Hello old friend…..

It’s been so long since I’ve had the time to sit and write.  Four kids in three schools this year has been crazy.

And I decided to teach a photography class.  (Let’s just make life a little more nuts!)

I am still working through the grief of mom dying 11 months ago.  We made it through Thanksgiving and now I’m staring down the barrel of Christmas.  Mark Schultz has a new song out.  “Different Kind of Christmas”  I cry each time I hear it.  I know mom is celebrating continually with Jesus.  Christmas in Heaven?  Does it even exist?

I pray that your heart and home is filled with the joy and love of Jesus this year.

I pray that you know God loves you this Christmas.

I pray that even if there is a loved one gone, you can celebrate the life that is missing at the table this year.

I pray that the legacy you have been left is celebrated, enjoyed and lifted up!

I pray God will dry your tears, wipe your eyes and lift your head.

All these things I pray for myself……

Christmas….it brings out the best in us!

Each Christmas I put my camera down to enjoy the day instead of striving for the perfect Christmas photo.  Luckily, my friend Andrea was here this Christmas and was all too happy to snap photos of the children and all their Christmas glory.

She is my very best friend and it’s been about a 2 years since we’ve seen one another.  I didn’t realize how much I missed her until she was here.  My life stays busy with homeschooling, children and such so the moments are rare that I take pause to miss my sweet friend.

Being the loving friend (crazy woman) that she is she brought my children a lovely gift for Christmas…..full of nutrition, vitamins and slap empty of sugar!!

A loving and thoughtful gift to nourish my children’s brains……

What is it???  A giant 300 pound gummie bear!!!

It didn’t take long for all that nutrition to hit their sweet precious brains……you could see the transformation…..

it happened in a snap!

At least she didn’t bring drums and cymbals!!!!

I miss you my sweet friend.   (Oh and I had no trouble with all the chocolate she brought me!!!)

Some of the Family

I wanted to share a few pictures of my family with you.  We had such a good (but too fast) time in NC visiting them.  We’re a crazy bunch but what family isn’t?  I also have a few to share of my birth family.  But I may have to transfer to the new computer first.
Here’s my mom….
(She’s beautiful isn’t she?)

Here’s my dad and my dog…

Here are my nieces….
Aren’t they beautiful?

Here’s me and my prince…

And here’s a picture my sister took of all the cousins…

Here’s my crazy sister (see where the girls get it?)

And here’s baby girl…

More to come!