December 25, 2011

Memory Lane Monday - Family...

Christmas Day 1959 (I'm the one on the right.)
I remember those early Christmas celebrations when the most important thing was getting that present I really wanted from Santa. In 1959, it was a baby doll that I adored. As I became older, other things became more important.
Our 1986 family Christmas card.
In 1984, I married Handsome and we were immediately a family of four. I was privileged to become a stepmom to 13 and 8 year old boys.

My focus moved from "me" to "us", and through the years we've added to our family in the most wonderful ways.
l-r: Son #2, me, Handsome, Son #2's Lab, King Friday the 13th (Friday), DIL #1, and Son #1
Our elder son married his childhood junior high school sweetheart, and we've been blessed to have her as part of our family...
2000 - l-r: Handsome with golden, Duff, me, DIL #2, DIL #1, Son #2 and Son #1 with golden, Bee
...and when Son #2 married his sweetheart, we thought it couldn't get any better. Our family celebrations took on new meaning as our family grew. It wasn't really about the presents. It was about the gifts of love and shared lives.
2011 - Our Grandson
Now our lives all include three of the most remarkable young people who, daily, take our breaths away. When the Christmas card arrived from our elder son's family, I almost dropped to my knees. This little man continues to make my heart stop every time I look at his face. I don't expect you to feel the same. I'm his Grandma, after all, but I'll completely understand if you agree with me.
2011 - Our Granddaughters
Then we got our Christmas card from Son #2 and his family. As grandparents, Handsome and I look at our granddaughters and our hearts swell with love. Not only were we blessed with that dark-haired beauty, but God saw fit to bless us with another red-head. That impish grin perfectly shows her personality, which she is more than happy to share with us, whether on the phone or in person.

Being a part of our family is an honor that I never even imagined as a child. I say "honor" because carrying on our family name and teaching our values to our boys and our grandchildren is not something I take lightly. In our family, the best way to teach is to lead by example. I want them to be proud to carry our name and all the integrity, honesty and history it carries, and they always know that they're loved by us. Of all the things a person can give to their family, I value these things the most.

As we move into a new year and a new start, I again make a resolution that I find easy to keep. I will continue to be the person that my family is proud to call their own, and a person who will always make them the first priority (after their father/grandfather) in my life. For me, there's no other way.
Thank you for joining me for the last Memory Lane Monday of 2011. I'm looking forward to sharing more memories with you in 2012, and hope that you'll join me as we welcome the new year.

If you have a memory you'd like to share, please write your story on your blog and then come back and link here so others can read your memory. See you again for January's Memory Lane Monday!
 

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Minimiss said...

Lovely photos Donna and of course your grandchildren are the greatest. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Farmhouse prims said...

Love the pictures, you have a beautiful family, aren't grandchildren so special. Wishing you a lovely day! Hugs Lecia

Marydon said...

You melt my heart, Donna. We feel the same way about our darling kid-lings.

Your kid-lings are beautiful & so cute ... love the impish peek. Yes, you are right ... leading is the most important part ... may you continue to be blessed with these beautiful children throughout your & their lives.

Happy New Year!
TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Lovely pictures, very special memories, Donna. :)
Your grandies are so cute.
Families are Forever. Hugs, Sandy.

Createology said...

A beautiful tribute to a beautiful family. Your words really describe your devotion to family and values. The photos show the proof. Happy memories and your grandlittles are precious.

Marydon said...

Is it just you & me today? How lucky can I be ...
Huggers,
Marydon

Jann said...

What a wonderful post--you have a lovely family, and your grandchildren are just beautiful! Happy New Year to you all!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

This is such a beautiful post, Donna. You have a wonderful family. Twyla

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Hi Donna,
I enjoyed your photos so much! Time goes by so quickly, doesn't it?
You have a beautiful family- I adore the pic of your granddaughters. The smiles on their faces are contagious.
So glad you had a good Christmas. : )
xo, Tina

Michelle May said...

Such a wonderful post Deece. Loved it. You truly are blessed with a wonderful family. Oh and I'm totally jealous of your gorgeous face that never ages!!!! The only thing that changed on you is your hairstyle and outfit!
A beautiful lady you are inside and out.
Love ya!

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