Kevin took Analisa out for a walk on the snowy back country roads, where their relationship began with long walks, and proposed. She said Yes! Sometime this year we will gain a Galbraith daughter-in-love! Such happiness and blessings for our family!
Ruthie and Lydia working on their nature sketches at the Nature Center
Dom and Lou, my main source of social interaction these days ... you may pity me be jealous...
Near the army base where Kevin J. is stationed, there is a local baker who will bake and deliver a treat for a soldier's birthday, and send the customer a picture. Here is our very tired soldier with his 25th birthday treat!
Our parish does a wonderful Corpus Christi procession. This year we were blessed to share it with our two new priests; our pastor Fr. Tom, and a visiting priest, Fr. Joseph. All our men were on canopy, Dominic served, Blaise sang, and Lydia strewed flowers with the other First Communicants. (We are an organizer's dream: one phone call and you get all four canopy bearers, roughly the same height. LOL)
The Divine Praises Blessed be God. Blessed be His Holy Name. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. Blessed be the Name of Jesus. Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart. Blessed be His Most Precious Blood. Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy. Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception. Blessed be her Glorious Assumption. Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother. Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse. Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints. Amen.
I changed tradition this year and served lasagnas (one red meat sauce and one seafood) instead of meatballs for our Christmas Eve dinner. Most of us don't appreciate it when I try to change any tradition, but they liked this change! After dinner we had the first plate of cookies and exchanged the secret Santa gifts among the children. After dropping off those who were serving Midnight Mass or in the choir, the rest of us visited grandparents till it was time to return to church for Mass.
Twas the Night Before Christmas....
the stockings were hung by the chimney with care....
you can see a few Advent books are still wrapped, those are really books for a few of the 12 days but I hadn't thought to wrap them in different colored paper
Monica knit Kevin a scarf. You would think at their age I could get a nice smile for the picture! LOL
my new favorite picture of Alex
Kevin J. gifted us with this beautiful nutcracker!
my new favorite picture of Regina
In the stillness before Midnight Mass... All is calm, all is bright...