Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas 2008

We had a lovely Christmas! We went to church in the afternoon. Noah was having a hard time, his Mother wanted him to tuck in his shirt, he did, but he was uncomfortable. I told him "Grandma has gum and we can pull those shirt tails out as soon as we get in the pew, and your Mom will never notice." We also played some games on the back of the bulletin with a shared pencil. After Church we made the final preparations for our evening meal. The food was good and plentiful. After our Christmas Eve meal was served, the girls took over helping their Father in the kitchen..I was just all worn out.

The Grands all seemed to enjoy their gifts on Christmas morning. I always make them show me exactly what was in their stockings! We always take turns opening packages youngest to oldest. The kids all got a big charge out of the biggest box, that had many other smaller boxes to unwrap that finally revealed a picture..of a unicycle. Adam and Noah were both very excited about the revealing of this package that they obviously helped their Mother wrap for their Father.
"The Grands! "

We had Christmas dinner at my parents home yesterday. My brother from Oregon was the only one missing. On our way into town we noticed a hitchhiker warmly dressed with a long grey beard and a big yellow backpack, someone with someplace to go headed west. I wondered where he was going and if he would ever get there. We have much to be thankful for.

I received three very special gifts..ornaments. A big sapphire blue ornament with my name on it was a very thoughtful gift from our friends Sue and Joe in Indiana. With a note that said "I know that this won't replace your shattered ornament, but it can be a close reminder." That was so sweet it made me cry. I received two ornaments from daughter Jen, one with my name on it, and the other a Cardinal. The significance of the Cardinal did not immediately "click." Arvilla a dear friend and neighbor who died last spring loved Cardinals (Jen and I were both bawling by this time.) It is only a very special gift with a special meaning that bring tears to your eyes..and I got three..I felt truly blessed and loved:)


That Janie Girl said...

Glad y'all had a blessed Christmas! And...I love the ornaments!

flydragon said...

All the "Grands" are certainly grand!!!

Anonymous said...

What lovely photos today. Beautiful grands and such special ornaments. God bless.

Unknown said...

Sounds your had a very nice day with your family. Love the ornaments and how they represent something in our lives. We really are blessed!
Your grandkids are adorable!
Merry Christmas!

Pamela said...

So sad we didn't get to go to a a midnight eve service. It was just too snowy and cold.

You are a bad bad grandma for having gum. ha ha ha. My mom usually carried juicyfruit in her purse and my daughters knew it -- and always expected it.

RURAL said...

Those are sure to be cherished and beloved ornaments year after year. Wonderful to hear that you had a great Christmas with all the "grands".

Merry Christmas!


Jeanne Estridge said...

Sounds like a wonderful Christmas -- and your Grands certainly are!

RURAL said...

Connie, I just read your comments on my blog, about cats. There doesn't seem to be a problem with them capturing my heart, [so beautifully said, my friend], but we live in a condo, one that does not allow cats. Of course this doesn't stop most of the owners here, but since we live in a visible ground floor apartment, it makes it hard to hide the kitty.

We are hopeful that the general meeting this spring brings some changes. As for me, I would have braved the critics, but Gar is on council, and that makes it a little difficult.

Looking forward to having as many as we can feed!


Julia said...

Beautiful Grandchildren Connie!
Sounds like you had a very nice day with your family..
Hugs Julia ♥

Michelle said...

You have beautiful grandchildren. I thought we were the only ones who opened gifts youngest to oldest. My mom was a stickler about that.