"One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering."

Ida Scott Taylor

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Come and Gone

Hello everyone!  
I have sure been missing YOU.
Our family Christmas celebration in January
has come and gone
and everyone is back at their own homes again.
Some special  kind of memories were made,
but wait until you hear what happened!

  It has taken me a week
to get back into the swing of things.

Here are our daughters together.
Jessica and Jaymie
  Oh how sisterly love is forever special.
Even if you live hours away from one another.

Our grandchildren stayed
with us part of the week without
their parents, because mommy and daddy
went to a Couples Retreat together.
Papaw and I had one day with our sweeties,
  before a nasty
flu virus made it's appearance and 
messed up our plans.

Our little grandson, Ezra, was the first one to have it.
And the poor little guy still had it when he
left to travel back home 6 days later!
We felt so sorry for him because everything he ate just
wouldn't stay down and he was miserable.
papaw and grandma just weren't the same
as having mommy and daddy around when you are sick!

You can see that he looks a little energy drained here
in this picture with papaw and Aunt Jaymie.
After this photo above,
our granddaughter Ella and Aunt Jaymie
 came down with the nasty flu bug too!
Aren't you feeling a little sorry for us about now?

It's something
what grandparents will resort to when
 entertaining their grandchildren!

  This photo isn't the best
in color but I just had to show you
what a trouper papaw was
in bending his body all around, in the game Twister,
just to make 
his granddaughter so happy.
She and her pony sat back and gave the instructions! ha

Well five days later, when mommy and daddy
arrived back from a Florida Pastor's Couple Retreat,
grandma gave into that nasty bug too
that had been trying to
show it's face earlier, but she just couldn't let it until the
Calvary arrived!

We celebrated our family Christmas quietly in
our comfy home and had to cancel the larger family
get together with my siblings that we had planned
That made me super sad,
because a few of my siblings haven't met our 
sweet grandchildren yet. 
But they understood and really didn't want that bug
invading them.

We still had some wonderful hugs and smiles going
on through out it all.  Ella showed me how to use her
new paper bead machine, and we worked on making little
pot holders that I bet you too remember making as a child.

It's funny what life brings your way sometimes,
especially when you are least expecting it. Everyone
is well now and I am so grateful
that we still had this time
I'm just planning on a much more fun trip
in the future with no bugs allowed!

Be sure and tune in tomorrow, 
because I want to
talk to you about something for the new year. 
I've come up with my "WORD", instead
of resolutions, for 2011 and I'm
hoping it will also be an encouragement to
 many of you.

I'm so glad to be back with YOU my friends!
 Great Big Hugs
without any bugs attached!


Kathy and Robert said...

I've heard of families sharing everything but the flu?? I'm so sorry y'all were so sick but maybe now it's all out of your system, never to return.
Missed your smile!

Farmgirl Paints said...

i'm so glad you're back. i truly have missed you. you got to me before i finally wrote to you. welcome home:) btw you look lovely in that last pic.

Lissa said...

Hi Leanne! I am SO very happy to hear from you today!!! Man that was one contagious flu!! Glad that health has found you!!

Nana's Nuggets said...

Oh! My..so sorry to hear of that bug that attacked you all, not fun especially for family things happening!~ about 6 of my family members are recovering from the achy, hurting, high fever flu bug, this last week. I have really run from them!, but glad you are back, and looking forward to what you are going to tell us, and the word thing is going around! I found my word and that is "Trust",I love this, please share soon, Blessings for a Happy:) Sunday!

rachel awes said...

happy new year to you & your lovely ones..
(delightful to see "twister"!!)
ooooh, what's your word?! :)

Mary said...

I am so glad you had a wonderful time in spite of the illnesses. I do imagine there were moments that were hard even in the midst of joy! Glad you are on the other side of that now.

Your girls have your beautiful open smile Lee Ann.

much love to you.

Bren said...

A family who shares in everything! I know you did all you could to capture and enjoy the moments, like playing twister :-) The pictures show that no matter how sick everyone was, the love you have for one another just shines.