Christmas: Day Two

christmas gold balls

I haven’t written many blogs since Ben and Megan decided they were going to sell everything and live in a travel trailer, experiencing life on the road. They want to find a home and they wanted to see each state before they decided to settle down. They have now been on the road nine months.

About the same time it took Kessie to have a baby who is now here. Wow, I never thought about it like that before. That is what I love about blogging, it gives me perspective.


In the past, I have thought of Christmas as the end of all things, the end of the year, a time of slowing down and reflecting. I am doing something different this Christmas season. I am going to look at it as a time of new beginnings. January is of course that, but this year our Christmas will be different than any of the past. It will be a time of new traditions. With Peter starting his new job this month in a new city. One more bird has flew the nest. Two of the three that still live in our city, are very busy with their lives and the son we have that still lives at home, will be busy with his girl friends family and doing their traditions. Always before, I fixed a Christmas eve dinner, a Christmas morning breakfast and then a very nice Christmas dinner.

winter windmill

So as my picture says, I am going to make snow angels. I am going to just cook a very nice Christmas breakfast and maybe a simple dinner. So that which ever family members happens to be in town, they will be welcome to drop in on their time schedule and hopefully, Christmas this year will be a pause to reflect on what is important.

Not my unmet expectations. Which I have always had since I was a little girl. It was always more fun to wish and dream with a catalog laying on my tummy in my grandmother’s living room than the actual presents under the tree.

afterglow background beautiful branches

When I was a young woman, trying to figure out life and how it worked and looking for a older woman to come along side. I turned to books. One of those women was Ruth Graham. Now as each one of the six are living the life God has called them to do, I find Ruth’s quote even more poignant today.

“I asked Mother how she endured so many years of goodbyes.
She quoted a mountain-man who said, ‘Make the least of all that goes and the most of all that comes.
~Gigi Graham Tchividjian


I wish you the best Christmas season ever. Thank you for visiting today.

Here are the other lovely gals who are taking part.

Pom Pom’s Ponderings

Happy December 2nd,


Thoughts of Mary


When our kids were young, I collected this set. It really is my favorite Nativity. I think because it reminds me of all of the church Christmas pageants our family got to be apart of then.

I am going to be writing a blog for 24 days. Pom Pom thought it might be nice if we did this together. If you would like to join in too, here is a link to her blog. Pom Pom’s Ponderings.

I would like my first blog to be about Mary. A young girl who said yes to God. I was thinking of where to begin and what popped into my head that song called “Mary Did You Know?”

Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you
Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby, you kiss the face of God
Mary did you know? Mary did you know? Mary did you know?
Mary did you know? Mary did you know? Mary did you know?
The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb
Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect lamb?
That sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am
Mary did you know? Mary did you know? Mary did you know?
Mary did you know? Mary did you know? Mary did you know? Oh
Mary did you know?
Songwriters: Buddy Greene / Mark Lowry


I can’t ever read those words without crying. To think about each line makes me think of that young girl who could have been as young as 14 being a new Mother to the son of God just boggles my mind. I know that this last month, holding my newest grandson brought my heart to its knees. All babies are gifts from heaven, but being the age I am now and having the joy of watching our babies grow up into adults with families of their own has been such a wonderful experience and gift. To watch each one embrace life. To see them make unique choices of their own is a growing experience for me. Letting go. Letting God be God. Watching Him call them all in different directions. Having to stand back.


How often I wonder did Mary want to say No, Lord not that? Things I think about. Having our family going in all kind of directions this year has been a test I never dreamed of or ever thought of, but seeing God working in their lives, I wouldn’t have wanted to miss. So like Mary, I find myself saying:
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Wishing it was easier in my heart as it seemed to me to be easy for her.

Thank you for visiting today, as I ponder what Christmas really is about, not boxes and bows, but the idea of being a servant to God as that young girl was who changed the whole world by saying Yes to God.



Then Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to what you have said. And the angel left her.



These flowers always remind me of flies you would use in fly fishing. I find everything around here intriguing. The baby was born on Sunday night. Kessie was in labor 18 hours. He is a tiny little guy. Here are some grandma brag pictures.

