It wasn’t a white Christmas, but it was definitely a cold and rainy one here in Georgia. Nevertheless, we were warm and cozy with our family. We celebrated Christmas Day at my mom’s house with my sister and her family.
Here are a few photos of our get-together (courtesy of my niece, Jordan Beusse):
My kids, Olivia, Liam and Alec, wait patiently to dig into my mom’s (their Gigi’s) scrumptious cooking.
Below are my nephew and niece (Jordan’s children). They graciously serenaded us with “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Imagine a 5-year old and 2-year old singing and playing — at the same time — it was amazing (and a bit loud).
And my handsome husband, who seems to be amused at something my sister or brother-in-law said. Or, perhaps he’s musing on something entirely different. He’s been known to burst out in laughter at random thoughts that pop into his head.
But I actually think he’s probably laughing inwardly at all the family pictures my mom pulled out (and felt the need to share) — particularly the one from the late 70s in which I was sporting a glorious afro! (Please note: that picture will never be on this blog! Never. Ever.)
For the record, that is not coffee in my hand. (Heaven forbid!) I was using the mug to scoop ice into the glasses. Just thought I needed to clarify that. I would never want to give you the impression that I would stoop so low as to drink coffee! 😉
And now, Christmas is officially over. Immediately my mind has jumped to thoughts of the new year.
I so love January. It’s a fresh start. New goals to be achieved, more dreams to be fulfilled, and further insight into God’s plan for our lives. I’m excited about 2013, and I am expecting it to be my family’s best year yet (and yours too)!
You can read more of my post at iHomeschool Network where I am the featured “Homeschool Mother” for this week.
Have blessed new year!
Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with painting, creating, writing, drinking tea, and encouraging others to live abundant and satisfying lives (John 10:10). She believes that everyone has a God-given purpose to fulfill, and that in order to fulfill that purpose, they must follow the passions and desires the Lord has placed in their hearts. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.