We have beautiful acacia wood floors in our new house. Never, ever did it occur to me that dark flooring would show every little thing and would track terribly. If I had known, I'm thinking I might have reconsidered but it's too late for that now. So, I've been spending a lot of time trying out different cleaners to no avail. My sister in law was here over Thanksgiving and told me that all she has ever used on her wood floors is just plain ole water. Well, that was simple enough and that's what I've done and it has made a big difference, especially in the tracking. I'm thinking that any of the cleaners likely have some type of oily substance to add shine to the floors but it causes tracking terribly. It's not like my floors are filthy, so plain water it will be from now on. I will steam mop them about every 3 months and "call it good." I've spent way too much time fretting over this when in reality it is a small problem in the big scheme of life.
2. Each year Time Magazine names a 'Person of the Year', someone who has 'for better or worse...done the most to influence the events of the year.' It was recently announced they've named Angela Merkel Person of the Year for 2015. You can read more about this year's selection here. Your thoughts? If you were in charge, who would you declare Person of the Year?
I hardly know who Angela Merkel is but did enjoy reading the article concerning the choice of her as Person of the Year. But, if I were "in charge" I would declare a man that, although well known in certain circles, would be unknown to most.
His name is Wade Akins and he is shown here with his wife, Barbara. Wade entered the ministry as a very young man and as soon as he graduated from college he was off to the foreign mission field sharing the good news of Jesus. Wade's primary focus in life has been to win the lost to Christ . Wade is now 71 years old and has been on the foreign fields for almost 50 years and his impact will live on eternally. His first wife died while they were on the mission field and 2 years later he married Barbara who was serving as a missionary in the same area. Together they are sold out to wining souls to Jesus Christ. Could there be any greater calling? I think not!
3. Do you have a nativity set in your home? If so share it's history and how you display the pieces.
I have had a nativity but currently I do not. I have two figurine type pieces of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. They take up a lot less space and still convey the same message.
4. Do you make an extra effort to give back in some way during the holiday season? How do you encourage those who need encouragement this time of year?
Yes, I do and it's generally with a compliment or encouraging word. I had my car washed this past Monday and the man that dried it was working so hard to do a good job and he seemed very heavy hearted. I slipped him a small tip told him what a good job he had done and the biggest smile came across his face. It's what this season is all about for sure. ~sharing the love of that baby born in a manager~
5. Who is your favorite person to shop for? Why?
Well, I always enjoy buying for our children and Grans. They are most grateful and get very excited and it makes my heart happy to watch them. But, this year our church sponsored an angel tree for the children of the women prisoners here in our city. I chose a little 6 year old girl that needed a coat, hat and gloves. I had more fun shopping for those items and found, what I think, is the cutest coat for her. I hope she will be thrilled when she opens it.
6. What's the last delicious thing you ate?
Hummm......I made a Pumpkin Pie Cake for Thanksgiving and it really was delicious. Now, I've eaten a lot of good things since then but nothing more delicious.
7. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is________________.
being kind and thoughtful and sharing a warm smile
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Okay, if you will indulge me one last time to comment about The Voice.........Last night was the finals and I nailed it as to who would win and the runners up would be. I was absolutely thrilled that Jordan won! Aside of his unbelievable voice, I feel like he had such a positive impact on the judges with his pure and sensitive heart. I pray that the Lord will bless him with much success and that Jordan will be a testimony to those he comes in contact along the way. It will be so interesting to see where he ends up.