Merry Christmas!

I want to take a minute from our busy lives to stop and wish you a Merry-Merry Christmas.

We don’t have the whole family here today.  Kalissa and her family will likely be over later..and Karl’s home from college so he’s here.  Other than that, it’s Hubby, Ruby and I.  We were suppose to have our big get together on the 17th but the weather decided not to cooperate.  We had snow and big time winds along with -40 below wind chills….not what I wanted the kids traveling in.  We’re delaying that for January 2nd I think.

I know many are home alone and wishing family was around.  It’s true, at holiday times family can be the best and the worst thing.

I have been blessed plenty-fold with five awesome kids who have added some pretty awesome people to our family.  Here is the bunch of us….

On the left is Kelli with her husband Jason.  Hubby and I are behind them.  Buck is in the center with Karl right of him.  Kayla and Spencer and next with Kalissa, Craig and Carver in the front on the right.

It’s so fun to look at this picture and think last year at this time, we didn’t even know Carver would be here.  We didn’t know Buck would be divorced.  We didn’t know Kayla would change jobs.  We didn’t know I had cancer.  It makes me wonder what the upcoming year has in store for us.  I’m sure a bounty of blessings mixed in with a few not so good…that’s life after all.

Here’s a shot with only our kids.

I can’t express enough how much I value them all.  No present…no nothing beats these people right here.  I am so blessed to have a good relationship with them all.


You might remember that Hubby and I planted a willow tree this year.  We’re thinking we are going to have a tradition of taking a picture by the willow tree with the grand kids each year.  Here we are with Carver.


We want to watch the tree and our grand kids grow…Just think, next year he’ll be walking.

I wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas.  Thank you for all you’ve gifted me all year long…note, comments, goodies, charity quilt tops and the like.  I can’t thank you enough for checking in on me each day and giving me a reason to get up and go.

I hope you all find some happiness this Christmas season.  From personal experience, I know that for some, holidays are hard.  I pray that you find a way through…whether you are alone, stuck with unhappy family, not given a gift, dealing with family crisis…whatever it is, know that this season will pass…spring will come again.  Hang in there.  Life is about so much more than a day.  Grab something and sew…pick up something and stitch.  I’m thinking of you and cheering you on!!

I’m on cooking duty.  I fix the latest family favorite on Christmas day.  Last I heard, that will be fajitas with homemade shells.  I splurged and even bought shrimp…so shrimp and steak fajitas it is with homemade refried beans and dirty rice.  YUM!!

Thanks for making our family part of your life…Merry Christmas from the Kramers

27 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!”

  1. Peaceful Christmas! My husband and I are home alone today but that is fine. We’re having time with our children tomorrow. We’re having a BIG breakfast, then there will be plenty of time to watch the grands open gifts, laughing, visiting and playing of games. It doesnt’ matter to us which day we are together, it is more important that we are together. Blessings to your family.

  2. Jo, Thank you so much for all the sharing you do with us, your readers. What a pleasure to see all your family together. You are truly a blessing to my days. I am always interested to see what you are writing about each day. I came to you for quilting info but remain because I have come to feeling like your friend. and (of course) I still love the quilting posts.

  3. Lori from Nebraska

    Merry Christmas Jo! I love waking up to your blog! It starts my day off right! Your meal sounds wonderful! We’re having soup! I’m taking my traditional “Stinking Broccoli Salad” ( with bacon, onions and raisins) and I’m trying a new fruit salad on them. I believe I found it on the Moda blog when they ask everyone their favorite Christmas food. You boil up the dressing with sugar, lemon juice and water and anise seeds. Cool it and strain out the seeds. We have so many black licorice lovers in the family, I hope they like it. Our FFA sells fruit each year and I have fresh pineapple to put in it! And I splurged and bought the LARGE jar of marchino cherries!! It’s Christmas after all! Have a great day!

  4. Merry Christmas Jo and all the Kramers. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us. I enjoy catching up on your goings on each day. Have a very blessed and happy day and year ahead. Happy sewing!

  5. Merry Christmas to you. Thank you for sharing your family with those of us who have little family. Thanks also for reminding all of us that there is sadness for many along with the joy but we can all control our own outlook and positivity is the best way to go!

  6. Merry Christmas Jo. You are a blessing in my life. I hope that you have a Merry Christmas, no matter what day you celebrate it on.May the New Year be a Happy, Healthy one, for all!

  7. Merry Christmas! I start my mornings with you and a Dr Pepper. It’s such a wonderful joy to have your blog to read each morning. Thanks for being there,

  8. Merry Christmas Jo to you and your whole family. I’m glad to spend the day with my Dad. Love your family pictures. Hugs!!!

  9. Merry Christmas to you and your family Jo, your day of celebrating sounds perfect and I love the idea with the willow tree.

  10. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family. I am so glad you do what you do for all of us. Blessings to you and your family and pray you have a healthy coming year. The things you share really make me feel like I’m part of the family.

  11. Hope your Christmas Day went well. Reading your menu for Christmas food reminded me how very different your traditions are from ours here in the UK. Our traditional meal today was roast turkey, roast potatoes, roast parsnips and roast sweet potato, sprouts, broccoli, carrots, sage and onion stuffing and gravy. Followed by traditional Christmas pudding, brandy butter and custard. I make the puddings myself using my grandmother’s recipe ( she was born in 1888) and the recipe came from her grandmother so it’s pretty old! The pudding is glorious, very dark and very rich!

  12. Merry Christmas, Jo and family! How wonderful for you to have your family all together.

    It’s not every year you can take pictures outside with everyone in shirtsleeves. Not an outdoor day here in NE Nebraska…rain, rain & more rain. No one, not even the much older people, can remember ever having rain on Christmas. A blizzard maybe, but NEVER rain. Thunderstorms, even. Strange weather.

  13. Merry Christmas Kramers! Thanks you for shraring your lives with your internet friends. It is so refreshing to see a family working, playing and loving the way you all do. I hope the new year is filled with more love and happiness for each of you.

  14. Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family Jo! I feel as if I know you all and have been blessed to share in the day to day of your lives. I hope to continue to do so and am so glad to know the values and feelings my family and I share are shared by others and shared so freely. Love and Blessings to you all this wonderful time of year!

  15. Girl in the Stix

    Thank you for sharing your family pictures. Your blog is on my must read list each morning, for your bright outlook on life! I love all that you manage to fit into your day–quilting, child-care, cooking, and being a farm-wife. I’ve learned so much from you. Many blessings to you and yours in the new year! XOXO

  16. I ended up with a surprise trip to the ER for Christmas. Today, I’m still in the hospital and not sure what the days will bring. But through all that, I have faith that God will bring me through it. Thank you for sharing your family and your life with us. I feel like I know you, even though we’ve never met in person. Merry Christmas.

    1. OH Janice, I’m so sorry. This isn’t a fun time of year to be not feeling well. I trust the doctors will figure it all all and you’ll be back home before long. TAKE CARE!

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