic in front of the house!

http://www.wxpnews.com/JGBLSV/091201-Christmas-Lights

 
   MORE WOWZERS! Thanks, Dools!


       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - of NC) - currently serving an eighteen-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington - 12/14/11 - "miracle week":

So, this past week and this week have been pretty crazy.....

Today I got to go to the temple in Seattle for the first time.  And the BIG news is: on Thursday we are having our first baptism!  WOOT!  We only met Ishmael like less than 2 weeks ago and we got special permission to get him baptized sooner! He is getting baptized by his best friend, too! Ishmael is so prepared! He is one of those "golden investigators" we always hear about.  It's been amazing to teach to him by the Spirit.  Teaching by the Spirit is amazing on it's own, but to see that great of change in that short of time!  WOW! 
 

Anyway, I'm super excited! I'll have to get back to most of your letters later I'm afraid.  Time is short.  Know that I love you and pray for you everyday!
 
Love,
Sister Harty

   EXCELLENT! Thank you, Sister Webby! I'm excited for you, too!  Love you!


      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/13/11 - "Merry Christmas":

Merry Christmas,
 
When you go to this site, click on the dogs one by one, and try to match them up with two that are the same, and see what happens.  It's a memory game... very cool!
Merry Christmas and enjoy!!!!  

http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=XE13117730

   Oh, such fun - and so pretty! And I do love snowmen! Thanks again, Dools!


      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/13/11 - "~~~Tuesday~~~":

Walking in No Time

Doctor, you were right when you said you'd have me on my feet and walking in no time.

That's good, John; when did you start walking?

When I got your bill, Doctor; I had to sell my car to pay it.

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Snowball

I made myself a snowball, as perfect as could be,
I thought I'd keep it as a pet, and let it sleep with me.
I made it some pajamas, and a pillow for its head,
Then last night it ran away, but first it wet the bed.


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11 Winter Beauty Tips

1. Try A Creamy Facial Cleanser

Cleansers strip away moisture as part of the job of removing makeup, and dry winter air tends to magnify the problem. Gel cleansers can be very drying, but creamy ones like Dove deep moisture creamy facial cleanser and Neutrogena deep clean cream cleanser should help.

2. Mask The Problem

Use a moisturizing facial mask to replenish moisture lost throughout the day.

3. Look For A Humidifier

If your skin feels dry and tight even when you're inside your home, there may not be enough moisture in the air for you. Scan the sale pages for a portable humidifier. Make a note to yourself to clean the filter regularly (if they get yucky they breed bacteria).

4. Turn Down The Heater

It's a beauty catch 22, but overheating a cold home will worsen dry skin problems, so experiment with different settings on your heater to find the right temperature for both you and your skin.

5. Any Device That Heats Your Environment Will Also Steal Your Moisture

Even electric blankets. If dry skin is driving you crazy, throw another comforter on the bed, and see how you feel after you've left the electric blanket unplugged for a couple nights.

6. Moisturize In The Shower

Moisturize throughout the day, but try using body lotion even before you've left the shower, right after rinsing soap or body wash. It will help lock in some extra moisture. Rinse off and pat dry.

7. Watch The Shower Temp

Hot showers feel great in winter, but they wreak havoc on dry skin. Try a lukewarm shower instead, then pat your skin dry with a towel. Apply moisturizer (again) as soon as you step out of the shower.

8. Use Alcohol Responsibly

Avoid skin products and hairstyling products high in alcohol. When alcohol evaporates it feels cool and refreshing, but it's also stripping away moisture, so look for alcohol-free products when the air is already dry.

9. Don't Blow It

If you're already dealing with dry, brittle hair, resist the urge to reach for the hair dryer. It'll only make things worse. Dry and style your hair with a towel, and if you still use a dryer, time yourself and try to use it a little less.

