Monday, December 27, 2010

Welcome 2011

Yes yes...I know Christmas has just ended....I LOVE Christmas....I do not however LOVE winter....therefore as soon as Christmas is over...I start dreaming of Summer....

I hope all of you Ginger's Journey readers had a fabulous Christmas full of love and laughter.  Ours was wonderful, almost everything went smoothly and we enjoyed time with friends and family, and lots of good food!

I always look forward to the fresh pages of the calendar for the new year and this year is no different. Blank pages to fill with dreams, adventures, wishes, and yes those mundane tasks of everyday life. Living life to the fullest on this journey is my quest....for a life well lived is the best celebration of life ever!

May your 2011 be a true celebration of life!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Santa's Sleigh

I feel like I have been truly blessed this year. Working on a cash only basis I am almost finished with not only shopping but the baking and grocery supplies I need for the holiday season. The Lord is good.

Again this year I managed to send two boxes of gifts to some children in Mexico that are nieces and nephews of a friend of ours. It feels good to touch the hearts of little ones during this most holy of holidays.  I am still praying that they arrived safely because I haven't heard yet.

In addition, I participated in the local silent auction to raise money to buy coats and other things for some local children. The weather is frightful right now and so winter gear is a big need. I donated the ghost hunts which I am pleased brought some funds into the cause and I also did my share by purchasing another item.

Then today I was reminded of Santa's Sleigh....which is organized and managed by Jeff at the Merry Network, of which my very own Magical Holiday Home is part of. So I decided to make a donation there also. I'd like to do more so hopefully this month's budget will allow me to make another donation.

I urge you to check out the Santa's Sleigh project, because unlike other internet charities, I know personally that the funds generated from this effort go to help a family in need. So if you have even just 20 to spare, please consider donating to this special effort.

You can check it out at Santa's Sleigh.org

MERRY CHRISTMAS ...Ginger's Journey readers!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Ghost Hunt Basket

Here's a view of the ghost hunt basket. It's hard to see the contents. So I'll list them
  • Bottle of wine...Ghosts in the Night
  • Whistle
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries for flashlight
  • Cross
  • Small bag with sage and magnet on a string
  • Ghost Stories of Missouri book
  • Certificate for a ghost hunt (good for four) Included in this is breakfast after the hunt, 4 DVDs with photos from the hunt set to music, 4 picture CDs from hunt, preparation ceremony, the hunt itself, cleansing ceremony, and lots of FUN!


Since you couldn't really see the wine in the basket...I'll tell you it is a red wine that I took the label off of and put this lable on it!

I love how the wine label, ghost certificate, ghost kit page, and business card all have the same picture...the spooky tree with birds and moon! These were a lot of fun to make! SO I hope we make a lot of money for needy children and have some fun at the same time!!  I'll let you know how the bidding goes!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Ghost Hunt for the Silent Auction

If you have read much here you know about the infamous ghost hunts. Well, I got talked into putting together a ghost hunt basket for the silent auction that we are having to raise money for a charity for Christmas. The basket will contain several items including a ghost hunt led by yours truly. I'm a bit nervous. For no other reason than I want the hunt to be fun and people to find the places and the local folklore interesting.

Well. I can't very well snap my fingers and presto a ghost....lol. We have encountered some interesting things so perhaps the spirits will cooperate the night of the hunt!  The picture above is of a house behind the trees. It's hard to see in this photo but on the camera and enlarged pictures there appears to be a man in a hat standing hidden behind one of the trees. Was he there?  I don't know but what I find is the photos we take after the hunt are quite interesting.

So wish me luck with the silent auction (I hope someone bids on it) and I'll let you know the winners and how things go.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Journey to Christmas


It's that time of the year. The time where I ponder the journey to Christmas. Not the holiday prep, nor trips to see Santa, and not even the wonderful drives to see the beautiful lights. No, those are just simply parts of the Christmas season. My trip is much more personal in nature. It is the trip to "see" to "feel" the peace and love of the season. The hope and faith in the silence rarely experienced during this most holy and beautiful of all seasons. Seldom in today's hectic world do we really allow ourselves to STOP and feel. We are so caught up in the busy, hectic events of life that at times we miss out on life altogether.

When you read my blog, you come to realize that I am interested in many things and some appear to be in conflict with each other. I do not agree. I do not think that considering or thinking about other practices or beliefs "corrupts" one. A narrowly defined view of life creates a narrowly defined life. I want a broad life, a life that encompasses LIVING....not just existing. As such, I love to explore other belief systems, other cultures, other viewpoints. Honestly, along that journey I have found some gems to keep. They are not in conflict with my belief in God and Jesus. Rather I find that they enrich my understanding, deepen my awareness of the human experience and bring me joy.

Ok, back to the journey to Christmas. It is an individual journey. I have written before that I doubt I could have been as brave as the shepherds and left all that I knew to follow a star. Not questioning...just in wonder. Nor, even though I am generous, would I have been moved to bring the expensive offerings the wisemen offered?  These are questions that will never be answered. However here on this journey to Christmas I let these thoughts guide me.

Somebody once wrote a heartfelt letter to me and said that I give to others without expecting anything in return. I do not say that to praise myself but to point out that his comment was worth more to me than "expecting" anything in return. That comment let me know that I had touched someone's life in a good way, a positive way, that in and of itself, is better than expecting anything in return.  It is as close to the feelings of the wisemen that I might ever get.

So as you journey to Christmas this year. Try to expand your view. Try to let yourself "feel" the season. Let your heart guide you. You can't do everything. You can't change the world but you can change "your" world. 

Merry Christmas from Ginger's Journey!!

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