Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Christmas Eve...A Christmas Preview

It was an interesting Christmas Eve at Gramma and Grampa's house. There just aren't enough beds without getting out the blow up mattresses and sleeping on sofa's, so John was wise enough to bring new sleeping bags for the little ones. He gave them to the kids the night before Christmas. They were an instant hit.  The children were nestled all snug in their sleeping bags.

Christmas morning all had had a good night's sleep and were ready to explore the delights of their very large and full stockings.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Christmas Day in Tennessee

It was nice to have John's family here for Christmas Day. It was also nice to see an email from Chelle saying her fortune cookie said she had travel in her future.  She surprised us the next day by driving to Ohio with the triplets. You have and will see pictures of them here, but this layout is of their Christmas Eve at home in Tennessee.  

I wish I could make layouts more quickly. I could if I pasted my photos into pages that were already made, but that would defeat the purpose of providing me with a creative outlet. So I will plod along, hopefully finishing a book before too long.

Actually everything is going all right. I have already completed 1/4 of the pages for my next tome. and my last book is to be delivered here between the 19th and 21st. Hopefully, that is correct.  

Friday, January 12, 2018

Joy and Peace

We took so many pictures over our Christmas season that I'm having trouble deciding which ones will be in my next book. I'll have to leave out some and it is so, so hard to decide on that. Fortunately many are very similar.

Most captured us while we were moving around, but others, like the one above were posed. I'm really glad we got this one. It was a joyful time and with us all in accord, very peaceful.

So glad they could make it to our place while John's family was still here. Lots of fun!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Christmas 'Surprise'

It was a wonderful 'surprise' to have six of our teenage and younger grandchildren here for Christmas. In the photo are the youngest three with me. It was hard for me to let them go home.

I'm so very anxious to complete a book about Christmas. I have more than enough  pages to fill a 110 page book. It is very difficult to exclude some.  But that must be done, so I'll have to make some very tough decisions. It just isn't right. I guess I could do a couple of the quick books that some of the companies make. I would just name the theme and  they would take my pictures and place them in the books for me. Those books  would probably be quite good, but I would miss all the creative fun.

In the regular world...the weather was very warm compared to this last month.  It was in the 50's. Almost all the snow melted over night and the rest has now. It is just in time for a big snow scheduled to hit tomorrow. I do like fresh white snow, but it is healthier for us if we were to have a solid freeze. It kills the germs better. It could just keep a fresh white coat on top for the beauty of it.

There is a plague of flu in this area now. Those who got their flu shots are not faring well, because as often is the case, it is a different strain of flu that has hit. They are closing some of the hospitals to visitors because it has gotten so bad. I am trying to keep away from it the best I can and I'm keeping my hands clean. But there is really no safe place to be besides alone, because I understand, people are most contagious up to 24 hours before they have any symptoms. That is probably the main reason it has spread so fast.

May God  protect this nation from those who would destroy it.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Peace and Good Will

There were three pictures of Ashley and me like this.  One was fairly clear and the other two were out of focus. Sad thing is, I really wanted to use the one with my two fingers in the air. This has been part of Ashley's photos for some time now and I wanted to join her in wishing peace to the world. It is a Christmas wish, so it fits well here.  

Here is the problem. That particular photo was enough out of focus that it bothered me; so I cut my hand with it's fingers up  and placed it on the picture that was in focus. But that is not all. Ashley also had a more pleasant grin on the one when I threw up my fingers...so I had to put that face on the in focus picture as well...plus try to make it look in focus. One would think that with all that work, it would be picture perfect. It is not, but oh well, I like it anyway.

By the way, her brothers  make her feel short.  Guess you know how I feel.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

John and Beth drove with Caleb, Oliver, Julia and their dog, Rado all the way to Ohio from Colorado.
They made it here just in time  to unpack and go to our Christmas Eve service. The boys wore the sweaters they had bought for an ugly sweater party in Colorado. However, they were not ugly, but cute. Oliver picked them out and they placed their order  online. 

Caleb was given a candle to light during the service. Oliver and Julia were too young, but they were not left out. They had candles with a bulb. I love this picture of Julia looking at hers. 

Our little girl, Maggie felt a little left out at times. I don't know which bothered her most, being ignored or having so much attention all of a sudden. Her biggest problem is, she had to share her TV chair.  Then there was the Christmas Eve Service, when we all took off and left her at home by herself. She had her sweater, but still didn't get to go.

Monday, January 8, 2018


This is the first layout I've made of our very special Christmas this year...and it doesn't look Christmasy. I just couldn't help it. The picture  just didn't lend itself to all the red and green, etc.

It was so good to get these kids together. It has been 5 years. That means Mason was 10, Caleb was only 2 and Oliver had not yet been born. Mason lives in Tennessee. Caleb and Oliver live in Colorado. What a wonderful surprise it was to have them all here!

I often tell the story about how Ron always told our children that we would take care of them, but when we are old, they will need to take care of us... He must have scared them because they all grew up and moved far away.

We would love to have them all near-by or even within a few hours drive, but it will never be, so we need to make the best of it. We do use FaceTime with our phones and computers. Perhaps we should use a conference hook up where several families can visit at one time. Sounds like something to look into.