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Talk of the Weekend #13

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Happy New Year!  I hope you celebrated in style.:) Are you a word-for-the-year person, a new year’s resolution person, or neither?  Many people talk about making resolutions for less for the new year…less weight, less stress, less mess…but what I think they really mean is they want less of some things so that they can have more of others.  So for this weekend I want to wish you more for 2015.:)

More time for travel…

(This inn in New York, while out of our budget, looks like a heavenly place to visit.)

inn at windmill laneinnatwindmilllane.com

More delicious dinners…

(Our nearby Carino’s restaurant closed, and I dearly miss this dish.  So I can use this recipe now.)

chicken scallopinigooddinnermom.com

More time for reading…

bookshelvesbranca.com

(Here is another view of that cozy room.:))

library of Chicago Townhousebranca.com

And while you have more time for reading, don’t forget Mary Kay Andrews will have a new book out this year.:)

More parties for you and your friends…

(This soup swap looked like something fun for a winter weekend.)

soup swap partyhoosierhomemade.com

More movies…

Annie movie posterfandango.com

A more organized home…
(There is a good article on staying organized here.)
More time for long soaks in a tub…
More time relaxing on a porch…
More time spent outside…
More rest…
And more music.
I hope this first weekend of the new year finds you having fun with people you enjoy.  We have a dozen projects going on here, so let me get off this computer today.:) I will leave you with one last thought as we start 2015.
Happy New Year!
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Mimi - January 3, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Kelly,
I love it all! The pictures of the screened porch and the garden area made my heart beat a little faster because I’m sure that’s where I belong. :-) I hope 2015 brings you more time to do all the things you love, too.

Debra - January 3, 2015 - 5:47 pm

Happy 2015 and here is to lighter meals, after a holiday that brought wonderful calorie overload! That soup party sounds wonderful Kelly. I just made beef vegetable soup on Wednesday with extra to freeze. We had broccoli cheddar for lunch today, as it is raining and our temperature will drop to make things ice up tonight. They are predicting below 20 for the next four days to come. Oh how lovely…Not! Your post will keep me cozy as I check out all your highlights. Daughter and I are enjoying a Downtown marathon today and tomorrow brings season 5! Pour the Tea!

Garden, Home and Party - January 3, 2015 - 5:52 pm

Kelly,
Several worthwhile items to follow up on here. I loved the checked bedroom with the black twin beds. The pasta recipe looks delicious. One of the things I’ve promised myself for the new year is that I’ll try some new recipes, this one has to go on the list.
xo,
Karen

Donnamae - January 3, 2015 - 6:03 pm

Thank you so much for writing this post just for me! Oh…you didn’t…seems like you read my mind though. I do want less of some things…and lots more of others. And, you knew just what those were. We are still getting used to being empty nesters…and discovering ourselves…and simplifying our lives. It’s kind of fun! Happy New Year Kelly! ;)

Pinky at Designs by Pinky - January 3, 2015 - 6:10 pm

The music video fed my SOUL today!! Beautiful. Thank you! Love the quote too. I started off the new year today by scratching one thing off my list: I cleaned and organized my dish room and attached storage area. It was OUT OF CONTROL, you could barely walk in there. I hope 2015 brings you everything you wish for!!!

Arlene@Nanaland - January 3, 2015 - 6:31 pm

Hope the New Year finds you feeling better Kelly…did you get your house photographed yet for the magazine? My goal is to read more this year. I made a goal of 100 books on Goodreads. Last year I did 82 so hoping I can step it up this year! Happy New Year!!

Design Chic - January 3, 2015 - 9:40 pm

What a wonderful list and ones that I need to include on mine – love the idea of more rest, more time outside and more music and of course I always dream of being more organized…wishing you all the best in the new year!

