Saturday and Sunday! WOW!

What a great day Saturday! I shared a table at the Holiday Market at the VFW Post 2503 with info for Guitars for Vets. I purchased a supply of Nebraska Writers Guilds 5th Anthologies to sell. I made just a couple dollars on each sale, but I got a real kick out of doing it. We were warned the price would increase by December 11. When I purchased my 24 books, they were $12.99 each. I just checked Amazon, and the price increased to $18.99. I’ve sold eleven books already, and am so excited. Here’s a link to Amazon, in case you’d like to order directly from them.

Sunday, I had another occasion to spend with some cousins and their families at a baby shower. My cousins are expecting their first grandchild in February, 2022. What a happy, happy event in their near future. The whole family is Gaga over the little miss already. As it should be. I cannot wait to see photos and to hold her. Until then, what a fun time. And the cookies here reflect the baby woodland nursery theme. Simply adorable!

Cuteness Overload!

As I’m writing this early Monday morning, I’m saddened by the devastation in Illinois, Kentucky, and other places with the deadly tornadoes. Those poor people. Events like this show the absolute power nature has to turn our lives upside down while others are unaffected during the same moments. When we live our lives unscathed, we know there, but by the grace of God, go I. It could be any of us, it could happen at any time.

This is the true test of a positive person. First, it’s important to be grateful for our daily good fortune. Some may question, “How can God allow things like this to happen?” I have no answer for that. I am a mere mortal, and have no right to question God, nor try to understand His way. Perhaps it’s a test for the rest of us, to see how generous we can be in helping rebuild these communities, to see how much we can pray, see how we react and treat each other. This season of love, we need to be more and do more in the true spirit of giving, presence, and attitude.

A meme I saw the other day was perfect: “The First Christmas wasn’t perfect; what makes us think ours should be.” Don’t let Pinterest make you feel less; don’t let Social Media make you feel as if you should do more tablescapes and backyard harvest creations. No, your toddlers don’t care. Your teenagers don’t care. Don’t be pressured into thinking there is success in these excesses. Your spouses would rather have you feeling calm and collected than decorated to the hilt. Makes you reevaluate, doesn’t it?

Blood donations, searching and rescuing for family pets, feeding people where they shelter in place, it all matters. It all helps. I know as we speak, there are Church Quilt groups who are cutting, layering, and sewing or tying quilts to give to people who have lost everything. There are Red Cross groups all over the nation, collecting blood, blankets, money, clothing, and water.

Maybe acquire a few less things for storage through the years and use annually. Do we need all that? Probably not. Sometimes we need to struggle with the sentiment and see if these things make sense anymore. Many of my decorations were acquired over the years. Some make me happy with the memories. I’ll keep them for a bit. Not forever. The Babe is all for getting rid of everything. He’s not a fan of Christmas. I am, but have struggled over the past few years.

For all this man has done for me and taught me about love, he made me understand I overdid with gifts and my kids. And him. Now, we only do gifts for the grandkids. We truly can buy anything we want during the year. It would be nice to have a gift to open, but it’s really about what’s in your heart. It’s about the love of the Christ child and God’s love for us. Don’t lose that focus. It’s easy to, but He’s always there. If it’s hard to find Him in our lives, it’s because we’re not focused on Him.

As you work through the days we have left before Christmas, keep in mind what we are here for. Don’t let the News cycles concentrating on disasters and negativity keep you down and make you stay there. Do something positive to help the folks who are less fortunate and have come upon hard times. It happens for all of us at some times. We need to remain positive. It’s the only way to keep sane.

It’s true people never speak from their deathbeds they wish they could have worked more. A friend of ours is in town to help bury his son, who passed this week, possibly from COVID. So very sad. Young and healthy, life on track, and just had a baby and plans for marriage. Our heart goes out to them all. Life is way too short. See you tomorrow.

Gearing Up for Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, I’m sitting with Moving Veterans Forward Ron Hernandez at a Holiday Market at the VFW Post 2503. Ron will be offering quilts which are made and donated by supporters all over the area. I will be representing Guitars for Vets, selling the guitar pick earrings I had made with their logo on them. They are $10 a pair, or 2 pairs for $15, which is a Holiday Market Special.

I am also representing myself, as Author Kathy Raabe, and Jewell Publishing LLC. I am offering copies of the Nebraska Writers Guild 5th Anthology. It contains stories, poetry, and single chapters of upcoming novels. Mine is a chapter of my upcoming novel. As a Holiday Market Special, the autographed books will be offered for $15. Stop by and visit with us, in Omaha, Nebraska, VFW Post 2503, 90th & Military Road. We’ll be open from 9 – 3 p.m. Get your Christmas Shopping done in one stop!

If you would like to purchase a book directly from me, PM me on Messenger, or email me kathy@kathyraabe.com, and I’ll get you my Paypal information. Let me know if you’d like it autographed, and I’ll happily oblige! Via mail the books will be $15 + $5 handling, totaling $20. An Anthology offers the perfect gift for the reader on your list. Hope to see you or hear from you soon.

As I finish gathering my goods for tomorrow, I hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow. We are supposed to have wintry weather overnight, it will be the first time for our area. Just allow extra time, and you’ll be safe along the way. Sunday will be the day to work on decorating the tree now that it’s assembled and lit. I wrapped and mailed the gifts for our little grandchildren in Colorado. Word of caution: if you have an odd sized large box, it’s about another $20 more to mail. My time was running out, so rather than re-box everything, I paid extra. It’s for the kids. They’re who Christmas is for.

See you tomorrow!