The Week that Was

1. Tangerines in the wintertime. How brilliant is that?  On a grey, cold winter day I can stand at my counter and eat what is basically liquid sunshine.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA2. One of dozens of failed Christmas card picture attempts.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA3.  The children were SO tired of posing for pictures, so I scooped them up and squeezed a smile out of them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA4.  Present wrapping explodes all over the house

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA5.  We celebrated Christmas with Grandpa and Grandma W. early this year

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA6.  The “big boys” enjoying a rare treat

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA7.  The main attraction.  Grandpa W. threatened to read the Christmas story r-e-a-l-l-y s-l-o-w-l-y, the children all groaned while the adults laughed!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA8.  This is how I picture him in my mind.  Hands wrapped around a cup of coffee with a slightly mischievous grin on his face.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA9.  Present opening is serious business.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA10.  Possibly the cutest picture ever taken

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA11. She refuses to stay little.  Sitting up in her highchair and grinning while throwing toys on the floor.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA12.  “Mom, take a picture of my lego guy.”

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My thought for the week:  As children we are warned of the damage unkind and thoughtless words can do to others.  It has taken me 35 years to figure out that the real damage is done in the hearts of those who use hurtful words.  It’s like taking poison.  I don’t want to spend a lifetime poisoning myself.  I want to come to the end of my life and still have a smile on my face and a twinkle in my eye.

7 thoughts on “The Week that Was

  1. Clarita

    Your last paragraph… I’ve been thinking down a similar line, and yes, I want to be smiling to my last day – genuine and real and grateful…
    Cowgirls in pajamas are adorable!… You scooping up your kids for a picture is one of the best pictures I’ve ever seen…
    Happy happy Christmas, my friend!

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  2. jenny

    We too have been enjoying the sunshine of tangerines and oranges.
    Cutest cowgirls in PJ’s
    Love brings out those smiles! I use that trick on my husband, as he always looks so goofy for pics. When I snuggle close he usually grins :)
    Love your ending thoughts. Reading in the Sermon on the mount this morning and thinking of some of the judgement in comments in the news. Seeking to show the Father’s love with grace and kindness.

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  3. jennie

    Lovely, lovely!! I love tangerines in the wintertime too. What cute girlies in cowboy boots! Enjoyed your Christmas pics. Merry Christmas, April. XoxoXoxo

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  4. Michelle

    I love your picture posts! There is so much life and love and happiness exuding from them! Tangerines in winter? Yes, please. That’s why I almost always choose grapefruit scented soap somewhere in the house, too. A tiny burst of sunshine with every squirt.

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  5. amber

    so much sweetness.
    that family picture is great-
    the squeezed up one even better!
    love your thought of the week.
    so very true and how I need to remember my words destroy me more than anyone.. very wise.

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