Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Kale and Kayla have been in since Monday evening and we’ve been busy, busy ever since.  We’ve spent the last two days with our family and friends. Last night, we had supper at David’s sister’s house.  Carla is an excellent southern cook and she had a huge feast fixed for us. (She uses ALL her cast iron and everything!)  Carla and her husband, Gweldon, became grandparents last winter during the ice storm and it was so fun having baby Rylee in the mix this year! She livened up the party!


On Christmas day, we usually go to Jodi’s and Gary’s and then to my folks house. We had a good laugh when Jodi gave Kale his present.  Apparently when we had our Christmas service at church Wednesday night, their dog “discovered” Kale’s gift under the tree and tore into it.  There were some goodies in it and he had eaten quite a bit of it. Ha!

Here’s what the package looked like…


We always have a fun time when our families get together.  Today, Gary started up his Victrola and we listened to OLD vinyl records. Jodi fed me biscuits and chocolate gravy… that was my first time and I was pleasantly surprised.  It reminded me of eating a chocolate long john donut!!

Kayla and the cute apron she got


Two cuties… Tyler and Jodi’s daughter, Jessica


Jodi always makes her gifts fun by adding some extra “goodies” like my mint M&M’s. Yum! (I look sunburned???)


The Howards


The Wallaces


The girls.  Jess grabbed Jodi around the waist just as the picture was snapped.


The Men


Afterwards, we went home for a little while before heading to my parent’s house.  I didn’t get a head count, but there were lots of people there.

The kids … Kale was messing with me


Mom, Kevin (#10) and (part of) his familyCIMG0699

Suzanne (#3) and MomCIMG0700

Sharon (#9), her son, Tanner, and oldest daughter, KrystaCIMG0703

My niece, Becky, and her boyfriend, Jordan. (She shares your first AND last name, Becky)


Becky’s brother, Brandon, and his wife, Alicia


Me and a couple of my peepsCIMG0707 CIMG0708 CIMG0709 

Sharon (#9)


Jack (Val’s husband as well as Dave’s cousin) and their son, Hunter   CIMG0714 

The Goulet girls: Suzanne (#3), me, Mom, Sharon (#9), & Val (#4).  We were missing my oldest sister, Cathy (#1) and youngest sister, Kristin (#11).


I hope you all enjoyed your family and friends today and celebrated the joy of Christmas together.

I was reminded of its true meaning this past Sunday when we sang “O Holy Night” (my favorite Christmas carol) in church.  The words to the second verse really spoke to my heart as I envisioned myself at the birth of the King of kings…

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts By His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.
He knows our need,
To our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King!
Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King,
Before Him lowly bend!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!


His Doorkeeper said...

I love that your family gets together often! That makes a great model for your own children! So good to see the newly-weds! They looked very happy!

Anonymous said...

Mercury loves Cold Stone Creamery candy, sorry Kale! We had a blast with you guys Christmas, we are so very blessed to have you and your family in our lives for all these years! Love Ya! Jo Jo!

Dorothy said...

Looks like a great family gathering! I know a fun time was had by all!! Thanks for sharing your pictures with us!

The Garners said...

Fun times!! Looks like a very Merry Christmas there. That's neat that you get together with G&J, too. I enjoyed all the pictures.

I love "O Holy Night"--we sang that at our C.Eve service and I was thinking then that if you could hear that song without getting a lump in your throat, something is probably wrong with you! A powerful song, probably one of my very favorites for Christmas too!

Jessica Lane said...

Good times! Dave was really into that Victrola. All of the pics were great minus me with no makeup and wet hair, haha. Thanks for stopping by and for the gifts! Merry Christmas!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I loved your pictures - and I love big family gatherings where all our hearts come together. What a fun time! blessings, marlene

Susie said...

I really enjoyed looking at all these pics Jacquie. Everyone looks so happy. Glad you had a wonderful Christmas.

Kelley said...

You have a beautiful family! I got tickled reading about what the dog did to Kale's present. It was priceless seeing the picture to go with it. I think that it is great that you guys can get together so often. I bet it was wonderful having all of your kids home.