It’s been such a long time since I’ve been able to sit here and write a little. We’ve had so much going on around here, what with the many folks wanting Christmas portraits made, and then we’ve been taking turns being sick. I guess we decided to quit taking turns, though, because we are all sick together now!
We had a wonderful Christmas. Pamela and Will were able to come the Thursday before Christmas and stayed until New Year’s Eve. It was so good to see them and we had a great visit! Will was in the beginning of illness when they arrived, and got worse, then better before they had to go home! Of course, Pamela was sick by then! It’s been a roller coaster of illness around here! Now Pamela is at home sick, while Bill, Dannye, and I are here – sick!
We did have such fun while the kids were here. They arrived late-ish Thursday evening, but Pamela and Dannye Reigh decided they had time to cut Pam’s hair. I think I was more afraid than they were! It was unbelievable to me that they had the courage to do it, but they did it! Now, let me quickly say that Dannye does a whole lot of folks hair around here. She cuts and styles hair for many of her friends and family, and does a beautiful job! Up until now, though, she’s never cut very long hair down to very short hair. Pamela’s hair was quite long, but not anymore!! Dannye did a really great job on it!
Friday, the girls met their precious friends Melody and Katie at Starbuck’s while Jeanne and I did some shopping – I wish it weren’t so, but I am a last minute shopper! I just can never seem to get it all done before Christmas Eve!
Saturday was a very busy day for all of us! Not only did we have our family Christmas Eve gathering, but Christmas dinner was to be at our house on Sunday, so we had lots to do to prepare for that, as well.
We also wanted to Skype with Bo and Emily and the kids, because we had all gone in together to buy Bill a very special gift, and they wanted to see him open it.
They piddled with it until they figured it out, but it had to charge for 8 hours, so they didn’t get to run it until the next morning. Believe me, though – it only stops long enough to get re-charged!
After the grand opening of Dad’s gift, it was getting so late, so we sadly ended our Skype call with the kids and finished our family gift opening. Will played Santa, and gave out the packages.
It was so very late when we finally made ourselves go to bed. We had made plans to go to church Christmas morning, and our family was given the opportunity to sing during worship. We love singing together, and love it even more when there are more of us to sing! We really missed our Minnesota bunch – it seems to be harder when the rest of us are together.
We got home as soon as we could, and found that Dave, Karla, and Jeanne were there ahead of us already preparing the food. Karla had gotten her precious Mother’s dishes and shared them with us for our Christmas dinner. They are just gorgeous!
The Three Sibs! Do we look like there is only a 22 month span from top to bottom? I’m March, 1960; Jeanne is February, 1961; and Dave is January, 1962. We never knew life without the others. I am more thankful for these two now than ever, and just don’t know what I would do without them!
Gen’s (our nickname for my sister – long story) gift opening was kinda funny. She had accidently seen my gift list, so she knew what I got her. She was so sad, and couldn’t keep it from me that she knew what her gift was!
Even though we have been ill off and on, we had a blessed Christmas season. We all dealt with the sadness of missing our folks, but it seemed that when one of us was down, the others were up. Mama loved Christmas, and this year we loved it for her. Jeanne’s mother-in-law said something that gave me more peace than anything. She told Jeanne that Mama was spending her first Christmas with Jesus. It’s such a sweet thought.
I haven’t really had opportunity to dwell on this year we are facing. We’ve just been so sick these last few days, and also had to shoot a wedding in the midst of the weekend. In our family, we have a baby coming in 2012 – Jeanne will become a first time Grandma! In our business, we already have 4 weddings booked this year – the first one is this coming weekend! We’re praying for a good year for Petty Family Photography! Mostly, we have no way of knowing what lies before us, but we do know WHO goes before us. Our Lord is there, guiding, caring, loving us all the way. “Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand; but I know Who holds tomorrow, and I know Who holds my hand!”
Love you all,
God bless your day!