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christmas thoughts in a nutshell

I began this morning by looking through pictures from our time with family at Christmas.  Priceless.  This is first time we have had all the children and their children here in 3 years and it was wonderful.  The last of the group left yesterday and today it seems empty, quiet, too tranquil.  I have tried to catch up on e-mail, write profound thoughts, and do laundry but find myself staring into space, a cold-enhanced, post family holiday stupor upon me.

Clay and I had coffee alone together this morning for the first time in 3 weeks and it was good, not only the coffee but the fellowship.  It is good to see his face again and to hear him talk about the children and the blessing each of them are to us.  We both observed that there isn’t a shy, retiring one in the bunch, that they are certainly independent thinkers, as we hoped they would be, that everyone has the same personality traits as they did when they were little, only now they are more sophisticated, and that their interaction with siblings is still the same.  How can this be, given the experiences, years, and miles that have separated them?

Highlights of our time with 6 children, 3 spouses, 10 grandchildren, and no partridges in a single pear tree, included Mollie’s Dadopoly, definitely the hit gift of the season, decorating sugar cookies with the kids, listening to Ben on his guitar singing and playing with Clayton on the ukulele, especially their own composition called “Ogden Nash,” watching the cousins playing and spatting, watching great-grandma holding the new babies, and hearing the dreams and goals of everyone as we face the coming year.  We are blessed way beyond measure.

Here are a few pictures from the archives and you can see a few more taken by my daughter and others by my son-in-law.


Dowen decorated and ate cookies that were bigger than his face.


Uncle Ben gets a big kick out of the whole cookie baking extravaganza.


Chef Jude, whose favorite TV show is Rachael Ray, helps in the kitchen but can’t be outdone by his Poppy.


Son-in-law, Aaron, is making “Death by Pork” for Christmas morning breakfast.  Here is the recipe:  Tightly wrap 2 packages of little smokie weiners in 1 pound of hickory smoked bacon that has been cut into about 100 pieces.  Secure each with a toothpick.  Sprinkle with one to one and a half pounds of brown sugar.  Bake in 350 degree oven for one hour or until bacon is done and brown sugar has carmelized.  We served ours with an egg and veggie casserole and fruit.  Yummy!!!



  Cindy K wrote @


Confronted in a session meeting for being too busy to bring a meal to pot providence? Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass GO. Do not collect $200.


Drop a crumpet at the patriocentric tea shop. Pay $50 because cleanliness is next to godliness.


I wanna play.

  Cindy K wrote @

Wait a minute. I think I played that game and I don’t want to play anymore.

  thatmom wrote @

Oh, Cindy, laughing so hard on this end. But you aren’t too far off…..:)

  TulipGirl wrote @

I’m sending that Death By Pork recipe to my FIL. . . Definitely his sort of thing!

And I adore the pic of Chef Jude!

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