Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The Aftermath...

Well, Christmas has come and gone. The actual date, that is. I hope the true Spirit of Christmas stays with us throughout the coming New Year of 2007.

To be honest, there's nothing that I'm just eager to blog about. I think I'm still
recovering from all the excitement leading up to Christmas day.

I think I'll share some pics from my Christmas experiences and just ramble here and yon.

The picture to the left is of some of my Sunday School class. If you're a regular reader, you probably know that's me seated in the middle in the white shirt. That's Cecil on the back left in the striped sweater, and Sue in the front left in the blue jacket. This is not nearly all of my Adult Women's Sunday School Class, just a few of us who were there a little early and I asked another friend to snap a picture of us. These are some dear ladies and I love them all. Sisters included. ;-)

The next picture is Lamar and his Mom. She and her husband had me, Lamar, Jessica and Jason over for supper and to exchange our gifts with them. She made turkey and dressing for us, along with mashed potatoes, green beans, corn and more. Lamar's parents got me a 7-quart Crockpot with an insulated travel case. Just what I asked for, and it will sure come in handy for church and family potlucks. I've already used it a couple of times and I love it.

The next picure is Jason and me. Jessica snapped this one for me. Jason got his ow
n digital camera for Christmas, so now I have several pictures of us taking pictures of each other. When everybody gets out their cameras it's hard to get pictures without other cameras and flashes in them.

It wasn't so bad at Lamar's parents', but at my sister Cecil's Christmas party you almost had to take a number to get pictures. I didn't get some of the ones I wanted, and others they're looking at the other picture-taker. But, hey, I never claimed to be a professional photographer, I just like to take pictures.

See what I mean about the duelling cameras? I'm sure Jason got quite a few of me taking pictures of him. Altogether there were at least 4 digital cameras there, and I may have missed a couple.

The next picture is of me and 3 of my sisters. Sue had already left by the time we thought about trying to take any posed pictures. We don't pose much, we tend to do more candid pictures. More lack of organization than anything, I guess. Anyway, that's Ducky, Cecil, Donna and me. you can see a little of Cecil and Brian's Christmas tree behind us. Their tree is always gorgeous, and their apartment is always decorated for Christmas.

All of us bring some kind of goodies for the party and we always have a great spread. I couldn't get in the kitchen to take pictures of the goodies before we ate, and after we said the blessing and turned everybody loose to eat I feared for my life in there! Their little 2 bedroom apartment was stuffed to the gills. At one time there were 17 people there, although some of them only stayed for a minute and left.

There's Jessica and Jason in front of the tree. It's about time for another belly pic to compare to the others I've taken. I can't wait until the ultrasound in January! Excited is too mild a term to describe how I feel about this baby!

And the las
t picture is of our host and hostess, Cecil and Brian. It was a good party, Cecil. :-)

So now that all the hoopla is over what are we doing around here? Lamar is in the living room watching a DVD. The original black and white "Superman" series. And I'm blogging and wondering what I'm going to fix for supper.

But you know what? It's still Christmas in my heart. Year 'round. Because even though December 25th has come and gone, Jesus is still LORD. And I will be just as excited about celebrating His birth again next Christmas season. I will love my family and friends all year long, but put a little more special emphasis on that love for Christmas. The Spirit of Christmas just makes us all a little more loving and giving, as it should.

Merry After Christmas, Y'all.

And now, on to 2007 and a year of new things, new beginnings....


Barb said...

I'm trying to picture the crowds of family and friends, Diane. My goodness, ya'll celebrate!

I love the photos. It's always nice to see photos of you and your family. Sounds like you had a nice Christmas. You're going to wonder what you ever did without that big crockpot!

I'm looking forward to the new year, too. Rob's surgical consult got moved up to this Friday so we'll know more about that soon. Meantime, God is good - the workers comp people called yesterday morning and said checks will start arriving soon and will continue until the doctor says he can return to work without any restrictions. So praise God for that!

Time for all of us to just kick back and relax. And it sounds like that's just what you and Lamar are doing this evening.

I'm glad you all had such a nice Christmas. xoxoxo

Susie said...

Wonderful newsy post! Glad you had a wonderful Christmas. I truly loved seeing the pictures of your family!
You all look really happy together.

Dawn said...

Sounds like a good time was had by all! We had a wonderful time this year - such a blessing to have our prodigal returned, healthy, and healed. Now back to work tomorrow - with another storm predicted. I'm a bit apprehensive! The streets are still impossible, and I can't imagine more snow on top of the slushy mess.

I got a new camera, too - I can't wait to figure out how to use it!

Talk to you soon!

Mountain Mama said...

I'm so glad you had a wonderful Christmas Diane. And still the gift of a grandchild coming. Yes, It will be Christmas for a long-long time.
I had a wonderful day with my daughters, their children and grandchildren. I have two more great grandbabies in the oven. Victoria Star (Tori) is due in March and Ethan Michael is due in April. Babies are so precious. Just ain't nothing like em'!

green eyed girl on planet earth said...

I always love seeing your pics Diane and it is so funny about all the cameras going off , sounds like here . You look so happy ,I just wanna reach in and give you a Big Squishy Hug , Hope your feeling well and Jessicas peanut is growing into a bigger uhhhh peanut ! haha

Praying for your Prodigal said...

.....and new grandbabies! 2007 will be such an exciting and memorable year!

Thanks for giving us a peek into your Christmas Celebration. You are blessed with such a close family and friendships!

Hope your after-Christmas days are restful.....and filled with the joy of anticipation of that little one! Can't wait to share the joy of that ultrasound!!!!!


Nancy said...

What a blessing to have such a large and loving family. HAPPY NEW YEAR with BLESSINGS!

Jen said...

what a wonderful Christmas you had :)

Andre said...

Getting a digital camera for Christmas. Jason's a part of the Jennings family at last!

Thanks for opening up the doors to your holiday. I could already suspect that you guys had a terrific time; hard not to with a Momma Jennings in the fold. But seeing your photos tells the story! Thanks for sharing!

May God's merciful hand keep you and your family (current and future!).

_Nashty_ said...

So erm... the fudge's all gone?

haha. OK i'm done mooning about them! Hehe.. Great Christmas i know u had!