Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Goodbye 2015 Hello 2016

Good afternoon and welcome Through My Back Door. We have coffee on, Kona, and we also have some DD donuts Beth brought out today. They are yummy. It seems a long time since we have visited and I guess it has been. I am trusting each of you had a wonderful Christmas. I know with the violent weather in some areas it wasn't the way you wanted Christmas to be. I have said prayers for those people and the towns and states. On a happier note my Christmas couldn't have been better. We celebrated forever it seems.Debbie, Beth, Amanda, Lindsey, and I went to see the Nutcracker. It was wonderful as always. Beth and I wanted to see it, the others not so much, but decided to go with us. We went downtown and walked around Market Square, had dinner at Cafe 4 and had a wonderful time. It is wonderful when 3 generations can get together and laugh and enjoy ourselves. Mollie was in a Christmas play at her Mothers Day Out and of course we all had to go. She was so cute in her angel costume sitting "crisscross applesauce" on stage ringing her bell and singing. Deb and I then went out to an Italian restaurant and had Lasagna. On Friday after Thanksgiving we kicked off the season by going to Fantasy of Trees where Mollie was dancing in a short program. Here she is in her little dancing outfit. Yes, I took her flowers.
Christmas was a fantastic time with all the activities leading up and then the big day. I had all my children, grands, greats, but 2 grands and a grand in law and a great here. I loved it
They are such a mess. I love having them together as they are always talking, laughing and just enjoying one another. Deb has always told them what to do!lol
2015 was very good to me. I did quite a bit of traveling starting in March when Deb and I went to Hershey with Dodd and Renda. Liv flew over from DC and we had such a good time.
We had just feasted at the Hershey Hotel. We are going again this year and Michael is getting to go.
In April I went to Virginia with my cousins from Michigan to visit our cousin and aunt
This old porch swing holds a lot more than the three of us. It hold so many memories as it hung on our grandparents porch when we were children. It  now hangs on our cousin Katrina's porch, where it has a forever home.
In May Deb, Michael, Amanda. Andrew, Mollie and I went to DC. We went to see Olivia who was interning in Senator Bob Corkers office. Dodd and Renda met us there and Liv took us on a tour of the Capitol.What a memory. Andrew absorbed it all like a sponge. I cannot tell you what it meant to me, being given the tour, by my Granddaughter. It truly was special. We also visited the Smithsonians, Arlington Cemetery, Mt Vernon and Monticello.  We soaked up a lot in that week, We made so many memories and had so many laughs.

 Also in May, Dodd ran for County Commissioner in his county and was elected
In June we made our annual trip to the beach. There were some short trips to Nashville to the Opry, to Pigeon Forge for the week ends then back to the beach in October.In September I was blessed to go on a trip to Cinn, Ohio with my cousin Gina, her daughter Leah, my cousin Dale and his wife Debbie. There was no laughing on this trip! My sides were sore for a week. Gina and Leah also introduced me to Ikea! In November I made a trip over to W. Va and on to Ohio for a week. Then back to Pigeon Forge for the card group annual get away. It has been a busy year and I have enjoyed every moment. so grateful for good health and for family and friends.
I was blessed to meet some FB friends, some blogging friends as well. I met Kathy Webb in September. She and her husband are as nice as I thought they would be. Then in Ohio, in November, I met Linda Rebtoy, whom I had met before, Nina Meachum and Gayle Ferguson. What a wonderful day we shared. We laughed and said after 5 minutes we knew it was a life long friendship.
I don't usually share Christmas gifts but I have to share my book and my calendar. Beth and Amanda do this every year. I love it

Well I hope I haven't bored you with my 2015. I am looking forward to 2016  and what it brings. I hope it continues to bring you Through My Back Door where life is good.
PS: All my decorations are down and things here are back to normal
PSS: I have not made a decision on my blog yet. I will soon. I so appreciate all your comments, emails, and encouragement
PSSS: I am in prayer for our country. I hope you will join me


  1. Enjoyed my visit Betty. You have been a busy lady. So fun. I still have my Christmas decorations up. Mr.P. And I are enjoying them this week after things have slowed down a bit. He has the week off work and it's so nice to just be. No plans just taking it one day at a time. Hope you make a positive decision about your blog. Had we not been blogging we would have never met. You are such an inspiration to me and I am sure so many folks through your blog. Happy New Year to you and your family

  2. It is so wonderful to hear you had a great Christmas! Mollie's dancing outfit is so beautiful.

    I hope next year we can go see The Nutcracker, it has been many years since I've seen it and I think my daughter would love it.

  3. Oh Betty please don't shut your blog off, I love reading about your trips I have taken many vacations thru your blog. My decorations are still up and will have to stay up until the 10th, our daughter, her husband and 2 babies were stranded in the horrible storm that hit texas and we're unable to make it fir Christmas so we will be having Christmas on the 9th. Thanks for your prayers I'm sure the people stranded in the storm felt them

  4. Merriest of Christmas Wishes my Dear Sweet Betty.... It has been awhile, and for that I apologize. I know I "do" FB...but it is just not the same for me as blogging, and I cannot keep up with those I feel closest to. The connections are more tenuous there, and the bonds not quite the same. I, too, am in a state of flux with my blog...not that I am want to close it down, but wanting to come back to it, and not sure that I can maintain as it need s to be. Wow....your year in review wiped me out just reading about it....BUSY lady you are! I thought I was on the run with trying to sort through remodel issue (i.e., unending boxes)...and was blessed with two little "get-aways" after years of going nowhere.... I wouldn't be able to keep up with you Girl!!! Anywho...I, for one, hope you do continue to blog...and hope to catch up with you here as I have been unable to do in FB land.... Wishing you a new year filled with love, blessings, and continuing miracles... Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  5. It's do lovely to hear that you had a great Christmas ..lovely pictures
    Everybody looking so sweet
    Wishing you and your family a very happy new year x

  6. Hi Betty! It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas filled with family and fun.Love your granddaughters pretty green dance costume. The Nutcracker is one of my favorites and I have such great memories of my daughter dancing in it when she was in grade/high school. Again, you will be dearly missed in blogland if you decide to go, but you know your heart and you need to do what is best for you. In the meantime, Happy New Year! Jane

  7. Love those gifts! Your post are never boring, I always enjoy them and look forward to them! Happy New Year!

  8. Oh Betty it was so nice to come and visit you! You get so many visitors and people that comment...sometimes I feel I am just writing for myself! LOL
    Wonderful memories of many trips! I am so glad you are able to enjoy every little thing. Happy New Year!
    Be blessed,

  9. Gosh.. Betty ... I'm exhausted just reading about all your adventures this year! Whew!! You're a blessed lady with such wonderful family. I hope you keep your blog going, I've been a follower for a couple of years and so enjoy reading and looking at all your prim home pics.. Hoping 2016 brings more adventure and excitement to your life :0). Blessings and Happy New Year ! :0D ~ Marge ~

  10. Happy New Year Betty....always a pleasure to come by for a visit and coffee with you! They say that keeping busy is the key to youth and health and you certainly keep busy, in a great way! I love reading your posts Betty, I'm so glad you are still here :) I am going to work on more posting myself this year.
    Hugs Marg.


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