10. Moisturize Me!

Moisturize throughout the day and don't forget to drink extra water when it's cold and windy. Your hands, feet, knees and elbows may need a little more help, too. I like rich products containing shea butter, petrolatum, mineral oil, tea tree oil, linoleic acid or glycerin. For intense relief, moisturize hands and feet at night, and then slip on gloves or socks to lock in moisture.

11. Pucker Up

Chapped lips can be a big problem in winter. The air dries out my lips, which makes me lick them, which makes them chap even worse! Use a lip balm with at least SPF 15 and preferably one with antiseptic agents to aid in healing. Some lip balm products are made with tea tree oil, which helps heal painful cracks. I also like lip balms with phenol, beeswax, aloe, vitamin E and essential oils.

~ Michelle at gophercentral

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Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day;
you shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Hmm.

Fact:

In 2006, a 41 year-old British woman married what she called "the love of my life": a male dolphin named Cindy.

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Connected For Life
 
Do you find yourself pulling away from others, especially if you've experienced a crisis or deep disappointment? Maybe the most difficult thing we can do is to be with people when we don't feel like being around anybody. We need other people and we'll never thrive as human beings in isolation.
 
One woman likes to say, "Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry with your girlfriends." The presumption is that men are not empathetic, and there is probably some truth there.
 
But I meet with a small group of men that challenge that assertion. We meet for one reason only - to support each other in our life journeys. We ask embarrassing questions like, "How is it with your soul?" And, "How are you REALLY doing?" We try to answer honestly and to share what is good in our lives, but also relate what is not going well. Where possible, we try to admit our failings in a situation as well as what we think we may be doing right. We use each other for a reality check, for support and, of course, for friendship.
 
It's the only group in my life where I can be totally honest and know that they will accept me anyway. We meet only to listen to each other, support one another and, if need be, to occasionally challenge one another. The point is - we need each other.
 
A man who lost his wife to cancer found himself wanting to be alone. In time he dropped out of his worshiping community and curtailed all of the activities he and his wife had shared for so many years. He increasingly kept to himself. He quit socializing at work and returned straight home to an empty house. He turned down invitations from friends and co-workers. His leisure time was now spent watching television or working in his shop in the basement.
 
His contact with people dwindled until friends became alarmed that he might live out his life as a recluse. One came by to visit and to invite him over for supper the next evening. The two old friends sat in comfortable chairs by a warm fireplace. The visitor extended the dinner invitation and encouraged him to come. "You may need to allow others to share your pain."
 
The man responded that he figured he was better off without being around other people. After all, others only seemed to remind him of all he had lost. "And besides," he said, "it's just too difficult to get out anymore."
 
They sat in silence for a while, watching the wood burn in the fireplace. Then the visitor did an unusual thing. He took tongs from a rack by the fireplace, reached into the fire, pulled out a flaming ember and laid it down by itself on the hearth. "That's you," he said.
 
The men sat in silence watching the red-hot ember. It slowly lost its glow. Neither man looked away as the once-hot coal gradually transformed into a crusty, black lump. After some moments, the widower turned to his companion and said, "I get the message, my friend. I'll be over tomorrow evening."
 
We cannot survive in any healthy way by ourselves. The leaf needs the branch. The branch needs the trunk. The trunk needs the roots. And the roots need the rest of the tree. We are connected. And in that connection we find life and vitality.
 

    ~ Steve Goodier ~ 

   Thank you so much, Shari!


  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/13/11 - "FIREARMS ASSESSMENT":  

Good assessment
 
Logic 101
 
An interesting letter in the 'Canadian Shooter Magazine' this week, which I quote:
 
"If you consider that there has been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq Theater of operations during the past 22 months, and a total of 2,112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000 soldiers.
 
The firearm death rate in Washington, DC is 80.6 deaths per 100,000 for the same period. That means you are more likely to be shot and killed in the U.S. capital, (which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the U.S.), than you are in Iraq.
 
Conclusion: The U.S. should pull out of Washington, DC.

     Thanks, Norris Sweetie!