Katrina - January 4, 2015 - 9:44 am

Happy 2015 Kelly!! I have missed you! I was worried that maybe you were still under the weather but then I remembered that your house was being photographed…. I can’t wait to see it!!!! This great post made up for your absense. I hope you went to see “Annie”…. So cute! The soup exchange is such a cute idea for a party.
I hope you and your family had a blessed and fun Christmas. I am sure you missed your sons. Our Christmas started in Nov when we saw the 20 foot tree ( I think that is how big it was) arrive at the Biltmore House. When we visited there again yesterday I thought to myself that this was a nice way to end the season.
Here’s to your good health and more great posts( and of course the start of the Downton Abbey season

Sally @ Good Dinner Mom - January 4, 2015 - 9:54 am

Kelly, Thanks for featuring my Chicken Scallopini recipe here. It’s one of my favorite chicken dishes of all time so I hope you’ll try it and let me know what you think. Love the porch here and the cute white fence/gate. Happy New Year!

Nan, Odessa, DE - January 4, 2015 - 10:04 am

Thank you! Enjoyed it all.

You have introduced me to THE PIANO GUYS twice now. If you were buying one cd by them, which one would you choose?

Also, I am a reader but have never read Mary Kay Andrews. You wet my imagination on this writer. Is there a particular book you recommend over all she has written? Is there a s eries of her books so I need to read in order? Help!

My grands, always say, you introduced me to the jaw breakers from TARGET in a glass jar, so it has to be good!!!!! HA! HA!

GOD bless, and happy new year.
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Nan, I love their version of A Thousand Years, so I would say go with the cd that is called The Piano Guys. Of course I love their Family Christmas one, but I don’t think you are asking about it. :) My favorite MKA book is The Fixer Upper, but she has done several series. Her most recent books have been stand alone books not in any series. The info you need for her books is here:
http://www.orderofbooks.com/authors/mary-kay-andrews/
Hope this helps!
Kelly

Dawn - January 4, 2015 - 1:41 pm

Perfect post, Kelly!
I love the eye candy and the inspiration! I wish you all the best and good health in the new year. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for your home and for us, your blog friends. Thanks for sharing!

Teresa H. Fields - January 4, 2015 - 4:13 pm

Wonderful post! Thanks for the Kay Andrews part. I had not heard of her(and I love to read). I just reserved some of her books at the library.

PATTI - January 4, 2015 - 5:37 pm

Thanks for the Neil Gaiman quote-just what I needed!

kathy - January 4, 2015 - 7:26 pm

Perfect post! (Dang, I just saw that Dawn said that. Oh, well, it fits.) I hope you have more of everything you want and less of what you don’t. I hope you have great health and that you get to retire in 2015 because you have so many wonderful offers of fun things to do. I always look forward to your posts!

Teresa W. - January 4, 2015 - 7:35 pm

Happy New Year, Kelly! I am in LOVE with that porch and could move right in. I can’t wait for Mary Kay Andrews new book, I love them all. Since Carino’s closed, you need to make a trip to Deano’s. My husband, children and I ate there a few days before Christmas and it was as fabulous as ever. Most importantly though, I wish you good health and everything wonderful in 2015! Have a great week.

Jane C. - January 4, 2015 - 8:33 pm

Thanks, Kelly! Love your idea of MORE in 2015…More hugs & kisses. More time off from work. More time to travel. More time with friends. More flowers, more pool days more walks, more beach, more flowers, more good music, and hopefully one more spotted dog to get back to 3. (We lost one our 1 year old girlie on Christmas Eve).

Love Mary Kay Andrews. I have an endless “to read” shelf. Some day we ARE going to do the book swap party my husband & I have discussed for a year and half!

Happy 2015! Hope it is the best one yet!

Jayne - January 4, 2015 - 10:21 pm

Happy New Year, Kelly! I wish you more of God’s blessings, more time with family and more fun with your blog! Looking forward to reading more of your posts and getting great inspiration!

Liz@HoosierHomemade - January 4, 2015 - 10:35 pm

Such a fun post! Thanks so much for sharing our Soup Swap!
~Liz@HoosierHomemade

L J - January 5, 2015 - 12:00 pm

So enjoyed it all. And I believe you’re right–we want “less” of (fill in the blank) so we can have more of something so much better. Thank you again for Piano Guys. You’ve shared their videos several times and I really like their music and their antics. They’re now on my list to visit them more regularly, maybe even purchase a CD or two. Thank you for taking the time to put out this blog and praying all goes smoothly for the photo shoot….no hiccups–so to speak.

