Thursday, December 22, 2022

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from my home to yours!  Like many bloggers, I am gonna take a little blogging break to spend time with family, but I thought I'd pop in here for a little bit and share this years Christmas photo shoot with the grand babies.

Alethea is five years old now and started kindergarten this year.  Atticus is three and is learning how to occupy himself all day while his sister is at school.  Elisha is 15 months and is just starting to take his first steps.  It's been fun watching him as he walks by himself and the smile and sheer pride that comes across his face when he meets his own accomplishment.

A mother daughter shoot; that is my daughter Ashley.  I don't know why I didn't think of getting in there to do a three generation photo.  

And this is my daughter's whole family together.  Now, we do have more people in my family:  my husband and son;  but they're not the type to get all dressed up to do a photo shoot.  😀 Men!

Before I leave, I wanted to share some photos from our last winter storm.  This has been the most challenging holiday season I remember in a long time.  We have had a lot of flu type sicknesses in the area and in our own family, and also a lot of bad weather which has resulted in difficult travel, and lots of closures.  

In this storm, we got dumped a foot of heavy wet snow that stuck to the trees and power lines.  It was (and still is) the most beautiful snow we've seen in a long time.  Everyone keeps remarking about its incredible beauty and how it feels we're living in the magical world of Narnia.  But with its beauty came a lot of hardships for a lot of people.  Many lost power, some people for days, and had to go without heat.  Thankfully, it wasn't that cold so no one froze.  We never lost power, but it wouldn't have affected us much if we did, as our home is heated with two indoor wood stoves.

I loved how my vegetable garden looked in the snow.  Every single surface, all the wire fencing and beams were laced with snow.

All the trees and bushes were covered in snow, and the branches were bent over with the heavy weight.  Lots of tree limbs fell from the weight of the snow.  There will be lots of clean up in the spring, that's for sure.

 Now starting today, we're waiting for the second storm to start.  Thankfully, my family is all tucked in safe and warm in our house already.  So many families are struggling to get home before the storm begins.  We're expecting a "bomb cyclone" here, where the pressure drops 24 millibars within 24 hours, in addition to a "ground blizzard" caused by winds of 40-50 mph which will cause whiteout conditions as the wind will pick up the snow that is on the ground and in the trees and blow it all around.  Temperatures will be 10 degrees below zero, with windchills as low as 35 degrees below zero.  And all of this starts Thursday afternoon and lasts till Saturday!  So yea, it's gonna get interesting.  I'm thankful my family is all here already and we will at least be together for Christmas, but it certainly affected our traditional Christmas plans as weren't able to see the holiday light display or attend church.  So we will have to get creative this Christmas and come up with things we can indoors together...for several days. 

I know most of the nation is dealing with this same storm in one way or another, so I pray for safety for all of you!  

God Bless and Merry Christmas!  Amy


  1. Beautiful family, glad they all got to be there with you. Merry Christmas.

  2. Beautiful family and property photos! Merry Christmas!

  3. What a beautiful family you have! Hope you are enjoying the holiday season and looking forward to the new year, dear Amy.

  4. Such beautiful family photos, love how everyone in the pictures coordinates so well with the outfits! The grandbabies are getting so big!!

    It does look like a winter wonderland but I totally know what you mean by it being so difficult for some during this type of weather. We had arctic temps here over the holidays, on top of that my husband was sick with a fever and the power line in the neighbor's yard kept flickering. I was so worried we'd lose power during my husband's illness. After Christmas there were huge sparks and that's when the powerline came down, luckily the weather had improved by then and hubby was feeling better too.
    That said, living in the Midwest I learned to hate winter LOL but do enjoy seeing all the beautiful winter scenery!
    Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you. Between the weather and illness, it hasn't been a very Merry Christmas for many. That must have been scary with the power line. Glad your hubby is feeling better. Happy New Year.

  5. Such a lovely set of family photos! The snow is so beautiful too. It's good you are safe and cosy at home despite the hectic weather!

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and you have a happy new year!

  6. Beautiful smiling faces! We haven't had any snow yet (not complaining).. your snow looks beautiful though.


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