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We are BEYOND grateful to have spent CHRISTmas with these AMAZING peeps! Thank you all for letting us be part of your family Paul, Lisa and all of you incredible, loving, FUN kids!
We LOVE and ADORE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
T’was the very day of Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
But Pumpkin was cold and she wanted inside, so she pulled up her chair and gave out a cry!
“Why does that tree get to come out of the cold? You said you loved us, much more than gold!”
Mommy saw Punkie standing there weeping, as she looked out the window her heart began sinking.
OK dear Pumpkin, I’ll let you in, but only for a minute and just in the den.
So she spread out some popcorn under the tree, enough for a quick and yummy, fun treat.
The rest of the story, soon you will know. Turn on the video to see how it goes!
We have only had two trees in 22 years of marriage. The first we had at our old house in the sun-room. The next we had here in the living room.
I have never really liked fake trees, but fresh are always so much work to get, decorate and keep watered. What’s worse, I had a bad reaction to the chemicals on the last one. Yes, chemicals on a fresh tree! We got it at a big box store and would not be surprised if it were sprayed with pesticides and probably even pine scented chemicals!
It’s true! Some places are spraying trees and flowers with scents these days. Our world is so inundated with strong, neuro-toxic chemical fragrances that people are losing their sense of smell, which leads to adding more toxic scents to everything from cleaning products to laundry to soaps, lotions, shampoos and deodorants. You don’t EVEN want me to elaborate on that! … But if you do, go to my blog.
Anyway … back to my story. We had been looking for several years, but I wanted something different than the average wide tree with lights and a green, plastic trunk. I wanted pine cones and berries! We walked into Hobby Lobby two years ago after Christmas and there it was! Wayne went to get an employee to help find the box, because there was only one left. So, I stood there and waited.
Another customer came up behind me and started to grab the tree! I turned to him and said, “Oh I am so sorry, but my husband and I are buying this tree. He just went to get the box.” He was quite upset, but thankfully he didn’t want to fight about it. The employee who helped us get the box, made a call and found the other customer another store where he could get the tree. So, it all worked out. But boy was that close!
Happy ending? Almost there. Hang on! Since fake trees are made of plastics, paints and glues, we really had no idea if I would even be able to have it in the house. What we did know, was that we would have to out-gas it for at least a year before we even tried. So, Wayne put it downstairs and didn’t bring it back up for almost two years.
After all of that, I am elated to say that he was able to set it up in our living room without any problems! Wahoo!
Long story short, when you live with debilitating illness and have to think twice about everything you buy, bring into the house, put on your body, wear or eat … the small things like finally having a Christmas Tree is an extra special blessing!
Merry Christmas everyone!
We Wish You All A Happy and Adventurous New Year!
~LUV, Wayne, Sherri, Snickers,Pumpkin and Cookie
The Adventures of Pumpkin and Cookie
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We have only had a Christmas tree twice in the 20 years we have been married (just takes so much work to decorate and had an allergic reaction to one the last time).
This year, Wayne was determined to get some Christmas lights up outside, but we had lots of electrical issues.
My friend, Jody, found out and gave us this super adorable potted tree with ladybugs on it and some sugar globe lights.
It is incredible! We have been enjoying it SO much! What a blessing!!!! She is so thoughtful!!
Thank you, thank you, Jody! You are amazing!
But, last night when I came home from my doctor appts, I went to turn the corner and I saw this gold and red elephant (I LOVE elephants) in the front yard and some solar lights in our Charlie Brown Tree!! I was sooo excited!! Now, I at least have a few lights to enjoy!!
Unfortunately, this morning he let me know that the wild rabbits chewed through the extension cord. Booooo!! So, he will have to get some conduit to put over the cord. Not sure how he will keep them from doing it again. He is gone another 17 hours today and has a very full Saturday and Sunday as usual.
Flying HIGH after having an INCREDIBLE Christmas week with family in Wyoming!!
Had such a great time with Wes, Melanie, the boys and Melanie’s sister and kids!
Thank you all for using fragrance free laundry and showering products!! What a beautiful time with all the kids and your sister and family!! Love you all SO much!! And thank you, Deb and Bree for house and pet sitting!!
Wait! I have more news! Wayne and I spent New Year’s Eve with family and friends and not home alone as usual! We had a great time laughing and playing cards! It was SO good to see the people we love again!
Praise God I was able to stay (usually too much chemical fragrance) and enjoy the evening! Been down with fevers and welts in my throat since then, but at least I was able to be there. Thank you everyone!! I have missed you all SO much! It has been WAY too long!
This Christmas Tree was placed by my brother’s memorial bench in honor of him. It is beautiful!!
THANK YOU, Cindi Carmack!! This is getting passed around the family not on Facebook. On behalf of our family, THANK YOU for putting up this incredible tree!! He will never be forgotten and we all love him so much! And we love you too!