Saturday, 3 January 2015

Christmas Musings 2014

Christmas is as far away as ever, leaving behind some wonderful moments to treasure.  The one word that is uppermost in my mind for this years celebration is PREPARATION.  Circumstances this year made me focus and really prepare and not leave things to the last minute.  The wedding and going into hospital so close to Christmas meant some changes to the usual proceedings, none the less a wonderful time had by one and all.  I had done a lot of baking and meals for the freezer for both my parents and myself, extra shopping for the store cupboard had also been done so that made food a lot easier to organize.

My eldest daughter visited as soon as I was out of hospital and looked after us all which was wonderful, we really did enjoy not only some wonderful company but some fantastic food.  She did a fantastic job looking after us all.
My parents were visited by family and were well cared for so I was able to get away to our youngest daughters and her family for Christmas.  Unfortunately the travelling had taken its toil so I was unable to go to church Christmas eve.  The two Grandaughters were in the nativity, one as a shepherd the other a sheep.  They took their roles very seriously and loved dressing up.  Lily did wonder where Bethlehem was as she hadn't seen it on the way to Newcastle, which really made us smile.
Christmas day brought lots of presents, food and thanks for a wonderful family.  My husband and I are truly blessed with lots to be thankful for.
It was wonderful to watch my daughter continue some of the family traditions into her own little family and start new traditions of their own.  It was a lovely time for reflection looking at some of the crafted decorations from Christmas's past and seeing how much they were treasured.  I was certainly spoilt and pampered which in turn aided my recovery.  All too soon we were heading home, to be looked after for another couple of days by the new Mr and Mrs and of course Bertie.
Christmas gifts were plentiful with so much thought and love given with each one.  As you can imagine I had lots of crafting gorgeousness which I am sure I will share over a period of time, including some wonderful books.  The gifts I want to highlight today are the scrapbook supplies:

I don't think I need to say what my plans are for the next couple of days.  Yes you were right I intend to record all the photos from over the holiday period.
New year came in very quietly this year, with just my husband and I sharing a few moments.  I am not one for new years resolutions instead I like to set a few goals for myself, I will save them for another post.
Blogging has made a big difference to my life, I love sharing the things I create and the blessings of my family life.  I love reading and being inspired by the wonderful blogs that I follow.  Once again thank you for all your wonderful comments and for taking such an interest.  My wish for you all for 2015 is everything that you wish for yourself.
See you soon.


  1. I'm glad to know you could have such wonderful moments with your family and the ones you love.... I'm happy to know you're feeling better now ! I'm happy to read your blog and to know all the beautiful things you make ... thanks to you !!! and see you very soon !! Hugs !

  2. That looks like a really good Christmas and those crafting supplies definitely look yummy!

  3. What a wonderful family Christmas. You are truly blessed.

  4. Hello Lorraine

    Such a beautiful post. You have so many special memories, I'm looking forward to seeing your scrapbook pages.

    Take care


  5. It sounds like you had a wonderful Holiday and I am so glad you are recovering.
    Hugs to you and Happy 2015!

  6. It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas in spite of the fact you were recovering from surgery. Making a Christmas scrapbook will be the perfect way to record all your great memories. Happy New Year!

  7. Dear Lorraine, I was absent so long around the holidays I hadn't realized that you had been to hospital! I am so sorry, I hope you are well now!?

    Good health and joy be yours for this coming New Year. God's blessings to you and yours, dear lady.

  8. Sorry to hear you have been in hospital, I hope you are well and truly on the mend. Happy New Year to you.

  9. Your grand-daughters looked adorable. So glad you had a Merry Christmas. All the best for 2015.


  10. I enjoyed seeing the Christmas pictures, Those granddaughters are cute as can be. Take care!

  11. Isn't it so wonderful to see Christmas thru the eyes of children especially when the traditions are carried over to another generation?!!? We had the same kind of special Christmas with a four year old "believer" in the house. : ) Happy and healthy new year to you and your family!! Those crafting goodies look wonderful, by the way!! xoxo

    ~ Wendy

  12. It looks and sounds like you had a lovely time with your beautiful family. May you have a wonderful Sunday!


  13. Your organization and creativity have been such an inspiration to me this Fall! I am glad for the teamwork of your family that is helping in your recovery. Your shepherd and sheep are so precious. Enjoy your scrapbooking and may you and yours have a happy, creative 2015! xx

  14. It looks as though you had a wonderful time and were very well cared for and loved over Christmas! I hope that you enjoy your time scrapbooking all those memories with your lovely new supplies and looking back fondly on all the love. xx

  15. You certainly had a very busy year, your organisational skills are second to none, very much in awe.
    You have received very delicious crafty presents, so nice to use new papers, embellishments and explore their delights.
    Have very many pleasant hours doing so.
    Helen x

  16. my my you were busy while you were recovering! I'm glad you were surrounded by family!! May 2015 be a wonderful year for you!!