Christmas Eve, Good…

Christmas Day… not so much.

Our Christmas was good until early Christmas Day morning. I have been debating in my head whether or not to mention that tid bit here on the blog. But the fact of the matter is, this is a record of our life and well, this one will definitely go down in the record books.

I am sure many of you are curious as to what I am referring to (I know I would be!) but I have to say at this point, it’s just too personal to go into. Please know that my immediate family (Tim and the boys) are not directly involved, only an older brother of mine and his family. And I ask that you pray for them and my parents, since they are local and their main support system through this time of difficulty. Perhaps as things work themselves out I will be able to give you more details but for now, please just keep my family in your thoughts and prayers.
I hope to continue to be my usual upbeat self but if I “sound” a little different on here for a while, just know that I am may be a tad “off” but will be fine…
So…….. let’s move on, shall we?

On Christmas Eve morning I had the wonderful pleasure (is that redundant?) to meet Lisa, of Growing Up Mo, and her three kiddos at her house. She lives just 10 minutes from my parents. Now that is what I call convenient!

Upon entering her home I felt like we’d already known each other for years and the kids immediately started playing and having fun. We got to visit for a little over an hour and get to know each other better. She has a delightful family, home and such a welcoming smile. We hope to get together again in the Spring. Here are a couple of pictures from our meeting (she even let me hold her sweet baby boy and get my “baby fix!”).

In the afternoon while Little G napped away, The B Man and I made gingerbread cookies in my Mom’s kitchen. We found the recipe in one of her “old” cookbooks from church or something and it was the best gingerbread recipe I’ve ever tasted. Plus it was easy to roll out, which counts for a lot in my book. The B Man insisted that when we made gingerbread men, we have mini M & M’s for the “buttons” and Daddy came through by bringing us some that he picked up on his Cmas Eve errands. I just love how that man supports our baking habit! ; )

Of course when someone woke up he had to have a taste as well.

After we baked our cookies we began to prepare for our Christmas Eve celebration, in which ALL 20 of my family members were present and accounted for as well as a BFF and boyfriend of my niece. We had a lovely meal and gift exchange. Thank God for this night. It will stay in my memory for a long time…

My nephew (and Godson) Daniel (2) in his Christmas “duds.” Gosh he’s cute, idn’t he?
The B Man and his cousins Catherine, Daniel & Grace (G was NOT into taking pictures at this time and I am saving the picture that he is in for my WW post… it’s certainly good for a laugh or two…)
A “self picture” of me and my niece (and Goddaughter) Megan who is now 17, has a boyfriend and drives. And now, she is mortified. But I don’t care. I love you Megan! : )

Okay, so I have a “thing” for my God children. Big deal.

It was warm enough to be outside so the kids ran around for a little while before we opened presents. Little G was quite taken with this illuminated snowman.

Of course the kids couldn’t wait forever so we had to get after it and open ALL this loot. Yeah, it’s a lot a loot. Remember 20 people…

Here’s The B Man diggin’ in to one of his gifts…

And it didn’t take long for Little G to get the hang ot if either…

My husband and his new favorite shirt (given to him by my Mother…)

Oh and here is my SIL Kelley with her VERY unfortunate while elephant gift. He makes fart noises under his arm pits… I get enough of that at home, thankyouverymuch!

After gifts we took a picture of everyone together…

Here is a pic of me and my three guys. Loves of my life, my Christmas angels…

And late at night the tree shone bright…

I hope you and your families had wonderful Christmas celebrations. I’ve already seen that many of you have and hope to get around and see more Christmas joy, love and peace. It is STILL Christmas after all…



  1. I pray that whatever is going on with your family right now that things will get better.

    your family picture is sooooooooooooo cute!! I love it!!! I am so glad you had such a wonderful Christmas Eve! I missed my mom’s side of the families christmas eve…the first one I’ve missed my whole life! That was hard!!

  2. Oh I hope things get better!

    Your kids look like they had a great time during the holidays!

  3. I will pray things get better!

    That is a lot of people for Christmas–you all look great and you especially–you are losing weight from all that running, huh?!

  4. I’ll be praying for you my friend!

    Looks like a wonderful Christmas Eve!

  5. Prayers headed your way…

    Beautiful family and god family pix!

  6. Many prayers for your family!

    How lucky to have a big family celebration. It looks like a wonderful Christmas. I love the cousin pictures!

  7. Prayers have been sent! Looks like a great Christmas Celebration!!

  8. Elaine, your beautiful family is in my prayers. Love you.

  9. I hope everything works itself out for your family!

    I love the pic of you and Lisa, you ladies are beautiful!

  10. i was about to email you and tell you that i have been praying and see if there was an update but then i saw this post so i thought i could just say it here. praying… send updates when you are ready!

    how exciting to meet another blogger IRL! looks like fun! I am glad that Christmas eve went well and your family pic turned out great!

  11. It looks like a wonderful Christmas, I am so sorry that the next day brought hardship!

    My prayers are there for you all :-)

    Love all the pictures but the one of the four of you is my fave!

  12. It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas Eve! The photos are just great. I have to say that there is a strong family resemblence amongst the kids! Totally cute :-)

    I’m really sorry that Christmas Day was tinged with sadness, and I want you to know that I am praying for your family. I hope things are okay.

  13. Just wanted you to know, I’m praying for you. I’m here if you want to talk…I am going through something huge as well.

    I am here, if ever need be.

  14. Praying for you and yours! beautiful pictures and I am so glad you had a great time. You look FABULOUS, you little running machine, you! I am so jealous!!!!

  15. I’m sorry for the bad mixed in with the good. I’ll be praying for you guys, and let me know if you need anything, okay? I’m right here, anytime.

    But, if does look like a wonderful Christmas Eve! Lots of family fun, nothing better. Well, unless you ask the kids, they’ll probably say presents are better. ;o)

    Oh, and tell Ben I love his gingerbread men!

  16. Looks like you all had a great Christmas!! Sorry about your brother and his family, they will be in my thoughts and prayers daily. Love all the family photos, especially the one of your little family, so adorable!

  17. Great pictures! It does look like you had a great Christmas. I’m sorry to hear about your family problems. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers and I hope that everything works out for you. The great thing about being in the blogosphere is that you are surrounded by people who care and we’re here even when you are in a funk! Happy New Year.

  18. You & your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Looks like you all had a wonderful Christmas!
    I love all the pictures!!

  19. Praying for y’all.

  20. That is right, we still have 6 days of Christmas left!

    What lovely photos of a beautiful time together. I am sorry for the difficulties that are going on and I will remember your family in prayer.

    take care Elaine,

  21. Just said a prayer for you….

    Love the photos of your family time :)

  22. Looks like a great time except the “event” you mentioned. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Hope things are already improving!

  23. All I can say is, Wow! what a family!!

  24. Wow…that last picture of your christmas tree is amazing!!!

    I’m glad you had a great Christmas Eve! I hope everything will work out ok for your family!