      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/13/11 - "Stress ~ Have to Read":

STRESS

I am not sure exactly how it works, but this is amazingly accurate. 
Read the full description before looking at the picture. 

The picture below has 2 identical dolphins in it. 
It was used in a case study on stress levels at St. Mary's Hospital. 

Look at both dolphins jumping out of the water. 
The dolphins are identical. 
A closely monitored scientific study revealed that, 

in spite of the fact that the dolphins are identical, 
a person under stress would find differences in the two dolphins. 
The more differences a person finds between the dolphins, 

the more stress that person is experiencing. 

 
Look at the photograph and if you find more than one or two differences you need to go on holiday. 
 

    Thanks again, Dools!
 
 
 


  From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 12/13/11 - "Cowboy Testament!":  

Cowboy Testament!

Ya' Know, a lot of true wisdom comes outta years of ridin' the range, with a lotta time on yer hands, and nothin' ta do, 'cept think.
 
COWBOY TOMBSTONE

Headstone of Russell J. Larsen in the Logan City Cemetery, Logan, Utah!
I wonder if he died knowing he won the 'Coolest Headstone' contest?
 

 

Russ Larson's FIVE RULES FOR MEN TO FOLLOW TO A HAPPY LIFE:

1. It's important to have a woman who helps at home, cooks from time to time, cleans up, & has a job.

2. It's important to have a woman who can make you laugh.

3. It's important to have a woman who you can trust, and doesn't lie to you.

4. It's important to have a woman who is good in bed, and likes to be with you.

5. It's very, very important that these four women do not know each other

 
 

     Norris Sweetie, you baaaad! Thanks for the chuckles!


CHRISTMAS BONUS:

From http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/inspirational-christmas-stories2.htm:

"Heaven and Angels Sing"

At the Christmas Eve church service, I sat with my two boisterous grandchildren, ages three and five. Their parents sat in front of the church to present a nativity reading titled "Silent Night." They had warned the children to behave. I had warned the children to behave. With scrubbed angelic faces and Christmas wonder in their eyes, they looked like model children posing for a magazine holiday spread. I indulged myself in a few moments of pride.

Alec pinched Aubrey. I was grateful that the organ thundered into the first hymn just then, drowning out her yelp. I grabbed her hand before she could return the pinch. During the Lord's Prayer, Aubrey shredded the program I had given her to color on. The crayons had already rolled under the pew. I watched bits of paper fall on the carpet like snow. I would help her pick it up later, but for now the naughtiness I was allowing kept her occupied and her brother quietly admiring.

We were enjoying an uneasy truce when their parents stood to deliver the reading.

"Mommy!" Alec yelled.

She frowned, and he sat back in his seat.

"Silence," my son said to the congregation. "Think for a moment what that word means to you."

My daughter-in-law signed his words. Earlier that year, she began to use her new signing skills for the benefit of the few hearing-impaired members of our church.

Alec said a naughty word, thankfully too low for many to hear. I scowled at him, shaking my finger and my head. Aubrey grinned. Then she proclaimed, every syllable enunciated perfectly, in a clear voice that carried to far corners of the sanctuary, "Alec is a potty mouth!"

Everyone stared. I was too stunned to speak. My son and his wife looked at each other. But instead of anger, I saw surprise.

My son set aside his script and told another story. He told about their daughter being born profoundly deaf. He talked about four years of hearing aids and speech therapy with no guarantee she would ever learn to speak plainly. He talked about the rugged faith that kept the family praying she would have a normal life.

He said Aubrey's outburst was an answer to prayer: the first perfectly enunciated sentence she had ever spoken.

From the back of the room, a lone voice sang the last line of a beloved Christmas Carol: Hark! The herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn king.

While the congregation sang four verses of the unscheduled hymn, my two little angels wiggled in their parents' arms, adding laughter and giggles to the joyful Christmas noise.

-- By Carol Stigger


From http://www.FlyLady.net - 12/13/11 - "A Change of Attitude":

Dear Flylady and Friends,

You are a lifesaver! I mean this sincerely.

