a little more Christmas

Christmas comes and goes so quickly that I always find myself feeling a little gloomy when it's over.  So, to make myself feel better, I decided to post a few more photos of some things that were special to me this Christmas............The picture above and below is of my home church, First Baptist Rochelle.  The church is always beautifully decorated inside and out for the Christmas season.

The beautiful nativity out front

Our 'Ministry Center'....a beautiful old historic building

One of the beautifully decorated homes in town all lit up at night

This next picture is of my Pepapa.  My cousin, Charles gave this painting to Pepapa for Christmas.  Here he's showing Scott all the details of the old barn on the homestead as it was years ago.

I wanted to give my Acteens a little something this year for Christmas.  I found these cute little Swiss Miss hot chocolate boxed gifts that were perfect.  Tied with holiday bows, they were sweet little gift ideas :)  I hope the girls enjoyed them.

Dillan trying on some of his gifts from Santa on Christmas morning

Lucy was a little confused about our break in normal morning routines..ha ha!

Santa left Lucy two new toys and a water absorbent place mat for her water bowl

playing with her new Santa toy....

It's tradition for me and my sisters' families to gather for lunch at my mama's on Christmas day.  This is her tree...it's always so pretty!

My niece, Natalie sporting a new outfit...so cute :)

Mama decorated a "Memory Tree' on her back porch this year.  It's filled with wood ornaments and purple balls and bow on top.  There's also an ornament with my daddy's picture on it.  The tree is decorated in memory of him and his fight with Pancreatic cancer.

My nephew, Walker, playing his new game with Scott...

The day after Christmas we went to Scott's parents' house to celebrate with them.  All the get-togethers are over now.  It's time to start thinking about the new year and getting the house (and our lives) reorganized again after so much activity.  Luckily I don't have to go back to work until next week, so I'm going to try to enjoy some lazy days of sleeping in, reading, and watching some pre-recorded movies.

I hope each of you had a Merry Christmas and enjoyed some quality time with your families.  We have so much to be grateful for!  I found myself many times thinking about those who are less fortunate and those who have suffered such heart break lately.  I know their holidays were dampered by that.  I'm so thankful for Jesus and His gift to us....because of Him, we have hope...a hope for a brighter tomorrow regardless of our circumstances today.

I pray that  2013 will be a great year for each of us.....a year of good health and happiness and one that sees many dreams come true!

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