Happy Mother’s Day

Hey!

This video is wonderful! You can see and feel the anxiety on each mom’s face as she experiences all of these emotions of being known and chosen by her child. Oh, it’s so good! I hope you’ll watch it : )  Happy Mother’s Day!

Blessings,

Mimi

“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.” John 15:16 NIV Bible

 

My Dog Ate a Pen and Other Assorted Tails

News from the zoo:

My dog ate a pen.  Clearly, we’re not feeding her enough and she needed the nutrients only blue ink can offer.  Sure, we could lay blame on ourselves for glancing away for a moment, but really?  Delta just snuck it past us.  She was branded for a few days and had to bear her blue ink shame like Hester and her scarlet A.  (Btw, rubbing alcohol lifted most of it out of her fur.)

delta and ink pen

The small, starving, orange and white long hair tabby that took up residence with us a few months ago has tripled in size.  Sydney, the dude, (who was formerly a dudette and then bombshelled us) has come into his manly fullness this week.  He discovered he loooves to sleep with his paws firmly wrapped around the TV remotes.

syd

Bella, on the other hand, is disgruntled, displeased, and dismayed by all.

bella and sydney

Audrey, my indoor/outdoor, partially deaf, who holds her head sideways since her eardrum busted cat, has taken to literally climbing the door frames.  Wish I had a visual for you but darn it, I don’t.  Why you might ask? I have no idea but for some odd reason, she has decided its great fun to climb the doorframe of our back door.

audrey

Last, but certainly not forgotten is Opie, the velveteen rabbit.  He had his very first taste of the wild life.  We put him outside in a pet fence.  Catie watched the sky for hawks.  Opie wasn’t that impressed with real ground.  I think he prefers his multi-colored litter. The grass was so plain green.

opie

Delta, Bella, Sydney, Audrey, and Opie wish you a ruff, purrrr, meow, meow, and twitch of a nose day!

Blessings,

Mimi

“How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.”  Psalm 104:24 NIV Bible

Certainties of Christmas

Hey!

A few certainties I’ve learned about Christmas over the years.  Maybe, you’ve learned them, too.  Feel free to add to the list in the comment section.

1. Christmas comes whether you’re ready for it or not.

2. There is no end to shopping or deals or the one last thing you need at the grocery store.

3. Not everybody will be happy with each other at the family gathering or with all of their presents.

4. Too much consumption of something will make you feel bloated and miserable.

5. The face of a child at Christmas is precious, no matter their age.

6. People will surprise you by their random acts of patience, kindness, and love.

7. Starbucks won’t have any of their sea salt left for their salted caramel hot chocolates since they ran out first of November.

8. Someone will forget to buy batteries.

9. Most people know the first verse to Christmas carols.

10. Kittens and puppies can’t resist chewing on the presents or low hanging ornaments on the tree.

11. Fresh evergreens smell wonderful but when dried out, they make a mess and are sticky.

12. Christmas cards are fun to receive in the mailbox.  Those with a handwritten note are extra special.

13. Some will have a difficult and sad Christmas.

14. Jesus’s birth will be celebrated and remembered by many around the world.

Blessings,

Mimi

“This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.” 1 John 3:11 NIV Bible

The Bombshell of the Year!

Hello!

It’s Catie today. And I’m here to break the news…

About the end of October, my husband and I, and therefore my parents, took in a sweet orange and white, little, long-haired tabby that wandered up to our house. She was so loving and playful that we all immediately fell in love. Well…all of us but Daddy, but he came around pretty quick, I think. We spent weeks laboring over names and we finally settled on a perfectly sweet name, Sydney.

sydney

Yesterday as she turned 6 months old, we took our baby kitten in to get fixed…

An hour later, my husband receives a phone call.  I was out shopping at the time so he gives me a call and it goes something like this…

Devin: “You are not gonna believe this babe, but Sydney has already been fixed.”

Me: “What??? That’s Crazy. I wonder whose baby she was? We asked around, but no one claimed her!”

Then, because the connection was kinda bad, we had to hang up. Later, when I get home, Devin and I exchanged the usual Howdy do’s, and then he said…

Devin: “Baby, there’s more about Sydney…”

I thought, Oh Gracious! Did the vet want to keep her because I unknowingly had somebody’s baby for the last 2 months? I swear, she just walked up on our porch just starving as can be!

