Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Family Christmas

Seven of ten grandchildren--we missed the absent ones.

Like Thanksgiving, Christmas was a series of “new traditions.” We drove to Indiana for an early Christmas with family. We (Ryan’s, Rachelle’s and us) got together at Ryan & Tristi’s home for a delicious dinner & gift exchange. Ryan had the fire roaring in the fireplace (oh how we miss ours!)…too hot even for the dog to lie down in front of it! Our gifts are simple—something fun and something practical is our mantra. We look forward to hooking up the electronic photo frame with ever-looping pictures of family for our home. The best presents of all never need wrapping: a grandchild’s hug, the sound of children playing, laughter, a meal shared, a memory made. Thank God for the gift of life.

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