Thursday, December 18, 2014


Merry Christmas Greetings to all,

I can't believe the time goes by so quickly. I hope the reason for this season is not put aside as we hustle making plans, buying and wrapping gifts, baking, etc.  I do believe we either forget or take for granted the birth of Jesus our Lord and Savior.  I'm so thankful that our sins are forgiven because of His birth and death!!!  As I put out the Christmas decorations in this home for the first time, I did some reminiscing of Christmas's past.  That was bittersweet this year as December 13th was the 20th anniversary of my dad's passing.
This was a special memory -- my 21st birthday!!  My dad gave me a dozen long stem red roses. I was so touched as my family was in the practice of giving only practical gifts.  This was a time I will always treasure.  I sure miss my Dad.
Below is a picture of the niche above our fireplace and TV in our living room.  I had a vision of what I wanted to see and must say my thoughts pretty much came to life.  On the right side is the porcelain nativity set that Larry's mom made before we were married.  I treasure this and put it out each year with wonderful memories of this special woman.  I was so blessed to have her in my life and miss her.
In the middle are porcelain carolers that Larry's mom also made.  I also have a few other items on display but they are hard to see.  Larry was a big help in putting up snowflakes and stars hanging from inside the niche.  I love sitting in the evening viewing this area and the calm it brings me.  I hope you enjoy it as well.

My wishes to each of you and your families -- Merry Christmas and the best in the New Year,

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