I am almost 60 years old and never learned how to keep my home organized and clean.

I never saw the point of making my bed every day, when it was just going to be messed up again that night. I have always hated housework and saw it as a chore, so basically I never did it, until even I couldn't stand it. I would procrastinate until it was overwhelming, then I wouldn't know where to start.

Being a perfectionist, also didn't help the situation.

No one (except immediate family, who love me as I am) was ever allowed in my home. I always admired friends whose homes seemed organized and this only added to my guilt. I can't tell you how many organizing/housecleaning books I have read over the years, but they just didn't work for me. Why did I have such a hard time with this?! I recently found the link to your website through ADDitude Magazine and I am forever grateful. Yes, I have ADD, so this makes it tougher for me, but I can no longer use this as an excuse.

I have always been good at menu planning and pampering myself. I have "to do" lists and calendars that I follow faithfully. What I never realized is that, keeping my home clean and clutter-free was also a way of loving myself.

This simple change of attitude has made all the difference for me.

Removing the clutter makes it so much easier to keep my home clean and organized and I am working on this a little at a time. I love your daily emails reminding me of what I should be doing that day (yes, I read them all, even if I choose not to follow a particular one). I love the concept "you can do anything for 15 minutes".

It is only Dec 8 today and almost all my decorating is done (I plan to finish it today). 90% of my gifts are bought and half of those are already wrapped. In the past I would be scrambling to wrap all my gifts on Christmas Eve, totally stressed out, instead of enjoying this precious time with my family.

I am a long way from being where I want to be, but I finally have hope. I can see my kitchen counters for the first time, since I moved into my home 7 years ago.

Thank you for all you do and I wish you and yours a very merry peaceful Christmas!

Joy
Flybaby in Vancouver, BC, Canada

FlyLady here: I had to change my own attitude before I could FLY!

You can change your attitude, too!

BabySteps, flinging the clutter and using a timer will help you
have the home you deserve.


From http://www.FlyLady.net - 12/13/11 - "Packing For A Trip":

Dear FlyLady,

First and foremost I want to thank you and your crew for helping me to rid the CHAOS in my life. I have suffered from some serious depression for the past year and then a little over a month ago I stumbled upon Flylady.net. I thought to myself, "Self, you CAN do something for just 15 minutes." and so began my learning to FLY.

In the past month or so, I have learned to clean a little at a time, using my timer set for 15 minutes. I have learned to organize my life in a way that is manageable and I have even blessed others by decluttering all of my old clothes and donating them to charity.

I have never felt so great about my home, my life or myself! It is truly amazing how easy it was to turn my life around and feel good about things again. For this, I can never thank you enough.

But I digress. The real reason for this email is to let you know how easy it was, thanks to you, to pack for a weekend away.

In the past I had always imagined a life/house where I could pull out my suitcase, go to the closet/dresser and pull out the clothes I wanted to pack for my trip and be done with it. Unfortunately, this was never my reality.

Due to the previous CHAOS in my life, packing for a trip usually involved pulling things out of the dirty clothes pile on the floor, putting them into a hamper, lugging them to the washing machine and washing them - then figuring out what, out of everything I had washed, I REALLY needed/wanted to pack and shoving that (and more) into my bag, which usually took awhile to find in the first place. Then it was a mad dash through the bathroom cabinets trying to figure out which health and beauty products I would need.

Just packing for a trip was a tiring and stressful experience.

Well I am happy to report that after FLYing for a little while, I finally had that non-chaotic packing moment I had always dreamed of. I knew exactly where my bag was and got it. When I had decluttered the bathroom, I had made myself up a toiletry bag that contained everything I would need for a trip away. All of my clothes were clean, folded and put away, as they always are now. All I had to do was open drawers and pull out what I wanted to pack. No fuss, no muss. In less than 10 minutes, I was completely packed for my trip!!! I couldn't believe it.

