Catching up…

I finally uploaded some pics of our Christmas season, so while many are posting their New Year’s Resolutions and/or plans for a better 2010, I will be looking at Christmas Past!

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I mentioned in an earlier post that we had our annual “Family Sing” at church – so we did!  This was when we sang “Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming”, which is one of my favorites, but with our dwindling family, we didn’t feel we did the song justice.

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This precious young lady from our church won Fourth in her division in the National Bible Bee by memorizing close to 2000 Scripture verses (and the “addresses” of each).  She gave us a sampling of her work by quoting random Scriptures for about 20 minutes.  She has a desire to memorize the entire Bible!

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Since Pamela and Will were with us the Sunday after the Family Sing, we asked if we could sing that day – and they let us!  This time we sang “Who is He in Yonder Stall”, which is another of our favorites, and it really sounded so much better with some of the missing parts there!  We had been asked to sing at my sister’s church that evening, which is always a joy.  Gen, Karla, and Missy sang with us that time.  The sound gets even better!

Moving along to Christmas Eve…

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My sweet son in law – he’s a camera buff like Bill and Dan!

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The Newlyweds!

Growing up in our family, we always opened gifts from each other on Christmas Eve, then had “Santa Claus” on Christmas morning.  Although Bill and I were very careful to explain the real story of St. Nicholas, and that there really was no jolly old elf in a red suit, we did decide to play the game of Santa just for the fun of it.  So, even at 23 and 25, my girls expect Santa to come calling on Christmas night.  So the girls and Will all spent the night with us Christmas Eve and we opened our personal gifts then.

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Dannye Reigh helping Mama with her gifts.

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Mama so enjoys presents – especially if it is clothing!  Even at 81, she loves to dress!

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Bo and Emily sent their gifts by mail, and we had SUCH  a good time opening them!  Emily had made cards for each package that pertained to the enclosed gift.  It was really cool because since she is in Loss Prevention, all her cards began “To prevent the loss of…”  Mine said “To prevent the loss of HEAT (because you need all the help you can get!   Inside were a beautiful red shawl/wrap and gloves, and the movie “New In Town”, in preparation for my trip next week to Minnesota!  (More about that next time!)  Dannye’s tag said “To prevent the loss of Style (as if THAT could ever happen!)  She received the most gorgeous jewelry!!  Bill’s tag read, “To prevent the loss of energy”, and he was really glad to receive a container of Spark, a healthy energy supplement that Emily got him hooked on!

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Will really wanted and needed this book for his education and future library.

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My beautiful Dannye Reigh asked for home decor related gifts since she is working so hard on making the Cabin her home now.

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Pamela and Will got her these beautiful wall sconces

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One of our Christmas traditions is Christmas jammies from me.  All my kids, inlaws or distant, got jammies this year.  I even sent some to Arulai!

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“Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go,” was true for the Davises and Allens this year – this is our local creek out of it’s banks Christmas morning, which is right in the path to Mama’s.

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Bill went to check it out before they drove all that way only to find it impassable.  It was pretty high, and having to go around the other way adds about 30 minutes to the trip that is normally only 20 minutes!  Bill’s pickup will drive through deeper water than some of our other vehicles, of course, so some came through it, others went around it.

Santa had been there Christmas mirning when we all got up, but I don’t have photos of that – I told Bill a long time ago that no one needs to see me that early in the morning!

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Christmas Day we waited for Dave to get home from work, then read the Christmas story.  Dannye and Pamela quoted with me as I read, and Missy remembered quite a bit as well.  I was blessed so much to hear my Mama quoting along with us.  There is simply something beautiful about hearing your 81 year old Mother quoting Scripture, especially when she can’t remember so many other parts of her past.

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Our precious Daddy smiling over a gift he will probably rarely use, but is always so grateful for the thoughts and love put into the giving.  Daddy shows gratefulness better than just about anyone I know.

