Dear Karol,

Thank you so much for your congratulation message for our 30th wedding anniversary. Both my husband David and I feel so very grateful for each other. For us to meet each other is to truly believe in God. We lived in different cities, were married to other people, all sorts of reasons that we wouldn't likely have met. Believe in the Lord, He truly arranged our meeting according to His plan and, as they say, the rest is history. And, we feel blessed and thankful indeed.

You mentioned giving gift certificates this season. They are always a great gift. That way the person doesn't have to look disparingly at the striped yellow and pink sweater we chose for them and try to be gracious in thanking us for their gift!! Just kidding about us picking that color sweater, but my point being that gift certificates, we can't goof up on. We now give money to our older grandchildren because the gifts they say they would like, Dave & I have never heard of. Toys and games just aren't what they used to be - so they always smile lovingly when they receive their money envelopes. The younger children we still buy for, but, we even need to ask their parents what they would like, and it isn't usually a coloring book and crayons. Again, some strange sounding coloring board called "Explosion". I just hand the list to a clerk and ask to be pointed in the right direction for a purchase of "Explosion". And, I must admit, it does look like fun. Another recommendation from the parents is Nerf balls, which are the soft squishy kind of balls that can be tossed around in the house without breaking cherished items or tipping over the Christmas tree. I think this is what the parents want more than the children. And, I can understand their reasoning.

Congratulation on the new baby girl in your family. She does seem small, but, oh my, they are so precious. My niece recently had a baby girl, and it was shortly after my sister became so ill. My niece would bring her new daughter to the hospital when she visited, and I got to hold her a lot, and I fell hard for that precious child. We don't see her as much now and I just told my niece how much I really miss feeling the baby in my arms. And, her comment back was that she surely wished we did live closer because she could certainly use the help. She also has a 3 1/2 year old son. Busy mama for sure. Ryliegh will love her Raggedy Ann doll because as you said, all young girls love having Raggedy Ann.

We didn't put up a tree this year because we're going to our children's homes both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and so we just thought maybe we wouldn't get it out this year. But, I must admit, it doesn't feel exactly right without it. Christmas is a hectic time due to what we have made of it, but, in reality, it is a beautiful time. We should all try and simplify it and remember the reason for the season.

God Bless you my dear friend and I wish you a very nice Christmas and you will surely be in my thoughts and prayers. Love and all the very best in the New Year Karol. Ruth

Posted by Ruth at December 21, 2007 1:48 PM

Hello Danny Boy, I nearly forgot to wish my favorite puppy a very Merry Christmas. Arf Arf
I love reading about you and how much you love your new home. And, your Mom is so wonderful. She always seems to know exactly what you want or need. I'm so thankful that you have a warm bed, good food and a warm and loving home. Have a very Merry Christmas Danny Boy. Love, Ruth

Posted by Ruth at December 21, 2007 1:54 PM

Hello and thanks to my fellow blogger Doris,

Thank you very kindly Doris for sharing your sweet anniversary message for my husband and me. I so appreciate your comments about my entries on the blog. It's such a pleasure for me to have gotten to know Karol through her blog. And, consequently, I have also learned to enjoy all the others that respond to Karol's blog. People such as you, who even let me know they appreciate my writings. Again, thank you Doris and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and the very best in the New Year. Most sincerely, Ruth

Posted by Ruth at December 22, 2007 10:03 AM