Sunday, December 22, 2013

I Am Grateful For Every Minute

It’s been drizzling continuously since Friday, and my lovely city is blanketed by ice. The timing of this nasty weather is lousy. It is just a few days before Christmas, and I’m sure people have shopping to finish, parties to host or attend, and traveling to do. No doubt many plans have been cancelled. It’s a mess.


We stayed put yesterday, and I finished up the final round of chocolate candy making, and spent about an hour or so wrapping all the presents I had left to wrap. While listening - and singing along - to Christmas carols. And while pondering this life.

My older daughter's first Christmas at six months old. She is now 21.
I look at my two daughters and can’t believe how grownup they are. It seems like only yesterday that I brought them home from the hospital; tiny little miracles of life. Suddenly they are young ladies; confident and independent. Where did the time go?

Little sisters sharing some laughs.
So many years come and gone; so many changes along the way. Good times and bad. Endings and beginnings. Happiness and grief. All shared with people I love. The ones that have left this world. The ones that are still here.

Big sister reading the letter from Santa to her little sister on Christmas morning.
Sisterly holiday hugs.
This life of mine has been full. Colourful. And above all, blessed. I am grateful for all of it. Every minute.

Christmas morning hugs from my girls back in 2002

This is a favourite Christmas song of mine. I can’t imagine the holidays without it.


Happy Sunday, everyone.

28 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos ! The ice storms missed us down here all we got was rain for three days now it is sunny ! Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas .

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    1. Merry Christmas, Country Gal. You are so lucky that the ice missed you. Who the heck needs that?

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  2. Great memories and music, Martha!
    We have had rain for 48 hours and missed (so far) the freezing! Fingers crossed.
    Have a great Christmas!

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    1. You're very lucky, Jim. Ice is not fun, particularly this time of year. Happy Christmas to you, too!

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  3. So many Christmas memories over the years, eh? I hope your power didn't go out in the ice storm.

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    1. Lots of memories, indeed! So far we've been very lucky. Our power has not gone out!

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  4. Martha, they are so precious. It must be with great wonderment that you look at these 2 little babies turn into amazing women... Stay warm and wish you a Merry Christmas.

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    1. When I stop and think about it, it's shocking how much time has gone by. Merry Christmas, Ana!

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  5. Great photos. Love the cheers and smiles.

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  6. Such a lovely post Martha...the photos are gorgeous... Yes it is true...The time is passing by very quickly...

    Stay the same...enjoy ... A very Merry Christmas to you too...

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    1. Merry Christmas, Viera. Make lovely memories with those grandbabies!

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  7. Merry Christmas Martha! I hope you and your family have a wonderful time together making new memories!

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  8. Love these photos, Martha - so cute.

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    1. Thanks, Sulky. Time has gone by so quickly, and these babies are young women. Nice to see you here!

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  9. Lovely photos and memories. Have a wonderful Christmas, Martha! (Love the Drummer Boy)

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    1. Thanks, Francie. The Little Drummer Boy is a classic.

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  10. Kids make Christmas! There are many great renditions of the Little drummer Boy. I'm not sure if I remember Bob Seger's. Have a great Christmas.

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    1. I've heard many versions of the Little Drummer Boy over the years, but I think Bob Seger's is, by far, my favourite.

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  11. Wonderful photos and memories of your girls! It's so nice to look at photos of Christmases past and remember the good times. Yes, there are bad times, but it's good that we remember the love and joy that shone through. Merry Christmas, Martha! Enjoy being with your family.

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    1. There are always bad times, but it's the good ones that rise to the top. Merry Christmas, Tina!

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  12. Me and my brothers christmas days is probably my mom's favorite memories

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    1. You bet it is. And now she has grandbabies to create even more beautiful memories.

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