Happy New Year everyone!!!!!!

May this year be a year filled with blessings for you all.

I will be back, looks like Wednesday for good…

Sorry crazy days around here.  I have so much to write about…

So much going on these days.

Song for the next few days?  Hit the Floor by Thousand Foot Krutch


I think I’m going to be on a break until after Christmas.  If I get some time I’ll try to update and visit but it’s not likely….

We have already been to a few Christmas parties and have a few more to attend. 

And we are hosting the big Christmas dinner this year so there is a lot going on…..

There is so much to tell and no time….

See you soon.

Merry Christmas


Good Morning Xangaland!

Another day without time to do anything here…. I have to admit though that I’m very lucky to be free to do this all day every day even if it gets a bit tedious…..

I must explain yesterday’s post….  I got that thing in an email from my husband at 7am.  I was sitting here in my big fluffy robe with a nice hot cup of Earl Grey and it was the first email I opened.  Thank God I put the tea down to lean all the way forward to turn up the speaker….

Then you know the drill.

It screamed I screamed louder and then I burst into tears.  The hot kind that prickle the back of your eyelids and practically choke you with their sobs….  I sat here balling for about five minutes and realized………………….. I had to share.

Off to work on the blankets again… Getting close to getting done which is good since there are only nine days left!


Good Morning Xangaland!

I can not play today I have so much to do…. I can’t believe this…

Only 10 days til Christmas!

Okay and so I’m off to go work on blankets and such… but before I go I have to share this with you…


It is someone playing a part of Jingle Bells backward and you won’t believe how creepy it is….  Nothing like a little Christmas cheer..  Make sure you have your sound on..  Here you go.



*EDIT* Okay guys the link is fixed except now you have to click on the go then on the go again to start it.  Well worth it though…. so weird.  *END EDIT*


What do you think?


Have a good ome everbody.



Good Morning Xangaland!!


The Following is an assignment for the Kween_of_Queens blog…..Go HERE if you want to read more Letters To Santa.




Christmas 2005

Dear Santa


            It has been many years since I have written to you and I truly hope that those years of neglect do not affect the efficacy of this letter.  I do not usually find the question, “What do you want for Christmas?” daunting, but alas, this year I will admit it has given me pause.  I have been forced to engage in intense ratiocination to complete this task set before me.  But at last, I have a list.


            For Christmas this year, I want the ability to put my hand in my pocket and pull out perfect change for anything and everything that I wish to purchase.  Be it a BigMac or a Big screen I want to always have the means right here in my pocket.


            I want to acquire the ability to remember in perfect detail all of the moments of joy in my life, and all the not so perfect ones.  I want a veritable picture book of memories that I can access at a whim.  Then I want the promise of a lifetime of them to fill that book.


            I want to wholly understand at all times how blessed I am in this life.  To appreciate the people, the details, and the freedoms bestowed upon me daily.


            I want to conceive a child.  To know that this Christmas will be the last without a ‘Baby’s First Christmas’ ornament hanging from our tree.  The last year without wrapping paper strewn across my humble abode and forgotten in the bliss of another family Christmas.  The last year of being barren.


            I want the empty room in the front of my house to cease being my craft room and become the nursery that I painted into existence in faith over a year ago.


            I want to be given the absolute answer on whether or not my husband and I will call this city home for much longer.  I want to know if and when we are moving and most importantly, where?  If our destiny lies elsewhere then I want the peace of mind that wherever we are placed, be it here or somewhere new, it is precisely where God needs and wants us to be.


            I want to be surrounded and engulfed with my family.  To always know that I am loved, and that through all of my struggles I will never be alone.  I want them to know that I will do the same.


            Not what you had in mind?  Miracles a bit out of the budget this year?  No problem I have a secondary list.


1)      Laptop

2)      Desk Calendar

3)      Bookcase

4)      Movie passes

5)      Cheese board and cutter

6)      New camera

7)      Server

8)      Bronco’s sweatshirt


(Probably still a little extravagant but what’s a girl to do?)


Most Sincerely Yours

Courtney Laube


Good Morning Xangaland!

The only reason I am here today is that I am at work and there was a small scheduling faux paux and so here I am with really nothing to do but visit with you!

So it’s been a few days and we have accomplished quite a bit but there is still much more to do…..  I have finished another blanket and Ryan has finished the outside lights…. I have two more blankets to go and there is still the Christmas tree…. we also have the prayer meeting at our house next Sunday so there is that to get ready for.  Sometime in here we will be getting a visit from an out of state friend that we haven’t seen if far too long!  Then the big Christmas dinner is at my house this year so there is that to plan for and I have yet to make a menu and let everyone know what to bring…. yikes!  I’m really excited about all of it though! 

We are in the process of refinancing some things to get everything paid off again…. (You will remember that we bought a new car and then had the refrigerator, oven, stove, and microwave all burn up in a weeks time)  So that should give us a bit of breathing room for Christmas! 

I will post pictures of our Christmas decorations soon and then I can’t wait to show you the blankets I have made for gifts… but it will have to wait until after Christmas as all of my family reads this!!! 

Okay that’s got to be it for now!  I’m coming around to visit all of you and try to catch up and I have to get cracking on writing my Dear Santa post for the Kween_of_Queens web blog due on Wednesday.

Good Morning Xangaland!

I have had a Christmas Carol heavy on my heart these last few days….  Oh Holy Night… Strange that something so completely ingrained into the very fabric of who I am can suddenly change the way I see things.

I went to a ladies tea last week.  We ate the little sandwiches and drank tea and talked.  It was a wonderful time and the perfect opener to Christmas… It really put me in the spirit.  Then the guest speaker got up and began.  It was a girl that I grew up with and loved very much.  We haven’t seen each other in years.

She sang the song O Holy Night and suddenly I found myself in tears.  As the rest of the evening went on and more carols were sung I found myself brooding over the words to this song I have heard thousands of times.


O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

These first three lines simply say that we, the world, are laden by our sin and on this night our savior, Jesus Christ, was born…. Simple and amazing.

Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.

This line quite literally floors me.  My spirit identifies with this.  Jesus came into this world and the souls of man leaped in joy.  I sometimes dream that this will be the most amazing part of heaven.  To see your creator face to face and feel your spirit recognize its maker….

A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,

This line makes me tremble.  To feel that hope, that joy.  To be a horse that has after a long journey scented water and feels refreshed at just the promise of a sip.

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

A new beginning for all of mankind…Something coming in the world that no man could really know or understand. 

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

How could you do anything but fall on your knees.

I never really thought about it…. That Christmas carols really say something.. I find that I often don’t really see things as an adult.  There are so many things in life that learned as a child and just took at face value and now as I grow older I have begun to look around and see things with new eyes… quite a journey.

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. His mercies are new every morning.  Great is Your faithfulness.  The Lord is my portion says my soul, therefore I hope in Him”
Lamentations 3:22-24


The best oxymoronical quote ever, courtesy of Amelia Peabody.

“It is much more sensible to be an optimist rather than a pessimist.  For if one is doomed to disappointment what is the point of experiencing it beforehand?”

I can’t help but giggle a bit….. and of course agree…. for she is never wrong about such things.