Friday, December 29, 2023

The Week Between

 Good Friday morning!  Here we are in the week between Christmas Day and New Year's Day.  Many people consider this time a 'holding pattern'.  For us at Willow's Cottage, this week has been filled with family.  I am so thankful for so much.  Here in my Friday Fave Fives I am only touching on a small amount of the wonder of Christmas at the Cottage.

1.  Of course the arrival and visit of Younger Son (shall I call him Dr. Mike?) is the absolute best.  We had not seen him for more than a year as he now lives in San Diego.

2.  All the breakfasts, lunches and dinners shared with family.  Christmas Eve was pasta.  Christmas Morning was The Professor's coffee cake along with all sorts of eggs and bacon/sausage.  Dinner was take out that we brought in from Thai and Chinese restaurants (we were cooked out...).  The rest of the week has been meals together to eat all.the.leftovers.  What feasts of abundance!

3.  Phone calls from our missing Older Son (Chaplain Dan) and his family, including PAL.

4.  I managed to catch a few photos.  Three of the four kids.  Three of the four grandkids.

No, you can't open your stockings yet.

Say Cheese!

Just chillin'

5.  Are you noticing a theme here?  Family!  I am thankful for family including lots and lots of texts from my brother and sister-in-law in Oregon.  One topic was our father's birthday, December 27th.  Dad would have been 101!

One of my favorite photos--Dad standing by the Old Columbia River Highway at the tunnel.  1942.

Bonus:  Our weather wasn't frightful, except for the rain, so we were able to get out to walk twice on the paved trails near our home.  We really needed the exercise!

I hope you enjoyed your Week Between and found many blessings, too.


ellen b. said...

Fun photos from Christmas and what a cool black and white of your dad! Happy New Year to you and yours!!

Faith said...

oh i just love old black and white photos!! My mom and dad would have celebrated their 71st anniversary on 12/27 if they were both not in heaven right now. How i miss them but how i love seeing the old pics from when they were younger. Your dad was so handsome!!

Looks like the grands are grumpy waiting for those stockings...hahahah...i love it.

That's a nice pic of your son and daughters.

Yay for getting out and walking. I only walked once all week (Xmas day) but we've had RAIN RAIN RAIN. here in Boston it's dry so maybe tomorrow I'll get a walk in.

I hope you have a blessed start to the New Year!!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

What a wonderful time you had with your family. Great pictures of your grandchildren and your children. I hope they enjoyed their stockings when they finally got to open them!

Susan said...

I enjoyed your pictures and family is the best! Happy New Year!!!

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Sounds like a wonderful week of family and love and good food and fun. That's what Christmas week should be! You are blessed! Love the photo of your Dad. That is really special. Happy Heavenly Birthday to him. I know we all miss our loved ones who have gone on before us, especially at the holidays. But I love to think of them celebrating Christmas with Jesus...His birthday! What a big celebration that must be! Have a blessed and wonderful New Year!!

Deb J. in Utah said...

Hello. I love the family pictures in this post! I love the old picture of your dad. He was very handsome! So glad you have had a nice "in between" week. Happy New Year to you and yours. See you again in 2024!

Wendy said...

How lovely to get to see your son and yes spending time with family is what Christmas is all about for me too. Happy New Year.

Karen said...

LOVE the photo of your dad! And your theme of family. It's what Christmas, and life, is all about isn't it? Great photo of the grands and their stockings, by the way.

Happy New Year:)

Susanne said...

I laughed at the "pouty" Christmas stocking photo. Sounds like you had lovely family time with lots of laughs and good food. Glad that you were able to see your son after such a long time. Happy New Year to you and your family!

nikkipolani said...

What amazed me was the resemblance between your dad and your kids. Yes, all the family and aaaall the food. A beautiful week judging from your photos.

Barbara H. said...

We were much the same with all the kids here--lots os talking, laughing, and eating. Love the stocking photos! Yay for take-out breaks from cooking.