Family Love and Gratitude

My Christmas this year, was filled with family and joy. My daughter came for a nice long stay, which was fabulous. Last year  had a huge void with her not here. So this year we made up for lost time.

We saw the San Francisco production of the Nutcracker. I hadn’t been in several years and forgot how much I loved it.

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Bad picture, fun time!

The costumes this year were the best I can remember. On stage and off. People watching is a favorite of mine and this audience didn’t disappoint 🙂

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I couldn’t help taking this lady’s picture. She looked perfect for S.F.!

While my husband watched “Charlie Brown’s Christmas, (you read that right), my daughter and I made a Gingerbread house for my grandson.

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Pounds of sugar and laughter glued this baby together.

My son, daughter-in-law and grandson came to stay for the main event. The gifts were fun but the joy and blessing was having everyone together.

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I think the highlight for my grandson was our ride on the Christmas train. Covered with pulsating lights, inside and out, the train ride blew him away.

Christmas train
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We took the obligatory Christmas photos to capture the memories.

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This was a favorite.

I’m so glad I took the time to unplug from social media and just soak in the joy of spending time with my family. I’m grateful for this special time we got to spend together. And when I’m grateful, I’m happy!Family Love and Gratitude

I hope you had a glorious holiday. I’m grateful for each one of you and thank you for reading!




  1. I loved seeing all these family pictures Jen, I’m so happy you were surrounded by all your family. Your grandson is absolutely adorable. God I love that age. Happy 2016 to you and your beautiful family…I look forward to reading more of your thoughtful posts in the coming year.

  2. Your daughter is so beautiful (and the spitting image of you.) And your grandson: so adorable!!

  3. You are glowing in these photos, Jen. It looks like all your holiday wishes came true! Having family all together is truly THE gift.
    We are off to Lincoln for our round 2 Christmas today. 🙂
    Happy new year to you, my fabulous friend!
    xx, Heather

  4. What a wonderful post. It made me so happy, to think about having your daughter, and son, and daughter-in-law, and grandson all together.

  5. What a fabulous Christmas! Thanks for sharing! Hope your hip didn’t hinder your getting around. xoxox, Brenda

  6. Obviously you know what is important. Family! Looks like you took advantage of everything yoou could to enjoy the holidays in the best way possible. See you in the New Year!

  7. Hope your 2016 continues to provide you with love and support from your beautiful family. Beth

    Nothing BEATS the KIDS coming over……………..NOTHING!
    Looks like a wonderful Christmas to me!

    1. I agree. It’s just not Christmas without the kids coming home. I hope yours was fabulous. Apparently Santa was very kind to you!

  9. Your smile says it all…big Grandma smile!! That is so wonderful your daughter joined you and I am really happy you got this time. Looks like it was wonderful in many ways.

    1. It was beyond wonderful Pam. Sorry
      I bombed out on our Style Sweet
      Spot! It just snuck up on me
      too fast.

  10. Beautiful pics! That grandson will always have a special place in his heart for at least one Grandmother!

    1. We just got your book!! Thank you so much. What a delight. It’s terrific. It was so kind of you to send a personalized copy!!
      I hope your Christmsas was fabulous.

  11. This sounds perfect, Jennifer! I keep hoping to have everyone around the tree at the same time but, so far it hasn’t worked out. I won’t give up hope, though. All your photos were beautiful and full of love, just what Christmas is about!
    Happy New Year!

    1. It was such a wonderful contrast to our sad Christmas last year. I was determined to squeeze every drop of joy out of it this year.

  12. How wonderful Jennifer! I love seeing all of these beautiful images of your family together at the Holidays!!

    The Arts by Karena
    India Hicks Sale!

    1. I hope you had a terrify holiday Karen!

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