Mother of Necessity

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Contest!!!! 12 Days Of Christmas- Your Way

12 days of ChristmasHere’s a challenge for all my readers. I want you to make up your best 12 Days of Christmas song.


Here are the rules: nothing rude, crude or overly distasteful. Make it kid friendly, no cuss words please. If you can’t sing it front of a 7 year old, please rethink your lyrics. It can be themed or just all over the place like mine.

Get the kids involved and have a fun night.

I and a few friends will be the judges. There will only be ONE (1) winner.

Entries must be e-mail no later than the 19th of December. One entry per person please.

The winner will receive 3 Greeting cards (Blank inside) and a free 8×10 Photo print I have taken (at random).  AND…I will post your song on my blog (with your permission).

The Winner will be announced on Music Monday the 21st of December.

Enter your rendition of the song along with your name and add your e-mail address so I can contact you if you are the winner. My blog e-mail: motherofnecessity1@gmail.com

On your mark, get set ….write.

 I want to thank, my brother for the great idea and for helping with some of the lyrics. He’s a nut and I love him.

Thanks mom for your contributions. I was able to complete this madness with your help. Love your ideas.

Thanks to “The Kid” for helping me remember the tune when I was trying to get these silly things to match up to the song.

Enjoy and sing it loud.

Mother of Necessity’s version of the 12 Days of Christmas

                                                                              On the first day of ChristmasGet Happy
my true love gave to me:
A Partridge Fam-iii-leee

On the second day of Christmas
my true love gave to me:
2 Chocolate Turtles
and a Partridge Fam-iii-leee

On the third day of Christmas
my true love gave to me:
3 Little Pigs
2 Chocolate Turtles
and a Partridge Fam-iii-leee

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me:
4 Angry Birds
3 Little pigs
2 Chocolate Turtles
and a Partridge Fam-iii-leee

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me:
5 Million Dollars
4 Angry Birds
3 Little pigs
2 Chocolate Turtles
and a Partridge Fam-iii-leee

Kevin Bacon
On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me:
6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon
5 Million Dollars
4 Angry Birds
3 Little Pigs
2 Chocolate Turtles
And A Partridge Fam-iii-leee


On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love gave to me:
7 Bridges Road
6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon
5 Million Dollars
4 Angry Birds
3 Little Pigs
2 Chocolate Turtles
and a Partridge Fam-iii-leee

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me:
8 Elves A Cleanin’
7 Bridges Road
6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon
5 Million Dollars
4 Angry Birds
3 Little Pigs
2 Chocolate Turtles
and a Partridge Fam-iii-leee

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me:
9 Kitty Lives
8 Elves A Cleanin’
7 Bridges Road
6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon
5 Million Dollars
4 Angry Birds
3 Little Pigs
2 Chocolate Turtles
and a Partridge Fam-iii-leee

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me:
10 Little Indians
9 Kitty Lives
8 Elves A Cleanin’
7 Bridges Road
6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon
5 Million Dollars
4 Angry Birds
3 Little Pigs
2 Chocolate Turtles
and a Partridge Fam-iii-leee

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love gave to me:
11 Herbs and Spices
10 Little Indians
9 Kitty Lives
8 Elves A Cleanin’
7 Bridges Road
6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon
5 Million Dollars
4 Angry Birds
3 Little Pigs
2 Chocolate Turtles
and a Partridge Fam-iii-leee

last supper
On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me:
12 Disciples Dining
11 Herbs and Spices
10 Little Indians
9 Kitty Lives
8 Elves A Cleanin’
7 Bridges Road
6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon
5 Million Dollars
4 Angry Birds
3 Little Pigs
2 Chocolate Turtles
and a Partridge Fam-iii-leee


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Music Monday: David Phelps-Christmas Music

Christmas music

For the month of December I’m posting Christmas music. I love Christmas music, traditional and not so traditional.

Be prepared for more music this month. I think I will post Christmas songs throughout the month and not just on Monday.

