The Chicago Botanic Garden is all decked out for a light show, but we were there for the Woods Walk. We started our walk by visiting the greenhouses. Our glasses fogged up immediately and our layers of clothes seemed overdone. Soon we would be happy to be over bundled.
Just because...When we were youngsters, and I was pregnant with daughter Kristen, my brother Jeff went to Boy Scout Camp up north at Owassippi, in Michigan. Jeff sent me a letter that broke my heart. He was cold, hungry and having a miserable time. Me, being in the motherly way, talked my dearest into driving up there with snacks and a comforter. We got there late and found out it was parent's weekend, so there was no room available in the town. A good friend arranged for us to sleep in a cabin. We had no bedding, put on all our clothes we had, and were still freezing. There was a wood stove and my guy tried to light a fire by putting a match to a log. A city boy, who was never a scout and had never even sat beside a fire before. (I started the fire, having had grown up with a fireplace in our apartment.) Well you can imagine we joked about that for years. My baby brother slept well that night, all cozy in my comforter and later sold the snacks to other campers to make some extra cash.
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."
We headed out a little early to host a birthday party for my original
girl, and darling daughter, Kristen.
Here is a little montage I posted today for
A one day celebration could not be contained with all the happiness, joy and love we all feel for this beautiful woman, thus, unto us was born Kristenmas.
Kristen, you are loved and cherished by the small and the tall, by us all.
Happy Birthday to the best Christmas gift I ever received, you.
We celebrated with dinner and a beautiful cake decorated by Penny.
|Irene, Penny and Stevie|
My heart is full.
Mark Twain said. "The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer someone else up". I find that to be very true. We are here for each other. Not one of us could get through our grief without the others.
We are a tight, solid and strong family. The babies are clapping and crawling! Penny is writing in cursive! We will be together, getting through this, just like Tyke said we would.
If I don't get the chance next week I would like to wish all of you a peaceful and happy Christmas.
Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind comments. They have touched my heart.
Enjoy this beautiful day.