Tuesday, December 25, 2007


Merry Christmas

Christmas morning began with my neice sneaking into the room I was sleeping in at my parents house and waking me up. I grabbed her and pulled her into a big hug and wished her Merry Christmas. Madeline has been dealing with an ear infection, but she hasn't let that darken her mood this holiday season. In fact, I think she was more excited about this holiday than she has been for any other. Because, this year she was visited by both Santa and the Tooth Fairy! (She lost her first tooth on Christmas Eve.) When asked how she was staying in such a good mood even though she wasn't feeling well, she replied: "Because I'm getting gifts and money on Christmas!"

The family quickly gathered by the tree and watched as Madeline (the youngest) passed out the gifts. Then we opened them in order of youngets (Madeline) to oldest (Uncle Mike). Everyone was thrilled with their gifts and then we headed to the dinning room for breakfast. Now breakfast is over, and the family is in the process of getting ready to go visit Grandpa at his assisted living community. After that it's back home for Christmas dinner wih some of Mom and Dad's neighbors. It's going to be a busy day, but my hope is that it will be a relaxing day as well. I also hope that everyone of you, Christian or not, have a wonderful day and holiday season!

Merry Christmas Jeremy,
Sounds like you had a busy morning. Children just seem to make Christmas so magical.Madeline is so cute, and I'm glad her tooth finally came out. Santa and the tooth fairy all at the same time. You have a very happy holiday season and a bountiful new year
Merry Christmas to you, Jeremy. And all the best to you in '08!
Merry Christmas Jeremy!
Love Annie xx
I wish you a merry christmas, I wish you a merry christmas, I wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year.... can't believe another year has come and gone..I'm getting so old.
Happy Holidays, it was great, is it over? I'm celebrating all year long that my savior is born.
Miss you terribly,
Love ya even more,
The Darkling Thrush
by Thomas Hardy

I leant upon a coppice gate
When Frost was spectre-gray,
And Winter's dregs made desolate
The weakening eye of day.
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
Had sought their household fires.

The land's sharp features seemed to be
The Century's corpse outleant,
His crypt the cloudy canopy,
The wind his death-lament.
The ancient pulse of germ and birth
Was shrunken hard and dry,
And every spirit upon earth
Seemed fervourless as I.

At once a voice arose among
The bleak twigs overhead
In a full-hearted evensong
Of joy unlimited;
An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,
In blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
Upon the growing gloom.

So little cause for carolings
Of such ecstatic sound
Was written on terrestrial things
Afar or nigh around,
That I could think there trembled through
His happy good-night air
Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew
And I was unaware.

Jeremy, we wish you, your family and friends a New Year filled with joyful awareness.

Paula & Kenyon
Happy Christmas to You, too!

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