Jimmy and I have a kind of tradition where we go out for lunch or dinner and then to a store (usually Apple) for him to pick out his Christmas gift. He is very conscious about costs and is always so grateful for the gifts he has been given. Aside from that, it is such a blessing to have this relationship and the gift of time together.
Pretty "unique" snowman, huh? Our grandchildren in Wisconsin created it this morning. And where is all the snow we are supposed to get???? Come on, mother nature, we just want a little so we can have a white Christmas!
Honestly, sometimes I think weathermen/women just want to throw a little excitement into our lives, so, suddenly, it's SNOWMAGEDON on the way.
As for me, "I'm D
It's a good thing we still have the home our children grew up in......there is plenty of room when they come home for the holidays. So, it begins tomorrow with our son, Jim, flying in from LA. He has already scheduled "dates" with some of his nieces and nephews, the rest to come. The children love the time spent with him. He has the ability to relate to each of them ...... probably because he is still a kid at heart.
Jen and Chad and the blessings come in on Friday. FULL HOUSE.....more fun!
Fortunately Scott and Julie and the 4 blessings live just a few blocks away, making it easier for the 7 kissin' cuzzins to make new memories together.
This Christmas I want to really enjoy the moments, sans chaos. It's all about taking it slowly, right? AND, of course, it's really about the birth of a little child in a stable.....a child who was to save the world, to teach people how to accept and love one another, a child of peace. I pray that peace blossoms in your hearts this last week of Advent. If you listen you might just hear the rush of angel wings......
Ah, the 2012 gingerbread houses are all decked out! Whew!!!! As in past years each house clearly depicts the personality of the little "grand-blessing" who created it. Some are very precise....
It is hard for me to focus on anything but the tragedy that occurred in this once "safe" town this morning. There are no words to describe the horror for the parents and families of these precious children and teachers...the terror for those waiting to hear if their child, their loved one was one of the unfortunate ones who happened to be in the way of the killer. Kindergarten children, babies just beginning their lives, America's future, teachers who were parents, wives and husbands.....life just wisked away in a heartbeat....and for what???
Could it have been prevented? What is it that twists a mind so much that the individual plans murdering innocent people? It is surreal....
I wonder....was there indication that the killer was mentally ill....my sense is there certainly was. Was their behavior ignored by family? What does it say about the lack of assistance for mental health? Cuts were made years ago....how many tragedies does it take to change gun laws....to increase mental health support....to protect the innocents?
Listening to the surviving children tell the story was heartbreaking as well. They have lost their innocence....they will NEVER be the same.....they have been robbed of their childhood.....how can they possibly understand. It's difficult enough for adults to comprehend.
It angers me, confuses me, makes me question "WHY, LORD? WHY!!!!" Questions with no answers, yet questions that have to be asked.
Let us join our hearts and minds and hold the surviving families close. If enough love is generated, perhaps they will feel the loving presence surrounding them.
It's hard to celebrate your child's birthday when they are no longer here. Meggan would have been 36 today, but in our hearts and minds she will always be 14. We celebrate the short time she was with us.
Today is also the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe…….
I wish we had known about the Elf on a shelf when our children were younger. For now I will have to experience this little imp thru our grandchildren. The elf arrived at our home last Friday and draped paper rings thruout the living and dining rooms. And there he sat in the midst of it. But, alas, he left when Jen & Chad and the little ones left. AND, better yet, he was at their home when they walked in! Such magic in one imp.
Do you believe in magic? (the kind of magic that one feels when looking at how glistening a first snowfall is! ) For me magic describes something out of the ordinary, another level of
There is a bit of magic to the Christmas season....a sparkle....the anticipation of what is to come. For children, of course, it's a lot about Santa Claus....as adults we know it is about much more than that....it's really about the birth of a child who was destined to save the world.
As we continue on our journey thru Advent, let's try to anticipate the magic.
Rusty married her high school sweetheart, Jim. They have four children and seven adorable