Monday, December 28, 2015

Time for Reflection

We woke up on Christmas morning to a dusting of snow.....

And beautiful rays of light
from the heavens. 

Nature's beauty ushering in 
this most blessed of days. 

The table was set.....

( Candles wrapped in birch bark paper
for the centerpiece. )

Log rounds served as coasters. 

Toasts were made.....

'The Elf' - a splash of Midori in a glass of champagne
garnished with a cranberry :)


On the menu: 
Brown Sugar glazed ham
Scalloped potatoes
green salad / rolls
Gingerbread cake

Simply made from two boxes of gingerbread cake mix
frosted in the middle with a tub
 of store-bought cream cheese frosting. 

Simple and delicious
on a busy morning!

The 'Poinsettia' was made using 
jelly candy 'fruit slices'. 

We gather around the tree....

With our special guest - Jen's Mom, Julia. 

Presents were opened....

Celebrating Ethan's first Christmas! 

A special gift from Gramma - 
finished just in time! 

He's been OUR special gift this year <3

All too soon it was over.

The house is quiet now,
but sweet memories linger.

I hope you all had a wonderful, Merry Christmas! !


I've been under the weather with a head cold
this last week, so I am taking this time
before New Year's to rest a bit.

I will be visiting while I recover - something
 I have not had time to do recently.
I was unable to get close to my
little grandson at Christmas
because I didn't want to pass this nasty
bug along.

Praying for all those affected by the
terrible weather in the middle of the country this week.
My heart breaks for all those who lost loved ones.

 My Dear Friends.
It's been such a beautiful journey
getting to know each and every one of you
this past year and I look forward to
a New Year of friendship with all of you.



  1. Your table looked gorgeous, Karen. The family looked right at home there. Little Ethan has his dad's smile; so sweet. He looks so cute in his sweater. Hope you are feeling well soon. I imagine it could not have been easy hostessing when you feel under the weather. Get some rest. Hugs, Deb

  2. What a special time with family and your home looks beautiful! The tree is so pretty too! Take care of yourself and feel better soon! Sweet hugs, Diane

  3. Karen, Such sweet pictures! What fun (and I can imagine tiring!) to enjoy Christmas with the baby!! Your table and food look delightful! I hope that you are feeling better and rested soon. God bless you!

  4. My dear friend Karen, it looks like you had a wonderful Christmas holiday with your dear family. The decorations are lovely. And, little Ethan is adorable! Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. I hope you can take it easy and enjoy the new year. Hugs, Pat

  5. Hello Karen,
    Your Christmas looks like it was so nice spent with family & your dinner I bet was yummy. Take care and feel better. Have a Happy New Year.

  6. Dearest Karen,
    Being a bit sick or not, but you had a mighty blessed Christmas with the entire family gathered around! Lovely food and what a milestone for Ethan's 1st conscious Christmas.
    Oh, we have to watch out for those spammers and they love to do so in older posts! Nearly impossible to go there... so comment moderation is the safest way to go. I do that for years now and I am happy with it.
    No, we can't figure out why people can be that nasty...
    Sending you healing wishes for the remainder of this year. Have a peaceful and quiet year's ending and a Happy New Year coming your way.

    PS My FeedBurner still is not working. It wil not show my latest posts... I had tried a few short messages and it did work. Than I posted finally a belated Christmas Eve Dinner post and delated the messages but they got stuck... So aggravating and makes one want to quit!

  7. So many lovely pictures! How exciting for Ethan, his first Christmas!! Looks like a lovely Christmas celebration. Hope you are feeling better! Many blessings to you and your family!


  8. Dearst Karen,
    thank you for those lovely pictures from your Christmas days! So wonderful everything, and Baby Ethan is so sweet! How exiting, his first Christmas! Hope you get weel soon, my dear friend!
    Wishing you and all your family a wonderful rest of the year and all the best for a wonderful and healthy New Year 2016!
    Love, hugs and blessings,
    Claudia xo

  9. Looks like a wonderful Christmas Karen! such a pretty table with the greenery and candles, and the plaid that matches your new pillows and curtains. Those drinks look so fun! Of course, the best part is that adorable little baby boy. What a cutie! Must have been hard not to cuddle with him. I do hope you feel better soon. xo Deborah

  10. What a beautiful table! I'm sure everything was as good as it sounds. i can't believe how big Ethan is getting - time goes so fast! I hope you get to feeling better soon. You must be dying to get your hands on him:) Take care, Cindy

  11. Beautiful table and lovely post!
    Happy new Year Karen!

  12. It looks like it was the perfect celebration, so sorry you were feeling under the weather. Your handmade present looked so cute on Ethan, I would say he loved his first Christmas!! How special to have had a fresh snow fall that morning and to have had your family all together! Hope you can get some good rest and kick your cold!

