Christmas pondering…

This year our family has grown from five humans to seven (with one still on the way). We couldn’t be happier to welcome these two “others” who have captured our children’s hearts and our as well. We’ve been getting to know each other and are finding our stride as a family of seven (almost 8). Relationships are stronger and gatherings are much more fun. Not perfect, but great fun. Continue reading “Christmas pondering…”

The day after…

One of my favorite days on the calendar is the day after Christmas. It feels like an exhale. After weeks of busyness and stress leading up to the holiday, the day after allows for a calm contentment. When the kids were small, it was a day filled with the new wonders they found under the tree. Today, it feels like a chance to catch my breath, to reflect, to give thanks. Continue reading “The day after…”

Decorating cookies…

My mom learned to decorate cakes in a Wilton class decades ago. She spent much of our childhood using this skill to provide beautiful and creative treats for family and friends. One Christmas, she baked stocking cakes for every family in our neighborhood. They were amazing creations. She made cakes for birthday parties for young and old alike. For years when she began a project, I assumed my position. I was the expert icing mixer. I could whip up a batch of buttercream and swirl in the color like a boss. Continue reading “Decorating cookies…”

Family traditions…

For my whole life, family has been scattered across the map. As a navy brat we moved. We moved a lot. Dad was stationed in Washington, South Carolina, Hawaii, Scotland, Florida, Bermuda, and Rhode Island, but we are from Oregon. So, we learned to celebrate holidays far from home. The last time we celebrated Christmas all together, my baby boy was only five months old (now he’s 25). We learned growing up that family and holidays are forever. Whether together or apart, we are family and holidays can be celebrated from a distance. Continue reading “Family traditions…”