Here is another one of my favorites. David does such a beautiful job on this song.

Remember: Christmas is not about the gifts, it’s about Christ. Remind yourself of the little things that Christ has done for you and rejoice knowing He is there to take care of you.

David Phelps: O Holy Night:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElJ0fiD0lkc


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I Hope….

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I didn’t have a blog post planned for today. I owe you an apology.

I’m so sorry. It has been one hectic week and I have not had the time to work on a post.

 Here’s a little something.

I hope you have had a great week.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.

I hope The Ohio State Buckeyes beat that team up north today. GO BUCKS!

I hope you had/have safe travels

I hope your Turkey was moist and plentiful.

I hope you didn’t eat too much, as I did.

I hope everyone survived your ‘Black Friday’ shopping spree.

I hope you found great deals and no one lost a limb in the mad dash.

I hope you are relaxing today and recovering from a busy week.

I hope you remembered to be Thankful for all you have.

I hope you have all your needs met.

I hope you didn’t spend too much money shopping.

I hope you hugged your loved ones.

I hope you are hugged often and loved deeply.

I hope you have laughed this week and everyday.

I hope you told your family and friends you love them.

I hope you looked for the little things that made you smile.

I hope your next family gathering will be the best one yet.

I hope you are taking care of yourself.

I hope you are enjoying this weather (Ohio folks).

I hope you are finding your joy.

I hope you forgive me for not having a post.

Since Christmas is just around the corner, I will leave you with one of my favorite renditions of a song.

I “hope” you enjoy.

Joy to the world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRIYrQFwqyU&list=PLkW_qeRTF9XX2tJ4webh4rG9i_Vf6peF7


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75 Things I Am Thankful For

thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I love this holiday. It’s always full of love and loved ones. I just want to share what I am thankful for.

  1. Family: I love my family deeply and I am so grateful for each one.
  2. ‘The Kid’. The best kid a mom could have.
  3. Siblings…Love you knuckleheads.
  4. New job.
  5. Having a year off from actual work.
  6. Discovering new things about myself this past year.
  7. A beautiful sunset.
  8. The changes of the seasons.
  9. A spring breeze blowing through my home.
  10. My niece and nephew
  11. My great nephew and new little nephew or niece on the way.
  12. Prayer
  13. Prayers answered
  14. The right to serve my God.
  15. Music
  16. The ability to hear and see.
  17. Starting a blog….a great outlet to share with others.
  18. All the men and women that serve our country.
  19. New adventures
  20. The capability of learning new things.
  21. A tall glass of sweetened ice tea.
  22. Cousins: you all rock.
  23. Friends: Thanks for loving me for who I am.
  24. A working vehicle.
  25. The sound of rain on a tin roof.
  26. Waking up every morning.
  27. The flow of a good pen.
  28. My Bible
  29. A roof over my head.
  30. Food in the fridge.
  31. Loving and forgiving parents.
  32. The internet
  33. Grandparents that spoiled me as a child.
  34. All my in-laws and extended family.
  35. The ability to read and write….Thank you teachers
  36. Humor…..nothing better than having tears run down my face from laughter.
  37. The smell of cut grass in the summer.
  38. The state of OHIO
  39. The colors of autumn leaves.
  40. Sunshine
  41. Blue skies with big white fluffy clouds.
  42. Hearing a child laugh.
  43. Not having to do laundry by hand.
  44. A ripe tomato from the garden.
  45. A summer rain shower
  46. All the mistakes I have made…they made me grow.
  47. Photography….outlet for some creativity.
  48. Heat in my home on a cold day.
  49. “The Kids” quirkiness, even though they aggravate me sometimes.
  50. My parents staying together for over 50 years.
  51. Hearing and knowing the Word of God.
  52. My family photos
  53. The collection of family music.
  54. The ability to help others
  55. Knowing how to organize
  56. Ordering online….so convenient.
  57. Watching trees blow in the wind.
  58. The sound of a piano, mandolin, violin, guitar or banjo.
  59. The trash man. He takes away all the unwanted things from my home, so     I can have a clean home and street.
  60. I know how to play Euchre and Marbles.
  61. My mom & brother taught me how to play baseball.
  62. The Ohio State Football team.
  63. Daisy flowers
  64. For all of you that read my blog.
  65. Being curled up in a comfy blanket.
  66. A handwritten note/card.
  67. A shoulder to cry on
  68. The sound of the ocean.
  69. Having an external hard drive to save all my photos and music.
  70. A GPS…I wouldn’t be able to get from A to B without one.
  71. Police and firefighters
  72. A place to lay my head at night
  73. A good haircut.
  74. For eye glasses so I can see clearly.
  75. Chocolate

