". . . our stories are what make the difference, and if we can tell them honestly we can hope to help each other. In the end, we have nothing to offer each other but our stories." ~ Emma Lou Thayne

Saturday, December 25, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! The GIFT of LOVE! - Mary Did You Know - Twas the Night Before Chrstmas

The most important gift we can impart... LOVE!! If all would go forth with love in their hearts, peace and joy wound abound! Today of ALL days, try to be a little more patient, a little more understanding, a little more helpful, a little more humble... It ALL boils down to LOVE! 
NOW you can see OUR 
Christmas wish for YOU!  ;D 
It always seems a little funny... Kids move away and branch off into their own family units. The 2 boys are all we have left at home. It's always FUN trying to coordinate everybody's schedules with in-laws and such so we can all get together on holidays! Such is life and we enjoy the time we have! But with college boy being away, but not yet started his own family unit... yet he's INDEPENDENT... *sigh*  LOL!!
One of my most favorite Christmas songs. I've always loved both of these singers and the sound so good together and it's such a beautiful song... I hope you like it, too!
I wanted to share this photo with you. It is one I took a couple years ago of our daughter ("Artsy") and her then baby boy... (Can't keep up with him NOW! LOL!) I was going for the idea of Mary and baby Jesus here...  I aimed my flood from above on one side in an effort to make it look like a star shining down on them. It needed a little "Old World" style to it, I thought... so when I was said and done, This is the final image. One of my most favorite images. It hangs above our stairwell and when I look at it, I feel like I did something GOOD!  ;D Having this be family makes it even more special! 
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Twas the Night Before Christmas
sung by the University of Utah Combined Choirs.
(This is the university "College Boy" goes to.)
This was one of my favorite songs we performed when I was in choir in high school.  When my kids were little, they were amazed that I MEMORIZED the WHOLE STORY... It's easy when it's put to MUSIC!!  ;D
And I HAD to share this because 
it ALWAYS makes me LAUGH!! 
We used to have Santa  (a friend of the family) come to our family gathering every year. We would get the individual family pictures done with him. Then we wanted one of him by himself. Jake kep running in and posing!! He CRACKS ME UP!! I LOVE that little DOG!! LOL!! I could do a WHOLE POST on this!!
These are my adorable pups!
 
berries leaves greenish christmas pictures, backgrounds and images

6 comments:

Jules said...

Merry Christmas, Holly! Many blessings my big hearten friend!
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Karen Peterson said...

Merry Christmas, my friend! I hope you have a wonderful day with your family.

Avalon said...

Christmas headbonks and purrrrrrs from Avalon the Cat

kelly said...

I also love the song 'Mary did you Know' ... Beautiful! Wishing you a blessed holiday!

Valerie said...

What a beautiful photo of your daughter and her baby!

Lisa said...

So, Holly, haven't I seen this Mary and Jesus image in other places? I could swear it's being sold at Deseret and Seagull? You truly are gifted. Not even shizzing you. :)

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