Wednesday, December 30, 2009


The house is quiet. The house is neat and orderly. The laundry is folded and put away. The cookie tins are empty. They are on their way home. I miss them so much already.

We have had a memory-making few days. For the first time in a long time the whole family (except our sweet daughter who is in Paris) was together in one place. We gathered at Mom and Dad's - four generations of us. As my Dad told his dialysis nurse, "There were fifteen people in my tiny living room, and it didn't seem a bit crowded".

How the Lord blesses. Forty-two years ago, we celebrated our first Christmas together - never dreaming of the precious lives that would fill ours with so much love and joy.

The kids received all of the newest "techno" toys, but the amazing thing was that it was the simple toys they enjoyed the most. This little game, made up only of wooden sticks, was the favorite.
From Great-grandpa;

to Papa;

to Daddy (to some), Uncle Todd (to others);

to grandson. They played for hours. We are nothing if not competitive!

And a coloring book and colors for the two littlest ones.

My heart is full to the brim and running over. I think of all that the world has made of Christmas and realize anew that it is the people - the "more precious than gold" people the Father places in our lives that matter most. We are rich beyond measure because each of these dear hearts belongs to Him. If I had all the money in the world, I would not be able to buy a greater gift than that.

Thank You Father.



  1. Looks like a wonderful time. Especially the game playing. How fun that must have been. I am glad your Dad seemed to really enjoy his day.

  2. Look what your Love created!
    With God so much is possible!

    Happy New Year, Linda!
    His Peace to you ~ Maria

  3. Jenga and a coloring book! What more does anyone need, really?

  4. Such sweet fun together as a family - there's is nothing better! Happy New Year Linda! May the Lord richly bless you and yours.

  5. Loved the pictures! May your new year be more richly blessed than you can even imagine, my friend! I thank the Lord for bringing you into my life this year. :)


  6. Linda,... simply delightful. A true blessing from the Father. Neat. Hugs.

  7. Your post reminds me of Christmas when I was a young girl. Thank you for sharing your holiday with us.

  8. Having family together for Christmas is priceless. I felt the same way. That was the best gift of all. Looks like everyone is having fun and I love what your Dad told the nurse. So sweet and so true!