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It’s that time of year when you gather with family and friends

Sing Carols

Take Photos

Trim the Tree

Remember loved ones….

and EAT!

It’s the combination of all the Little Things…that make it special.


As I get older, I find it’s the little things that make Christmas special.  The Memories of Christmases past….the fun with family and friends,  giving presents and finding that one ornament I add to my tree decorations every year that stamps the year.

This year is no different….we traveled to SC for our family Christmas party…and as usual, we played games, we laughed…we cried and we sang at the top of our lungs with the sweetest little quartet of angel singers….and the not so sweet out of tune singing of John and Jimmy…it was still the best.

 Another one of my favorite traditional activities every year is finding the perfect ornament to mark the year and be forever part of our tree decorating for years to come…this year our 2012 ornament was provided by a family member.  Landon Merkley…our sweet little cousin.  He hand made this for us and I will forever proudly unwrap it every year and give it a special place on our tree…..Thank you Landon…this brings a little more “Down East” to our home….away from Down Home.

Merry Christmas….2012!

What are some of your favorite traditions?  Leave a comment below.



I love Christmas….

I love the decorations….

I love my tree with 1000 ornaments on it…

I love my collection of Santa Clause figurines…

I love the real gift of Christmas…CHRIST.

I love the good will that seems to permeate almost everyone’s outlook during this season.

I love Santa and the idea behind him and to watch and listen to children as they get excited about Christmas day and what they anticipate that Santa will leave for them under the tree.

Childhood to quickly passes and the innocence that we had as a child quickly moves into a more surreal view of the world and sometimes a very cynical view, so I guess that’s why I love this time of year  because we allow ourselves to step back from the everyday view of the world and slip back into those innocent years….

if only for a few days or weeks.

Has it become very commercial…yes.

But we don’t have to get too caught up in all of that.  We can focus on the important things like family, friends, giving and the innocence of children and see Christmas through their eyes once again.

I love the times during the holidays I can sit and enjoy my rotating Christmas tree with a 1000 ornaments (each one cherished with a memory or meaning) and 1300 lights, in the dark as its brings a time of peace and quiet reflection.

Merry Christmas from my house to yours.

May this year bring back the wonder of Christmas to you…

as seen through the eyes of a child….

 Keep your childlike heart and wonder during this season.


The last couple of weeks have been really hard on me, emotionally….I have only made a couple references to our loss of Missy on Facebook because it was just so hard to even talk about it without crying….I am sure I will still have my moments as I did today….but today I am ready to say THANK YOU….to everyone who showered us with love sent us written notes, reached out through phone calls and Facebook messages.

Today was especially sweet because we received the nicest hand written note from all of the people who loved Missy at Banfield Pet Hospital.  They could have just sent an email….but they didn’t, they could have sent a generic sympathy card with a generic message but they didn’t.  Each Dr. and each staff member personally wrote us a note on the card….and I can’t tell you how much that meant to us….They had been Missy’s vet for 10 of her 12 years….and they were so good to her.  The vet who was with us during her last few hours,  Dr. Ranthum,  was so kind and gentle with us and Missy, and she stayed with us until the end….I just can’t say enough about how wonderful they were.  But when we got this card today, it just really showed how much they cared…  In this age of high tech….email…..totally connected through the internet only society that we are becoming…it is so nice to know that we have friends that still send a hand written note. to let you know they love you and are thinking about you…..There is POWER in the written words of a hand written note.  I hope we never lose this art.   


So….Here’s to the best pound puppy EVER!  You will never be forgotten….<3  She was loved by everyone, and she loved everyone.  She would greet you at the door with kisses and she would sneeze for cheese….ring the bells on the door when she wanted to go out…and would almost knock you down for an empty peanut butter jar or cookie….  I am convinced she thought she was human..

  • Esther Sensenig - December 1, 2012 - 8:37 PM

    My heart goes out to you at this time ! We recently lost Monkey our families dog after having him for several months and it’s been hard – never knew I could miss him so much – the other night I even dreamed he was running toward me in the lawn ! So I can only imagine how hard a loss would be after 12 years – may you be comforted by all the good memories you’ve made with Missy.ReplyCancel

    • mgillikin - December 1, 2012 - 9:55 PM

      Thank you for your kind words Esther! She was so sweet! Not sure we will ever find a another puppy as sweet as her.ReplyCancel