Christmas with the Boys

Every year I see my friends Clay and Lew for Christmas Eve. That didn’t work this year, so I saw them a few days later. We exchanged gifts, had dinner, and played games, it was a wonderful, relaxing afternoon.

Before I left, their delightful father, Tom, insisted that the boys take a photo with me by the tree.

How sweet is that. And is anyone else shocked at how tall Clayton is getting, or is that just me? I love those boys so much and appreciate that even though they are getting to the stage where it is not “cool” to take pictures, they still do it for me.
That is easily one of my favorite photos from the holiday season.

My Favorite Christmas Posts

From the very first year I started blogging, even from when I was on Mindsay, here are links to my favorite blog posts I’ve ever written.


Santa…an EOE (first Christmas-themed post I’ve ever written!)

Partridge in a Pear Tree (I had actually forgotten I ever did this!)

Stupidity of Youth (Probably the funniest holiday shopping story I’ve experienced)

Christmas Spirit (Written about the beautiful ways children think)

Christmas Spirit (Written in the same calendar year as the one above, about mostly the same subject, but two completely different stories, titled the same…by accident!)


Christmas 2012

Mom and Simon

Christmas 2010

Arionna’s 1st Christmas

Simon and Arionna



Holiday Love List

Favorite Books

Favorite Movies

Favorite Songs

Happy Christmas Eve!

Holiday Cards for Heroes

This just popped up on my radar this morning. Evidently, the Red Cross does a program where they collect holiday cards and forward them to active service members in the military. I think that is cool. What could be harder than being away from family at Christmas? So it would be nice to honor those people by sending them a card. It isn’t a personal thing, you don’t address them to one person, just send them in to the Red Cross and they will forward your card onward.

The words Red Cross, above, are the link to the page where it explains the program, but if you are interested in sending a holiday card (really, it is just adding one extra card to your list), this is the information you need to know.


Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.

Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:

  • Ensure that all cards are signed.
  • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
  • Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.
  • Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
  • Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
  • Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
  • If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.

All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456


If you feel like being a little extra generous this year, send a card to someone in the service. Photo cards are fine, too! Or have your kids make a card, that would be cute. I just wanted to share this because I had never heard of it before and I think it is a great program. I’m definitely sending a card…actually two, because I have two versions of my Christmas card this year.

And the season is upon us!

Summertime Busy

I know I’ve been a terrible blogger lately. I’ve honestly got so very much to blog about, stories and photos and updates and other fun stuff, but I just haven’t had the time. I’ve been working hard and playing hard.

One fun story, while I sit here, lamenting the end of summer, and secretly looking forward to fall and perhaps being a bit less busy, Kelly just called. She wanted help with her Christmas card. Bless her. No one else I know is planning their Christmas card in August (okay, so mine is already conceived and prepped…maybe THAT’S why we’re friends?!?!).

It made me smile.

And her card is going to rock this year. And, yes, I’m taking all the credit.