Let us remember

Our York home at Christmas, 2009

Our York home at Christmas, 2009

“And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans–and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused–and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself.”  ―  Sigrid Undset

From our family to yours, we wish you a wonderful holiday season.  Thank you for the gift of your presence here with us, today and especially during the difficult months of the past year.  We pray you will all be blessed in 2014.

One year ago today

Unconditional joy


  1. And you and yours, as well.

  2. Virginia Duran

    Merry Christmas 🙂

    • Thank you, Virginia! The same to you and your loved ones, and happy 2014!

  3. Ron Wood (London, Ontario)

    Merry Christmas Julia!!!

    • Thank you, Ron! I hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday.

  4. Ann

    Have a wonderful day!

    Thank you for the beautiful e-card


    • Ann, you’re welcome! I hope you are enjoying a lovely Christmas day.

  5. Wish you and your family a very merry Christmas, Julia! God bless you all!

    • Thank you, Bindu! And the same to you and your loved ones!

  6. Merry Christmas to my wonderful brother and his amazing family. We have so much to be thankful for today.What blessings we have received this year-the birth of Grady and Jeff doing as well as he is.We pray that 2014 will be an even better year. We love all of you.

    • Thank you Janice! We certainly feel blessed today and join you in praying for a happy 2014 for all!

  7. Linda Blackford

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, too, Julia! Thank you for being such an inspiration and reminding us that it is our daily task to defeat despair and embrace joy!

    • Thank you Linda! I am so happy you enjoy the blog. Today it has been easy to embrace joy! I appreciate your encouragement and your presence here.

  8. Jenelle

    Wishing you and your family a merry and bright Christmas! Happy Birthday, Jesus! Happy Christmas to Julia and this amazing community!

    • Thank you, Jenelle! I am so happy you are part of this community. I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday.

  9. Sheila

    Julia, the e-card that you sent was such a beautiful surprise. My heart tells me that your Christmas was really special! The holidays have really gone by much too fast but the memories will linger. Your December writings have been incredible! Thank you so much! 🙂

    • Thank you Sheila, as always your encouraging words bring me cheer! Our Christmas was truly special, unlike any other, but so much for which to be thankful. Grady is a little bundle of laughter. I have never seen a baby that young have as much fun as he had yesterday. He had us all laughing at him laughing! I am so happy we got to see his smiles before he had any teeth! (They look totally different once they get teeth – not a bad thing, of course, but that little baby face disappears somewhat when the smile becomes a grin!) I am so happy you have enjoyed the holiday postings. Thanks for being with us.

  10. Rene

    Merry Day After Christmas as well! Only two boys for dinner last night :).

    • Well, that’s fun too. The great thing about life is the variety. A loud crowd can be fun, but so can a cozy chat with only 2-3, or solitude with a good book, music, and/or a warm fire! Merry Day After Christmas! When I was a kid I was always sad for Christmas to be over, but now that I’m an adult, I love it!

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