The month of December is upon us! It is an exciting month and has been a very busy year. The weather is amazing in Ohio. This morning we have a dusting of heavenly snow. Usually by now we have had several storms and have snow on the ground. It is the season to be happy and give. With all the things going on in this world it can be a scary place but we have to take it upon ourselves to make a difference. Just anything will do on a daily basis. My how busy and hectic our life has become! I always have so much going on and honestly I don't know how I ever worked full time. I won't go into boring details but I get up at 4:30 every morning and find myself with a project in my hands still at 10:00 at night. At any given time there is at least ten things whirling around in my head at the same time. I am always in a rush and never have a spare minute for myself. Not only my projects but my responsibilities of my family. My list gets longer! Fred and I were finishing up our Christmas shopping yesterday and while ordering lunch at Panera Bread the lady who stood behind the counter grabbed my attention. She smiled! She really smiled! I smile at everyone and it shocked me for a split second to see this lady smile. She was amazing! I wanted to tell her. I stood there as Fred was ordering trying to get a chance to tell her but we had to move along. She came to our table and said she forgot to ask me if I wanted mustard sauce on my sandwich and there she was with that smile. I explained I had never had it before and was confused what I had ordered. She asked me to come with her and tell the lady who was making my sandwich. I did and it was not what I thought I ordered. Now here was my chance. We took care of business and as SHE thanked me, I told her she was very nice and helpful and she had the most beautiful smile I had ever seen. She smiled and told me, "Thank you!" She came back to our table and asked us if everything was ok and there was that smile. That truly gave me a jolt! God puts people in our path for a reason. Sometimes we are in a hurry and forget God is watching over us. He knows what we need every day - every second of every day. That lady made a difference just with her smile. I thought about her the rest of the day. News of the California shootings came as we arrived home and I thought about the lady with the smile. If we can do nothing else we can smile, be a little kinder, be a little sweeter and make a difference no matter what we are dealing with. As we get down on our knees to pray remember to smile and thank God for our blessings! As we celebrate Christmas remember Jesus is the reason. I love you all! Thank you for an amazing year! Merry Christmas!
"Friendship isn't about whom you have known the longest. It's about those who came and never left your side."