Thursday, December 25, 2008

~Christmas Joy and Christmas Sadness~

We had a wonderful Christmas Day! Tyler was so excited and couldn't sleep last night...he's been up since 3 AM and we held him off until 6 AM. We had a great morning with just me, Roger, Brandon and Tyler...very relaxing.

About 9:30 AM, Sommer, Jim, Ryan and Mason arrived for Christmas at Chief and Granny's house. Oh, what fun! It is so exciting to have a little one again at Christmas see the joy and excitement in their little eyes. Priceless!

As I have told you previously, this was my first Christmas dinner ever to cook. My mom has always cooked Christmas and Thanksgiving. Well, I was excited and nervous...could I pull it off?

The menu for Christmas Lunch:
Smoked Turkey
Baked Ham
Cornbread Dressing
Hash brown Casserole
Glazed Carrots
Lima Beans
English Peas
Dinner Rolls
Sweet Tea
Dessert: Pecan Pie

Roger has been up since 3 AM also, smoking the turkey and ribs. Jim, our son-in-law, loves Roger's baby back ribs. So...anytime, he is coming over...Roger smokes a couple of slabs of ribs. Mason loves Chief's ribs, too...even though, his mom is a vegetarian.

The girls didn't stay for lunch because Sommer and Jim have to eat with his parents and then the girls are off to their mom's for dinner. So, it was just us family gave me/us an....A+.


We were stuffed and exhausted after, we took a nap before going to see my mom. We went to the hospital to see her in rehab and spend the evening with her and my sister. Tyler told us all tonight that I needed to make it completely clear...Nanny is in physical rehab...not...drug or alcohol! We busted out laughing!

Watch the slideshow below for a view of what Christmas is like at our house. Hoping you all had a wonderful of a Christmas day as we did.

On the sad note: My Uncle Richard passed away at 6:20 AM this morning. A sad time for his precious family that he left behind but....oh, what a Christmas celebration he had in the presence of our Lord and Savior.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!


  1. So sorry about your Uncle's passing. Sounds like you had a beautiful celebration and made everything special for your family.

  2. I love the pictures sweetie. Sorry for the loss of your uncle. I love you.

  3. Dorry to hear about your Uncle. But so thankful that he is in a better place free of pain and in the very presence of Jesus. What a Christmas for him.
    Glad that you all had a great day, and your menu sounded yummy.

  4. oh Jen,

    I am so sorry to hear about your Uncles passing...such a sad day for your family.

    You have a beautiful family...I can see the love in your pictures!! Glad that your Mom could enjoy the appears that your boys kept her entertained!! very funny stuff!!

    blessings & hugs,

  5. Am sorry to hear about the loss of your uncle. Such a joy to know that he is with the Lord now though.

    Your Christmas dinner sounded yummy and loved the pictures! Glad you were able to visit your mom for awhile.

  6. I'm sorry to hear about your uncle. But, it sounds like you had a very wonderful celebration, and the pictures prove it!!

    So glad your mom is doing better and that everyone had a chance to visit with her on CHRISTmas Day!!


  7. I'm glad you guys had a great day & that the dinner went well! I am sorry to hear about your uncle. Yes, what a wonderful Christmas for him!

    Take care my friend!
    I am glad to know your mother is doing better!

  8. The pictures were great. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your uncle on Christmas.

  9. Hi Jennifer,

    I'm so sorry about your uncle. I know of a young mother who died Christmas morning as well. God bless these families.

    Your Mom looked so happy in the pictures. God bless her.

    It looks like you all had a great Christmas! I'm guessing you pulled off the yummy meal!

    Have a wonderful New Year Friend!

  10. Jennifer,

    I'm so sorry to hear about your Uncle passing on Christmas day but love your heart and the knowledge to know he is with his/our Jesus!

    Your Christmas sounds wonderful, sweet friend. I pray you have a wonderful New Years!!

    Hugs to you!

  11. So sorry for your loss of your uncle. It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas. Congrats on an A+ meal! Yummy! Blessings to you...

  12. I'm so sorry to hear about your uncle's death, but rejoice that he had a most wonderful Christmas in the presence of our God and Savior!

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day and a great menu! Loved the pictures...Happy New Year!


Thank you for stopping by today and sharing your heart felt thoughts with me. As we ride "Through the Storms of Life" together, chances are...your situation is different than mine. However, we serve the same awesome God, King of Kings who is in complete control and it all belongs to Him anyway...He wants to give you the very best. Be encouraged my friend, God loves you!

Thank you again for taking the time to visit me at "Through the Storms of Life".


Get a playlist! Standalone player Get Ringtones