Louvina - January 7, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Been wondering how your photo shoot is going!?! I know you have some great ideas and have put a lot of creative thought into it and just hope you don’t over do!! Must stay well in this beginning of the new year!! Got back from the beach, dug in and have most of the Christmas decorations down and storing them back in the attic storage area. Cold weather coming down the pike!! Brr– will make it feel just like Christmas for your BHG article!! Made a huge pot of beef barley vegetable soup and my late made fruit cake is now seasoned and ready– really turned out good for my first try! Hope to hear about everything you’re doing soon!! Bet you have a fire in your fireplace tonight?! Cozy!!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - January 7, 2015 - 11:07 pm

Happy New Year Kelly!..Looking forward to your wonderful posts in 2015 and news of your photo shoot…Loved the beautiful inspiration here today!…

Talk of the Weekend 12 – One Last Home from the Macon Christmas Tour

tour house 6 living roomYes, I know it is after Christmas.  Yes, I know most of you have probably yanked down all the decorations in your home and have already packed them away – and you are already planning a New Year’s Eve party and to whom you will send your Valentines.:)

tour house 6 dining roomBut as the Queen of Lateness here, I just had to show you this one last Christmas tour house…this one that was my favorite.

tour house 6 dining room chairsIf you are tired of all the Christmas decor, then just ignore it and look at the beautiful rooms.  It really is a gorgeous old house that has had a wonderful restoration job.  My mother’s favorite room was the dining room. She oooohed and ahhhed around that table a few times.

tour house 6 kitchenThe cozy little breakfast area was more my style.

tour house 6 kitchen sink

tour house 6 kitchen sitting areaAnd I especially loved that cabinet there in the corner.

tour house 6 breakfast roomThis was the house with the red bicycle in the hall.:)

tour house 6 bicycleI lost count of how many bedrooms there are in the house.

tour house 6 guestroomDefinitely a room for boys here.

tour house 6 bedroom and sofa

tour house 6 bedroom sofa

tour house 6 bedroom fireplaceAnd one precious one for girls.

tour house 6 girls roomI believe this was the room my husband liked, and you can see why.

tour house 6 bonus roomI think this was the master bedroom.  It looked like a room for peace and quiet.

tour house 6 master bedroomThe master bath was just perfection.

tour house 6 bathroom

You can see that the laundry room is right off the bathroom.tour house 6 bathroom hooksThe icing on the cake was this outdoor room with its fireplace and television.

tour house 6 outdoor areaDid you like it? Thank you for allowing me to indulge in one last Christmas tour with you.  Since sickness has delayed us so much this year, I feel like we are just starting Christmas here….which is quite alright with me since I would love it year round. I still have Christmas music playing.  I am still decorating for the holiday, and we have company coming today.  Hope your weekend is a fun one…and that you are still enjoying the season.

Merry Christmas!:)

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Anne Boykin - December 27, 2014 - 8:37 am

Hi Kelly, Merry Christmas still! Thanks for the lovely tours. So happy you are feeling better. I’m looking forward to hearing all about your exciting 2015!

Sandy - December 27, 2014 - 8:52 am

Yes, I agree with your mother, the dining room is awesome. I would love a long rectangular table. I have been trying to pawn ours off to my daughter. Enjoy your holidays. We keep our trees and decor through Jan. 8th. Luckily for my preference, I chose more winters decor than Christmasy. The past three days have been in the fifties here in Ohio which has made me very happy.

Donnamae - December 27, 2014 - 9:22 am

Thanks for the tour! Great house! I do still have Christmas decorations up…but I suppose they will have to come down one of these days….just not today! I’m still enjoying Christmas! ;)

Louvina - December 27, 2014 - 9:59 am

I love Christmas all year round!! Loved this tour! Especially the dining room, red bike and the girl’s bedroom. Granddaughter is moving back home and I want to get her a day bed like that for her room. Starting to take outdoor decorations down so we can “move” to the condo for a couple of months! What do you think? Love walking on the beach and enjoying our retirement! Enjoy your day and company! Let’s keep the Spirit of Christmas as long as we can into the new year!