He says, “Sydney’s a little Dude!”

Yep.

That happened.

So there you go, the Bombshell News of the Year, my little baby girl, is a Boy!

Welcome to the fam/crazy farm kitty!

Until next time,

Catie

10 Steps to the Best Stuffed Stocking

Hello there!

It’s Catie today. My mother is currently very busy with her extensive duties as head elf preparing for Christmas, so this helper elf must step in.

As I’m sure you have experienced, the Christmas stocking is both a joyful gift to receive and a real booger to stuff. I mean, what a weird shape. Right?

However, I want you to have no fear, because, here, at the Davis house, we leave no inch  unstuffed. We are expert packers and pack it all the way to the top!

Therefore, without further ado, I give you our 10 step guide to stocking stuffing!!!

[Yay! Applause!!]

1. I’m going to start off  with the most important of stuffers, the Christmas Orange. You may be puzzled right now, and while I can’t promise I’m not crazy, I can promise that an orange is the perfect fit for that ever puzzling toe end of the stocking. Try it out! It works every time. It has been a family tradition for well past my lifetime. It fills out that space as well as, providing some balance to all those extra sweets we’ve all been eating! (Don’t lie.)

2. Next, after the orange, is the perfect place to stuff those Christmas socks that everybody secretly loves to get and we all need. If you have any boys in your life, you may not even bother with themed socks just stuff it with everyday white, you know they need ’em.

3. After that, comes the fun stuff like “Silly Putty” or “Play-Doh.” If you’re a kid, you’ll love it ’cause it’s fun! If you’re a grown up kid, you love it ’cause it’s fun!

4. Then, comes the part where you can get creative based on the recipient. My sister-in-law and I, for instance, tend to get fun things like new mascara, nail polish, or pretty bracelets.The boys get gadgety things like key ring tape measures, themed ear buds, or shaving accessories.

5. Now, you should be nearing the top of this stocking so the gifts should get lighter at this point. Generally, this is where each member of the family receives a carefully handpicked Pez candy. My past Pez’s include a Cinderella, a Minnie Mouse, a Sleeping Beauty, and a Yoda. (I’m a diverse person.)

6. Next to the Pez, if you know of a favorite candy bar or treat, here is a good place to slide it in. It’s Christmas, so a king size version is acceptable.

7. Now is when I suggest placing any DVDs or Cds you might have purchased, as you should be able to securely slide them along the side of the stocking at this point. (I told you we were experts at this.)

8. At the top of the stocking, the best things are gift cards!! They’re best at the top, because you don’t want them getting lost or misplaced during the un-stuffing process.  My suggestions for sure winners are Amazon gift cards or Itunes gift cards and there’s no need to go crazy here, everyone loves a $10 one just as much as any other one. (Though I know I wouldn’t say no to a little extra…)

9.  At last, now is the time to fill all the holes that have emerged between all these fabulous gifts in your stocking and what better way to fill them in, but with candy! Sweet, sour, hard, soft, or minty, as long as it’s small, it will work!

10. At the very top, and this truly is saving the best gift for last, spread a little love to wish the special ones in your life a truly blessed and Merry Christmas!

Until next time and Merry Christmas,

Catie

Top 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

Hey!

Our family loves to watch movies and holiday time seems to bring on the urge for some serious movie bingeing.  In fact, movies invade our everyday speak. We will weave a quote in while talking with one another.  I don’t think a week goes by that someone doesn’t use a quote or reference.  Obscure ones are like extra points.  Quotes range from the common like “Wove, twue wove” from The Princess Bride to “Almost there” from Star Wars IV.  ( If you can tell me the scene of that obscure quote, I’ll ask Santa to send you extra candy!!)

Here are our Top 12 favorites to watch over the Christmas holiday.

1. A Muppet Christmas Carol

2. It’s A Wonderful Life

3. White Christmas

4. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas ! : Animated

5. A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott

6. Elf

7. The Santa Clause

8. The Polar Express

9. The Mrs. Miracle movies

10. The Holiday

These movies aren’t Christmas movies but we love watching them during the holidays.

11. The Harry Potter series

12. The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit series

Bonus:

We are also really enjoying these two new movies on Hallmark Channel.

The Nine Lives of Christmas

and

A Royal Christmas

 Happy viewing this Christmas season!

Blessings,

Mimi

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 NIV Bible