My dear Beliefnet friends,
I know that I have not been that active on the forums lately and when "annie's" post came with the pictures of her family I relized that I missed coming here. My life like everyone's this time of year is very busy however, my busy-ness seems to run all year round. I can honestly say that my life is never boring. I can also say that this has been a typical fall/winter for me in that many of life's challenges seem to come at this time. But that is not what I want to post about today. No today I'm feeling very grateful.
Christmas has always been a very difficult time of year for me for a variety of reasons. For the most part I do my best to focus on the wonderful story of a baby's birth and listen to the music that proclaims this birth. I try very hard not to get too grouchy over all the hype and crazyness that seems a normal part of Christmas now. I still can't figure our what giant inflated polar bears have to do with Christmas but I guess they make some people happy to have them on their lawns. I keep very aware of my thoughts so that I don't let my frustrations of what has happened to the celebration of Christmas seep over into the face I show to the world. It's not my place to dump on their own celebrations.
This year I have many things to be thankful for. I've been blessed with many a small miracle and it was looking at annie's pictures that prompted me to look as some of my own recent pictures. Looking at them reminded me of just how blessed I am. Sure we've had our struggles this year with ill health, financial woes and some emotional turmoils but we've come through most of all of that and what a perfect reason to give thanks to God for seeing us through. And so my friends I'm going to share with you some pictures of my family, taken as you can see specifically for this time of year. The smiles you see are really coming from the heart.
I am also very grateful for this forum and the opportunity to connect with so many interesting and caring people. May you all be blessed with joy, peace and happiness that comes with the celebration of the original Christmas.
Be good to you - Razz
Little jay photography is my youngest daughters recent business adventure. She has found that thing that is her "bliss" and must be what she's destined to do as things have been going very well for her. This is the picture she took of myself, my husband, our big dog Barney and our little dog Scooter to be used for our Christmas cards.
a very poor quality picture of my youngest daughter, her boyfriend and her dog Shylo. They were all dressed up to do a photo shoot at a pet store. She did very well as people are really keen to get pictures of their pets with Santa. Bless the boyfriend as well for being such a good sport, it's a new side of him we haven't seen yet.
You've probably noticed a theme in all these pictures by now .... yes we are dog people. I would dearly love to have grandchildren but until that happens I'll be happy with my grand-puppies and grand-bunnies (not in the pictures - lol) With such a loving and for the most part happy family how could I not feel that God is indeed generous to me!