Hospitality, Friendship, Encouragement

Monday, November 29, 2021


 Our weekend was full of beauty and pain. Hard things due to choices by people we love. It's hard to watch. But we pray, and we love, and we put them into God's hands. Prayers for our hearts appreciated!

Tim and Kyle cut our tree on Friday, and we put it into water and decorated it on Saturday.

Here it is on Saturday evening.

Here it is this morning.

My brother and sister in law have been in town all week, and it's been very good to be together. I'm thankful for them. Last night we took them and my parents to see the Christmas lights at Herr's Snack Foods in Nottingham. This is a free light display the company does for the community. We've been going every year and multiple times a year for 27 years!

I will continue to hang my greens, ribbons, and lights this week.

Tim designed and built a ramp into the house for my parents. I'll get photos of it today and share it with you. Kyle helped him on this project.

I hung our stockings with care (there are 17 stockings), but looking at the photo I realize if I turn the ladder upside down, there will be more usable rungs to hang them on, and they'll look better! I'll do it today!

I hope you had a good weekend. The year has flown by and Christmas is upon us! What a glorious time of year. Advent is meaningful to me, as I look at Jesus' coming into the world, for us all.

Enjoy this gorgeous version of  "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" from the Choir of King's College, Cambridge.


  1. So much of life is that mixture of joy and pain. I am praying for your hearts!!

    Your tree is lovely . . . and so "you"!! Celebrating Christmas is definitely one of the joys of life . . . celebrating His coming and what that means (the difference in life and death). I love "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!"

  2. Your tree is beautiful in every photo, Deanna -- even undecorated! Do you have a special place where you cut them?

    I will add you and your family to my prayer list. I pray for blog friends every Tuesday.

  3. Praying for the Great Physician to comfort and heal your hearts and work in the lives of your loved ones.

  4. Your tree is lovely. Sending prayers for you and your family...

  5. Your new header is beautiful and the best thing about it is you! Your tree is lovely. Mine is up, but lovely it os not. How nice to have your brother and sister-in-law for a good, long visit. Your parents must be so happy, too.

    Going to the next post to comment more. I do get behind.

  6. Praying for your request as I type. Beautiful tree. That's a favorite hymn of mine...I have lots of favorites! :)

  7. Your tree is beautiful, Deanna. Thank you for the beautiful choir music. Your ladder of stockings makes me smile. I'll be praying for your hearts. God is always working and His hands are large and loving. Warm hugs.


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