This Christmas

I am seriously missing my family and friends this Christmas.  Especially my dad.  I can’t explain it and as happy as this time of year should be, I feel a little sad.  I wish it was Christmas Day already so I can see my girls’ excited faces and cheer me up some.  I’m hiding the fact that I am sad, but maybe not so well.

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The Christmas Shoes

The Christmas Shoes lyrics

It was almost Christmas time, there I stood in another line

Tryin’ to buy that last gift or two, not really in the Christmas mood

Standing right in front of me was a little boy waiting anxiously

Pacing ’round like little boys do

And in his hands he held a pair of shoes

 

His clothes were worn and old, he was dirty from head to toe

And when it came his time to pay

I couldn’t believe what I heard him say

 

Chorus:

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please

It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size

Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time

You see she’s been sick for quite a while

And I know these shoes would make her smile

And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

 

He counted pennies for what seemed like years

Then the cashier said, “Son, there’s not enough here”

He searched his pockets frantically

Then he turned and he looked at me

He said Mama made Christmas good at our house

Though most years she just did without

Tell me Sir, what am I going to do,

Somehow I’ve got to buy her these Christmas shoes

 

So I laid the money down, I just had to help him out

I’ll never forget the look on his face when he said

Mama’s gonna look so great

 

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please

It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size

Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time

You see she’s been sick for quite a while

And I know these shoes would make her smile

And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

 

Bridge:

I knew I’d caught a glimpse of heaven’s love

As he thanked me and ran out

I knew that God had sent that little boy

To remind me just what Christmas is all about

 

Repeat Chorus

 

I LOVE this song.  I think it captures a lot of what the Christmas season SHOULD be about.  Instead of worrying about how many THINGS you can buy your kids, think about helping out a family who would otherwise have nothing under their tree.  There are many who do not even have a tree, or food, or clothing that we could help instead of filling our houses up with things that we can’t even take to Heaven with us.  Let’s not forget about the true meaning of Christmas, especially with so many families struggling to get by this year.  Merry Christmas.

Growing up in Blaine, WA

So I grew up in this little town called Blaine, WA.  It’s in the very northwest corner of the state.  It’s the last town you hit before crossing the border into Canada.  Anyway, I moved there when I was pretty young.  I started kindergarten there I think about a year or so after we moved there.  Before I started kindergarten we moved onto 11th Street.  Our house was right across the street from the high school and middle school.  It made getting ready for school in the morning pretty easy.  I could wake up at 7:30 and get ready and still be to school way before anybody else.  The thing I loved about living in Blaine was that EVERYBODY knew EVERYBODY.  I know my sister hated it because Mom usually knew if she had done something wrong before Mom even got home from work.  I miss living in a little tiny town, but at the same time I like not having to drive 20 miles to get the stuff we need.  Most of my family also lived in Blaine, most of them have moved away, but my grandma and aunt and uncle still live there in the same houses that they lived in when I was there.  From the pictures I’ve seen A LOT has changed, but I think a lot has stayed the same too.