Monday, December 19, 2016


We are so blessed!  We have so many wonderful gifts/friends!  It's true that as I get older, I don't need or want material gifts as much as I need dear friends!  These great friends of ours all are striving to live righteously and do good.  They are examples to me and my daughters!  And they are loving anchors for my sanity!  Spending Christmas time with them is the best!
Bettenhausens, Coolbears, Schmids, Pinas, US, Kellys
The Schmids hosted a Christmas party for the adults.  We had so much fun learning how each couple met, fell in love, etc.  Then we had lots of yummy food and played White Elephant!  The spontaneous sing-a-long was the best part - we could start a pretty good choir with Tony on the guitar and the rest of us singing "O Come All Ye Faithful!"  I love these wonderful friends!
And with these wonderful friends come some wonderful kids - whom I love and adore!  I'm grateful that we can spend time with them sharing my love of books with them, my love of music with them and my love of nativities (and all things Christmas) with them!  Here's how we share those things:
Spencer - Asparagus's novel is also in the pic - but he fell asleep.
I was so excited to share my dad's autobiographical novel with some of my favorite young men...
Rice Krispie
Goose Girl is one of my favorite novels.  I hope they love it as much as I do.
(When we gave them the books from Scott and I - 
Scott told them they weren't from him if they didn't like them.  Ha ha!)
I love these silly, selfie-taking girls!
Fig Newton, Maple
Rice Krispie, Guarana and Apple
These two jammed on their harmonicas...
It sounded GREAT!
I ended up getting out my recorders, dulcimers, ukuleles, didgeridoos, etc.
Everyone was playing something!
Marmalade is playing the recorder in this picture,
Kotten Kandy and Taffy are sporting didgeridoos,
And Scott is accompanying them on the bones!
So Ben Coolbear (Taffy, Maple and Apple's dad) is extremely talented...
He wanted to add to my nativity collection so he cut me an original snowflake.  
It's GORGEOUS!  He also cut out 4 other snowflakes of wise-men and a camel.
I'm going to frame them.  How does his mind work?!  It's incredible that he can fold a piece of paper and see these intricate designs in his mind - and execute them with scissors.  What a talent!
These girls (Marmalade and Apple) made my night!  They used my food storage and blankets, along with some creativity to create their own nativity!  The pink blanket/bucket is Mary.  The chair is Joseph.  The basket contains Baby Jesus (a stuffed animal).  The wise-men have decorated paper bowls for crowns and candy for the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  The angels wings are Santa hats and the shepherd's staff is a billiard cue.  These adorable cuties had fun creating a nativity for me!  And I LOVE that they are learning about the true meaning of Christmas!!!!


  1. I agree with G.J. You are blessed with friends. And you make life 'here and now' always a 'joyous occasion'. You need to come and teach me a thing or two... MOM/MIL