“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
It’s been said that today is tomorrow’s yesterday. Certainly a statement that uniquely reminds me of how fleeting life is and how important every moment of this day should be. Isn’t every moment part of the making of a memory? I’m always in a hurry and that’s not necessarily a good thing.
Let’s face it, a large part of our conversation as well as our thoughts are about the past. Memories are so precious and one of our greatest possessions. Memories can be sad and are often heartbreaking. And we are all aware of the fact that our ability to remember fades with age and even fails those who are young sometimes. This is a hard reality that affects many of our families. I will not overlook this fact, but instead simply choose not to dwell there.
Memories come in all shapes and sizes but the best ones are usually the simple, the small, the personal, and even a silly thing or two (or maybe 200). An occasion, a holiday, a funny, a friend, a story (possibly embellished over time), food, a photo, a hair-do, a song, a special item or memorabilia, and on and on we could go….! Maybe it was the time someone smiled when you needed a smile or someone called wanting nothing more than to say “I love you”.
We are sharing a few Christmas memories of our family that we cherish with you today. At the same time I am hoping to be more mindful of the fact that I am making memories as a part of my everyday living. We cannot control a lot of things, but as much as possible within me may I choose to make fond memories today and every day. Part of a lyric I remember says “all too soon the future becomes the past”.
One of our favorite little get-aways was December 2011, when we made last minute plans to visit the Biltmore at Christmas. We stayed at the beautiful Inn on Biltmore Estate which was perfect. We booked the candlelight tour of the mansion and it was magical, and of course, we had to get a photo.
Butch and I were so excited in September of last year to find out that we would become grandparents. We met Seth and Allison in Birmingham on December 10, after her ultrasound to find out the good news that we were having a girl!! Ella Mae is our pride and joy!
Last year, we enjoyed “An Irish Christmas” with Keith & Kristen Getty. If you haven’t heard their music, be sure to listen here.
I have been making my Mother’s fruitcake recipe since 2007, the year she passed away. She was known for her fabulous fruitcakes and she made so many each year to give away and folks were excited to receive them! You couldn’t joke about fruitcake, once you tasted my Mother’s!
When Katy arrived on Christmas Eve of 2014 looking festive in her tartan plaid, I wanted a pic of us together…and what better place than in front of our life-sized nutcracker! We always like to have a little fun!
Every person in our family has seen The Radio City Christmas Spectacular at one time or another. Butch and I have seen it on four different occasions…twice in NYC, once at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta, and in 2008, my brother, sister-in-law, Butch and I all took my Daddy to Birmingham to see it! Seth surprised Allison with a trip to Nashville to see them, and Katy saw them last year at Radio City Music Hall! We’ve all seen the iconic toy soldier dance! It’s definitely a classic and something we all loved!
Last Christmas having fun with two of my great nephews…Nico (left) was adopted from the Congo, and Isaiah was adopted from Uganda. My nephew and his wife brought Isaiah home two days before Christmas in 2010. Their brother Benji was too busy for a picture.
Have you been able to visit all of the blogs that are participating in our Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop? Be sure to check them all out…the schedule is below!
And remember to stop by next week as I join with some very talented bloggers to bring you 20 Holiday Home Tours! The ideas will be endless! Be sure to hop on over!