I wanted to write something fun & fresh today but I’m tired from travel and I’m tired of the world being so hateful / violent / arrogant / greedy. I don’t have anything fun & fresh to say.
I’m taking a blog break for a week. I’ll still be reading yours, but my place is going to be silent for a few days. I’ll see you in a week ❤︎
Be good to one another. Call your parents and spend time with your siblings and kiss your significant other just a little more. Take a lost dog home and pack an extra granola bar in your bag for the less fortunate man you pass every day on your way to work.
A few weeks ago, I heard about the service Pure Flix. I spoke with the lovely Leah over there to get a little more information because prior to that, I’d never heard of the streaming platform. I don’t pay for their service and they’re not paying me to write this, but I wanted to share a little about them because I think it might appeal to some people who read Life as Louise.
(If this isn’t your thing that’s totally ok 😉 I’ll see you on Tuesday!)
Right now Pure Flix is teaming up with Convoy of Hope. Together they’re bringing food, medicine, and supplies to millions of children. By watching a movie or show on that platform in May you will help them bring more than $100,000 in goods to families.
While I was perusing their library I saw they had some of the bigger faith-based films available like “God’s Not Dead” and “Old Fashioned” (which was actually filmed in and around my county).
I know there are thousands of ways to donate time and money to worthwhile causes, but something in me felt called to share this platform with other folks 🙂 I’m a Christian and I had no idea it existed, so I figure other Christians and non-Christians alike might be in the dark, too.
Everyone’s posted a holiday home tour but me (or so it seems ). Let’s fix that!
(Check out other people’s houses, too! Mattie, Emily, Taylor, Michelle)
Typically the decorations go up mid-November, but we don’t get our tree until December. This year we really procrastinated. I knew I wanted a smaller one this year (and we set up a larger one in K’s company office), but I don’t know that I was picturing it this small… Perks to buying your tiny tree the Saturday before the holiday weekend? We got it half off. Say hello to $10 ‘Ronald Trees-ley”:
Ok… on to the house tour.
And there ya have it. We only decorate the first floor, although there is a pine candle in the basement. Sorry my pictures aren’t high quality… that’s just life!
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I’m going to get religious for a minute.
I am a firm believer in faith by example. Rarely do I mention religion here on my blog, but I don’t shy away from identifying as a Christian. It’s my hope that through acts of kindness and openminded-ness toward others I get across what I believe to be the important parts of being a Christian. I think that being ‘Christian’ means knowing that you are flawed, seeking forgiveness and wisdom, and spreading kindness and love to the other flawed humans (and animals) on this planet. We’re meant to love and take care of one another. I don’t think Jesus cares if you voted Republican or Democrat (or Independent). That doesn’t make you a better Christian. I don’t think Jesus cares where (or if) you got an education. That doesn’t make you a better Christian. I don’t think Jesus cares about your skin color, gender, pay grade, criminal record, or hobbies. I think that Christianity is about serving Christ- and since we have no idea what He looks like or when He’ll appear, it’s best to serve one another with a happy, genuine heart.
All that to say, Merry Christmas, friends! (And if you celebrate a holiday other than Christmas, I welcome your festive greeting! I do not feel like there is a war being waged on me or the holidays I celebrate, and I hope you feel the same.) If you’ve ever thought about visiting a church you should slip into one on Christmas Eve and listen to the story of the birth of Jesus. If you live near me and you’d like someone to go with I’d be more than happy to have you along!
If you are not a Christian or you celebrate another event this time of year: Happy Holidays! ❤︎
Regardless of your beliefs, spread a little love and cheer and kindness this weekend, friends! Thank you for your friendship here in Blogland ❤︎