My trip this weekend is to my parents' house. I have been raving about how well FlyLady has been working for me and my mother decided to try it. So I am on my way to help my mother get started by helping her declutter and clean her house in preparation for Christmas. It's going to be a great weekend.

Oh, and speaking of Christmas, the only things I asked "Santa" for this year were the FLYlady calendar and the Rubba Scrubba/Swisha/Sweepa. I can't wait until Christmas morning when I get my happy little purple presents and I can bless my home and my life even more so than I do already.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do.

Flybaby Trish in PA

FlyLady here: I am delighted Trish has been sharing FLYing with her mom. They can FLY together!

Need a little help with planning and packing for a trip? Here is the link to my guide:

http://www.flylady.net/d/getting-started/flying-lessons/vacation-planning/


From http://www.FlyLady.net - 12/13/11 - "No Martyr Christmas Morning!":

Dear Friends,

Did you know that you can celebrate Christmas on any day if you choose? I have always told my son to not worry about coming to my home on December 25th. With their young family it is hard enough to get to one of their parents' home, much less all of them. So I have taken myself out of the chaotic mix. We can have our holiday celebration on January 5 or December 10. It just doesn't matter at all to me.

I was talking to a friend of mine this morning and she informed me that she was staying home this Christmas. She decided that it was wrong to take her child away from the comforts of their home to run all over the country side attending three celebrations in one day. She had the idea to let her son enjoy Santa Claus and have her own celebration, cook all of her family's favorite foods and spend the time with her family. She is not abandoning her extended family: just strengthening her immediate family by establishing a quiet and non-chaotic day. I told her it was a great idea. When we have children the object of the holiday is to celebrate it through a child's eyes.
Trying to please every member of your extended family is a losing battle. So don't. Let it be your decision... There is no reason that Christmas can't be celebrated in babysteps. This makes it last much longer, especially in the eyes of a child.

Maybe the 12 days of Christmas is not a bad ideal after all.

Kelly and I have been discussing the idea of a Christmas Stocking.
How many times have you felt left out that your stocking did not get filled? Everyone else was opening up their gifts (because you made sure there was something in their stocking and that is what Mothers do) and you were sitting there feeling sorry for yourself, almost MARTYRED! Well, not this year, sisters!

I have an assignment for you. You can do this how ever you choose. Kelly and her friend Michele are going to have a stocking exchange. They have picked out a date to swap stockings. Then Christmas morning they can unwrap all the little gifts in the stocking. Yes, Kelly likes to have them all wrapped. It gives you something to do instead of sitting around feeling bad!

Now here is the assignment!
If you don't have a friend that can fill your stocking, I want you to do it yourself! Just tell yourself that it is from FlyLady. After all, it is because you love yourself enough to do this. Now you have an answer to the question that is bound to come up, "MOM, where did you get all that stuff?"

So, what are you going to put in your stocking? Well, the first thing I can think of is chocolate. Then there is always a chick flick video or a pocket novel.
Treat yourself to some things that you don't normally buy for yourself. Go to the dollar store and you don't have to spend a lot of money and it doesn't have to be clutter: a pair of socks, a candle, a hanky, now you get the picture. Something that makes you smile: A little picture frame, a hairbrush, a lipstick, a little flashlight for your car, a chap stick. Then you get to spend 15 minutes wrapping it for yourself. It is all in the presentation. I'll bet you will be as surprised as anyone when you unwrap them. We tend to forget what was in which package. Now set yourself a little budget for this and go shopping for your stocking!

Have fun!!

FlyLady

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You are not behind! I don't want you to try to catch up; I just want you to jump in where we are. O.K.?


HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA:

From http://www.FlyLady.net - 12/13/11 - "Stick It Right On the Money - My Husband did the Shopping!":

Dear Pam,

Because of your stickers for money idea my husband did the Christmas shopping this year!

We have 8 grandchildren. (The real young ones are still fun to shop for, but those tweens and teens stump me when it comes to getting them what they would love to have.) Money is really the best gift.

