Years gone by

Each ornament holds a memory.

A look-what-I-made-mama moment to hang on the tree.

Year after year, each hand crafted masterpiece brings a smile to this mama’s heart

Taking me back to a place and time when little fingers were sticky with craft glue and glitter was in our hair

They grow up so fast and now Christmas is a time for baking and cooking and eating and reading but not for crafting ornaments for our tree…

which makes me all the more thankful for the times we sat and made messes together when they were small.

and the counting of gifts continues (81-90)

~receiving Christmas cards from old friends

~the two extra stockings this year for Miss S. and Sweet Pea

~two teen boys shoveling snow for elderly neighbors with cookies and smiles as payment

~a hubby that cooks when I don’t feel well

~the generosity of others

~the gift of prayer

~just enough snow to make it look pretty outside

~hubby’s sweatshirts for those days when I’m not doing pretty or girly

~leggings and boots for the days that I want to go pretty and girly

~a cleaned out car

What are you thankful for?



  1. LOVE the husband’s sweatshirts!! For me it is my husbands wool shirts that have a certain “smell” to them and his slippers that are 4 inches too big and look like dog turds! 🙂

  2. Oh, so much. Right now, I am most grateful to have time off with my children, to not have the deadlines of drop-off and pick-times of preschool, to stay up a little late if we want. I’m so grateful for my health, for my family, for my friends new and old, and most of all, for my Jesus.

    Merry Christmas to you, dear one. What a joy to have met you this year!

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