Sunday, December 13, 2009

Holiday Decorations, Anybody?

It's quite possible that the boughs of holly that deck your halls don't include nail polish. But it was nail polish that made us especially glad we were in church today!

Unfinished preparations had been on our minds so Pastor Kathy Rahorst's sermon about being CONCERNED as opposed to WORRYING was timely and very appropriate. As we were filing out of the sanctuary we heard gales of laughter. In learning what the fun was all about, we were shown Bill Koehler's fingernails!

I hasten to mention that Bill Koehler has been 33 as many times as I have so he has a handful of grandchildren. He adores those kids and they hold him in very high esteem. Well, who WOULDN'T love a grandpa who lets the girls decorate HIM for Christmas?

Bill held out his well worn farmer's hands for all to see. On each fingernail was a teeny, tiny Christmas scene from the Baby Jesus in the manger to the Star of David with its light! Bill had patiently and lovingly allowed his granddaughters to paint the little vignettes on all ten fingernails. We giggled because it looked comical and a bit out of Bill's character-after all, he's all guy and a hard working farmer, at that-but we all knew what a kindness, what a gift Bill had given to his whole family.

Any man who is comfortable enough in his own skin to allow people he loves to deck him out in nail polish is a man who is living his truth in love. Those girls will have the best, most delicious memories to pass down to their families one day. Every kid in the world should have such a loving grandfather.

No need there for The Healing Codes!

Merry Christmas!

Connie Baum

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  1. Oh my goodness,
    He could become rich if he began a Rent a Grandpa business.
    But, his heart is already filled with gold.
    L & L, Sheila Davis

  2. Thanks, Sheila! We love all comments; we love you for popping in with your say-so; we love Bill Koehler for being such a grand and glorious role model.

    Can you IMAGINE how much better this world would be if only more people displayed this pure love?

    Mother Connie [sc]

  3. Love this story Connie. Grandpa's are made for memory should never short change themselves by missing an opportunity. Bill knows what life is all about...and so do you friend! WritewhereUr

  4. If I were in Kindergarten, Rainy, I would take Bill Koehler for Show and Tell. He is wonderful, as you know from this post!

    Here's hoping you and yours are making some Christmas rememberries, too!

    Merry Christmas with Hugs,
    Mother Connie

  5. That is totally an awesome story. It takes quite a man to do that and then put his hands out there for all to see.

    Connie, I love your story telling capabilities.

    Merry Christmas,


  6. I appreciate your kind words, Renita. Thanks so much.

    Bill Koehler is quite the man. Little boys should take note and be like him when they grow up!

    So great to have you stop by! Next time, stay long enough to have coffee. And cookies! grin

    Mother Connie

  7. WOW Connie, what a great story. We really did have a great time with the grand daughters art work on Bill's nails! I agree - Bill is trully a great guy!! How fortune I am to be spending my life with him. And Thank you for appreciating his Big Heart!!
    Love you lots!

  8. Oh, Velda! I am so happy you and Bill liked the account of his "manicure!" Thanks for all your kind words.

    It was a pity you missed my telling of this at the Toastmasters meeting...the guys just HOWLED with delight!

    Oh, btw, Milan, Irene and Jose took 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in the Speech Contest themed around Christmas Memories...maybe next year we could enter Bill?

    Just kidding!

    Hugs and Merry Christmas!
    Mother Connie


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