My gift to you for Christmas!

A feel good Christmas story. For children too. Enjoy! ○♡○

five glowing orbs

The Five Golden Orbs

The children found them hidden inside the bushes in the back yard just as the sun was setting. They noticed the glow of lights coming from within the small holly bush. Mystified, they had walked up slowly to the shining bush and peered in through the holly leaves.

Five shining orbs of gold lay nestled hidden in the crooks of the branches inside the bush.

“What are they?” The girl child asked.

“I don’t know!” The boy child answered.

They were curious and the glow coming from the shiny orbs was not scary. The emitting light was golden and soft.

one golden orbThe boy reached in and grabbed one of the orbs. It was warm to the touch. But not too warm, just pleasantly so. The girl seeing that the orb rested comfortably in the boy’s hand reached in and grabbed another orb. She held it close and stared at the swirling light shining from within.

“They are pretty, aren’t they?” She said.

“Yes, yes they are.” He replied. “Lets take the rest of them and go inside.” He didn’t wait for her answer just reached inside the bush and pulled out two more. “You get the last one, but come on let’s hurry before anyone sees them.”

She followed his directions, first grabbing the last golden orb in her free hand and then hurrying after him orbs on flooras he ran into the house, carefully cradling the glowing orbs in his arms.

They walked through the hallway into the tiny living room and laid the golden balls on the wooden floor. The orbs were shining even brighter than before.

To the small boy and girl, sitting on the floor of the poorly lit living room, this glorious glow was a thrilling one. Their father was working late again but they knew he’d be home soon and would expect his meal laid out for him. The Christmas tree they had convinced him to bring home the day before stood dark and lonely in one corner of the room, on the other side was the table where they had laid out his bowl, cup and spoon. His soup was in the cooking pot waiting to be served.

The children looked from the orbs to the tree and got the same idea at the same time. Excitedly they the golden Christmas treegrabbed up the glowing orbs and placed them in different places throughout the tree. Each ball settled into it’s spot as if it belonged there. When they were done, they stood back and looked at the Christmas tree. It was now lit up with a golden glow that cast away the shadows in the room and illuminated everything making them feel like they were rich and not so very poor.

They stood there viewing the beautiful lite up tree and then the girl had a sudden thought. With a worried look upon her face she turned to her brother and said “What about Hanna?”

“What about her?” He answered.

“Well, it’s just that her cottage is so very dark, if we took one of these shiny orbs to her, she could place it somewhere in her room and be able to see better at night!”

“That’s true,” He said. “And you know that Bertha and Henry’s cottages a little further away have the same orbs on the floorproblem with not having much light in their homes.” And as the children talked they thought of two more neighbors that they could share the shiny light of their orbs with.

Hurrying quickly they removed the five orbs out of their Christmas tree and carried them down the lane to each of their needy neighbors who with great pleasure and astonishment accepted the gift of a brightly lighted orb.

The children raced back to the house feeling good inside as they thought of the pleasure they had brought to their friends and neighbors.

They were silent and a little disappointed as they realized they wouldn’t have a beautifully lit tree to show their father when they walked inside their hut. Still they did feel good about the gifts they had given. As they walked into the living area of their hut they stopped suddenly staring at the sight in front of them. Where they had expected a darkened tree was a magnificently glowing Christmas tree shining from top to bottom with a most wonderful golden radiance.

“But how can this be?” The little girl asked with wonder. “We gave the orbs away!”

The little boy shook his head, gazing in amazement at the beautiful sight in front of him. They both heard the front door open as their dad trudged into the house. They looked once more at their shiny golden tree and then ran to greet their father and to share this wonderful gift with him.

The tree shone brightly, the light following in the footsteps of two little children who without realizing had given and received the most perfect gift of all.

Merry Christmas

“When you give with love in your heart ~ your gift will return to you” ~ Penny L Howe


May your Christmas be filled with the Light of Love, shining for all to see and feel!

Merry Christmas,


The Perfect Gift ~ Sharing


the gift



“The perfect gift
not spoken,
The perfect gift
The perfect gift
that’s given,
Will always appeal.
The perfect gift
and, as it should be,
The perfect gift
I’m given
is the love you share with me.”


Thank you bloggers everywhere!


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Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, and for those of you who “mother” (nurture, care for and love)

with your heart (regardless of gender) Happy Mother’s Day to you too!

~ Penny


When to Learn from Children … and when to Guide!


Mother Teresa and her children

Mother Teresa and her children

One of my heroes in life is Mother Teresa of Calcutta … A Nobel Peace Prize recipient which is well deserved, but not the reason she’s one of my heroes. She lived what she believed and spread love and hope where ever she was.

She never “knew” how “important” she was and became, because in her mental and emotional world it did not exist. Through word, deed and action she became the embodiment for what many millions would wish to be. Selfless and loving, caring for the poorest of the poor.

When it came to children. She cherished them with a grace of love that is tremendous in its scope.

Daily she would rise early with happiness and expectation of enjoying her life and it’s challenges and she’d carry that spirit forth with her into her days spent with children.


Children give truly from the heart, they embrace life with an overwhelming fullness that is at times awesome in it’s intensity.

