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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Down Memory Lane


Taking a trip down memory lane today. We are making plans to go pick out our Christmas tree, a tradition we do the weekend after Thanksgiving. As the years go by, those two little guys in the orange hats have grown up. In fact this may be the first year that my husband and I go, just the two of us to find the perfect Christmas tree. Even though that makes me a wee bit sad..  at the very same time new memories start to be made.. this Christmas season we have Sam's girlfriend joining us for our Christmas weekend of celebrating. I am very excited as we spend more time with her and how she is becoming a part of our family. 

The love in your heart wasn't put there to stay, 

love isn't love 

till it's






  1. We always have the memories of time past. -smile-


  2. So she will make this tradition even more special. And if they get married, they can start their own with THEIR family.

  3. Aww this is so sweet! We were picking out the tree by ourselves for the last few years and now we have a faux tree. It just wasn't the same...I'm hoping some day to return to the tree farm with the family but for now we're happy with our new tree!

  4. It all goes by way too fast, doesn't it?

  5. Carla, You sweet mommy. I am sending you a big hug, I know those feeling of remembering the fun days when our children were small and gave us such joy. I think your boys and hubby are so cute in the picture. Glad you will have another female to help with Christmas celebrations this year. Stay safe, blessings to all, xoxo,love Susie

  6. Oh that brings back memories of the scent of a freshly cut Christmas tree. Sadly, I've been using an artificial tree for the last 30 years just because both my husband and I were so busy working. Enjoy your tree hunting.
    Hugs, Julia

  7. Hello sweet friend. Ohhhhh remembering those sweet times of getting ready for Christmas with the kiddos. Teaching them traditions that hopefully they will carry on someday when they are married and have their children. I bet in the house with all boys you are loving having another female. I am so happy you are loving Sam's sweet girlfriend. Enjoy the weekend. xoxo Kris

  8. Awww! They're so little!!!
    None of my kids have moved out yet, but when the second one turned 18 this summer, it really began to hit me - this is the beginning of the end of the "kids at home" phase of my life! I'm trying to take more pictures and be more intentional about making memories instead of "just surviving" like I did a lot when they were little.
    Moving twice in the last five years has meant re-thinking many of our holiday traditions, too. This year may be the first that we won't be able to harvest a Christmas tree from our own property, and of course all of the decorations will have to find new spots in our new house - I'm feeling a lot of pressure to get everything "just right" (because if you do something once, it seems to quickly get set in stone around here - especially when it comes to Christmas traditions!) Of course, now the kids have much more influence on forming our new traditions, too (so all of the pressure's not on me! Ha!) So I'm trying to focus on relaxing, building our new traditions together, and focusing on what really matters (Jesus is the Reason for the season!)

  9. Things do change as our children grow up but our love for them never changes. When they meet someone and fall in love it is wonderful falling in love with the someone too.

  10. I'm looking forward to hearing about the new memories your family makes!

  11. It's lovely to have special memories, and so good to make some more :)

    I do like the photograph here :)

    All the best Jan


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