It was a Merry Christmas, but it came and went so soon!
Little Penpen and the grandchildren
I've heard others say this and it's true for me, too: I enjoy the week after Christmas the most. There is nowhere to go, the presents are all opened, and the stress is gone. I can enjoy my Christmas tree lights, reflect on the season, reflect on the birth of Jesus, find the calm that I wish was there during the hectic part of the season.
Our little brides
I'm looking forward to a new year. The longer I am 'retired' from nursing , the more I find that I enjoy being retired. I'm hoping for a very productive year!
This is a fabric panel I bought from ebay a couple years ago with the intention of somehow using this couple in the center of a Christmas quilt. I couldn't see that happening anytime soon and I wanted my grandchildren to enjoy Mr. and Mrs. Claus now.
I pieced together some batting and used a blue striped sheet for the backing. It didn't take long to sew it all together, to do a little free motion quilting on some areas, and then pin them to the wall. My brain is already thinking of some cute embellishments to make them stand out even more, but that may have to wait until next Christmas.
The panel was meant to be turned into a door panel, so they are quite tall... I think they are taller than the grandchildren. My dogs have barked at the new couple off and on all afternoon! I'll be glad when they get used to our new house guests.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus hang on the wall in front of my little tree, which looks kind of skimpy in the picture. I didn't dry quite as many orange slices to hang this year, but I do think it looks a little better in person. The lights twinkle and I love the little glow in the foyer.
Avery, Chandler, and Brinley (and mom and dad) were here for Thanksgiving and stayed a couple extra days with Grandma and Papa. They colored these nativity scenes for me while they were here and I am enjoying looking at them everyday. Annabelle will be here next week and she will get to color her nativity.
She and her mommy will stay a couple of weeks with us and I am looking forward to their visit.
I don' t know how I managed to not get a picture of Avery during their visit, but please pray for our little guy if you will, as he has hernia surgery scheduled for next week. This will be his second hernia repair. He's a big boy and doesn't seem a bit worried about it.
This is Brinley Kate just before we left to go eat at my dad's house. It was a great day... everyone was there except for April and her family, which was a huge accomplishment for us to get everyone else together at one time.
I'm sure you all are very busy too. Take time to enjoy the little things and be 'present' in all that you do!