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

What are you thankful for?


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Holiday Tips & Reminders

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It’s that time of  year. The holiday season has begun. Time to start prepping for visitors, big dinners, and lots of shopping.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind for the holidays.

VISITORS: If you are making your rounds and making impromptu visits, keep in mind people may not be prepared. No judging their homes or actions.

If the home is dirty or they don’t have anything to offer you (drinks/food), don’t be mad. You are surprising them.  Remember why you are visiting. You are there to check in with them, have conversations and see if there is anything you can do to help. These are people you love and adore, please do not judge. Be kind and offer your help.

If you would like to, you can always bring a small gift when you go visit. The gift could be your help around their house, such as helping with decorations or cleaning. You could also gift them with coupons to help with cost of the upcoming events. A nice small centerpiece is always good. Bring your own snacks and drinks.

Bringing a small token is a great gesture of kindness and love.

When you have folks come to your home to visit, I recommend on Thursday or Friday night before the weekend or the day or 2 before the holiday, go through your home and do some light housekeeping.  

Make sure the bathroom is clean, dishes are done and you living room is picked up. Maybe go to the grocery store and get some snacks and extra drinks. This way you are prepared for any visitors.

Visiting is a great way to reconnect with loved ones and everyone feels good when you are able to connect.

DINNERS:  If you are hosting the dinner, make sure you have everything you need. Making that last minute grocery store run can be awful or the store may be closed and you are out of luck.

Ask for help. No need to do this by yourself. There are others that would be grateful to assist you.

Relax: Don’t pressure yourself to make everything perfect. If something doesn’t work out the way you planned, it’s ok. Remind yourself why you are hosting. It’s not for the glory of compliments (even though compliments are wonderful) but for making memories with the people you hold dear. Trust me, your guests don’t care that things are perfect, they are happy to be surrounded by folks they love too.

If you are going to someone’s house for dinner, remember your etiquettes. Be polite (please & thank you), offer your assistance, clean up your mess and play nice with others.

If you are helping with the dinner by bringing a dish (pot luck style) please bring what was asked of you or what you committed to bring. Your friends/family are relying on you to do your part.

If you are not bringing a dish you might want to bring a small gift for the host or for the home. If you are like me and can’t afford a gift, make sure you help with the cleanup. Your host will be so thankful for the help.

Send a nice “Thank You” card after the dinner. It shows your appreciation and the love you have for that family.

SHOPPING: Just a few helpful tips.

Fill up the car with gas before you leave. You don’t want to interrupt the shopping spree by getting gas. Travel with your car lights on. Even during the day. 

Have a list of people you need gifts for or a list of gift items needed. It helps keep you on your budget and reminds you who/what you are needing to purchase.

Keep your money secure. Keep your purse in your hand at all times. Wear a cross-body purse (less likely to be set down or stolen). Carry you debit/credit cards in your front pocket of your pants.

Charge your cell phone or have a car charger. You don’t want to be out shopping and not have any service to retrieve those online coupons.

Carry a small amount of actual cash. Some of those small business do not accept credit cards. It’s also nice to leave your lunch tip in cash for the wait staff.

Set a budget for how much you are spending on your spree.

I hope you have a safe, happy and stress free holidays.