Friday, December 23, 2016

ALMOST CHRISTMAS!


I look forward to Christmas much in the same way that children do (perhaps because I'm still a child at heart??).  I love buying, wrapping, and giving gifts to loved ones, and seeing the grandchildren gasp with glee at a gift from us is truly amazing to me. Oh, as Christians, we know that Christmas isn't just about gift giving, but it is the symbol of those gifts to the Christ Child from the Wise Men on that first Christmas, Christ's birthday. We commemorate His birth in many ways, and giving gifts is one of my favorite ways to do so.

Sharing Christmas with my family is one of the greatest blessings I enjoy. Sad to say, Kurt and Bethany had to leave yesterday in order to get back to Phoenix for an important appointment Kurt has in January. You can't go breakneck speed or drive twelve hours straight in an RV, you know. But they were with us a month, parked beside the little creek on our land, and it was a thrill for me to look out a window and see their RV. It seemed so empty after the RV was gone. We'll see them again, hopefully before too long.

We're going to Holly & Philip's on Christmas morning and will spend the day with them: after
church, we'll be eating the Christmas dinner that we shared in cooking (yes, of course it's the traditional turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, green beans, rolls, and dessert!). Then we'll open gifts afterwards. We even bought the pets gifts--three dogs and three cats. They're family too, you know.

If you've never seen the video entitled Star of Bethlehem, I urge you to find it on youtube and watch it. We saw it at our church a couple of years ago, and it is amazing how God told of Christ's birth across the sky with the stars. I'm going to watch it again, because there's so much to digest in only one viewing.

Merry CHRISTmas, doxie friends. May yours be wonderful, blessed, and joyous.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

HOLIDAYS AND THE TRUE MEANING

Yesterday Clark and I celebrated our 46th wedding anniversary! For dinner, we ate at a nice restaurant, and our daughter Bethany & son-in-law Kurt went with us to help us celebrate--then they paid for our meal :). How sweet. They will be leaving us soon, but this month with them has been fabulous.

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And, here are my anniversary roses from Clark:

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We've had quite a ride in our 46 years as husband and wife, but the Lord has blessed us tremendously with our lives together. I thank Him daily for bringing us together.

Now, go and celebrate Christmas, enjoy your time with your friends and loved ones, and never forget the "reason for the season"! Merry CHRISTmas!




Saturday, December 17, 2016

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES, HINTON STYLE

I'm b-a-a-a-ck! It's been quite a week in the Hinton household! The stomach flu went through our ranks, so that was not fun, to say the least. We were all recovered by yesterday, which was good, because last night we had a tremendous birthday par-tay for our youngest daughter Bethany, who turned 34:


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Duke: "How come I didn't get any
cake and ice cream??"

All in all, it was a fun evening, and we enjoyed each other's company.

By the way, on Tuesday, Clark and I will celebrate our 46th wedding anniversary! Our other daughter Holly and son-in-law Philip will celebrate their 16th anniversary on the 30th--so we have plenty of activities around here during the holidays!

Here's wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas! I'll be back posting a few times before Christmas. 

Until then,

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Friday, December 9, 2016

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

CHRISTMAS DOXIES 2



This is really a busy time in our household until the first of the year: three birthdays, two anniversaries, Christmas parties, Christmas church programs, shopping, decorating--I am sure that you understand! That's why I'm not writing much on this blog until the first of the year.  



Never fear, however: I will be posting cute and lovely doxie photos several times a week, and I hope you will enjoy them. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!










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Monday, December 5, 2016

CHRISTMAS DOXIES!


"Have a bow-wowingly beautiful Christmas!"




Look what's under the tree!




So doxie!



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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

FAMILY FUN & HOLIDAYS

My birthday was the day after Thanksgiving this year, so we had a wonderful time together on Thanksgiving AND for my birthday. Here are some photos of our celebrations:


Hubby Clark carving the turkey as
granddaughter Alexa watches


Uncle Kurt preparing potatoes as granddaughter Annika watches

Thanksgiving table all ready for the meal!


Grands enjoying the beautiful colors outdoors

Enjoying my birthday meal

Our entire family enjoying The Cheesecake Factory
for my birthday

My birthday roses from Clark

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