Friday, December 30, 2011
Then some more came to visit me.
Then I got to meet Angie Phillips, Thru Nana's Window, her daughter Holly and Granddaughter Darbee.
I look back and don't know how I was so blessed to meet so many of our blogging buddies. Hopefully this year there will be more meetings and visiting. I have found blogging friends to be so real. We blog about our families, our lives and we feel we know one another. And we do.
Another 2011 good thing brought Gabe into our lives. He is a happy baby and healthy. Curt got engaged to Lindsay. We went to Il to see Beth and Ryan. We went to the beach for a week. We had our girl trip to Pigeon Forge in September. I went back for a week end with some friends. Life has been good. Then, there has been adversity too. Amanda's breast cancer, my friend Carols cancer diagnosis, and my break in.
In spite of all of this I look back say, "Thank you Lord, for this year." The adversity has made me stronger. I am learning to turn my eyes directly on Him, to look for strength. The year 2012 will be a mystery to us until this time next year. There will be some good times, sad times, and hard times. Hopefully the good will outweigh the bad. I for one believe they will. I am looking toward 2012 for new beginnings. For healing, for a new family member, for trips, for meeting more of my blogging friends, and a year of love and laughter.
Well all my decorations are down and put away. I have been tweaking and retweaking and re-retweaking! Do you do that? Here is my mantle now. Sandi kept saying center the Spinner. Well centering the Spinner was not as easy as just driving a nail. I had to remove screws, fill holes, and paint. However I did it and I just wish it had been my idea.
Well that gives you a hint of what I have been doing. I will share more later.
It is my prayer that each of you have a wonderful New Year, and I pray I will use this coming year wisely. I have loved having you all come Through My Back Door where life is good.
PS: Today was the end of an era.The speckled Hen, closed its door here.
PSS:I want to leave you with my picture of the year. You know I love Rotties. Well my friend Kathy Trout does too. She is a tiny woman and her rotties are two of the biggest ones I have seen. I absolutely love this picture.It shows the true gentleness of these dogs.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
On Christmas eve we all went back down there for our Christmas together. We have spent every Christmas Eve together for all of her married life. (I was in the family a few years before her.)
Some day I'll share how she and my brother in law met. (Curtis only had one brother, no sisters. Marg and I are both only children. Get the picture? We are like sisters) Anyway, we again had so much fun, so much food, and it was wonderful. Her three children and their families, as well as two of mine and their families were all there. Wow! Then Sunday morning church. Michael, the worlds best son in law, wanted me to go with them, so I did. Their pastor preached the BEST Christmas sermon I have ever heard. It was on the gift of forgiveness. After church we went to Debs for their family Christmas.More finger foods, (Chik f la, as Beth requested because they aren't in Il) more gifts, and lots of laughter. Then at 5:30 everyone came to my house. So see why it was wonderful? All of these reasons are not the whole reason it was wonderful. Beth and Ryan came in from Il. We hadn't had them home for Christmas in a while and that was WONDERFUL for them to be here.
We took this picture at the end, when almost everyone had left.
I want to share one particular gift I was given. A calendar of memories Amanda made. It has birthdays, special days, etc.
As you can see, Christmas was wonderful Through My Back Door. But the best gift any of us had was this beautiful girl felt good, looked good, and enjoyed every minute too.
This shows you for yourself.
This is a fun picture. Mollie and Andrew are all about Beth and Ryan when they are here. Of course they eat that up. Here is picture of Mollie fighting Ryan for his drink.lol (not the best pix of B&R, but I think it is so cute)
PS: You know something has to be wrong with me. I ALWAYS take my decorations down the day after Christmas. But you know what? They are still up! I know, it is so unlike me. I slipped off with my friend Dottie to Chico's yesterday instead. Oh well I am off to a good start with my socialization. Last night Curt wanted me to come spend the night and play cards. So I spent the night at Debs. I am having friends in New Years Eve, I may leave them up! If I do, you may not see me in blogland anymore. My kids will think I have lost it, and have me committed!lol
PSS:This is the santa I got this year from the worlds best son in law, aka, the woodcarver.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Last night I hosted my card group party. We have been playing together for 28 years and still have fun.
See I would rather be doing this than what I should be! Well today my only sister in law came for lunch and a quiet visit. We ate, drank Hot Cinnamon Spice tea, and talked while the carols played. We were both so relaxed and rejuvenated when she left.
SOOO, after she left, I decided I would go get the gifts I needed, grocery shop, and come home and wrap. Well, it didn't exactly happen that way. My friend Dottie had called earlier, so on my way I called her and she said she was on her way to Marshalls, as was I. We met up, shopped there, ran to a book store that was going out of business, decided to stop at Cheddars and have an early supper. Can you guess the rest of the story? Bet you can. lol I will get it done, I will wrap, and Christmas dinner will be ready by 5:30 Christmas Day. I can't help it I love being with friends and doing things. I am blessed to have so many friends and family. I am also blessed to be a part of the blogging world. Some of my procrastination is your fault. I HAVE to look at all of your decorations. Then I have to go change mine and it goes on and on. Well as this Christmas is coming to an end. I wish each and everyone of you a blessed time with your family and friends. Some of us have loved ones who for various reasons can't be with us this year. Some of us will have family who are there in body, although their minds have faded and they don't know they are there, but you will. Some of us are missing loved ones who have passed away. But let us remember who they were, how we are richer for having them in our lives and let us celebrate the Birth of Jesus with a loving spirit. Merry Christmas.
PS: Beth is fine and Amanda is doing well. Thank you again for your prayers. I am going to leave you with a few of my favorite Christmas vignettes.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Well all of you know about Amanda and her breast cancer, but yesterday they found a suspicious spot during Beth's MRI. It is all too much I can't comprehend it. We are praying it is nothing.Will you pray too?
Well I had a Christmas luncheon today and when I came home, there was a box on my porch. I couldn't imagine what it was. Well it was from a blogging buddy,Shirlee at
so pretty and look so real. I am in awe.
Wooden candy canes.
Now if this wasn't enough, my friend Carla Herron, who lives in Il sent me this today too. I am just overwhelmed! Wouldn't you be? I am so not deserving of these beautiful gifts, but I am grateful.
My beautiful pinkeep from Carla.
Well thanks for coming Through My Back Door where life is good.
PS: Life is short, so I hope each of you take some time to slow down, and enjoy time with those you love during this special time.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Any way my Daddy was always finding me things. I had my heart set on a cow bell. We couldn't find one any where. One day I heard my door open, thought it was one of the kids and heard , clang, clang, clang coming down the hall into the kitchen. It was my Daddy wearing this around his neck, and grinning from ear to ear.
One more Daddy story. After I got married and had children, we always went to Mother and Daddys Christmas Day. My grandparents would be there and who ever else needed somewhere to go.No matter what time we got there my Daddy was on the porch to meet us and always said,"Where have you been? You should have been here 30 minutes ago!" He wasn't teasing either. He couldn't wait for us to get there for, that is when Christmas began. I get my love of it from him.
I have been tweaking. Again. Looking at everyones Christmas decorations just inspires me. I copied this idea from Pam.(Civil Folks)
Well, it has been great having you come Through My Back Door where life is good.
PS: This is what is on my front door on the inside.