The tree is down and the process of putting our home back to normal seems daunting but the wonderful memories of  Christmas 2012  warms my heart.

I was thinking back over 2012 and recounting the many things I accomplished as well as the many projects left undone.  I should move the “undone” to the top of this list but unfortunately, that is not how I handle my priorities.  More of that to come!

Reflections of 2012 also reminded me of the many blessings I have been afforded.

In 2010, at 84 years old, my Dad had an aortic valve replacement. He is the first male in his family to live beyond 65 years of age. At 66, he had a quadruple bypass and in subsequent years had a pacemaker and defibrillator surgically implanted.  The surgery in 2010 almost took his life, but miraculously he is still with us today ~ better than ever.  The biggest blessing and Christmas gift is having my Dad for another year.


by Karen?

He never looks for praises

He’s never one to boast

He just goes on quietly working

For those he loves the most

His dreams are seldom spoken

His wants are very few

And most of the time his worries

Will go unspoken too.

He’s there…..A firm foundation

Through all our storms of life

A sturdy hand to hold to

In times of stress and strife

A true friend we can turn to

When times are good or bad

One of our greatest blessings

The Man that we call Dad…….










Dad, I Love you bigger than Texas,