Thursday, December 27, 2012

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

Every Thursday, over at Like Mother, Like Daughter!

very pretty altar for Midnight Mass in our parish's temporary home in another parish's family life center.

A time to remember my husband's grandmother, who passed away 25 years ago, but is fondly remembered, especially at Christmas, her favorite holiday, through her ornaments, recipes and memories.

other decorations I enjoy seeing each year.
Our Venetian clown ornament
The "Village" that my in laws started as a Christmas tradition our first Christmas, and it has been up every year, sometimes adding new pieces. This year we added some colorful battery operated lights. I love the blue glow from the planetarium.  The girls are funny, carefully rearranging the scene every day.  They had the travelers all going to church on Christmas morning.
We had the delightful treat of a visit from my mother-in-law for Christmas. She plays an ultra competitive game of Scrabble! I love it. I get beat every time, but I learn the tricks from watching her turn any tiny word into big points.
My mother in law is an amazing woman. She has Multiple Sclerosis and it has crippled her for most of the past forty three years. She always has a smile on her face, and ear to listen to anyone's troubles and just decides she is going to have a good day, no matter what.
She is amazing, humble and strong in spirit while getting the body to work is a challenge. I am so thankful to have the time with her. I had missed those Christmases of the past when we lived closer. My kids love to have her around. They assist in whatever she needs, she bring the best out in each of us.
Plus her wheel chair rocks! It was the favored seat as it rocked, rolled, and spun. Ceci liked rocking in it to help her concentrate on finding letters for Dd.
here mom, I can help
Concentration and a bit of sleepiness