a blessed christmas


Merry Merry Christmas!  What a wonderful day it is, to celebrate our amazing Savior’s birth!  Such a sweet baby boy, swaddled and placed gently in a manger lined with hay, tenderly cared for by His mother Mary.  How we love to imagine that moment when He entered our world.  He understands us, because in humanity He came as God, with so much love and compassion.

He understands that our human hearts can feel the love for Him now, but never fully, until that day when we are all gloriously changed and together with Him in Heaven.

Our lives are covered in His amazing grace, so that we can live fully, abundantly, in so much joy. 

Even in this yearly tradition, as families, we thoughtfully shower one another with GIFTS, we can never give anything so rich as the gift of God’s son, to us.

And our hearts are overwhelmed with gratitude.


And oh, what joy to see freshly fallen snow on this sacred morning!

Each one of us was so happy to see it.   Our hearts longed to see snow on Christmas day.


May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

I fed the chickens leftovers from our Christmas breakfast; blueberry pancakes and a couple of old bananas. 


I took Jacob a plate of food.  He was in the garage setting up the (newly gifted) cymbals to his (already owned) drum set.


I spent some time watching David demonstrate his new snowboard.



When I went inside, I was greeted by this warm scene;

We are all in various stages of the flu.  I am almost over it….still with a lingering cough and stuffy nose.  But Rich just started with it yesterday and Seth got worse, today.  Sarah got off the couch to play for the first time in days, today for Christmas.  And, dearest Grace, I believe she has only smiled once, and slept most of the day away in a feverish haze.

I drank tea from a yellow owl, thank you Hannah!~


Jacob completed his first architecture LEGO set; the White House.


David started his new book and said, “I can already tell this is going to be good.”


I snuggled a hot Seth on my lap and tasted my first-from-the-box truffle~


And Sarah played with a new puzzle.


Merry Christmas from me and my family, to you and yours!

I do so hope it is filled with joy and peace. 

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer
and more beautiful.  ~Norman Vincent Peale



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  1. At 27 years old, I am experiencing my first ever white Christmas…. a very rare event in Texas to see snow but an even more rare event to see snow on Christmas day. So in love!!!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!!! Jami

  2. How wonderful. I love your “after picture” from atop the stairs showing the tree and the room full of wrap. I love the owl mug and the smile on the snowboarder, the snuggled ones and yes, the chickens too. Thank you for sharing your blessed Christmas and I too am glad that you were able to experience a white Christmas.

  3. I also like the picture from above, of the Merry Christmas mess. We had one of those today too. So fun. Hope everyone feels better soon. Our oldest daughter was sick today, and had to stay home. We sent some food over for her later, when she was feeling good enough to eat. Another daughter had been sick, but came anyway.

  4. Merry Christmas to you too! Looks like you had a wonderful one. Love how the dog was in on the gift action as well :)A sick Christmas doesn’t sound fun, hope everyone is up and better soon!

  5. We’re still in various recovery stages here too. I really miss being able to sing the Christmas songs this year. I hope that you all speed along the road to recovery.

  6. you have the sweetest family, shanda! i just love you guys. :))if you’re ever up our way, ben would love taking david snowboarding w/ him..tell him you fall lots and lots before you learn to stay up. ben bruised his tailbone learning. ;)) merry day after christmas my friend.

  7. Merry Christmas my friend. I am sorry you all got so sick, but feel the peace and contentment of home, food, snuggles, and time together. Looks like a blessed Christmas. We are so enjoying our sweet grand baby boys. I have the need to do a LONG catch up post. David is having some better days, a long road to go, but in the right direction! love to all of you!

  8. Merry Christmas, dear! Wow … my living room looks the same as yours! Filled with paper trash! LOL hehehehe …We still have no snow but still Christmas was awesome! We are all ill as well – sinuses, flu, fever, coughing & worse for now is stomach bugs. Gosh … the stomach cramps and vomiting are worse for the kids. I am the only that still stand fit and that is good so because if all falls down then who take care of them all?I love the owl mug – that is really such a cute thang! And the kids are ALWAYS the one looks so happy and their eyes glistened with excitement over their presents. What a wonderful time, wonderful season!Wish you all blessed Christmas and stay well!

  9. Thank you for sharing your families wonderful Christmas with us.  I hope everyone is well soon.  Wow!  A white Christmas!   I bet that Happy Birthday Jesus cake was wonderful!

  10. Merry Christmas! We too are dealing with the flu in our house. I was thinking of all you mamas out there, as we don’t have kids to care for yet and we can barely manage taking care of our sick selves. I can’t imagine throwing sick kiddos into the mix!! blessings for a speedy recovery!

  11. belated merry Christmas wishes to you shanda! i was enjoying your post and family so much…and then. your last picture. wow. so especially so. just beautiful. i could feel it. :)hope that you all are feeling better soon.

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