Our cozy, little nest is overflowing with simple joys during this extra-special Christmas season. It is so delightful to have my dear parents staying with us! My mom and I have been singing favorite Christmas songs together. Dad and I have been reminiscing over old family photos and scrapbooks together.
When we trimmed our Christmas tree before I headed off to Arizona last month, I set aside a few cherished ornaments so that my parents could enjoy hanging them on our tree once again. It’s these simple joys that make our hearts swell!
Today Mom hung this beautiful dove that she
stitched with love
for my very first Christmas tree
thirty-eight years ago.
Today Dad hung this sturdy Model A Ford
that he handcrafted
for that first Christmas tree
so long ago.
We are all enjoying the love and kindness of friends and neighbors.
It’s truly heartwarming that so many special people
are showering my parents with hugs.
On Christmas morning,
Santa will fill our Christmas stockings
with tiny treats.
We don’t need any brightly wrapped gifts
beneath our Christmas tree.
Our gifts this year
gathered around the tree with us.
We all agree that this will be the BEST Christmas ever!
You have all been on my heart so often,
Thank you for being so wonderful!
Your kind words and your visits to our little blog
the entire time I was away
mean the world to me.
May your Christmas stockings
be filled with simple joys
today and always!
Wishing you an abundance of
good health, peace, love, and friendship.
From our home to yours…
With much love & gratitude,
P.S. Stay tuned for busy New Year here on our blog. 🙂
22 thoughts on “Simple Joys”
Merry Christmas, Dawn.
Merry Christmas, Marlene! 🎄 May you find the simple joys in each and every day!💗
Merry Christmas to you, your husband, and your parents. 🎄I hope you all have a marvelous celebration today and that 2019 brings good health and happiness to you all. ❤️ If the world had your positive approach, it would be a better place. 🙂
Merry Christmas, Judy! 🎄 Wishing you and your family the very same blessings! You add much-needed beauty to our world with your beautiful garden and handmade quilts, Judy. So grateful for our friendship! Sending warm Christmas hugs! 💗
With our growing family I love your idea of only having stockings for the adults. I’m so glad your parents are able to enjoy Christmas in your lovely home with you. A very special Christmas indeed!
Merry Christmas, Cathy! 🎄 It’s truly a magical Christmas for our family this year ~ one that we will treasure forever. Sending warmest wishes from our home to yours this Christmas! 💗
A Very Merry Christmas to you and your parents, Dawn. May the New Year be glorious, healthy and filled with wonderful things of all kinds.
Merry Christmas, Aquila! 🎄Enjoy every moment with those you hold dear. I’m looking forward to a fresh New Year filled with possibilities! Thank you for being here. Sending warm hugs!💗
Merry Christmas! As I sit here in the dark morning hours, I love the day after Christmas. It always has a calm, warm wonderful feel, full of pleasant memories of Christmas itself; family, laughter, food, gifts, and friendship. I hope your day was wonderful and I know it was special with your parents there and memories were being made. And now we look forward to the new year and all the adventures it will bring. Thank you for being here and sharing with us. I look forward to new blog posts and the ongoing friendship. Much love and blessings to you.
Merry Christmas, Chris! 🎄 So true! I love this quiet time of reflection… looking back on all of the holiday memories and looking forward to a whole new year of possibilities waiting just around the corner! I’ve been writing in my Christmas Memories journal, with the soft glow of candlelight and Christmas music playing. Now we have some rainy days. So, it’s a perfect time to open my blank journal to create a new Self-Care journal for 2019. I think I will ask my mom to help me fill a Basket of Sunshine to ease us through the long winter months. My parents are missing the desert sunshine during this rainy stretch. Sending my love and blessings all the way to Texas! 💗
What a special Christmas you and your family enjoyed, dear Dawn! The simple joys of time spent with each other is my favorite part of Christmas. Memories like this will always fill your heart with JOY! Happy New Year, sweet friend! ♥
Happy, Healthy New Year, Martha Ellen! So very true! We will always treasure the memories of this very special, old-fashioned family Christmas celebration. I know just how wonderful your family Christmas celebration was, too! This week, we are both sipping tea and reliving the lovely glow of the holidays. So much JOY and so many blessings to count! Hope you are enjoying this first week of a brand new year. Sending sunny hugs across the miles, dear friend! 💗
A very belated Merry Christmas, Dawn. I cannot think of any better gifts than loved ones beside us on Christmas morning. I wish for you and yours a healthy, happy New Year.
They are the very best gifts of all, dear Penny! Everyone in our family agreed that this was our MOST special Christmas ever. I know that your Christmas was filled with wonderful, cherished memories, too. These memories that we hold in our hearts will keep us warm on even the coldest Winter days!
Happy 2019, sweet friend! I’m hoping that our paths will cross in some of our favorite places in the coming year. 😊 Sending sunny wishes for a very Healthy, Happy New Year, Penny! 💗
Dawn, I have such admiration for your love of family and for your appreciation of beautiful traditions. How special to have your parents with you at last, and to have saved those treasures from Christmas past for them to hang on the tree. Wishing all things wonderful in the coming year. xo
Happy New Year, dear Alys! Your kind words always warm my heart. I’m certain that your sons will treasure your family traditions more and more as they grow up, too! You have built such strong family bonds over the years.
We are truly enjoying having my parents as our special guests. We just love hearing all of the family stories and learning about history through all of Mom and Dad’s stories. So much wisdom in their words and memories! We are so blessed by each day we share together.
Hope you are enjoying your time with the boys during Winter Break. When your nest grows quiet again, you can embrace all of your plans and dreams for the New Year. Can’t wait to hear all of your latest news, sweet friend! Sending sunny hugs and much love across the miles! 💗
Sunny hugs and love right back your way, Dawn. I know you’ll cherish every moment with your mom and dad. I’m so happy for all of you. xo
Heartfelt thanks, dear Alys! Although we are very sad for the health reasons that brought our parents back home, we are cherishing EVERY moment we can share together. My mom and I enjoyed a nice, little Winter walk this afternoon. It was a rare 53° January day here. Another gift!
Blessings in the New Year! 💗
Aging gracefully among family that loves you is pretty special. I know you’re sorry for the health issues, but I know, too, you’ll really value this time. xo
So very special! We are all cherishing the small moments that make each day special. I am ever so grateful for you, too, dear Alys! You have been such a huge support for my family. I can’t thank you enough for your advice, helpful book recommendation, and your generous donation to help find a cure. You are a true gem! Love you! 💗
Oh, Dawn, you’ve made my day. Mwaaaaaa
Kindred spirits! 🔆