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Friend’s Hospitality

A Christmas Brunch… prepared with such a sweet spirit…k15801986

A friend I met at the YMCA… will be two years this January…

invited my sister, my sister-in-law and myself for breakfast brunch

The house is decorated with love jad0039… with all of the things she has been given, collected, made, bought and handed down…

It’s like walking into a Christmas Holiday Shop k7378484

It says “Christmas” in every room…

Angels, Santask8065258 , Flowers, a Train, Treesk15798853,  Ornaments, Nativitiesk2506061 . Snowmen k2704870

The table was set with Christmas dishes k16043781 … a small handmade bag filled with candy at our place settings


Either side is so cute… with a few added sparkles…

I hung as a decoration when I got home!

Janice makes quilts and you see her handiwork everywhere… saf0028k10420019

Menu was just right…

Fried Ham/ Biscuits  k14470354

Homemade Apple Butter/ Strawberry Jam applebutterbyBougi

Cheesy/Egg Baked Dish k6194093

Fresh Fruit k4507135


Coffee/Hot Tea/Juice k8482848

It was delicious!

We all talked as we ate nri0123

enjoying each other’s company… learning more and more about each other…

My sister hadn’t been to Janice’s home, so I said, “You must have the tour!”…

An old farmhouse… fixed as cute as it can be…

so… to every room we went… downstairs and up…

We left a little sleepyvga0031 … with a full tummy… and good feeling of being with such a nice person…

Isn’t that the way it should be!…

Thanks Janice… for your hospitality! k10727309

Homemade Love!

I always make something homemade k5865489 for someone at Christmasand whether they like it or not… I will probably never know… I’ve made fleece throws $(KGrHqV,!lUE4lsbK!mUBOVrbG)3Ew~~60_1 … embroidered k2257904… made ornamentscookies/breads, etc. …

This year my daughter-in-law had the kids make each other a gift… My 11-year-old granddaughter, Kennedy …


… made her little brother, Carson… a “Viking” tied fleece throw xprd82544_m… He plays peewee football k10305399and that is his team’s name… He threw his arms around her… You have to know he’s 8… and said, “I love it!” k10853419… to her surprise… The love at that moment was pure bliss!…

and he in turn who loves to make things with wood… was to make her a Lego table 6537611904p… because they both love building with Legos LEGO_logo_svg … I wasn’t present when that event happened… but, I’m sure it was received with love STA0001also…

My oldest Granddaughter, Taylor


surprised us all by taking her little brother, Carson…


shopping for ornaments and then making cards with him to attach the ornaments to… We learned this after receiving our precious gifts


I have to give credit to their Mom for instilling the gift of giving from your heart in them…


and I’m sure some day this tradition will be passed on…

“Gifts From the Heart!”

Some of my favorite gifts that I remember were homemade … My Mom crocheted me an afghan in the colors I specified over 25 years ago… it was to match my bedroom in our first house we owned… Burgundy, rose and pinks… I still look at it with such fond memories… although put away for safe keeping now… I have embroidered dish towels I will never actually use… only for decoration… too special… made by my best friend’s Mom over 40 years ago for my wedding … Simple and so sweet… one for each day of the week… A long time friend made flour dough Christmas ornaments  for my boys  and I kept them until they disintegrated… but, will always recall them at Christmas when I get my ornaments  out… along with the homemade Cheese Ball … which was such a treat when you had little money to spend on extras… Nothing tasted so good!… Homemade cookies  made by nieces, sisters, friends… just love them!… Jellies  made by a sister-in-law … Wood pieces made and painted by my brother … I felt the love in each one… Homemade cards and notes from my Grandchildren…hung on the refrigerator for months … Those “I LOVE YOU’s” meaning more to me than anything they could ever buy… My wood bird feeder   made by my husband… after mentioning I would like to have one… My birds and I adore him for making it for us… Gifts of, “I’ll clean your house for your birthday Mom”… and doing it…What more could you want? … My attempt at homemade gift giving I’m sure has been met with mixed feelings at times… Cookies  for the neighbor kids and distant relatives too far away to get together for the Holidays… embroidered dish towels for friends… embroidered  table runners for a daughter-in-law, paintings of pictures and furniture , doll clothes for a granddaughter, tied fleece throws for family, framed pictures, homemade pickles , fried pies and jams … I like to give what I like to receive… Gifts from the heart … Just makes you feel all fuzzy inside!

“My Kids”…

If you have been following “My Blog”  … you probably realize I try to include something about the kids I worked with … whether it be a similar incident, story , a “funny” happening , a “sad” happening     or truthful event that would relate to what was on my mind… As the year is coming to an end… only one more month after this… I’m feeling a little melancholy… My goal will have been completed… something I had always wanted to do… I should be glad…but, I wonder if my stories have done justice to “My Kids” as I call them… we’ll see…

As I am speaking of  “gifts from the heart” … I know these children are who gave me the greatest gift I could have ever received… It wasn’t planned... it wasn’t tied up in a pretty package … it was a lot of things combined... somewhat like a Homemade Gift… not perfect… not what I wanted all  of the time…sometimes the best I could have ever imagined… I gave to them and they gave to me… That fuzzy warm feeling … “I’ll take that kind of gift   any day!” 

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