Mother Teresa felt that gift from so many children and she in turn embraced that and only stepped in to correct (not the enthusiasm) but behavior that might be harmful to these children as they grew.

happy children

Happy Children

A story told in her own words: ” I have learned how to love with great love from a little child in Calcutta. Once, there was no sugar and I do not know how that little Hindu child four years old heard in the school that Mother Teresa had no sugar for her children.

He went home and told his parents, “I will not eat sugar for three days: I will give my sugar to Mother Teresa.”

His parents had never been to our house before to give anything, but after three days they brought him. He was so small, and in his hand there was a little bottle of sugar. How much can a four-year-old child eat? But the amount he could have eaten for three days, he brought. He could scarcely pronounce my name, but yet he gave and the love he put in the giving was beautiful.

I learned from that little one that at the moment we give something from the heart it becomes infinite!” Mother Teresa, 1910 – 1997


We should know when to learn from children and when to guide. The gifts they give us are priceless, the direction in which we guide them is how we return their gift of love! Always” ~ Penny L Howe, 2012


Thinking inside out of the Box!

The Cereal Box Doll Bed™

So once upon a time there was a person (me) who noticed that all little girls everywhere had fashion type dolls of a certain size ( a very famous fashion doll), a little bit less than a foot in length (.305 meters). There were/are all sorts of plastic accessories that a person could buy for these dolls but this person (me) noticed that mostly the dolls ended up in the toy box.

Being imaginative this person (okay so you know who it is now lol) decided to come up with an idea for a doll bed that any child with the help of a parent could make (from throw away things found around the house) and then have fun using the bed to play with her fashion dolls.

It took quite awhile for this person to figure out what materials to use and then write directions and create both patterns and a template for the bed, but she did. The frame for the bed takes about an hour to construct.

The Cereal Box Doll Bed™

It is made from 2 cereal boxes, cut and folded in a certain way and then secured with tape and covered with cloth. All the items used to make the Cereal Box Doll Bed™ can be found around most houses everywhere.

The bedding can be leftover cloth material or cut from recycled clothing. The bedspread in the first photo was made using yarn, for most women this is also found around the house. Then came simple and quick ways to make some other pieces of furniture from throw away empty containers (the chair is from a 2 liter bottle – takes about 30 minutes to make).

So what happened to these ideas? As what seems to happen to many of her ideas, life intruded so she put the idea, the template and the instructions away for another time.  Perhaps someday…

Thanks for stopping by, remember creativity is always at hand to brighten your day,

~ Penny

Copyright © 2012 by Penny l Howe

Unexpected Gift of Love

Larrisa’s Art

This morning the door bell rang very early.

We were were all getting up and ready for the day.

I answered the door. 10 year old Larissa (she lives about 6 houses further down the block from us) was at the door. She was on her way to school. Larissa handed me a post card.”This is for You!” She said.

On one side of the postcard was the beautiful drawing you see above. This is the other side of the postcard. I was/am very moved by this token from a young girl.

Larissa’s Words

After writing my last post about why war is so very wrong, a young girl appears on my doorstep first thing the next morning to emphasize the WHY! This post is for all the Larissas on the planet who hope to grow up and live full and happy lives. We can help! Care, Be involved, Make a difference. It’s that easy!

A photo of Larissa (My Emma’s bff) from this summer!

Lovely Larrisa

It is cloudy and overcast and cold out this morning, but after this unexpected gift of love this morning to me the sun is shining brightly. I feel very warm and glowy inside, a most wonderful feeling!

Hope your day is as filled with love as mine is today!

~ Penny

Happy Camper!

Its All About Attitude

Attitude! That word is a big one for me. Each of us has our own personal belief system and values that we find important, but I think in life it still comes down to how/what we do with what life hands us. It really is all about attitude, how we respond to life, others and our personal challenges. I learned very early on the extreme importance of attitude.The following is an anonymous quote, but one of my absolute favorites.


“The longer I live the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company – an organization – a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we all have and that is our attitude.

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with us all …”

 Author Unknown

I taught this lesson to both my daughter Christina, and my son Nick, as early and as well as I could. My son had this quote copied, framed and put on the desk in his office. He is very successful with people in the service industry of which he plays an active role…

Today is his birthday! Happy Birthday my son! This is how I mostly think of him, The photo taken his senior year in high school. An adult now, he is a family man, with a beautiful wife, gorgeous daughter and talented (gamer) son! Happy Birthday my Son. You do me proud every single day, I love you!

ps – Emma, Jack, and Jordan say Happy Birthday too! (They adore their Uncle Nick)

Time – Thoughtful Consideration

Astrology And Time

Time is an interesting thing. I spoke of smiles the other day. And I still stand by what I said; Smiles are a wonderful free gift we can share with everyone. But I actually believe that right up there with smiles is the gift of time. My time and yours!

people most of us have heard of:

Albert Einstein

“Time is an illusion.” Albert Einstein


There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time. ~Napoleon I, Maxims, 1815


When told the reason for Daylight Saving time the old Indian said, “Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom of a blanket and have a longer blanket.” ~Author Unknown


Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. ~Carl Sandburg


Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst. ~William Penn


 Consideration for others is the basic of a good life, Confucius


If I may, I will add to these:

The time someone shares with you is priceless

Listen closely,

The time you share with another is precious to both of you,

Use it wisely!  ≈ Penny L Howe, 2012