He was already smiling. Nothing better than the smell of new babies, except maybe holding new babies.

The kids were so excited to get home and see their new baby brother. I was so excited! Mom is so tired but so happy to not be pregnant.

I love these cactus! They just boggle my mind. We were on a walk and look at this funny thing I saw.

A bird had stuck all of these pyracantha berries on the spines of this cactus. Jody asked what kind of birds we have spotted so far. We have seen a roadrunner, a bright red cardinal. A crazy woodpecker climbing a palm tree making the weirdest noise at every hop. Lots of finches. Two hummingbirds that war over the bird feeder. Huge hawks and ravens and funny grackles. They have smaller bodies and longer tails than the ones at home.

It’s been an interesting trip. I wonder what we will do today? I added this video I took yesterday of these ants I watched in the afternoon.


Here is a video I took yesterday of all of these ants carrying flowers. It went on all afternoon. It made me laugh to watch the ground moving with tiny purple flags.

Settling In to a Routine.

The sunrise was beautiful this morning. I know why people move to the desert. I feel good all of the time. Yesterday was our zoo day. The kids were troopers and it was very nice. The kids favorite part was the little train that goes around the park.

I was riding with the older two and Ron the three younger. I don’t know how that worked out that way.

This is a tiny local zoo, it had one monkey, one alligator, it did have two bears, and two tigers. It was not like zoos in California. Just an aside, but being here is like really nice and free. I am struck all the time at how, like the frog being boiled to death slowly, California has become so restrictive and Socialist.

I am glad the two oldest have decided to leave.

Here is the gang. We had already been walking for two hours so they were happy to sit down for awhile. After the zoo we went out to lunch. Mom was missing her kids and the kids were getting homesick for normal life. We took them home and picked them up at bedtime. Ron read them My Father’s Dragon. It is so nice to see five more kids the next generation piled on Grandpa like it was a long time ago.

Today will just be hikes on the hiking trails.

I hope your day will be lovely.


Time Passes so quickly

We have finally settled into a routine. The kids are getting used to Granma and Granpa. We are learning too. Not being with them a year and a half is a long time to not be able to see them growing so fast. We are trying to pack as much in as possible.

I wish I knew the names of all the plants and trees. So many things have healing or eating or just plan poison qualities. Kessie has trained her kids so I am having to ask all the time the name of a cactus or tree or even animals.

I do know prickly pear. This morning I wanted to go outside to see what kind of a day it would be. (Cold, cloudy.) I walked outside and serenading up in the foothills was a pack of coyotes. I went back in the house and got the girls and we sat and listened quietly to their song. I can hear the quail talking and mumbling to themselves further down in the wash.

It’s going to be a hiking day today. The place we are staying at has 120 miles of hiking trails. Ron and I are in heaven. It’s a very nice place to visit.


Another Beautiful Day

It was another pretty sunrise. I wish I could describe the smell of the desert. It could be the trees or the clear air or how fresh it is but because I am not familiar with the trees and plants it’s hard to know.

I love how they use rocks and drought tolerant plants. It’s just makes so much sense.

There is this great big wash behind the house. This is how the coyotes and the javelinas get around. I haven’t figured out how to get down there to go explore. Maybe when I get the kids today we can figure it out.

So far my favorite thing besides being with Kessie and the kids. It’s been cooking! It’s so nice to be able to do that instead of going out to eat when we stay in a hotel.

I will stop now. It’s nice writing a post from my phone. I am in a comfy chair by the fire. I am starting to figure out this vacation thing I think!

Have a delightful day,


Greetings From Tucson

I have never wrote a post from my phone so we will see how it goes. We are waiting the arrival of our grandson. He should be putting in an appearance soon. I am getting to be Grandma again. It has been a long time to be away from these guys so I am loving every minute.

This was my view this morning. So far I love Tucson. I forget how much better I feel in the desert.

We sat this morning in front of the fire and had our coffee while the sun came up.

I feel very blessed to be here. In fact it’s better than Christmas!

Have a wonderful week!