Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Truce




Found this story while I was up on Christmas Eve.. Thought it was pretty interesting..

The "Christmas Truce".. true story of the peace shared one Christmas night in WWI this is an exert of an actual letter written by a British solider of WWI

The letter begins:


This will be the most memorable Christmas I've ever spent or likely to spend: since about tea time yesterday I don't think theres been a shot fired on either side up to now. Last night turned a very clear frost moonlight night, so soon after dusk we had some decent fires going and had a few carols and songs. The Germans commenced by placing lights all along the edge of their trenches and coming over to us — wishing us a Happy Christmas etc. They also gave us a few songs etc. so we had quite a social party. Several of them can speak English very well so we had a few conversations. Some of our chaps went to over to their lines. I think theyve all come back bar one from 'E' Co. They no doubt kept him as a souvenir. In spite of our fires etc. it was terribly cold and a job to sleep between look out duties, which are two hours in every six.

First thing this morning it was very foggy. So we stood to arms a little longer than usual. A few of us that were lucky could go to Holy Communion early this morning. It was celebrated in a ruined farm about 500 yds behind us. I unfortunately couldn't go. There must be something in the spirit of Christmas as to day we are all on top of our trenches running about. Whereas other days we have to keep our heads well down. We had breakfast about 8.0 which went down alright especially some cocoa we made. We also had some of the post this morning. I had a parcel from B. G's Lace Dept containing a sweater, smokes, under clothes etc. We also had a card from the Queen, which I am sending back to you to look after please. After breakfast we had a game of football at the back of our trenches! We've had a few Germans over to see us this morning. They also sent a party over to bury a sniper we shot in the week. He was about a 100 yds from our trench. A few of our fellows went out and helped to bury him.

About 10.30 we had a short church parade the morning service etc. held in the trench. How we did sing. 'O come all ye faithful. And While shepherds watched their flocks by night' were the hymns we had. At present we are cooking our Christmas Dinner! so will finish this letter later.

Dinner is over! and well we enjoyed it. Our dinner party started off with fried bacon and dip-bread: followed by hot Xmas Pudding. I had a mascot in my piece. Next item on the menu was muscatels and almonds, oranges, bananas, chocolate etc followed by cocoa and smokes. You can guess we thought of the dinners at home. Just before dinner I had the pleasure of shaking hands with several Germans: a party of them came 1/2way over to us so several of us went out to them. I exchanged one of my balaclavas for a hat. I've also got a button off one of their tunics. We also exchanged smokes etc. and had a decent chat. They say they won't fire tomorrow if we don't so I suppose we shall get a bit of a holiday — perhaps. After exchanging autographs and them wishing us a Happy New Year we departed and came back and had our dinner.

We can hardly believe that we've been firing at them for the last week or two — it all seems so strange. At present its freezing hard and everything is covered with ice…


The letter ends:


There are plenty of huge shell holes in front of our trenches, also pieces of shrapnel to be found. I never expected to shake hands with Germans between the firing lines on Christmas Day and I don't suppose you thought of us doing so. So after a fashion we've enjoyed? our Christmas. Hoping you spend a happy time also George Boy as well. How we thought of England during the day. Kind regards to all the neighbours. With much love from Boy.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Puff




It is Monday afternoon and I am sitting in my office.. I had to work today, because Cathy needed to be at her work on Tuesday.. I came in and worked on Upward Basketball and Cheer leading.. putting the finishing touches on it before I leave for vacation on Friday.. I am not really going anywhere.. I am just relaxing at home staying up late and eating a cheese ball.. anyway.. The reason I am blogging..

I was listening to that song, Puff, The Magic Dragon..and I didn't realize how sad the end of the song is.. here are the lyrics to the last part..(try not to sing if you can help it)

A dragon lives forever
But not so little boys
Painted wings and giant rings
Make way for other toys.

One grey night it happened,
Jackie Paper came no more
And Puff that mighty dragon,
He ceased his fealess roar.

His head was bent in sorrow,
Green scales fell like rain,
Puff no longer went to play
Along the cherry lane.

Without his life-long friend,
Puff could not be brave,
So Puff that mighty dragon
Sadly slipped into his cave. Oh!

