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My passion is helping others defend themselves and their families. I am an NRA Certified pistol instructor, a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - North Cincinnati, and the state leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - Ohio. I also have a heart for the Lakota people and lead mission teams to the Pine Ridge Reservation each year, am founder and director of Backpacks For Pine Ridge,, and do various volunteer work in my own community. My greatest joy is being a grandma and hanging out with my husband of 30+ years.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree

Decorating the tree is kinda like a walk down memory lane. Our tree is decorated with simple red glass balls, red bead garland, homemade fabric "rag" garland, and lots and lots of ornaments that have been given to us by various people over the years. Here are a few of my favorites ...

This one was made my Helen Spradling.
Remember her and Oscar? Love those folks and miss them lots.

This is one I bought for Brian our first year of marriage because he loves trains

And then there are the ornaments made by the kids.
If they're still in one piece like this one, they go up.

Cody's first Christmas ornament given to us my the Talley's - who were really good friends
in Alabama

And Logan's first Christmas ornament. Love it!

This one was given to me by my best friend in Alabama.
I've since lost touch with her. How does that happen?

This one I gave to Brian last year. Its a pic of him and Job, the little
Haitian child he fell in love with

And this one was given to me by my cousin Phyllis. Its just too cute!

These are just a few of the ornaments that remind me of people that have been part of our lives. It makes a chore (decorating the tree) something nice to look forward to.


Kansas Bob said...

Great ornaments. I love trains too.. must be a guy thing.

KrippledWarrior said...

Precious memories. Thanks for sharing. Has your loved one deployed yet?
Be well. Be blessed and continue to be a blessing. Have a joyous and love filled Christmas.
Love ya bunches,