Marianne in Mo. - December 27, 2014 - 10:26 am

Lovely home, and I too love the breakfast area! We took down the outside decor yesterday, since we rely on son in law. He wanted to do it while it was warm, and we can’t look a gift horse in the mouth, right? The tree is still up though, so I can enjoy it thru New Years Day.
Hope you had a nice Christmas and I’m glad you are feeling better!

Jennifer from VA - December 27, 2014 - 10:48 am

I too love the breakfast nook, definitely more my style. Cozy. Loved the boys room too! I don’t take my decorations down until January 1st, but by then I’m beyond ready to pack them up. Hugs to you!!!

Dawn - December 27, 2014 - 11:31 am

Kelly,

Thank you for sharing this lovely home with us. I know the bicycle is your favorite. It has two baskets on it and it is red! My favorite is the sitting area in the kitchen area. I love it when there is an area in the kitchen to sit that is not the table or the bar area. A small couch or reading chair just says “we live here and it is comfortable.” My second favorite thing about this lovely home is all of the fireplaces. I love fireplaces! I hope you are rested and feeling well for your continued Christmas celebration. Don’t think for a moment that Christmas has stopped here either. I am still sipping Christmas coffees/teas and playing Christmas music and movies. Our decorations and trees will stay up until after the Epiphany.

Vicki - December 27, 2014 - 11:35 am

We are still waiting on Christmas at our home! Family starts coming in today and we should all be here and have our version of Christmas by Tuesday. All of my children live away and they work hard at coordinating an “at home” Christmas. I have the best kids ever! Enjoy the rest of your break!

Andrea - December 27, 2014 - 11:57 am

Kelly…..I am still sitting here in our living room with the Christmas tree lights on…… I can’t put it all away that quickly (although I do have my Christmas dishes washed and put away….) I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this tour. It was my favorite too! I loved how gorgeous the rooms are without being so formal…..perfection!

Happy New Year!

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - December 27, 2014 - 12:20 pm

It’s still Christmas around here! Thanks for sharing this & keeping the holiday spirit going.

Lynne - December 27, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Thanks Kelly! I enjoyed touring this home. It is so cozy and looks like a home loved and lived in!

kathy - December 27, 2014 - 12:25 pm

I can see why this was your favorite home on the tour. The buffalo checks screamed “Kelly!” I wonder if I can get my husband to put beadboard in my laundry bath this year.

Joan - December 27, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Kelly, I Never get tired of Christmas and all its color and meaning. Thanks for sharing this home today. While large it seems so easy to live in. A home, not just a house. Will put this post in my Christmas file to refer to next season for ideas.
We are receiving a wonderful snowfall at this very moment…light, fluffy…..covering every twig. So welcome. So beautiful. So quiet. A new friend sent the link below to top out the season. Hope you find it as delightful and sweet as I did.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/kWq60oyrHVQ?rel=0

Maria - December 27, 2014 - 4:25 pm

I loved this house and was not tired of the Christmas decor at all! It as lovely to read that you toured the home with your mother. When my mother was living this was exactly the type of thing she enjoyed very much so this was a nice reminder for me..:) I hope you are blessed to enjoy many more outings together. Happy New Year!

Jayne - December 27, 2014 - 6:55 pm

This was so much more my style! The others were pretty, but just not me! I love the fireplace on the porch. I love to look at Christmas all year and plan. Of course, when it actually comes to the decorating, all my planning goes out the window. haha

Janet Magina - December 27, 2014 - 9:12 pm

I loved the breakfast area too, but my favorite was the dreamy yellow bedroom with the chaise longue. How I would love one of those to curl up and read in…sigh. Happy New Year to you and your family, I cannot tell you how much I enjoy your posts.

Amber L. - December 28, 2014 - 7:10 pm

Wow, my favorite thing is that gorgeous dining room chandelier!

