It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Chapter 12, Page 30, Book 18

 ¸¸.•*¨*• Joy to the world, the Lord has come!  Let earth receive her King !
Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing!   ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 

Day 30 - moving on to the New Year

Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.

Helen Steiner Rice.

This is my last entry before my thoughts turn to the New Year, which will soon be here.  One last post on Christmas for this year.  Tomorrow will be New Year’s Eve.

I shared my Christmas newsletter on my other blog awhile back, but as I’m reflecting on all I have to be thankful for in 2018 I thought I’d share it again on this blog.  Not everyone reads both, but some do, so forgive me if you’ve read this before. 


Dear Friends and Family,

I haven’t  written a Christmas newsletter in quite awhile, but this year I felt it was important.  I see some of you often, but others rarely and for me family and friends are important, and in an effort to keep in touch I’m writing to let you know how things have been here at my house.  My family is all grown up and have families of their own, but they remain an important part of my life, so much of what I do relates to them..  

We started out the year with a pork and sauerkraut dinner on New Years Day.  It’s become a tradition for us.  January was very cold and was the first New Year in my new home. February brought Valentines Day and more cold weather.  March brought my birthday, my children that live close enough came to help me celebrate.  Spring arrived but it didn’t seem like it at all. Our 
family Easter celebration also doubled as a confirmation party for one of my grandsons.  In April I celebrated with my sister and her husband, in honor of all our birthdays. 

April also  brought the first of 3 First communions this year.. Hard to believe these little grandchildren are now 8 years old and and in 3rd grade.  May came and was full of celebrations  2 more 1st Communions and 3 graduations.  I got to celebrate with all but 1 graduate. June came and with it summer.  It was wonderful to see everything green and growing once again.  July meant plenty of hot weather,  and I made serval trips to the farmers markets and enjoyed all the fresh fruit and vegetables.  We had a family gathering at daughters house.  It’s a tradition that I hope we keep up with because it’s far too long between holidays which are usually the time when most of us get to see each other. August was more hot and humid weather.  More trips to the farmers market. 

September brought some bitter sweet days with the grandchildren going back to school and two of them are now in college. I also had an beloved uncle pass away, the last uncle on my mom’s side of the family.  October began sunny and warm, but soon cooled off and we had lots and lots of rain.  The trees started changing and brightened up some dreary old days. November started wet and cold.  The time changed and the days are short. Thanksgiving with my family is always a joy and our family get together was at my daughters this year.  The ones in Ohio take turns with the holidays and this year was her turn.  

December days are always lots of fun and with decorating and family getting together, nothing can be better.  It won’t be long now and the New Year will once again be here.  I can only say I’m thankful for a good year and hope that 2019 will be another great one for all of us with more smiles than tears.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

(mostly known as ‘ma’)

It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you.

Mother Teresa 


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Wishing you all much happiness in 2019!

jack69 said...

What an enjoyable news letter and a good capsule of your life. Thanks lady, I am always amazed how you guys can get so many to gather, SWEET. OF COURSE i love the family pictures.
Love from here
Sherry & jack

Mevely317 said...

What wonderful pictures, Pam! Even in the short time I've 'known' you, I have shake my head at how quickly your little ones have grown!

I really enjoyed re-reading your newsletter, and wish more people published them.

betty said...

I too enjoyed re-reading your newsletter, Ma. Like I commented before, you had a great year and I'm sure 2019 will be equally as good if not better! I liked that quote from Helen Steiner Rice where peace would come to earth if we live Christmas every day. Only 5 days out from last Christmas and already I think people have forgotten about it and are back to doing their crazy things and not treating others with kindness.


Jean said...

What a beautiful news letter Ma, beautiful pictures of you and your family. I have a large family but it's still hard to get them all to gather on holidays. I spent this Christmas with my youngest son and his family in Texas I had a wonderful time. I'm home now and Sheila my daughter and her family is here for a few more days. Take care, Jean


what a wonderful newsletter sprinkled with great family pictures. i'm glad 2018 was a good year for you and hope 2019 will be the same. happy new year.