Monday, December 15, 2008

Happy Holidays!



















HAPPY HOLIDAYS

The season is upon us ALREADY!

This past year has totally flown by.

My baby has completed basic and AIT and is now preparing to go to Iraq. He also went got himself engaged to a lovely young lady. He is grown up and moving on with life.

My middle son is at the end of education journey (for now) and will be getting his graduate degree. He is wanting to join the Peace Corps.

My daughter and eldest, mother of my 2 granddaughters, has moved up through the corporate ladder and now manages her own store.

I am very proud of my children. They are the greatest blessing of my life.

We have gone through some trials with my mom's health. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in the spring and had surgery in August. She has had a particularly difficult time with the chemo this fall. (She was hospitalized twice.) And she will have to undergo a second surgery and radiation in January. It has been difficult to be so far from her. We talk on a daily basis. I guess I will have to be satisfied with that.

The homestead has gone through some evolution. Chickens were added. The were so fun to watch grow up. Now they are laying eggs. I have enough egg lovers at work to take care of the excess. The aquaponics system is up and running. We have harvested lettuce and spinach. We have onions and cilantro growing in there now. We have experimented with some ground cover crops. The clover, millet and sorghum grew and the chickens loved the extra addition to their diet. We had an excellent garlic harvest. The sweet potatoes are fantastic. The corn and tomatoes had a rough time this year. Strawberries and collard were fantastic. I was so glad to put up lots of jam. The bread machine we added is fantastic. We make all our breads. Next year we are looking to purchase our own land and add some pigs and possibly a cow to the menagerie. We enjoy growing and eating our own food.

I changed jobs and am in a much better position. I ditched the glasses and got contacts. My sweetie would like contacts for Christmas. So another vanity convert! We were able to spend more time than usual with the kids this year. I do love having them around. I meet a lovely woman this summer. It was like we had known each other forever. It is great to have a best friend. She did move away, onto a better place for her. I am glad that I was able to play a part in helping her reach her goals. We are still in daily contact.

I visit my internet friends on a weekly basis. I just seemed to run out of time. I enjoy reading your blogs and miss stopping by on a daily basis. To some of my special friends, John at Potpolotics.com, Barb at A Cowboy's Wife, Robbyn at The Back Forty, Lacy at Razor Family Farms (who has her family now! YIPPY!) Julie at Julie's Journal, Breezie at Forum Finder, Mel at SlogBite.com..... Just to mention a very, very small part of you. Thank you all for your continued support and friendship.

To Everyone Everywhere...
Have safe and joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year!




12 comments:

  1. You've had some ups and downs throughout the year, but I love your positive attitude about it all. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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  2. Happy holiday to you. Good for you when you look life at the brighter side. Cheers

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  3. What a beautiful summary of your year. I love that the most important theme throughout is Family. I pray that your mother does well and that you have a Happy Holiday Season.

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  4. Another beautiful post of yours and a nice recap of the whole year. It's great to have notes like that - they grow to become priceless in only a few years...

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  5. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Susan

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  6. What a year!!! (((((((((( love you, Christina!!)))))))))))

    So glad we met this year and so glad to be a buddy even if from a distance. You've had a remarkable year, and are a remarkable woman!

    Robbyn

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  7. Oh Christina! I have missed you! What a wonderfully full year you've had.... thank you so much for always taking the time to read my blog, even though the posts have been few and far between. I pray that this upcoming year brings many blessings to you and your family.

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  8. Happy holidays to you too! My favorite coffee is Kona coffee.

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  9. This year has flown by, and I for one, am glad. We've got big plans for year, so good riddance to 2008!

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  10. You sure did have a lot going on this year! You've got some great pictures. I hope next year is a good one for you and all of your family.

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  11. Aww shucks! Thank you so much for thinking of us! We've been so busy that I haven't had a moment to go around and thank my wonderful friends who have held my hand through all of this.

    Bless you! You and your family are in my prayers. Wishing you all a warm and safe holiday.

    Blessings!
    Lacy

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  12. Now Christina my Dear, Dear Friend...I don't wear makeup...but my eyes are smearing too! Where's the kleenex???
    You too, have an absolutely beautiful family~and precious memories!
    My 'system' was down for 2 weeks cuz of an icicle factory built on my satellites, and I've been trying to get caught up...I am so glad you had a wonderful Christmas Lady!
    But you changed jobs??? And you are working today! the 1st!! Huh???? Thought it was a holiday of sorts.....
    I shared your wonderful coffee with the family while here...they loved!! the Black Sumatra...glad I saved that bag to open for them.
    Christina...I hope you have a spectacular new year filled with many, many more blessings.
    And my year 2008 and the new 2009 is much brighter because of you!!! I am sooo glad to have you in my life even though I don't get to visit too often.
    Every morning, I sit with a cup of coffee and send "Cheers" to YOU! Seriously! I hope you feel the love I have for you each morning!
    Many Hugs for my Dearest Friend~
    Barb

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Grab a cup of coffee and let me know your views, thoughts, or ideas.... Glad to see you here. Have a great day!