Garden, Home and Party - December 28, 2014 - 7:15 pm

Kelly,
What a pretty house. I can see why you like it.
I will have my Christmas decorations up until next weekend. We have our Austin family and I am enjoying the tree with my granddaughter!
Happy New Year…the year has flown by but I’ve enjoyed each and every month reading your blog.
xo,
Karen

Julia - December 29, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Kelly – I enjoyed the home tour and I still have my decorations up but had to take down my tree because my son got a new puppy for Christmas and she was chewing the wires! Happy New Year! Can’t wait to see what houses we visit next year.

Design Chic - December 30, 2014 - 9:41 am

What a wonderful home and fun tour! Love the dining room – perfect for family holiday dinners and the master bedroom…gorgeous. Wishing you all the best in the new year!!

Vicki - December 30, 2014 - 12:18 pm

Kelly-I enjoyed the tours! I have been reading your blog for a few month now.. We are in the process of building a home and I visit your blog frequently for inspiration, so I thought I would say hello from Alabama! Hope you have a very happy new year!

Paula B. - January 2, 2015 - 12:23 pm

Yes! I loved it. Although I’d want an antique bed in the master. Oh, and which room to spend most of my time in???? That dining room was lovely. Thanks for sharing and I don’t think the Christmas décor should go up in November nor come down the day after Christmas. We usually have snow AFTER Christmas, so I especially enjoy the decorations when there is the white background to set them off. I have the tree lights on right now even though there is a lot of sunlight on this chilly day, brrrr. Glad you had a wonderful, low key, kind of holiday, and here’s wishing you and all your family, the very best in 2015!

Beck in 'Bama - January 2, 2015 - 1:18 pm

Thanks for the pics of all the homes on tour…fun to see how the other half lives.

If ever the day comes that all your friends desert you (never) or your family forsakes you (ha) or you find yourself ‘lost’ in this world (double ha)…I’ll be your best bud, your BFF, or your extra sister. Your posts always lift my spirits and bring beauty into my world that needs more. Wishing you a belated joyful Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Alexa~FurnishMyWay - January 7, 2015 - 11:18 am

All I have to say is stunning! That house was quite lovely. Thank you for the wonderful tour. My favorite pictures by far were of the red bicycle, master suite, and master bath. First off, I loved the bike! What a festive but unorthodox idea! Very unique indeed. And the master suite, oh my! What a site it is! The bathroom is indeed perfection and I love that the laundry room is attached!

The Gift of Christmas

giftsThis Christmas Day has been a gift…a sleep late, no rush, enjoy the little moments day.

Christmas morningA day with simple treats from my sister-in-law.

Christmas treatA day of silliness while enjoying opening presents. (Santa scored daughter some Coach shoes for an amazingly reduced price.:))

Christmas shoes

A cozy day.

Among the gifts my husband gave me was a load of firewood.  He knows me well.

firewood

A fun day.

My mother found my original John Denver album from my teenage years – played at least a zillion times.

(He was my true first love.:))

John Denver albumA day when I realize I love the box almost as much as the gift.:) Have you ordered anything from Mark and Graham?? Our sons sent me a gorgeous linen table runner bordered in red grosgrain ribbon, and it came wrapped with so many beautiful details….grosgrain ribbon, a lettered paper, tags in cute envelopes.  (The boys also sent me the make up bag you see in the photo below.)

Mark and Graham packageYes, today was a much needed restful slow paced day – a day to reflect upon and enjoy the true gift of Christmas…God’s Son.  Last night we enjoyed a party at my parents’ home, and we drove around our small town to see Christmas lights after dinner.  I thought the walk leading up to our church was so pretty with all its lights.

church with Christmas lightsAcross the street from the church is a stable, built by my brother-in-law with help from some other church members. The star you see above it is suspended on a cable.  When the stable was first built, the star was across the street, but each night it has moved closer and closer – until this morning when it was directly above it.  The stable is lifesize, and as I waited to take a photo several groups came up to have their photos taken with Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus.  :) They are the real stars of this season.

manger sceneI hope your day has been one full of simple pleasures…a day full of joy.  I thank you for the joy you bring me each and every day with your comments on posts, your uplifting emails, your love for this blog shown when you pin my images to your Pinterest boards, and your willingness to spend your time here with me and read my rambling words.  My gift for you on this Christmas night is a Christmas song.  It starts out with organ music and then moves into a choir, (and around the 3:25 point I get a lump in my throat and good tears in my eyes.:))

I hope you enjoy it.

