Merry Christmas!!!


It’s a bit of a different Christmas this year. It’s my first Christmas ever without a pine Christmas tree!!!! Don’t all gasp at once… I’m still getting used to it myself. We figured since we already had a tree in the corner of the room, and since we wouldn’t be having anyone to our house for the holidays… that the two of us would find a way to instead enjoy our Christmas Ficus!
So I pulled out some silk flowers, some small bulb ornaments, a strand of lights and got busy making the ficus look a little festive. All of the rest of the familiar sights and sounds abound… just no fresh pine scent. That’s ok… we’re ok, really. In fact, I’m going to share with you the message we put into our Christmas cards this year just to prove it to you!
Dear Friends and Family –

I wish a hand written letter was in the mail to each of you but life … well you know, it just goes so fast. And another year is almost behind us. I (Lori) want to share you with what seems to be the recurring them of our lives this year. We feel ever so grateful … warm inside… for all that our lives behold. Don’t mind the introspective attitude – I get this way this time of year. It’s a rainy day outside and my heart is overwhelmed. So I wanted to share with you some of our thoughts from this past year …

Together Lee and I had the opportunity to visit the Haraldsen (my dad’s) side of the family in Oregon for a much-needed vacation. This was our first vacation together since our honeymoon – it’s been 4 years of marriage for us now. As we had several occasions to sit around the table together (all 11 of us) the thoughts were spoken aloud that we were all so grateful to be together. With our family now spread across four different states it makes it difficult for us all to be together at one time. These were cherished moments!

So Cal experienced another scary round of Wildfires in the Fall – Lee and I were reminded of how much we have to be grateful for. The fires came within just a few miles of our house, which was daunting – but we still had a house when the fires were extinguished.

In November Lee and I shared Thanksgiving with the Marshek (my mom’s) side of the family. And the feelings were mutual around the patio table as we indulged on all the festivities (and way too much pie) – together we acknowledged that we have so much to be grateful for. Despite any sicknesses or injuries, trials or tribulations, in laughter and/or solitude – we are a blessed people! I mean, we WERE eating Thanksgiving dinner OUTSIDE! And laughing!

So I leave you with our annual Christmas card to tape to the back of your front door or hang from some garland – but take our thoughts with you through this season. We are grateful for you in our lives!

– Lee and Lori

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One thought on “Merry Christmas!!!

  1. WONDERFUL pictures, looks VERY festive and inviting! And you did well with your descriptions of our many blessings! I heartily agree … love you >

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