You'll love this! When I handed my husband a note with the list of bills to get, I said, "Hon, would you do the Christmas shopping this year?" He is a total non-shopper and he looked at me like I'd asked him to dig a mote around our house!

Then he saw I wanted 8 brand new 50 dollar bills he smiled and said, "I can do that."

While he was gone I pulled out a box of Christmas cards I didn't get around to sending out last year (LOL, I'm a total SHE) and started writing a note from my heart to each family member in their card they would get with their money gift.

The whole project took me two hours start to finish and I know they are going to love and use their gifts from us this year. I'm all done! Wow, it's the first time I've felt this way so early in the season!

Blessings and Merry Christmas Pam.
Ingrid

Pam here: I think money is a great way to give to our loved ones. It gives them the gift of being able to get what they want and it gives you more free time and a chance to be creative. To order the stickers, click here http://www.innerkiddies.com/shop/?page_id=4&category=12&product_id=36 -
BE SURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO!
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You are not behind! I don't want you to try to catch up; I just want you to jump in where we are. O.K.?


From http://www.FlyLady.net - 12/13/11 - "Pampering #12":

Dear FlyLady and Friends,

Today I took myself to lunch.

I am a payroll SHE, and I get an hour lunch each day. Most days, I just sit at my desk and eat and read your emails.

However, today I thought about this month's habit. Pampering Myself. So I armed myself with a good encouraging book and I went to my favorite little cafe where I could get some yummy Lemonade Tea and a nice quiet corner near the window. I used to be intimidated to eat lunch in a restaurant alone. I don't know why, but I always felt like people would look at me funny if I didn't have a friend with me.... but I have overcome that fear, and now I realize how much I really enjoy it.

Thank you for everything and congratulations on 12 years of helping others!

God bless you and all the FlyBabies of the world!

Love, Lizzie

Kelly here: Our habit this month is pampering.

Take time for yourself! You deserve it!


FINALLY:


From http://www.ajokeaday.com
- 12/13/11:

 
A Saudi Prince went to Germany to study.

A month later, he sends a letter to his dad saying, "Berlin is wonderful, people are nice and I really like it here, but I'm a bit ashamed to arrive at school with my gold Mercedes when all my teachers travel by train."

Sometime later he gets a letter from his dad with a ten million dollar check saying, "Stop embarrassing us, go and get yourself a train, too”!


DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

2. Thursday, January 5, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

3. Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at duckbill1@verizon.net or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

4. Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

5. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at typhoonmom@juno.com 


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 10/22/11

BLOG:

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Thank you so much!



Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
915-780-3048
 


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Mary, Did You Know?

 Words by Mark Lowry (b. 24 June 1958), 1982
Music by Buddy Greene, 1992

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
That your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered
Will soon deliver you

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will calm the storm with his hand?
Did you know
That your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby
You've kissed the face of God

Mary, did you know?
The blind will see
The deaf will hear
The dead will live again
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know
That your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding
Is the Great I Am

 "Mary, Did You Know?" midi courtesy of http://www.higherpraise.com/Midi/christmas/MidiChristmas.htm - 12/02/06

"Mary, Did You Know?" lyrics courtesy of http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/%7Eai251/xcarol.html - 12/02/06

Images of The Lord Jesus Christ (painted by Simon Dewey, Del Parson, Greg Olsen, and others) courtesy of http://www.oneil.com.au/lds/nt.html - 12/02/06
and of http://www.erasmagazine.com/jesus/galeria.shtml - 12/04/06

Fancy Gold Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.goldclipart.com/24k/filigree.htm - 11/29/05 (resaved 12/14/11)

Gold Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars17.html - 03/21/05

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/SealsEmblems/USCG.htm - 10/03/07

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks, Al!

Animated Rolling Cat clip art courtesy of http://www.cybergata.com/anim.htm - page 14 - 11/14/09

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05

NNHS65 Home Page Banner created by my #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 06/06/02
Thanks, Nathaniel!

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