  13. What a very special Christmas for you this year to share with your grandson. Hope you are feeling better soon. Barbara X

  14. So glad you had a marvellous time, get well soon though :-)

  15. Dear Karen,

    What a delight it must be to wake up and see the mountains covered with snow. I can only imagine! Lovely photo's of you and your husband, your children and grandson.

    Wishing you a Happy 2016! Thank you for your friendship in the past year too! Hope you will feel better soon.

    Madelief x

  16. Hello dear Friend!!
    Hope you feel better soon. I loved pouring over every photo and catching up with you and your beautiful family.

    Looks like it was a wonderful Christmas gathering with lots of goodies and and lots of love. ;) Your grandson Ethan is such a DOLL!!

    Wishing you all many blessings in this shiny New Year ahead! I'm so grateful for our friendship and having such a special blogland buddy in you my sweet Karen!! xoxo

  17. What a lovely celebration with family. Little Ethan is adorable.

    I hope you are soon feeling much better.

    Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

  18. Hola amiga querida !! Espero que hayas tenido una bonita noche buena con tus seres queridos y este 2016 que recién comienza te depare muchas bendiciones

  19. What gorgeous pictures of Christmas morning! We did not have a white Christmas but it was lovely just the same. The weather seems to get to us anyways...I had a sinus infection the whole week of Christmas! Hope you are feeling better soon. Your grandson is just adorable and your table was just lovely. That Elf drink sounds so good! My favorite gifts this year were 6 framed pictures of my grandchildren and daughters. They are what make Christmas so special, aren't they? Looking forward to all your posts in the New Year!

  20. I love the way you dress your house for every holiday and your table was beautiful. I think your grandson stole the show; he looks so adorable with the packages. I am taking this week to get over a cold as well. I hope you are blessed beyond measure in the coming new year....

  21. Sounds like a lovely meal and, no doubt, some precious time with family. Rest up and be well!

  22. Karen, it looks like you had a wonderful Christmas spent with your family. That gingerbread cake sure sounds easy to make, but does it ever look delicious. I am loving your tree this year with the blue lights, it's so pretty. Your table looks lovely with the candles as a centerpiece. What a great idea to have log rounds for the coasters. aahh, it's always sweet to see babies open presents at Christmas time.

    I hope the new year is a good one for me and you. I look forward to seeing your delightful posts in the coming year, Karen.


  23. Such a lovely post Karen. Looks like a wonderful holiday with your family. Hope you are feeling better soon.

    Your photo of the snow capped mountains is gorgeous!

  24. your home and table always looks beautiful. and your little grand is too cute!

  25. Beautiful. I love the photo where the tree branches look like glass beads. Ethan is adorable. Blessings for the New Year. xoxo Su

  26. Oh Karen, I just knew you would be spending this festive season in the heart of your family and providing a wonderful meal. Little Ethan is so cute and it must have broken your heart that you couldn't get too close. I do hope your head cold is on its way out now and that you can see in the New Year in full health. Take care and Happy New Year!! xx

  27. awwww karen, looks like a beautiful christmas, your table was gorgeous!! little, special touches always remind our families how much we care!! that roast looks insane, i'll bet it was delish!!!

    i hope you are feeling better, wishing you a happy and healthy new year!!!

  28. Looks like a really wonderful Christmas was had by all. - Wishing you & yours a Happy & Joyous New Year.

  29. What a wonderful Christmas you had, Karen, with your sweet family. What a precious family you have and Ethan had to be the star of your party. I hope you feel better soon and Happy New Year to you, sweet friend. xo

  30. Wonderful memories. Feel better.
    Wishing you a happy and blessed new year!

  31. A heartwarming post, and beautiful too. As a grandma I can understand how difficult it must have been having to refrain from hugging and kissing your grandson, and he's soooooooo cute !

    You got snow for Christmas, beautiful snow. Our part of Washington received rain and got mud !

    Take time to rest and get well. It's amazing how a bit of rest can heal a body. Blessings to you and Happy New year !

  32. sounds like we have the same thing ( head cold) it was bound to happened with all the sickies around me..wink! Loving my time with the grands as you would know seeing you with yours first and his first Christmas -- sweet indeed! Wishing you a Happy New Year.. All is well I'll be in touch..

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  34. Wonderful post, dear Karen!
    Thank you for the fabulous year in your beautiful home.
    Have a blessed and happy new year! ♥

  35. I hope you're feeling better now. I'm glad you had a nice Christmas and filled your mind with sweet memories.

  36. What a beautiful post! Great photos! And little Ethan is a sweet angel!! Thanks so much for your visits and kind words!
    Wishing you a Happy New Year!!

  37. Dear Karen,
    You make a difference here in Beautrice Euphamie ... By sharing who you are, yout thoughts, hopes, dreams and sorrows ... A place of peace and hope - I feel uplifted every time I visit you here!
    Blessings to you and your family - each day and moment in 2016,
    Love from


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