Christmas Eve at my mom and dad’s house is always a magical time of the year: This year was not much different then the lasts ~ Except ………….. We are much more grateful then ever before:

My dad is doing wonderfully and is as strong as ever. He is recovering nicely from his , shall I say, tackle with Rurt-ro, I mean, Ruffo his dog. She is very sorry and embarrassed about the whole “little” incident, as she likes to call it.

Although my dad is a little slower then normal these days, it is very good to know, this year, just like every year, he kept up his tradition of shopping for the love of his life on Christmas Eve.

To my mothers much delight, and our relief, our father can stay another year.

Among the many Christmas gifts that were given and received:

There was an elegant table

with great food
There were smiling faces to be seen every where!

More smiling faces. There were lots of presents! There was music
and great conversation. A tea party was given. Supporters of our up and coming president were at the party.

The Mob even came!

We had such a great time celebrating Christmas, and just being together. With so many things to celebrate, we have to say, we are grateful too: Joe is doing well. He and Karen were able to share the season with us. For many, many years of good luck, Joe’s grandparents gave him Waterford Champagne glasses and we toasted to his very bright future and only future successes. OHH! AHH!

It was all very bubbly and wonderful!
Mary Elizabeth has finally decided her father is worthy of calling him by name. To much of Mark’s Christmas joy ~ Christmas morning she was saying “Daddy” and they have been joined at the hip since. (………it is not that she couldn’t say Daddy……….She wouldn’t say Daddy……….this is one of the many reasons her father calls her………”Sassy Mai”)

In the end, Matthew was very tired!
As our Christmas story comes to an end it is far from over:
To much of our surprise and delight we are very pleased to announce……………॥

Our Sweet Stephanie got married!

We were able to meet Stephanie’s Prince Brian………….who seems to be a very nice man and loves his new wife very much.

The father of the Bride couldn’t be happier and has welcomed his new son in law with open arms.
As Karen said……………..”It was a very good year!”

10 thoughts on “Christmas 2008

  1. This is great! What a nice blog. Who knew you had such talent?? Running a business; Advent Home Services, Mary Kay consultant, Homeschool Mom to 4 kids and now a blogger! How do you find the time? Nice documentation of some very special moments. Love your sister! Marg. (aka “Auntie M”)I’m your first “official” commenter! 😉 Woo Ho!


  2. The blog kicks you know what!! That is AWESOME! Very creative and well done, Lisa! I was really pleased to see your Dad in such good spirits. And the whole family as well.


  3. WONDERFUL pictures of a SUPER family. Uncle Bill looks fantastic and Aunt Grace…the covergirl in spandex…Yee-hah!!Looks like your Christmas was really special. So much to celebrate and give thanks to God. Best of luck with the blog…will keep checking in to hear the latest in Fine(nell) ADVENTures. Happy New Year to y’all down South..from,ONE OF MANY CUZZINS!! ~regina


  4. Dear lisa ,Id like to tell you what a great job you did on your first blog (I dont know if everyone in the family needs one ) but i liked it ,Its nice to see how proud of your family you are .Im not even going to say anything about my brothers photo being all the way at the bottom ,its your blog but him where ever you think he should go (and you did ….at the bottom). Im just kidding lisa i think it came out great so be sure to look for my blog called “I do the same thing day after day”


  5. Hi Lisa,Great Blog. It’s great to see everyone in good health and to put faces to all the names. It was great to see Karen two weeks ago when she returned to New England’s wintery splendor. What a year you have all experienced!I look forward to many more FINE{nell} ADVENTures.Your Northern Cuz,Peg


  6. Hi “Aunt” Lisa Wanted to say that the blog is very nice. I did not even notice that I was only in one picture but thats fine. Just kidding (but seriously only one picture? really?). Look forward to reading more of our story’s.James


  7. Great job Lisa! I felt like I was among the happy family. I hope you keep up the blog. It is a wonderful way to keep in touch with everyone and save good memories.Happy new Year from Florida.


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