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Happy Saturday (or whatever today is). Hope all is well and your week was blessed. I hope you are enjoying your Fall (or whatever season you are in).

This is TGI Saturdays 40th week. Yeah me! I am so proud of myself for keeping up with this party week after week for 40 weeks no matter what my week looked like. That is quite an accomplishment considering the season of motherhood and life I’m in.

This party has been doing well the last few weeks and that’s thanks to you. I’m grateful. A special thank you to all who take the time to drop me a line (via comment box). I know that isn’t always an easy thing to do. Like I’ve mentioned before, it truly makes my weekend brighter when we connect. Thank you so much.

So Halloween is a week away, and I’ve been told by a neighbor that we’ve moved into a Halloween neighborhood. One of those suburban areas that people bring kids to trick-or-treat. The last neighborhood (not in the Suburbs) we lived in was not like that at all. There was very little semblance of Halloween.So Halloween, not really being our thing wasn’t that big a deal.

Now my kids are older, they get a bit excited about the holiday. And to be truthful, some of my favorite non-scary Halloween movies (e.g- Ernest Scared Stupid, Hocus Pocus, Corpse Bride, Monster House, etc.) and kid t.v shows Halloween episodes make Halloween look like fun. So I do get a little tiny bit excited about it too.

As a Christian, the fundamentals of Halloween clashes with my fundamental beliefs. Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, where as Halloween mainly celebrates death and darkness. Darker things like the devil, demons, murder and murderers, fear, spirits, witches, zombies, get my drift.

Adults and kids dress up in costume (which is a fun thing to do), but it just doesn’t feel right to me to let kids dress up as the things mentioned above and go to a stranger’s door and ask them for candy, even in the spirit of Halloween. That’s scary to me. Don’t we tell our kids don’t take candy from strangers. It’s weird that it’s okay to do that, when dressed in costume. Do bad people stop being bad people on Halloween night?

However, Halloween is also a time we think about pumpkins, bats, spiders, cats (mostly black cats) owls, etc. and use them as scary decorations or to tell scary stories, but truly these are beautiful creations of God, not created by Him to inflict fear, but to serve a greater purpose in the well being of man. I celebrate and appreciate these gifts from God.

For me personally, I’d rather celebrate the beauty, colors, wonder and harvest of Fall, than the scary/dark things of Halloween.

Please forgive me if I don’t get it. I was born and raise in the Caribbean, and Halloween was never a part of my life growing up.

Please note, I do understand there is more to Halloween (good and bad) than what I briefly talked about.

I hope I didn’t offend anyone, that was not my intention. Don’t misunderstand me either, I’m not judging anyone or making a rule that you can’t share your family-friendly Halloween related post at this blog hop. I’m just sharing my summarized take on this spooky holiday.

Feel free to share your take on Halloween.

Blessings to you!

 

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30 Things you may want to know about Halloween, Candy Corn, Pumpkins and Spiders.

 

Hallmark this weekend

I don’t get to watch television as much as I use to, but there are two channels I highly enjoy watching and I set my DVR to, every time there is a new original movie on their schedule. I’m talking about Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Lately, These channels have been doing an awesome job in providing lots of good clean, inspirational, fun, romance and/or mysteries for a woman like me to watch. Do you watch these channels?

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So some great news! Hallmark Channel will be premiering a new movie or two every weekend from September 19th to Valentine’s Weekend 2016.

Last week I watched the third movie premiere of Hallmark Channel’s Fall Harvest movie line-up “October Kiss”, starring Ashley Williams. It was really, really nice. It featured all the elements of Fall and Halloween fun- Fall Festivals, pumpkin carving, Halloween shopping, Halloween decorating, Halloween baking, Halloween costumes, romance,etc. It would really get you into the Halloween spirit. I enjoyed this film very much.

I also watched “Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise” starring Tom Selleck. This is my first time watching a Jesse Stone movie, even though this is the ninth one. It is a little more intense and mature (use of adult language) than Hallmark’s usual type of movies, but it was very interesting to watch. 

Tonight (Saturday), October 24th, 9p.m/8c Hallmark Channel’s Fall Harvest will end with the premiere of “Good Witch Halloween”, starring the beautiful and elegant Catherine Bell. This is a sneak peek at the second season of the Good Witch t.v series (not sure when that’s going to begin). This was another one of my favorite Hallmark movie series (now a t.v series), I watched every single Good Witch movie from the very beginning. So i’m excited.

Then next weekend, Hallmark will be kicking off “Countdown to Christmas”  Saturday, October 31st, and premiering it’s first 2015 original Christmas movie “Tis the Season For Love,”  starring Sarah Lancaster, Sunday, November 1st 8/7c.

What more can a Hallmark T.V /Christmas lover ask for.

Hope You Tune in!

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Pumpkins

How to make your carved pumpkins last longer!

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Most Clicked Oct 24 15 Collage

At the Red Sea- A Poem from Sharon at Sharon Sharing God

Trust When You Do Not Understand from Dr. Michelle Bengtson from drmichellebengtson.com

A Mom Conference You Can Attend Right From Your Own Home from womenabiding.com

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My Favs Oct 24 15 Collage

I love this cool looking Hawaii Halloween shirt made by Lisa Grable from thecasabouquet.com, you can’t deny how cool it looks, in more ways than one- She’ll tell you all about it in this post “Halloween Shirts, Aloha Style.”

I also found it very interesting to read a christian perspective on Halloween in this post from Donna Reidland at donnareidland.com“Christians and Halloween.”

 

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Please feel free to enjoy these free printables, in celebration of this new Fall season. An Autumn Blessings Wordsearch, a printout of an original poem written by myself (Latisha) and if you still haven’t written down your Autumn season hopes as yet, enjoy my Autumn Wishlist printout. Plus these two new Halloween inspired wordsearches below-The Symbols, Traditions & History of Halloween and Cats, Bats, Spiders, Owls & Pumpkins.