“Magical Christmas!”

Our plans for Christmas Eve were changed yesterday…

My daughter-in-law’s Dad has terminal cancer…

and had fallen in the morning…

He was just too weak to walk… and even in a wheelchair…

it would be impossible with the steps at their house to transport him to Melanie and Brian’s…

Talk of a simple ramp being made…  k17837622

Renting a ramp…

and finally a decision-making moment from my son…

“We’re taking the party this Christmas Eve to Joe”!… k4811396

Phone calls were madewp01p015 … presents packed up with all of the food k16003945 … and an earlier time was set!…

Of course we all agreed!…

and I prayed that this would be a wonderful Christmas... One that we would always remember…u15588648

Prayers were asked…

and ANSWERED!

We arrived to all being in good spirits… Joe… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA …in the living room in the middle of all of the talking… dogs OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA … presents… kids… and TV blaring with “Polar Express”… 220px-Polar_express

Everyone greeting each other with hugs… and kisses… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dinner getting ready as dishes were brought in…

ham k5549144

broccoli salad k13415461

mac/cheese

hash brown casserole

meatballs 930516

ambrosia… 

rolls and all of the trimmings for a sandwich…

Fruit Punch with Pineapple Sherbet… cran-raspberry-punch

Drinks…

and Dessert later after the opening of presents…

Chocolate /Peppermint Poke Cake and Apple Pie… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Food never tasted so good!

I had brought games for the younger ones to play after dinner… with prizes…

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Both of my sons HAD to participate with the young ones… wanting a prize as most “KIDS” do!…

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We had worn Ugly/Funny shirts and these were a few…

 

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Bobby’s shirt…                              My shirt…

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Kennedy’s shirt…                        Carson’s shirt (which he drew and included lights that glowed)…

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Melanie’s Shirt… “Jesus Is the Reason!…was adorable!

 

 

Dishes cleaned up… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It was time for presents…

Kids first!…  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and from what I saw and heard ALL were very happy…

I had made {ordered} Family Photo Calendars OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA … with each month having photos of our family… for my son/daughter-in-law, Pam and Joe and Bobby/myself…

Melanie made me happy when she said, “This is my favorite gift!”…

We talked more… ate more… and as we all looked around… we  were struck at how wonderful this night had been…

It felt magical k6849846 … like it had been orchestrated…

God is GOOD!… and Blessed us with a beautiful memory of this Christmas of 2014…

 

 

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