Come Ye to Bethlehem (Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful)

Merry Christmas!

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Joan - December 25, 2014 - 10:23 pm

http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=5094076039627&source=jl999&utm_medium=internal_email&utm_source=pickup&utm_campaign=receiver2content

Hope you can view this card, Kelly. Thanks for all the happiness and beauty you bring to my life as I am inspired by your photos and writing…..and especially all the happy red! Be blessed. Be well.
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Thank you Joan! I was able to see the cute card. How thoughtful of you. :) (Loved the bells for the maids a milking.) Merry Christmas!
Kelly

Maria White - December 25, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Merry Christmas! I love everything about this post. Sleep in again tomorrow! Merry Ho Ho!
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I just might! Merry Christmas to you Maria.
Kelly

Louvina - December 25, 2014 - 10:38 pm

What a comforting posting– I could just feel the peace and restful mood of your day. I, too, have had that kind of joyful flow of not having to rush — to just let the day progress at a leaisurely pace. Just now getting everything tidied up and sitting down to enjoy the soft glow of the tree and the mantel. God is so good– blessed be His name and the Gift of His Son. Merry, merry Christmas, Kelly! Your blog sister, Louvina.
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I’m so glad you had a slow paced day today Louvina. It certainly makes for a wonderful Christmas Day to me. Enjoy your tree this evening.
Merry Christmas sister!
Kelly

Jeanne Bell - December 25, 2014 - 11:03 pm

Dear Kelly,
Enjoy the quiet moments, we all need that sometime.
My 4 year old grandson wanted his own “Baby Jesus Play Set” aka a Nativity Set. We went to see him open his presents this morning and he had it all set up, but he didn’t think baby Jesus had a proper bed so he had him laying on a hockey puck…..at least he knows the reason for the season.
Have a blessed and merry Christmas. Also, your church looked beautiful.
Jeanne

Vickie - December 25, 2014 - 11:04 pm

Merry Christmas from my family, to yours! Thank YOU for a year filled with beautiful, thoughtful blog post that I always enjoy reading!!!!

Vickie White
Tallahassee, Fl

Merri Jo - December 25, 2014 - 11:16 pm

Kelly, what a lovely post to read before I am ready to drift off to sleep on this Christmas night. It is wonderful to hear that you had a quiet, cozy day–just what you need after being sick. You have incredibly thoughtful sons–it’s so great that they’re together , since they couldn’t be with you all for Christmas.
Your church and the lights & luminaria are beautiful! Enjoy your remaining break, and your dear family.

Carol - December 26, 2014 - 12:20 am

Merry Christmas Kelly! Thank you for the beautiful, inspiring posts this past year. I have a long list of “must visits” for retirement thanks to you. I didn’t know you were a John Denver fan too. I have all his albums and the matching CDs. Did you ever get to see him in person? He was AMAZING at Red Rocks, CO. He was in his element and hands down the best concert I’ve ever been too! Can’t wait to see what you have planned for 2015. Happy New Year to you and your family!

Katrina - December 26, 2014 - 4:43 am

Merry Christmas Kelly! Everytime I see in my inbox that you have a new post, it is just like a pretty wrapped Christmas present to me!
So glad you had a restful Christmas Day! As a gift to yourself sleep in the rest of your break! Don’t overdo it getting ready for your BHG shoot ( can’t wait to see the pictures!)
Thank you for the lovely pictures of your church and the reminder of the true meaning of Christmas!

