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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Merry Week of Christmas!

Our week in Portland is swiftly coming to a close. Where did the time go?

We left Spokane right on the end of a snowstorm that made the first 100 miles or so of the drive very treacherous. By the time we stopped for lunch in Hood River, Oregon we were treated to this beautiful rainbow.  What a blessing on our journey.

Most of my pictures are on my real camera and I have no way to post with them without my home computer. These were taken with my iphone and althoughsome are blurry, I hope the joy in each moment shows.

Precious Piper was the highlight of Grandpa's and my week of course. It's the longest stretch of time Grandpa has been able to be with her and oh my goodness! She adores her Grandpa. It's going to be very difficult to leave her behind when we go home . She definitely has her very own personality.  

Another BIG highlight was our bloggers lunch with Gracie, Taci and Teresa on Monday.  We exchanged gifts with each other and these ladies have so much creativity. Lovely Meredith from Florida sent us each an ornament with yarn and tiny knitting needles she made.  Gracie made us another little ball of yarnand needles  ornament and a crocheted wreath.  Taci made a pincushion kit in a glass jar complete with heart ended pins.  Teresa made us beautiful snow globe nativities.  All of these lovely ladies have blogs on my sidebar and have much better pictures than I do.

Teresa and Dayle made salmon for us.  Taci brought yummy breads from a French bakery, I brought broccoli salad and Gracie brought chocolate cheesecake for dessert.  A veritable feast.  Teresa also provided Christmas crackers and after we pulled them we wore the crowns that were inside for the afternoon. The table was set and decorated beautifully for us too!  Dayle & Teresa are great hosts!!!

On Friday we all met again at Gracies for a time of knitting together. We also got to hold her precious Grandbaby Rose.  There is nothing  like cuddling with a precious baby is there?

I am so thankful for these lovely ladies who have entered my life through this world of blogging and now are "real life" friends.

We had a wonderful Christmas here at Mandy and Brad's too.  It was very quiet and we had a great time playing with Piper and her new toys.  

Tomorrow we'll make the trip home and it will seem very quiet when we get there.  I don't even want to think of leaving. We've offered to take Piper home with us, but Daddy & Mommy aren't very receptive to that idea. :-)

My prayer us that you had a wonderful holiday week whetever you may be.  I am so thankful for the best gift I've ever been given.  My Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

I'll see you all again soon.


  1. I am so thankful to have been part of your lovely week, Betsy! Our time together always seems too short, but I guess that is good, because it helps me appreciate the time we did have and look forward to the next time we can get together :) Thanks again for the lovely lacy ornament you made for me, and for the fan and jingle bells and tea! Blessings to you and yours on your trip home and into 2014. xx

  2. Hi Betsy.. drive very careful on your way home. Here's hoping a trip back will be soon and we can all meet for lunch again. Thank you for your amazing crocheted lace ornament, the tea, the bells and the fan from Japan!! I hope we can make this luncheon a tradition.

      *H*A*P*P*Y* *N*E*W* *Y*E*A*R*!*

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. So glad you had such a lovely trip. :)

    Sending prayers your way for a safe journey home.

    Blessings always dear friend.

  4. I'm also so happy and grateful you had such a great week... As for me I'm grateful and happy I was able to see you and that you are in my life. Drive careful my dear friend and I will see you soon again. Lots of love .

  5. Betsy, you are so blessed, wonderful time with your loving family, adorable Piper and of course spending time with friends. I love how you are all so excited to be with each other, we are all excited that you can meet up too. And of course seeing your friendships blossom is a delight to us all. Hope you had a safe trip home, I know you are sad to leave your family, hopefully you will be back for a visit soon.

  6. ah Betsy my heart agreed with you as I read through this post... we are so incredibly blessed are we not??

    I thank God for the blessing of knowing you too throguh blogging and pray His blessing on you and those you love in 2014, Shaz in Oz.x

  7. Oh what fun you have had this Christmas season. Meeting with blogger friends is the best!
    I so enjoyed this post.

    I am sitting in front of the fireplace with my feet up. It is snowing and blowing here in Missouri tonight. That is just fine by me because I have no where to go!

    Hugs as you leave your girl behind! I so ~ understand!

  8. Betsy, thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I appreciate it. Hopefully we'll get to meet one of these days with Teresa K. and other NW bloggers. Sounds fun! Hugs and Happy New Year!