Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year and a Christmas Rewind....

Happy New Year Everyone!

Hello Blogger Friends!

 I hope this New Year finds you well and I hope you all celebrated

a wonderful Christmas with loved ones. 


So you all now know, that I never did make it back on here for a pre-Christmas post as planned but such is life these days.  We all had a beautiful Christmas and yes, my father was able come.  We anticipated the day with much concern and then his doctors gave him the clear to come.  I spent a great deal of time taking care to sanitize my home top to bottom before he arrived.  He was tired and stayed a short while this year but we were so grateful to see him! Amen

He had a bit of a set back this week as he was to begin another round of his chemo they discovered pneumonia and he is being treated accordingly so we are of course worried but grateful the doctors caught it quickly.  Thank you all for your continued prayers, we certainly need them and I so appreciate you all. 

Christmas came rather quickly this year and while I was able to capture alot of it on film ( more film more like, captured on the computer instead) I couldn't find a minute to post it all so I am doing a Christmas rewind  today, I hope you are not sick of it all already, if so I understand!  This is a long, picture-heavy-catch-up post....just to warn you.

The kitchen was decorated all up in it's holiday finery....

This guy below was made by me many Christmases ago.  With each child he would end up missing a few parts since he is toddler height, lol.  Although, quite battered it reminds me of the christmases when my girls were little and he gets sentimental rights to stay and each year he takes his rightful place in the corner of the kitchen. 

All around the Christmas Farmhouse.....a peek.

Of course we set up the Christmas Village too.  I think these are my younger children's most favorite Christmas decorations.  They will sit there in the dim light of the evening looking the whole thing over in awe once it's all been put together. 

 We spent a quiet New Year's Eve at home with Family and friends.  We have done this for the past several years.  We get together with cousins and friends and celebrate together in the safety of our home.  This year we all held out until the ball dropped, another memorable one for sure.  Resolutions?  Oh, we'll talk more about that in the next

I have been around to several of your blogs recently to catch up, however, blogger was giving me a hard time each time I tried to comment (ugh) was such a treat to catch up though. 
I will keep trying to comment though so you will know I stopped by to see you...of course I have so much to say too, lol.

Well, if you've stuck it out to the end of this post, thank you!  Thank you for making it worth my while to continue to post, thank you for your support and prayers and
thank you for coming back to read my posts! 
Be sure to leave a comment if you can to let me know you were here and what you are thinking, your input is important to me.

Happy New Year to you all!  May you all be blessed with Love, Health and Happiness in the new year!

Take good care,


  1. You home was just charming and sweet for the holidays. Just loved your vignettes... So precious... I know what you mean about the comments... They are very hard to leave... You have to click three or four times and wait and wait and then leave a code and sometimes you click off too soon.. Yep.. I know what you are talking about... Here I go with the clicking...

  2. Dee I have been packing my sweet things up all day.It is with sadness that I store Christmas away..I think if I could I would leave it out year round.

    I adore your use of gingham ribbon and I always love your little stove area!
    I was excited to see your home for the holidays. I could vision myself sitting in your darling country kitchen. Your home always says Welcome!!

    I am so sorry about your dad..I will keep in my prayer book.It's strange this time in our lives..making or helping with decisions for our parents..trying to balance our grown children and now grandchildren..yet we are still us! Moms..daughters..wifes.

    I have missed your post..looking forward to the new year.

    Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  3. Absolutely beautiful! The Christmas Village is the big hit with my Grandkids too. They would sit and watch in wonder. Everything about you home is sooooooo precious and welcoming..I pray your father gets much better soon. Blessings!

  4. I am so happy for you that your Dad was able to attend the family Christmas...I know that had to be the best present of all! I will continue to pray for him, and your entire family.

    BTW, thanks for sharing all of the pictures of your home. It is so warm and inviting!! Keep em' coming!!

    Hope you and yours have a wonderful and blessed New Year!!

    Big hugs!! Carrie

  5. What gorgeous pictures....thanks for sharing! I don't like it when Christmas is over, but I try to think of the New Year as a "New" beginning...Have a wonderful 2011...

  6. I'm glad to hear your Dad was able to be with you for Christmas. You home is beautifully decorated! I'm partial to the little stove with the gingerbread men! Adorable!

  7. I have to commend you for decorating so beautifully for Christmas. I'm sure your Dad loved being there and felt the joy that shows up in your vignettes. I've heard so many in similar situations say they were not in the spirit this year and didn't decorate at all. Sad. Your home is lovely.

