Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Forever Moments


I believe that Christmas is often made up of tiny moments - moments that sometimes only last a second and then are over. If we are careful those moments aren't gone. They are stored - forever in our hearts.

Perhaps that is why I love my camera so very much - it captures moments that only last a second - I look through my camera and somehow I know I need to snap my shutter because it is something I want to hold on to forever.

Here are some of my forever moments through the years.

Christmas in New York City ... just stopping for a snack

horse 4

Christmas Mornings


Ripping Open Presents


A Baby Doll


Waiting for Santa

looking up chimney

Christmas Eve Mass on her Daddy's Lap

at church 2

Add Dressed Up On Christmas Day

before church 6

Helping Her Get Dressed

1 collage

A Hug For Her Daddy

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Resting On Mommy


Little Golden Book Joy

43 collage

A Little Girl Growing Up

1 collage

Too Much Christmas

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The Year All She Wanted Santa To Do Was To Save Every Orphan... and he answered!


Little Feet, Silk Dresses, Opening Stockings


So much love


A Scream


Sprinkling Reindeer Food


When They First Walk Into the Living Room


Baby Doll Clothes


A Christmas Morning Cuddle




December 25th at 9pm


I could go one for days posting these moments. I have learned through the years that the big picture of a 'picture perfect' Christmas doesn't exist. I learned long ago it is in the itty bitty moments that the magic happens - when we remember to look.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Mid December Weekending

orchestra concerting
tea late with whipped cream making
christmas card envelope addressing
santa letter writing
77 boxes of christmas lights stringing
dating on the couch with the one I love 
new santa chapter book reading
classroom-ing (and an awesome husband who came to my school to help me fix a few things) 
wondering how am I this blessed to have my weekends so full to the brim with Christmas again... how very glad I am that it comes each year! 
and a favorite picture from the weekend: 


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Celebrate the Wonder

There are some traditions that we are still holding to - some that we all still love - seeing Santa is one of them.

"Let us put our minds together and see what kind of life we can make for our children" 

Not 'any ol' Santa of course, but the R E A L Santa. 

He visits in a pretty little Massachusetts town about an hour from our house, and he's well worth the hour drive.

Of course I pack blankets, and snacks and Christmas movies for the ride.

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santa 2

santa 3

santa 4

And honestly, some times when we are all in the car together it feels so so good. Because we are finally all sitting.

I've blogged about this tradition each and every year.

Here is 2017

and 2016

and 2015

and 2014

and 2013

and 2012

I know in my heart our years are numbered - not for going to a sweet place and shopping and going out for a special Christmas dinner. But sitting on Santa's lap. It's precious to me and I'm loving every single time she still wants to - and she does!

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Quite possibly my favorite from the evening.

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And there he is - in all his glory - Santa Claus!

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santa 9

santa 10

They had a lovely and long chat. He asked her at one point if she had a pet and Abigail told him that she had a bird that he brought her last year - "oh I remember" he said with a twinkle in his eye. It was magical.

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Abigail is growing up, of course. But she is still little - a sixth grader wearing a size 8 Santa Claus dress (just stay little - just stay little- just stay little)

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santa 13

santa 14

After a while of that magic we walked out into the cold December night to dinner.

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We talked and laughed and I counted my blessings.

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I am so grateful to God for my little family. And for Christmas. And of course Santa Claus. I really love Santa Claus. 

"Backward, turn backward, O Time in your Flight; Make Me a Child Again Just for Tonight." 

Monday, December 3, 2018

First of December Weekending

tree getting {post back here}
country store loving
home Saturday morning
laundry - ing
driving {whole family in the car is one of my favorite things}
Santa seeing {post coming soon}
fancy farmhouse restaurant eating
sheet changing
laundry - ing
4th grade planning
putting together new porch furniture - ing
Christmas music listening
family calendar - ing
Mass - ing
list making {it's that Merry time of year when lists are crazy}
Anna church pancake breakfast volunteering
laughing through a new game just before bedtime - all of us on Abigail's bed
favorite photo sharing:

Abigail reading

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