I think the strange weather around these parts is doing a number on my sinuses. Ugh. Today was 60 degrees and tomorrow the high is 38 degrees. James is thankful for the warm weather. It keeps construction from stalling. I think I inherited my sinus problems from my mom’s side of the family. Some of her family gathered Saturday for our yearly after Christmas celebration. The nice weather was a plus for the kiddos, who got to play all day outside on the farm. My head is throbbing, so I hope this makes sense! I wanted to post some pics of our gathering. We had a very fun day together.
Mom and Grandma pose with Mom and Larry’s tree, Forest! He was a Christmas gift from James and I.
Aunt Marilyn and Aunt Marlis (AKA, Punky and Tootsie) unwrap my craft.
I saved all the blue jeans that we wore out this year and cut off all the pockets. I glued magnets to the back and they’re great for the fridge to hold grocery lists and pens. It was an easy and very cheap craft!
Kandis and I were very excited about the doilies that Aunt Marilyn made especially for us. Mine are shaped like stars and crocheted with sparkly thread to go with my Christmas decorations. I love them!
Mom made pretty, aromatic sachets and Aunt Marlis painted jars for everyone. She’s such a good artist! Kandi gave out yummy smelling body lotions.
The kiddos, of course! Jessica, Lydia and Ian
Sometimes we bring door prizes. Mom gave away a pretty set of embroidered tea towels. Aunt Marilyn won those. Aunt Marlis brought a beautiful hummingbird painting. She gave it to Aunt Marilyn because everyone else had won a painting in the past.
Kandi and her new love.
After Christmas this year I went to Wal-Mart and purchased another giant nutcracker. It was marked down and I couldn’t resist. I began to debate once I got it home if I should keep it. It’s identical to the other one, except that the new one had a hat instead of a crown. I thought they looked too much alike. This week as we were putting all the Christmas stuff in the attic, I didn’t feel like I was supposed to keep the new one. I decided to bring it and give it as a door prize on Saturday. I had no idea that Kandi was wanting to start collecting nutcrackers, but God knew! The story gets even better! Today, I wasn’t feeling well so I stayed home from church. James went and came home with a set of nutcrackers for me from my friend and Carl’s sister, Abby! Thank you Abby! She gave me a set of four six inches nutcrackers and one bigger 12 inch one. Isn’t that amazing! God wanted Kandi to have the big one and He replaced it with five smaller ones! I don’t believe that was a coincidence! See how much He loves us Kandi!
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17