  8. Your home is beautiful but even more so at Christmas, if that's possible!

    Happy New Year!

  9. What fun seeing all your great photos. I am coming to visit with my friend Cindy, hah. Your house is so beautiful. Love all the photos. Thanks so much for sharing. I am going to have to go to Christmas rehab when we all stop showing our Christmas decor.

  10. Dee your home decorated for Christmas is just magical! How do you find time to paint your signs and decorate your home? I loved all the photos. I feel like I have a touch of your home here with your two signs hanging in my family room and kitchen! I'm praying that your Dad is feeling better soon and able to continue with his treatment. Hugs, Sandy

  11. Dee, I love all your Christmas decor! My favorite is the lil' gingerbread boys who look like they are up to something around the lil' stove. I liked your bottle brush trees in the graniteware bowl too. Happy New Year!

  12. Hi Dee, New year Blessings to you ALL. I continue to pray for you and your father. I was so happy to read about his visit!Know you are in my thoughts as my family struggles with a similiar family illness . I love your photos, you are so talented and gifted. The slide show of holiday decor is so beautiful. I too love all the gingerbread decorations. I was so glad you included pictures of your wonderful kitchen and beautiful kitchen tree. The green Christmas balls are my favorite. I also love your Christmas tea display with pretty touches. Thank you for letting us see all your decorations this year, Hugs Emelia.

  13. I LOVE and look forward to my Christmas "tour" at your house each year, Dee! I am so glad you posted this and I'm NOT sick of Christmas quite yet...maybe next week, though! He hee! Seems like mama doesn't get to enjoy the decorations until her busy Christmas chores are over, right?

    I LOVE YOURS and am so happy that your daddy got to be with you all!

  14. Loved it all, especially your red and white quilt. Thanks for sharing. Florence

  15. Just wonderful! So glad your dad was there with you. Enjoyed the pictures.

  16. Of course we stuck it out!!!Im so glad you were able to take the time to post, thank you. your home tours are always something I look forward to the more pics the better. You do a beautiful job with everything in your home, I just Love it. I am praying for your Dad. You are missed when you're not on here but we understand why. You hang in there and know that you have people out here that you dont even know praying for your dad and your family. God Bless you ...Lisa

  17. Happy New Year! I sure enjoyed visiting your blog & seeing all the gorgeous pics! Thanks, as always, for taking the time to put these posts together for us :)
    Smiles, DianeM

  18. Loved your photos, you have a charming home. We had a wonderful Christmas and a quiet new year's eve, all decorations are down now . I had a rotten cold during Christmas but muddled through it all ! We here at Country Cove wish you and your family a Happy New Year !

  19. It always takes me a while to leave comments too. I'm not sure why. I try to press on. I don't write a blog but if I did I'm sure I would want to know who was reading it.

    Your pictures are beautiful ! I'm such a fan.

    I do pray for you. Funny to care when we don't know each other but you can't help but be touched.

    May God Bless you today.

  20. Beautiful photos! I always am so inspired by your blog!

  21. Thanks for the inspiring photos! I live in the country too, and really a country home is such a cozy setting for Christmastime. (don't worry, I haven't posted my Christmas pics yet even!)

    My grandma is also going through chemo, and she also had bronchitis just before Christmas. We were worried that she wouldn't be able to come, but luckily she got better right in time.
    The real meaning of the holidays, e.g. family, has really seemed apparent this year!

  22. Dear Dee, Your Christmas pictures were fantastic! You are so gifted and creative. Just love how you make every square inch of your home so charming! You inspire us all!My thoughts and prayers are with your family! Love,Donna

  23. Hi,
    I am a new follower . Beautiful Christmas decor & Beautiful blog !
    Happy New Year!

  24. Your home is just charming! Cheerful, cozy and inviting. Wish I had your talent and energy for decorating! So glad you got some "snowed in" time to snuggle in and enjoy it all together. Treasured memories for sure!

  25. Dee, I am snowed in here in Western North carolina , 2 ft of snoe and enjoying your beautiful blog. Your home is so beautiful and you have sucha gift.
    You and sugarpir farmhouse are my favorite blogs and I check often to see if there is anew post. I too have a farmhouse and have used many of your ideas in my own home. Blessing to you and your family. sharon


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