New Beginnings

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New Beginnings

It’s a New Year…
2017 is only a few days old
It’s a year that I have been looking forward to
A year that will be filled with new things
But also with memories
of those who I love that are no loger here
It’s a year of challenges
Of a new apartment (hopefully)
It’s a year of changes
What lays ahead I cannot see (well not everything)
I do not know
But I am optimistic
Some things will be positive
others won’t be
And glad that 2016 is now behind me
It’s a new beginning
It’s a year with new life
our family will grow
With love and laughter
With hugs, kisses, smiles and tears
It’s a year of hope!

Happy New Year!

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Advent Calendar 2016 | Overview

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Advent Calendar 2016

Advent Calendar 2016 | Overview

I hope that you had an amazing Christmas! And I do hope that you enjoyed reading the contributions to the 2nd edition of the Advent Calendar!

First of all I would like to thank all of the contributors, without you this project would not have been possible. Thank you to all of those who jumped in last minute to save the Calendar from having a gaping whole and to all of those who send in a second post “just in case” that I then published on the 4th Sunday of Advent.

It was amazing to everyones creativity blossom between the 1st Sunday of Advent and the 24th of December. And as I love motivating others, I think that I will probably come up with some sort of guest series for 2017, because Advent 2017 definitely is not around the corner. The Advent Calendar will definitely be back for it’s 3rd edition, after all it’s now a tradition!

In case you have missed some, here are all posts at a glance:

The Sundays of Advent:

1st Sunday of Advent:
The Tale of the Cursed Hat by Lucy Brazier

2nd Sunday of Advent | Day 4:
It’ll Be Lonely This Christmas – Please by Geoff Le Pard
Demented Christmas Memories and Furniture Polish by S.D. Gates

3rd Sunday of Advent | Day 11:
The Gift by Corina Carrasco
Bedazzled by Teresa Karlinski

4th Sunday of Advent | Day 18:
Christmas Lights by Willow Willers
Priceless Gifts from a Homeless Stranger By Russ Towne
Christmas, 24x7x365 by Trent McDonald
Cherished by Sarah Brentyn
Christmas Lights by Lucy Brazier

Advent Calendar:

Day 1: The Gift of Now by Tara Paray
Day 2: Home for the Holidays by Sarah Brentyn
Day 3: No Room at the Inn of the Seventh Happiness by Jemima Pett
Day 4: see 2nd Sunday of Advent

Day 5: The Dark Side of Christmas by Melanie Noell Bernard
Day 6: My First Taste of Christmas at McDonald’s in Geneva by Dr Gulara Vincent
Day 7: If only by Eric Klingenberg
Day 8: Franz and Helga and Their Just Rewards by Holly Geely
Day 9: Why He Came by Rachel Rawls
Day 10: ? – linking back to a post of the 1st edition of the calendar
Day 11: see 3rd Sunday of Advent

Day 12: Christmas Star by Sue Vincent
Day 13: No Star in All the Heavens by Russ Towne
Day 14: Gift of the Magi by Urszula Humienik
Day 15: What Christmas means to me by Judy Martin
Day 16: The Longest Day by Trent McDonald
Day 17: Unmasking Santa Claus by R.A. Kerr
Day 18: see 4th Sunday of Advent

Day 19: Once upon a time, in a dark wood by M.L.Kappa
Day 20: Christmas Spirit Rediscovered by D.E. Haggerty
Day 21: The Joy of Together by Deborah Bryan
Day 22: Christmas Dreams by Willow Willers
Day 23: A Magic Place by Solveig Werner
Day 24: Serena’s Bubble Snowman by Marjorie Mallon

If you have a lot of free time during the 12 days of Christmas (today is day 2) and feel like reading more Christmas stories, then please check out the 1st edition of the calendar!

Christmas 2016

2016 might be over, but…

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2016 might be over, but…

I would like to give a little update on the year’s stats. First the last quarter of 2016 and then the year’s overview.

4rd Quarter (October, November, December) Blog Performance

Between October 1st and December 31st this blog was viewed a total of 2802 times! Thank you! That gives a monthly average of 934 views.

October 2016

In October my blog received a total of 212 views, and only one post was published: I came out of my shell a while ago, but …
The three top reads of the month were:  I came out of my shell a while ago, but … (36 views, 16,98% of the month’s total views), My Colette Surprise (6 views, 2,83%) and The Seed We Did Not Sow (5 views, 2,36%).
Top referrals in October were: Search Engines with 53 views, The WP reader with 7 views and Twitter with 2 views. Continue reading

It has been a while – 2nd and 3rd Quarter of 2016 in Blogging Stats

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It has been a while – 2nd and 3rd Quarter of 2016 in Blogging Stats

Last year in October I posted my first real stats report, on the 3rd Quarter of 2015. Then there was the end of year report which included the 4th Quarter of 2015 as well as a yearly overview. So far for this year I only put up one report, the one regarding the 1st Quarter. It was meant to continue being a regular feature, but life happens, and I did not blog all that much. 

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Mostly for future reference, and as I want to leave 2016 in 2016, here is a detailed report of the 2nd and 3rd Quarter of Blogging! The 4th Quarter and a global report for 2016 will follow once this year has come to a close.  Continue reading

Seasonal Magic

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Last week I had the chance to be a guest on Melanie Noell Bernard’s blog! As she too had a Christmas series going on.

So maybe today, on the 4th day of Christmas you might want to have a look at the magic of the Christmas season 🙂

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The entire season of Christmas is filled with magic for Solveig and her family. Read more about what adds to that magic and leave your thoughts in the comments!

Source: Seasonal Magic

Serena’s Bubble Snowman by Marjorie Mallon | Day 24 | Advent Calendar 2016

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Advent Calendar 2016

Day 24 | Advent Calendar

Happy Christmas Eve!

This is my post for Solveig Werner’s lovely advent calendar.

I’ll introduce you to an old friend of mine the bubble monster: Serena’s Bubble Monster  and write a new story about bubbles, especially for Christmas!

Serena’s Bubble Snowman by Marjorie Mallon

Serena tiptoed in from work, as quietly as she could, hoping not to disturb anyone. The kids were tucked up in bed.  If she woke them it would be a nightmare. Tomorrow held the promise of a very special day – Christmas Day. She sighed, how her feet ached. It had been a very long day, she’d spent the majority of it standing, serving customers all day. Her husband slept soundly in their bedroom, his snores sounding like faraway rumbles. How she envied him his ability to switch off and escape into dreamland so effortlessly. 

She poured herself a large glass of wine and walked into the bathroom.  Turning the taps on she considered whether it would be wise to tip in some bubble bath, or perhaps even her new Snowman Bar. After what had happened the last time she paused to consider whether that would be wise… Continue reading

A Magic Place | Day 23 | Advent Calendar 2016

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Advent Calendar 2016

Day 23 | Advent Calendar

A Magic Place

Last night, I was woken by the whispering sound of various voices. Curiosity paired with the need to go to the bathroom pushed me out of bed.

As I tiptoed into the living room I could not trust my eyes and definitely not my ears. What I saw and heard was just magic. Continue reading