Thanksgiving and Christmas has come and gone, and it was a joyous time of blessing.
Our friends and families came together and we celebrated the fact that we could be together...and that we are healthy, strong, and doing well, all things considered. God has been very gracious to us.
Our home Bible Fellowship ushered in the Advent season with the lighting of the Advent Wreath each week as we gathered to worship and prepare our hearts for the coming of the Messiah...
During the past month we ate a lot of wonderful food... (and I'm feeling the effects of that now...)
We spent time with my side of the family...
With my oldest brother and my sister...
|My cousin and wife visited all the way from Iowa...|
Much laughter and fun with brothers and sisters and cousins and friends and sons and nieces, nephews and families...
crazy brother in law, silly kids...
Happy times...joyous times...
We remembered loved ones gone on before us:
|This picture of our son Matthew is on my refrigerator, and it always makes me smile |
as I remember him this way
|Matthew's preschool stocking on our tree, with a little boy angel ornament in memory of him...|
|Our grandson Noah and his mother Nicole, in Maine on Christmas Day|
Others things that make me smile:
|Our little "Baby Elva" doll, all decked out for Christmas.... a gift several years ago from a special friend...she always makes me smile....|
|Last year's Poinsettia planted and blooming...|
|Christmas Cactus blooming...|
|Early Camellia blossoms...|
|Our fun loving wonderful sons on Christmas morning...always make me smile...|
|Surprises that made me have to close my eyes!|
And now I am looking forward to all that the Lord has in store for us in the New Year. I am actually getting excited about the possibilities...looking forward to some fun activities with friends and family...hikes with my hubby...maybe even a trip out of state or two...who knows? God knows...
|This little angel, a creation by one of my sons, opens her arms wide to share with us |
God's message of: