What do you want for Christmas?
What do you need for Christmas?
What happens when Santa doesn’t have the gifts we really need?
(But knows someone who does??)

Gifts like, love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, courage, companionship, joy, gentleness, purpose, creativity, generosity, rest and energy?

As a children’s Author, I’ve always wanted to write a Christmas story. The real Christmas story. A true Christmas story. A story I could share.

Now I have two! The story I can tell adults and the published book for children and families.

God gave it to me, the first week of advent. I had the idea. God gave me the story. Truly! The story for adults is the fact that, when you shut out the world’s consumerism and just sit in the candle light, God blesses us with his gifts. Things happen. Amazing things. Unexplainable blessings.

Advent is basically 4 candles for the weeks before December 25. Google it! And get yourself 3 purple candles and one pink candle. Sitting still every night in this Christmas season is where the magic is happening…I always shut the lights off first. Then, the light from one match reminds me, Christ came to illuminate the dark world. In lieu of a lighter, I always use matches. Each one reminding me to be grateful for an individual who has brought light into my life. Like Frank and My Mom who help with my books.

Remember, in the North Pole, Santa only has gifts that we can make, buy, borrow, or steal! What does Santa do when he doesn’t have the gifts we really need? He goes to church. He writes a letter to God. And remembers it’s Jesus’ Birthday and bakes a birthday cake!

That’s advent: the preparation and commemoration of the birth of Christ!

What do you do, to ask for the gifts you NEED? What do you do to celebrate Jesus’ birthday?

Santa and the Sad Snowman is a true story! It’s about snow children, Snowbully and Snowbella who ask for things like courage, compassion and self-control. But Santa doesn’t have those gifts. Only God can give them to us. Just ask.

Don’t wait for Christmas. It’s advent now.

Mathew 21:22
“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Mathew 7:7
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

Galatians 5:22
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.



We all moan, “If only I knew then, what I know now…”

We cannot go back to be smarter teenagers, wiser women, or more knowledgeable men.  However, we can look to the past year, and recall what we learned.  And remember it this year…

Years ago I made one final resolution.  Not to make resolutions.  It worked.

This year, I declared KNEW YEAR!  Keeping with my new years resolution, not making resolutions, I decided to recall what I learned last year.

If we learned one thing, we are all smarter this year, than last year.  Who hasn’t had some hard lessons, hard times, challenges, unnecessary pain, and stupid moves…

Unlike school, this is life.  We get the test first, then the lesson.  Like courage.  We experience the fear first, feel courageous afterward.

It’s been my experience, that God keeps us enrolled.  He will keep schooling us, as long as we show up for class: prayer, reading and listening to scripture.  That way, He blesses us with His lessons of wisdom first.  Instead of failing tests, and suffering unnecessary struggles, we are prepared for life.  Smarter.  Better.  Blessed.

If we remember what we learned from God last year, life will be better this year.

(Doesn’t mean it will be easier.)

Happy Knew Year.

” G A R B A G E T R E E “


Is Christmas ever really over?

Is Christmas ever really over.

Is Christmas ever really over.

Good thing God doesn’t turn His back on us.

Next month we throw hearts to the curb.

or dump us