All the Season’s best to you and yours!

Christmas is simpler and quieter now that there are just the two old folks under this roof.  Bits of Christmases past come out to dangle and sparkle and add a little happy clutter for the month of ‘getting ready’…

And a few funky new things have joined the old and traditional…


No glamor here, but it’s homey, and we are grateful to have each other and to live near four out of seven grandkids.  Herein lies incentive to decorate and bake and wrap little packages. Oh! And to build ‘gingerbread’ houses…


I have enjoyed quiet mornings with Piper’s Indestructible Joy advent readings this year, highlighting the treasure that is ours in knowing Jesus.  May we see Him more and more clearly and love Him more and more dearly in this New Year.  This is my prayer for you and me both!

Blessings on you as you take time to consider the significance of that first Christmas morning.

Merry Christmsas from us and ours ( :


Thanks be to God for the indescribable gift of His grace to us in sending Jesus to be born into our world!


Christmas is a-coming!

And with it little familiar bits from Christmases past are springing up around the house…



This one is my especial reminder of Powell River, gifted to me by a friend just before we moved away…


Little by little Christmas baking is happening—starting with caramel corn—the best ever recipe!


And humble little ornaments are being created to share…IMG_20161209_193225327

And we have had the fun of a happy grandkid sleepover.  We all had a splendid time!  It was a fond reminder of when our house was full of young ‘uns…


The walk to the mailbox has brightened…


And the outdoors has turned into a deep-freeze as we head into our first Alberta winter since Bible School days in Three Hills!

The elk still come by and it’s no longer kids that trample the snow in the yard, but elk….usually by night when we are unawares.


We are discovering new small town traditions.  The CP Rail Holiday train passed through this week, stopping at a pedestrian crossing on a cold sub-zero night to throw down a boxcar wall and voila! instant stage for some lively Christmas music.  Dancing along kept us all from frostbite, but just barely.

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And now, as befits the season, I’m home nursing a cold by the gas fireplace in our cozy little suite, listening to music…



And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:13-14 KJV

Music is one of the best parts of Christmas!

December in our neck of the woods…

I’ve been away from blogland for a bit.

There are so many distractions in December…

There are visitors in the yard…P1190511P1190514



and snow to be skiied on and photographed.




There are firesides to be enjoyed…


Cards to be made and mailed…image006image002

Ornaments too…image014image016image015

And a home to get ready for Christmas

and for company!


The grandkids are coming along with three out of five progeny and their spouses.

We are so pleased!



Wishing you hope, joy and peace in believing—a Saviour has been born to us; He is Christ the Lord!