Hi there and a warm welcome to Friday’s Fav 5! My last two blessing lists were hampered by computer woes but it’s all good now and I’m typing on a lovely new laptop. Just in time to document all the Christmas happenings!

I’m linking up with Susanne, our lovely hostess of Friday’s Fave 5, at Living To Tell The Story.

It’s been a busy few weeks in this “most wonderful time of the year”.

1. A Birthday Celebration

Robbie’s birthday is always the start of the Christmas festivities at our house. I remember well the day he was born –  35 years ago! Roger was far away in Massachusetts, writing his second year exams in the MDiv program at Gordon Conwell Seminary. When he heard his second little boy had arrived sooner than expected, he got permission from his professors to skip the rest of his exams, jumped in the car, drove 12 hours straight to PEI and surprised both of us at the hospital. I burst into tears when I saw him. What a sweet time!

Robbie’s watercolor birthday card

Happy Birthday Robbie!! You’re a wonderful son, brother, husband and dad. We’re so proud of you!

2. Christmas Concerts

Kids Church Christmas Concert

I’ve always loved watching my own five children in their concerts and now it’s just as fun watching our grand-children. Isn’t this the best thing about being a grandparent? I get to do the things I loved most all over again! (but with a little more sleep 😉 )

Josie’s best friend, Hazel, on her left and her cousin, Lucy, on her right – showing the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah took his part very seriously.

but he had a little smile for Mummy, who was stage right.

Oscar’s Nursery school concert – he’s the little blondie on the far left.

Isn’t he spiffy with his blazer, bow tie and pocket square?

He sang his songs and did the actions perfectly!

At Josie’s school concert, the kindergarten class portrayed the Nativity scene from the Bible, while the Grade 1 class joined them singing “Away in the Manger”. Josie (whose class is short on boys) played the role of Joseph. The two boys in the class were determined to be the Wise Men. (Can’t blame them! 🙂 )

They also sang a fun version of the Reindeer Hokey Pokey. I think Josie likes the stage – the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

Wish I could have popped over to the UK to see this sweet little concert.

Kinsey played one of the innkeepers in Bethlehem.

She played her part perfectly! Such a cute song!! (And love those British accents! ❤ )

3. A new bird sighting

The red-bellied woodpecker. Very elusive.

I could only get its picture through the kitchen window. Every time I opened the door, it flew off. But I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can sneak up on it yet!

4. Christmas Food!

Christmas cookies are always on the holiday menu. Some peanut butter balls too. Gumdrop cake and plum pudding are generally gifted to us (yum!) Also seafood chowder for Christmas Eve. And a large chicken (no turkey please), with all the trimmings, for Christmas Day.

5. James, our youngest son, and his wife, Nora, are both nurses and are on duty this Christmas. So we started a new tradition – the pre-Christmas family get-together. Something entirely new and oh so fun ~  glo-bowling!

The older grands had a great time!

And the babies stayed happy!

We finished the night off at James and Nora’s cosy house – lots of good food, visiting and laughter! I forgot to take pictures though 😦

6. Here’s a bonus for this week’s blessing list – and hot off the press as these girls just arrived this morning! A new addition to our little place on Polly Hill.

Our good friend Peter delivered the new arrivals. He’s featured in another Friday Blessing list found here

The girls saying hello to Roger!

They came decked out in Christmas finery for their initial photo op! Thanks Peter! (He knows me well 🙂 )

They made it into the pen without any trouble and seem to be settling in fine.

We’ve had cattle before, but never sheep.

It’s a whole new blogging oops –  I mean farming venture! 😉

Thanks for joining me this week!

From all our family to each of you – a very wonderful Christmastime and many blessings in 2018!

with love,

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13 thoughts on “Pre-Christmas Blessing List

  1. Gattina says:

    What a nice Christmas you had with all your family ! the photos are witnesses ! With children Christmas is always fun ! I wished I could have some sheep too they look so cute !


  2. Faith says:

    Merry Christmas and a very blessed New Year to you Kathie!! OMGOODNESS how Josie and Lucy look so much alike!!! Def can tell they’re related. And Kinsey is just precious…actually ALL of your grandchildren are. How fun!!

    We had a white Xmas this year with snow arriving as we woke up on Xmas morning.

    And now we are in the midst of a brutal (for us) cold spell. This morning was only 4 degrees F when I got up at 6:30. I am thankful I have the week off!!

    Loved all of your FFFs this week!! (the sheep are cute!!. My sister has goats, chickens, a pig and usually a couple of turkeys plus 2 dogs. I’ll have to show her the sheep!!)


  3. nikkipolani says:

    Wonderful sweetness extended with your new traditions 🙂 lovely to catch up a bit with your family adventures and adorakids.


  4. bettyl - NZ says:

    It doesn’t matter what the date is, all that matters is getting together and enjoying the company! What lovely photos. The new bird sighting is great.


  5. Jody says:

    Grandkids are just the best! What a bunch of cuties you have!
    Sheep!!! You’re gonna just love raising sheep.
    Merry Christmas, Kathie.


  6. Kim says:

    Such a wealth of lovely heartwarming photos. Thank you for sharing. I love the sheep, you will have such fun with them.


  7. Beverly Klassen says:

    Merry Christmas Kathie – thank you for sharing your Christmas pleasures. I smiled the whole time I was reading! Our daughter and her family arrive from SK tomorrow and the whole family will be together – we can hardly wait! Enjoy your Christmas celebrations. God’s best in 2018.


  8. Willow says:

    What a sweet fave five this week! You are so busy with those grands. What a blessing to live near them!
    And Happy Birthday to your boy!
    Sheep?? Hmmmm, will they have nice spinnable wool?



  9. Susanne says:

    Happy birthday to your son! Fun to have a kick off like that to the Christmas celebrations. All the pageant pictures are so cute. The kids are all so cute decked out in their best. What a fun new tradition to start. Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  10. anneliese says:

    I so enjoyed reading about your Pre-Christmas celebrations! I agree, it’s so fun to repeat what we did with our own kids… but with more sleep … and not getting them ready. I wish you and yours a blessed Christmas! You also have some far away, like we do, but we are so thankful for the ways we can communicate with pictures and videos.


  11. Ellen says:

    So nice to be open to different fun celebrations. I haven’t seen a children’s program in such a long time. I miss them. Soon hopefully our little Addy will be part of one. A very Merry Christmas to you and your dear family!


  12. Kathie I so enjoyed this post with all the grands in the concerts and the sheep arriving. Delightful! I wish you, Roger and the family a blessed Christmas season. Stay safe in the storms that are coming!


  13. Barbara H. says:

    First of all, your cover photo is gorgeous! What a fun FFF. I love children’s programs! The family get-togethers are wonderful, and it’s nice to develop new traditions as the kids get older. Sheep! That will be interesting!

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!


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