Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas 2009

What a blessed time we've had this Christmas. The snow delayed the arrival of all my children but they made it safely home. R's flight was rescheduled for Christmas Day and C didn't drive in til Christmas morning. B was on the road at least 8 hours Thursday. But they all have until Wednesday so we're sooo enjoying these days. We've had wonderful food, enjoyed some games, visited with other family, worshipped together, watched movies, heard about R's trip to China, and have plans to see Aubrey play basketball, see Casey video Granddaddy recounting his War experiences, maybe seeing a movie in Abilene, and visiting with each other more before all return to their work and lives away from our home. God is so good to us all. His love is overwhelming.
Wasn't the snow beautiful? I heard one weatherman say this was the fist time he announced a blizzard warning. B said that a blizzard was when you had to tie yourself around the waist with a rope in order to walk to the barn to feed the animals or to force them to run around the lot during the night to prevent them from freezing to death. ...at least according to Little House On The Prairie. I don't know about that, but it was cold and the snow was blowing.
The snow did reduce the number of the extended family at our annual Christmas Tree but some of us did gather and visit.
I may very well live in this house the rest of my life. Then again, I may not. We have loved living here. We did most of the remodeling ourselves and there are probably pieces of Brian's skin hanging in the walls of this house. It was hard but rewarding. We learned a lot in the process. The thought of a possible move intensified the pleasure of being together again with our children who grew up in this house. I decided to get out all my Christmas decorations and I never enjoyed a holiday more than this one. So, I took lots of pictures. These may interest no one else but I wanted to have a record of this happy home and this happy time. It is also a safety precaution t keep pictures on a site such as Picasa. You may view some pictures of our extended family celebration as well as my own family activities at the Picasa Web Album site. I pray that your days are joyful. I pray that we all will draw near to our Saviour this new year. He is able. These difficult times are no surprise to Him and He will meet all needs. Our greatest need is to experience and share His love with a hurting world. God bless you with His purpose in 2010. Love, Jennifer.

7 comments:

wilma said...

Jennifer, we drove to Belton on Thursday. It truly was a blizzard from Munday to Stamford. As we drove about 25 miles an hour on the 4 lane highway around Haskell we met two cars on our side of the highway. One passed us on the right the other on our left...It was sooo scary. A real "white Out". It was worse behind us so we just kept going. We were in Bud's pickup. We were headed to our daughter Jana's in Mesquite but I-20 was closed so we just kept going south to Belton and it took us 8 and half hours to get there. It usually takes 4 to 5 hours. We had a wonderful time after we got there. LOL Glad your kids all could come. Sounds like fun and sweet memories.

Sit-N-Chat said...

Glad you made it safely. It will definitely be a Christmas to remember! We've had a great time together. We watched Aubrey & Maidens bet Eastland this afternoon and ate with Kim's family & Tommy's folks in Abilene. Tomorrow, Casey is going to video my daddy as he tells his WWll experiences. I guess they will leave Wed but Bree might stay til Th. I will probably wait to de-decorate - as long as I am enjoying "Christmas."

Ruth MacC said...

Happy New Year Jennifer! I hope things have settled downh with your parents and that you all have a peaceful 2010 and that you all stay very close to the Lord.

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Happy New Year, sweet friend!

May 2010 be filled to overflowing with abundant blessings from the Lord.

: D

FancyHorse said...

I'm so glad everyone made it safely! I hope you and your family will have a good year in 2010.

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Ruth MacC said...

Hello again Jennifer,
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