‘Tis the season…

This year we honed our graham cracker house skills with a competition between all the Skeltons present…

The For-Sale sign out front means this may be our last Christmas in this cozy home:

P1160853 by Jim

Rachel surprised herself with this sweet home:


Sarah’s featured a jolly snowman:


And Bethany went for the most original—a hogan style home:


Meanwhile I acted as general superintendent and supplier of icing. We never did declare a winner?  What would you say?
I didn’t know either.  They were each unique, just like their creators!

After the hub-bub was done, the next quiet evening when the girls were gone home, I used up the extra icing and made a wee house—it’s time to downsize.




The advent season has come…

With the coming of the advent season our first snow has fallen.

Even an inch of snow makes the world a brighter place…


…transfiguring the common fern and salal… and making neighborhood houses look somehow more cozy.


It’s time once again to pull out Christmas things and think of gifts and greetings to be sent…


Meanwhile our willow marks the season with her fast falling leaves


And the backyard is all frosted wonder…



It’s the light shining through that makes it all so glorious isn’t it?



“…the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light,
and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death,
on them a light has dawned.” (Mt.4:16)




Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

Don’t know what we were thinking (or do I?), but we set our wedding day for the weekend before Christmas Eve some 30 years ago, little caring how busy our wedding guests certainly were without having to add another thing to their pre-Christmas lists!  And here we are, every year, fitting this celebration of US into our Christmas wish lists too. Wonderful time of year to stop and reflect on all God has done for us—five red roses stand for our five kids; four pink ones for our grandkids!


But without further ado, may we wish you and yours a wonderful rest of your holiday time!
And we’ll ‘see’ you here in the New Year!
From our house to yours…





May the Light of Life shine upon you always!



In [Jesus] was life and the life was the light of men….
’Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life!’  –Jesus Jn.1:4; 8:12