Sharing the camera phone pictures from my week, telling their stories. Every Friday.
After the tree was strung with lights and beads, they got to have at it with their ornaments. We've given them an ornament every years since they were born. Then JD and I hung our ornaments. We like to get an ornament for every year, a special memory or trip.
We don't really have a theme to our tree, except maybe Family Memories Plus a Few Shiny Things.
My favorite ornaments are the ones with photographs. Every year putting up the tree is like opening a time capsule.
The picture on the top left is JD when he was little. I remember, when we were first married and visiting his mom's for Christmas, seeing that ornament and thinking what a little cutie he was. And I thought how great it was that his mom kept it all those years and still put it out. His mom passed away in 2003 and the ornaments have just found their way to us this year. I was so happy to see it again and be able to put it up on our tree next to the pictures of our kids... and our neighbor girl (bottom right).
"Mom!" John said somewhat urgently.
I stopped putting up the ornaments and turned my attention to him. "What?" I asked.
"Why is Kloee on our Christmas tree?" he demanded.
"Because she gave us the ornament," I replied, then added "besides, it's a memory."
As long as we have the ornament, we'll put it up. In fact...
Mail an ornament to Anne Bickle, PO Box 5744, Rochester, MN 55903 and we'll put it on our tree!
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I have been having doubts about God's provision, losing hope. (Long story, but my husband works for a ministry where he has to raise money to get a paycheck and, well, let's just say, things have been tight for a long time.) The anonymous gift restored my hope. I'm so grateful for that person who obeyed the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
It's been cold in Minnesota this week!
> > HOW COLD IS IT? < <
So cold that the butter I keep at room temperature is hard.
So cold that when the temperature reached 10 F, it was warming up.
Jessica's family in the mail on Thursday afternoon. It's like she read my mind. Now her family is hanging there on our Christmas tree with JD, my kids and Kloee.
Your ornament could be next!
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