Wednesday, December 20, 2017


This will be my final post for 2017. 
I do have some interesting ideas for my blog for the new year, but in the meantime,
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From this Side of the Pond

1. Where have you found unexpected magic or delight this holiday season?

Simply in listening to Christmas music.
A Sunday School study of "The Journey to Bethlehem"
Gathering with special friends to celebrate the birth of our Savior
Spectacular music at my church

2. What's your favorite type of holiday gathering? Will you/have you gathered in your favorite way this month?

It is always with family.  We were with our daughter and her family for Thanksgiving and again a couple weekends ago.  We will be with family for Christmas.  How the time is spent is not as important as our just being together, but it always ends up being such fun.

3. Time has named 'The Silence Breakers' (women who came forward with stories of harassment)  'person of the year' for 2017. Would you agree? If not, who do you think deserves the title?

I do not agree.  If the stories these women tell are true, and who am I to say they aren't, why have they waited so long to tell their stories?  Did some of them knowingly continue to associate and possibly benefit professionally from their relationship with these men?  Some of these accusations have been proven to be false; however, not only is their reputation called into question, but lives of the accused have been ruined.  This is certainly not something to applaud and reward.  We can only hope there is a moral revival as a result.

I have a problem with singling out any one person as "person of the year," so have no suggestions. 

4. How did you spend your time this year? Are you happy about that? Elaborate

I'm really not sure how I spent this year except to have spent as much time as possible with family; in which case, I am very happy about that.  Unfortunately, I cannot look back and recount some great accomplishment or contribution either.  I guess my activity this year can only be described as time just spent loving those around me and trying to make sure they know it.  That being the case, it was not a wasted year, but one well spent in my estimation.

5. Bid farewell to 2017 in ten words or less.

From the Cotton Bowl to Indiana family time - it's been good!  (11?)

6. Insert your own random thought here.

We leave on Thursday for Christmas in Northern Indiana with our son and his family.  On the day after Christmas, three of our Texas Grands will join us up there.  We are all so excited to have a whole week together.  There will be much to tell about, I'm sure.

At a Sunday School party earlier this week, Dick did an amazing job singing "My Adult Christmas Wish."  I will close this final post for 2017 with the words from that song as a prayer for this coming new year.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
to you and yours
from us
Elizabeth "Libby" Day
Elizabeth "Libby" Day

Hello, My name is Libby. I enjoy reading good books, painting, blogging, spending time with friends and whatever my "Heart" leads me to do. Welcome to Beauty Without Within.


  1. Merry Christmas! Enjoy your time with family!

  2. Ordinary days spent loving the people in our homes and path are what life’s all about. Merry Christmas!

  3. I enjoyed reading your answers. Sounds like some nice Christmas celebrations are coming your way! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

  4. Merry Christmas, Elizabeth. Safe travels to Indiana.

  5. You are right, the Christmas music does help! OMG, I am so with you on #3, that is exactly how I feel. They made a choice because they wanted a career. They made the wrong choice! Have a wonderful time with your family. Merry Christmas!

  6. Once again, I enjoyed reading your answers. It sound as if you are in for a great Christmas...I still can't believe it's only a few days away! Have a wonderful time celebrating with your family and have a safe and Merry Christmas!

  7. I loved all your comments! Hope you have a joyful and meaniingful Chrsitmas with your family.


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