Thursday, December 27, 2012

A peek...

I was midway through infusion Monday morning when the nausea started to creep in.  But I stuck to my agenda of doing some last minute shopping.  I came home in time to finish wrapping and then I got a short nap in before it was time for church.  

I love the candle light Christmas Eve service and singing all the traditional Christmas songs.  I savored every last moment.  

But I was running out of steam by the time we returned home to open presents.  I put some soup on the stove and let everyone fend for themselves.  We opened some gifts and Rick obliged me by taking a few photos.

The boys played their new games and I was off to bed early.

I've always said you could get him a pack of gum and he'd jump up and down with delight.  He did not disappoint in his joyful jumping at every single gift.




This one was a bit more understated.  He broke his hockey stick a few days earlier and had some tough choices to make.  If he needed our help to purchase a new stick, it meant less for presents.  It helped however, when he received gift cards- one specifically for his favorite hockey store and was able to order a new stick the next day.  



Christmas Day was cold and clear.  It was well below zero when we left for the lake.  I was tired and queasy but the distraction of the drive was welcome.  We headed to the lake to spend the day with Rick's Dad and his sister and her family.


I usually only get a brief glimpse of this church from the road.  But Rick obliged me a close up and I loved it even more.  











We ate a delicious dinner with Rick's sister and her family- all cooked by Jim!  From the turkey to the stuffing to the pies, he cooked and baked it all.  It was so tasty and we could only imagine the long hours he had put into that meal.  

After dinner we took the dog outside to release his pent up energy.  The light was beautiful and it felt good to be out in the cold and crisp air.  


My lungs even allowed me to go all the way down to the lake.  I made a quick snow angel- um because I could.  Because I hope my kids always know you are never too old to be a kid again.


The feathery crystals of frost on the frozen lake were a treat to see.



20 minutes in the frigid cold did me in.  I rested in the van on the way home and crawled in bed early.  My heart was merry and light and full.  Thank you to everyone who sent Christmas cheer our way! 


We are in the midst of more projects- and yet I can never stay away for too long.  

I'm pondering my one word for the new year- anyone have one an idea to share?  



30 comments:

  1. Exquisite post....so beautiful. You brought me to the Westra World. Such a joy to pray for you and yours. xoxoxox

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    1. Julie- thank you for your sweet and encouraging words- they bless me so! I am so honored to have those prayers! Love and blessings to you!

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  2. Oh sweetheart ... I seeeeeeeeee it ;-)! You know what I mean!

    I send you big Bussals and you look so sweet an pretty! Pink is YOUR colour!

    With all my love
    Mimi

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    1. Mimi- its my favorite you know and I think of you every time I wear it! It keeps me warm and stylish always and wrapped in your love!

      All my love to you sweet one!

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  3. Lovely pictures!
    You look the picture of health Vicky.
    Good job and keep it going.
    I love kids. They certainly bring the joy of Christmas to heart with their genuine smiles. Their souls shine through their eyes.
    You are making so many beautiful memories with your children and you are in my prayers to make so many many more in the new year.
    Bless you dear heart.

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    1. Thank you Vic, for your well wishes and prayers! I can look well and feel well for awhile - but when I crash and burn and I am down for the count :) It still sneaks up on me!

      Love and blessings to you!

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  4. i loved your "peek".....especially the snow angel :)

    i'm still searching for my word....and hoping i have it by the first of the year !
    xo

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    1. I think my snow angel was the equivalent of your jumping shots :)

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  5. Sweet, sweet Vicky, first of all you look amazing...I love this post for all the joy you are sharing with us. I know your word will find you before this New Year starts. Giving you a soft hug and sending you love xo

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    1. Anyes- thank you dear one, I am still waiting on that word but I do have a few circling- we will soon see! Hugs and love to you!

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  6. Vicky--Oh, goodness...I do believe we share another thing in common....I love snow angels and actually love the snow. Your pics are beautiful! (And so are you!!) Thanks for sharing! Take care of yourself. Hugs and love your way!!

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    1. Kim- I love the snow for awhile and then I merely tolerate it when it hangs around a bit too long :) Hugs and love to you dear friend!! Blessings in the New Year!

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  7. I love your post and yes, getting outside to feel the cold crisp air is so refreshing and healthy. Your snow angel is perfect!!!

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    1. Thanks Lisa- I debated getting my pants wet and snowy- but it was worth it and I was back inside and warm in no time :)

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  8. Each photo speaks volumes without another word being added...but your words are always "strawberries on the shortcake" to me....lovely.
    Your Christmas cheer spilled all over me.
    Love,
    Jackie

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    1. Thank you sweet friend for the beautiful Christmas card filled with love that arrived in my mail box! I think sometimes that I will let the photos speak doe themselves but then I just have to say a little something too... never fails :) Love to you!

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    1. Oh goodness- the truth in that one is staggering!!

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  10. Resilience. Because you always find it.

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    1. Ahhh- that has potential :) Thank you!

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  11. Merry merry Christmas! You made snow angels; I played a crazy jumping Xbox Kinnect game. ;)

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    1. Ha- love it! We used to have such big gatherings of people and played all kinds of crazy fun games- miss that. But love the new traditions we honor- and the occasional snow angel too :)

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  12. "I made a snow angel because I could"

    Love love love the joy in that action and that phrase!

    My word for you is Grace. You, Vicky are Grace personified. I'm not so sure about you choosing that word, though, it seems a bit redundant!

    Peace, love and joy to all of you !

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  13. I love all the photos - full of happiness and pure joy, each and every one. My word for 2013 is renewal. Renewal of my health, renewal of my emotions, renewal of priorities, renewal of forgiveness, renewal of cherishing each and every single stinkin moment that God gives me.

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  14. Vicky, that photo of you outside on Christmas, with your silvery coat, hot pink scarf, and smile is outstanding! One of my favorites of you! It has been an exceptionally beautiful Christmas this year. I have loved it, though I have not gotten nearly the gorgeous shots as what you came away with. Gorgeous! It sounds like it was good and full and I'm so glad! Merry Christmas, and now, a very happy 2013 to you. :)

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  15. Thank you, Vicky for sharing your Christmas with us. I loved all your pictures from your boys at Christmas to your snow angel in the snow. But, I would have to say my favorite was the church pictures. A white church sitting among a white landscape of snow just filled me with a sense of peace.

    Eileen xxoo

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  16. Hi Vicki!!! I am so glad you had a great Christmas! I LOOOOVE your new picture and your hair is adorable! I pray that 2013 is the BEST year yet for you and your sweet family. Thanks SO much for your visit. XO, Pinky

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  17. Oh sweet Vicky, I just loved seeing all of the wonderful pictures and hearing abour your Christmas. I'm sorry you were queasy, but sounds like you did good and were able to have a good time. You making a snow angel is the cutest thing ever! :) I ♥ it!

    Steve took Jeven and her cousins snowboarding not far from Vegas at Mt. Charleston, so they could get a taste of some winter and snow (not near as fun as North Dakota or Minnesota, but it did the trick!) Looks so gorgeous where you are though. Just beautiful!

    Thinking of you!

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  18. Beutiful pictures. I m reading bout that area he is taking about now. thanks for ll you ahve done your self, and thanks sor all you do I hpoe the folkd i the tent were okay,.
    I am sitting here going ot sleep I had vetter quit.Love and fellowship.

    Take care until the next time///

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  19. love every photo ...every word. love you all~
    xo

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