we all live together

We used to sing this song in class when I taught Kindergarten.

We all live in a neighborhood
A neighborhood is part of a city
A city’s in a county, a county’s in a state
All part of the USA
And the USA is a good old place
But it’s still just a part of a place called Earth.
The good ol’ Earth is out in space,
It’s part of the Milkyway.

And we all live together,
Yes we all live together,
We all live together, together everyday


I’ve shared with you my love of  family, and my neighborhood , but I have never been more aware of belonging to a larger community than this past week or so.

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This time of year tends to naturally draw us all together.  Then, we also are grieving together as a nation over the children in Newtown.

Facebook has reunited me with friends from all different stages of my life.  Many of you taking the time to wish my husband and I a “Happy Anniversary” the other day.  And, I’ve had the chance to make new friends all across our country and even in other parts of the world through this blog.

Sharing in one another’s lives, our joys and heartbreaks, that is what makes community.  That’s how we all live together, no matter how far apart.

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I got to be a part of a Secret Santa gift exchange with some of my blogging friends.  It was such a delight to open that package all the way from Missouri.  My Secret Santa was Pat from Back Porch Musings.  She sent me a lovely table runner.  Little did she know, that a new table runner for my Christmas tablescape was on my shopping list.  Thank you, Pat.

I had Julie from Red Head Can Decorate and sent her an oven mitt and dish towel because she is a great cook. I tried her wings recipe and my husband was calling for more the next day.  But also, Julie is kinda known for her fabulous kitchen makeover.

I feel so very blessed my my family and friends.  I sometimes feel the need to pinch myself because life feels so full and rich.

In about 15 minutes, my daughter will be on Christmas break.  I’m going to spend the next couple of weeks enjoying my family and the holiday season.  I’ll see you in a couple of weeks.

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So, on that note, I want to say MERRY CHRISTMAS!  I love each and everyone of you and wish you the merriest of seasons.

See you in class,

Mrs. Hines



  1. Merry Christmas to you and yours! May your Christmas be filled with joy and blessings!

    BTW, I am new to your blog via Twitter and can’t wait to read more!

  2. Hello and welcome! Thank you for introducing yourself. I enjoyed checking out your lovely blog and look forward to getting to know you. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas.

  3. Have I been asleep??? I think so. I LOVE your table runner! Pat is so nice. Thank you so much Sharon for sharing the kitchen link. I hope your sickness goes away fast. I wish you and your family a healthy, safe, new year, full of happiness. Love ya lots!!! And now the mitt has center stage hanging on my pantry door!!!! XOXO

  4. Thank you, Julie. Love you right back! I’m not a 100%, but a lot better. Happy new year to you too. BTW, I loved your post on what you’ve learned in blogging.

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