Judy - December 26, 2014 - 6:52 am

well Kelly I’m a little late but I wanted to drop by and wish you a very Merry Christmas! I’ve been laid up since Monday with the crud and flu and need to be taking care of sweet baby boy…but of course I have to stay away until I’m better, hoping that’s today…the meds have finally kicked in! My poor mama wonders what happened to me! My sister visited with her yesterday and told her I was sick.

You bring such joy to all of us with your posts. I always feel like I’m visiting with a good friend when reading your blog….so well thought out and presented…along with your “sweet voice”.

Merry Christmas sweet friend and Happy New Year!

Mary Ellen Doris - December 26, 2014 - 8:09 am

Merry Christmas to you also and to your family! Your post, today, was so delightful…most especially since it all related to Christmas in spiritual terms. Our Church decorated a Christmas tree in our town with ornaments related to Christmas and titled our tree “T’is the reason for the season”! Your church photo was so wonderful. We had just the same day as you as my husband has not been feeling well so this year we did Chinese food and cocktail franks for dinner…ha! I even took a nap! Fantastic. But we all enjoy your posts so much I would never forget to open each one and spend a few minutes with you! Thanks for all that you do for us out here and feel better! Happy New Year.

Arlene@Nanaland - December 26, 2014 - 9:47 am

Now I know we are secret sisters, Kelly! I had that same album and just about played it out!! I had it at Nursing School and played it all the time. Actually I knew I would marry Marvin when he took me to a John Denver concert in Atlanta while we were dating. :) Hope you are feeling better! Loved seeing your family’s Christmas! Sometimes small celebrations are the best.

Dawn - December 26, 2014 - 9:55 am

Kelly,

I am so glad to hear that you had a peaceful day that included some silliness. That is a perfect day. We had a wonderful day spent with family. I do love packaging almost as much as the gift. The catch in your breath as you wonder what could it be? Then you think whatever it is you will love it. The person who bought it for you knows you so very well that they shopped at your favorite store! I always feel so loved when at this time of year! Thanks for sharing your holiday with us. I love the nativity at your church. It is one of the largest I have seen. (I love nativity scenes so much that I now collect them since my family gifts them to me). I hope today finds you sleeping in, resting and just hanging out. Blessings to you and your family.

Amber L. - December 26, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Oh, my goodness – I want to live in your town!! So charming. I was lucky enough to see John Denver in concert in Louisiana when I was a senior in high school. This would have been in 1979 or 1980; to be honest, we were more into rock at that time, so JD wasn’t as popular as he had been some years before, but a group of us went and it was phenomenal! We were amazed :) I’m grateful for that memory…

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - December 26, 2014 - 9:46 pm

Merry Christmas to you as well! Thank you for always sharing your lovely home.

Kathy - December 27, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Sweet! Your church is beautiful. What a great idea for the star to get closer to the stable each night! I am so excited about your BHG news and your son’s acceptance to Yale. Merry Christmas to you in so many ways! (Praying for your father-in-law.)

Carmen - December 29, 2014 - 3:45 am

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!!

Debra - December 29, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Still recouping here, from the hustle and bustle. It looks like you had a Christmas that brought you needed peace and comfort in a new form. Its ok to rely on our cherished past Christmas memories to sooth our heart when all our loved ones can’t be under one roof at Holiday season. You have a beautiful home and family Kelly and I thank you again for all your sharing through your wonderful blog. From the looks of the cozy fire, to the cinnamon buns and that photo of your church (so calendar worthy) I’d say you had a pleasant holiday. How sweet was it too, having your mom nurture you with dinner and that special album. Blessings and Goodness to you and your family Kelly.

Jane C. - January 3, 2015 - 8:50 am

Just catching up on some computer time. Your post was absolutely beautiful. What a lovely church and stable. My daughter, Claire, used to have a thing for Nativities when she was little. I think she had six of them, in all shapes and sizes. Everyone here has had some kind of bug, so we have been really low-key (lazy) for the last two weeks. Not a good start to New Year Resolutions for exercise and cleaining up the house…LOL! Enjoy the rest of the remaining holiday season. I look forward to following your posts in 2015.

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