I guess the sad part was when I was with Landon yesterday.. We were doing some last minute Christmas shopping and it was sort a "guys day out" Brady was at a birthday party and Alex was napping..
But the more I listen to this song.. the more I think about my boys.. like I said before..
Brady will be 14 in a few weeks.. and he is already growing to the point that "he is a teen and don't need dad around as much" and Landon.. my goodness..he is getting to the age of almost ready for school..(he will be 4 in a few months) and when he puts on his back pack with his trains.. he looks so grown up..and finally Alexander.. he is just a "hoss" running around slamming into the wall!!

They grow up so fast.. I still hope they will need their dad..

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Where Are You Christmas....I Know.......Do You?




Tonight as I sit here listening to some songs on the Internet, I feel blessed knowing that my family is safe, with full tummies and warm beds.. But sometimes I wonder about other kids in this world.. and the kids in our own back yard..

It is no secret, that our church has had the privilege of picking up and bringing some kids from our community to our church to show them what, "real love is"..

Tonight, we had our Christmas party for the kids.. I don't think it was the gifts or the food.. (even though I love cake and ice-cream) that made this day special I think it was the gift that I got from a little child with a "key"
You see,..This day started out pretty .. well just say "different"

It all started about 1:15pm, I was headed to my office as I always do on Wednesday afternoon.. I thought about getting some gas and maybe some peanut M&M's, but I declined knowing that I had cheese flavor Bugles in my office..

Well, heading up the this hill on US 27, my car died on me again.. (yep.. again!!).. So I made some calls and finally got of hold of Harold Brett, who came and gave me a ride to the church..(thanks brother).. I called big Roger to bail me out..... (again).. So now I am safe and sound in my office when I started getting calls from folks, asking and seeing if I was ok.. (I am very sorry for not calling back and letting everyone know, that I was ok..)...

Anyway.. I headed to the big white church van around 5pm to get it warmed up to go pick up the kids from town..Guess what!!!..?

Yep the white van wouldn't start!!! I was stuck!! The blue mini van was already on a mission of her own.. so I started to make some calls.. and I was able to get another vehicle to come to the rescue..( I wont give the name .. so they wont be embarrassed..They would want God to get all the glory!!)

Anyway .. we got all the kids picked up and to church, but before our party .. I wanted to share a small lesson with the kids..

"What does God want for Christmas?" I asked.. after doing a small hands on with different gifts.. I finnaly showed them what God wanted for Christmas..
It was "them"..

I told them through poetry and a little mirror.. that God wants "YOU".. for Christmas..
Anyway.. after that, we had gifts,..love, food, more love..and laughter...!
Then I noticed something..

A little girl name Samantha.. was wearing this "key" on a chain that I had giving her back in July.. she promised me she would never take it off.. her words were really, "I will never take it off.. ever Mr. Lonnie.."

and guess what.. She hasn't!!!

So, "where is Christmas"?.. You can't look to the stars for your answer.. you have to look into your own heart..

Something I found from Smallville.. (and you know I am a big Smallville fan)

Clark: I didn’t ask for this life.
Chloe: We didn’t ask for a world that needs heroes, but
the truth is we do. Now more then ever, Clark
- Chloe Sullivan

You dont't need to fly to be a HERO...!! just LOVE..

Merry Christmas..

Monday, December 15, 2008

Best Christmas and Anytime Movie Ever!!




The Christmas Card

Cody Cullen, an Army sergeant serving in Afghanistan, receives a handmade Christmas card from a stranger back in the States and is deeply touched by the warmth of the personalized greeting within. While on leave back home, he travels to Nevada City, California, the picturesque town from which the card was sent. Once there, Cody meets and falls in love with beautiful Faith Spelman, who sent the card, and quickly becomes a cherished member of the Spelman family. Yet romance for Cody and Faith seems out of the question, because she has a boyfriend and is about to become engaged.

Friday, December 12, 2008

I Believe I Can Fly (part 2)...Oh My I Am Sore!!



I think I will leave the game to the pros..
but it was fun!!!

I Believe I Can Fly...




Well tonight is our 3 on 3 basketball tourneyment.. I have been watching videos of Micheal Jordan all afternoon!! So I think I am ready..(can anyone say OXYGEN TANK)..
Naw.. I think I will do pretty good tonight.. I went and got me some new high tops and I got me this killer out fit that belong to the old Mason County High School basketball team.. (good will store) so tonight.. I may be #45 in your program.. but I am #1 in your hearts!!!