The Christmas decorating is done. Just finished the little tree in the livingroom this evening.
Our company, bless her heart, is home now. Howard's daughter flew out from Colorado and stayed a few days. She is just the best house guest!
Thanksgiving was lovely..and now we are headed for Christmas. I DO SO love this time of year.
This is me at my daughter's home. Granddaughter, Rachel, is seen in the background. She is the one that is carrying my ninth great grandchild. A little girl. I am SO happy. I won't live to see these little ones grow up..but I am so proud and happy I've lived to see them at least. She is due to join our family in March.
Next Christmas the new little ones will be old enough to join in the festivities.
The main dessert buffet~
Would you believe how the men chipped in to help?
I had to smile. In the background are my daughter in law, Cheryl on the left and daughter, Erin, on the right.
...and then I got involved in the business of enjoying my family.. son Daniel is getting a snack..husband PH has his back to us...and my sweet "grunge" son Patrick who entertains us with his guitar playing and singing is to the right of PH. He makes me smile
The handsome man on the far left is my son in law, Jimmy, Erin's husband. The rest of the family had not yet arrived.
Each year when I see my daughter, Erin, with her brother Daniel..and know she gave him the gift of life by donating one of her kidneys so he could live..and I grateful.
I am grateful for the power of love that holds our family together.
PH has been the dearest step-father to my children and all the grands and greats. They all love him so much and have welcomed him into our family with open arms.
Today I finished my Christmas decorating and tomorrow I will take a few pictures...
Nothing to shout about..but I had fun this year. I want to enjoy every single year of getting ready for Christmas..every day, every hour and every minute.
It's getting more difficult and I admit it..but I won't give up. Not yet.
Love and peace,
*Today, nineteen years ago I lost my Patrick to cancer. He would be pleased that I have gone on and am still decorating and living my life. He is waiting for me behind the moon. :)