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My sweet brother Dave – the kids call him “Kunkel Daze”, stemming from one of their mispronunciations in the past.  Pamela and Dannye Reigh made him some wonderful cookies – and he didn’t share, either!!

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Missy received 2 Breyer Horse sets, one from the Petty Bunch and one from Mamaw & Granddad.  I have no idea what was going on with me here!

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Christmas Dinner – all the young adults sat in the living room.  I don’t know why Pam and Will aren’t in this one – maybe they are still filling their plates.  Dannye is up front, then Amy and Michael (Jeanne’s son and daughter-in-law), and at the back table are Missy and Kenny (Dave and Karla’s kids).  We are so blessed by our children.  And we missed Bo, Emily and Arulai all the more as we sat down to eat!  Family meals are precious fellowship time!

Well, since this post is already quite long, I will save the rest of the Christmas festivities for the next one.  I will try to post it before the weekend – we’ll have to see if that actually happens!

God bless your day!



About Petty Bunch

The Petty Bunch is what we have called our family since Bill and I (Janina) began our family back in the early 1980s. We have gone down many roads together - homeschooling our kiddoes, enjoying the freedom of entrepreneurship many years, working at "real jobs" other years. Through it all, we have been loved with God's everlasting love, and have found that underneath are His everlasting arms! We are blessed to have been married for over 36 years, and have 3 incredible adult children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, an amazing son-in-law, and SEVEN grandchildren: four precious granddaughters, three handsome grandsons - so far. We are empty nesters, still enjoy the life of an entrepreneur and the freedom it gives us to continue enjoying our kids and now, their kids!
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10 Responses to Catching up…

  1. Looks like you all had a wonderful Christmas!  I love to see a family all making memories together!

  2. redladybug18 says:

    wow looks like fun!   I had no idea that there was flooding down there, y’all must have gotten quite a bit of rain!Blessings on the New year!

  3. maryhurlbut says:

    OH THAT WAS FUN!  I don’t know if I’ll ever get your family all figured out, with who is who, but the smiles and love are all that I really need to see

  4. Mommy2Drew says:

    Looks like lots of sweet memories were made!! Can’t wait to hear more details of your upcoming trip to Minnesota!! HAVE FUN!!!!!!!! šŸ™‚

  5. ABAHM says:

    I loved being part of your Christmas when reading this post.  I can tell you all love each other and love the Lord!  So sweet seeing your parents opening gifts and reading your comments.  Today someone posted about needing to be patient when sitting with her little preschooler and not multitasking…I thought how that happens with our parents too.  Needing to take the time sometimes to give them our attention.  Looking forward to more!

  6. Awww, how fun! Thanks for posting pictures. We sure missed all of you SO MUCH!!

  7. Abbiegirl says:

       CUTE PICTURES! I can’t wait to see you NEXT week!         

  8. AuntGen says:

    I especially enjoyed the pictures of Mama and Daddy, as well as the ones of our kids… and for much the same reason.  It is going to be harder and harder to have them with us for these special occasions, and so these times are becoming more and more precious.  It really was as fun and wonderful as it looks, wasn’t it?

  9. Bettyeboop says:

    Beautiful pictures of part of my beautiful family.  I got tickled when I read the comment about how hard it is to figure out our family . LOL  I can imagine it must seem like a big conundrum to other people. ha  Hey, we have people in our family who can’t keep us straight. I enjoyed sharing your Christmas through these pictures.  I almost feel like I was crammed in there in the middle of you all.  ha  I was thrilled to see Daddy wearing the red shirt we gave him.  He looked so handsome.  I wish he would actually hold up his gifts he opens at the big family party.  He always seems self conscious when opening his gifts.  Like he doesn’t feel like he deserves them or something.  Love you, Sis and look forward to seeing more pictures.

  10. AuntGen says:

    I forgot to mention that I loved the part about the young lady memorizing Scripture.  I am determined to make Scripture memorization and meditation a part of my life again, and am so encouraged and “inspired” by her efforts.  Thanks for sharing that!

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