Love of Kindred

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.
-- Laura Ingalls Wilder

Like so many families, we hold dearest the times we have together during the Christmas holidays. I’m sharing today some of our highlights! We ate way too much rich food. We played Arizona Monopoly and I won! Susanna proudly gave a gift to her Papa, a pink flamingo, that was drawn with her handprint! We enjoyed Susanna’s delight at seeing Mickey Mouse at the Red Rock Fantasy Light Show. I love having my family near this week!


  1. You have a beautiful family. So many smiles, so many blessings. I am thankful to God for friends like you.

  2. Mary, thank you for sharing your family photos with us. I loved seeing each one, especially Susannah. I pray that 2011 will be a good year.

    Blessings and love,

  3. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas Mary. Thank you for sharing photos of your lovely family. Have a very Happy New Year! :)

  4. Your family is so beautiful...

    I love your pictures and Susanna is a little heart-breaker for sure. She looks just like her Mama.

    There is nothing greater or more fulfilling than having such special times with our families with our Lord in the center of it all and you my precious friend along with your family radiate with His light and love for each other and all who have come to know you here or wherever you go.

    You are a blessing in my life dear sister...such a blessing.

    Love you,

  5. These are great pictures!
    Don't-cha just wish we could bottle some of our most precious moments, to open when our spirits need refreshing?
    Happy New Year, my friend!

  6. Oh how very precious it is to see your sweet family and oh my...your Susanna is just darling!! I know exactly how you feel...there is NOTHING better than having all of your family together! Truly the best gift the Lord could give us isn't it :)

    I pray you have a very blessed New Years Mary!

    Love you

  7. Your granddaughter is always a joy to look at! She had grown so much! I'm glad you had a wonderful time together with the rest of your beautiful family. May all of your new year be filled with His richest blessings. God bless you sister Mary. Love you in Christ.

  8. What a dear post my friend...thank you for sharing!
    Your family is beautiful and that pink flamingo is so worthy of being sweet!!!
    Happy Holidays to you sweet friend!

    All my love,
    Deborah xoxoxo

  9. I love the pictures too! It is always so good to see the families and that Susannah is such a little doll! I know your days were precious... ours too.

    Looking ahead quickly now to a brand new year in a few days. I look forward to hearing more in 2011... you are such a blessing Mary!

  10. Hi Mary,

    Just want to wish you and your loved ones a wonderful and blessed New Year in 2011!

    Warm thoughts of you,

  11. Oh my, Susanna is growing up way too fast. She is a gorgeous little girl!

    Praying you have an awesome New Year full of unexpected blessings!


  12. Looks like you had your best time!! Thanks for sharing the pictures of your lovely family. Is there anything quite so wonderful as time spent with those we love?!

    Hoping you have a very Happy New Year!


  13. Oh dear Mary...what a precious Christmas post this is! I also read the previous one you wrote about the lights, and it really lit up my heart.

    I love your heart, the way it quietly shares the joy and realizations you have. so tenderly, every so gently!

    Have a great new year ahead of you...

    These two posts of yours were such a blessing to me. Glad I stopped by this morning, the last day of the year.

    Blessings and love,

  14. Nice post. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.


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