Friday, December 17, 2010

To write a Christmas letter

I used to be really good about sending out a Christmas letter with our Christmas cards.

But then again, I used to be good about sending out Christmas cards, too.

I'm ashamed to admit that the last time we mailed out a family pic was in 2007, and the last time we mailed a letter was in 2006!

I really must do better, if for no one else else than for the grandparents.

This year we are off to a good start. It's only December 17 and we already got a friend to corral us all in one place at one time for a pic, taken in a typical little alley here in Small Town.

Ruthie-6 was concerned that people might think this is our front porch. Just to set the record straight: It's not.Not sure why I like getting a Christmas letter, even when I'm getting status updates from those same friends and family on FB. I guess there's something about sitting down with a cup of tea, looking at the card, and reading the next chapter in my friend's story, as opposed to receiving a text with someone's latest random thought (although I'm sure my life is so much richer knowing how (and exactly when) my kids (or their friends) are so very borrrred or tiredddd at any given moment).

In 2007, our kids were 4, 6, 10, 13, and 14. I was a suburban stay-at-home mom in the thick of carpool and kids. Fortunately most of that year is chronicled on this blog, because gracious, that seems like eons ago!

Now they are 7, 9, 13, 16, and 17. We've moved, Dennis changed jobs, I got a job, kids are all in school, I got some carpool helpers (2 now!), and life is just as full of joy, in ways I couldn't have imagined three years ago.

Hmmm. Now to write all that in 200 words or less....


Brenda said...

BEAUTIFUL! Wow they have grown! Your son is so handsome! I LOVE that your daughter was worried about people thinking it was your front porch. Pricelss. But when you mention "we moved" you might not want to insert the picture right there! :)

Sarah said...

I love it! Your family is beautiful. I miss your blogs, but so glad life is full of joy & blessings for you!

Anonymous said...

Just get some contact cards printed out with your blog address. =p

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

KATHERINE! Your family is so GORGEOUS! Awwww, look at them. Such blessing.

May you all enjoy a wonderfully merry Christmas! Best wishes for 2011!

mholgate said...

Wow Katherine! They have all grown so much! I love the pictures. That first one of your entire family is very rustic.

I've my husband to do another family photo at church again this year. Last year we had plenty of help and encouragement after the Christmas service. That's this Sunday, so I should still have time to send out a photo card, right?

Many blessings to you and your family this season!


Debbie said...

Love the pictures. What a beautiful family. They have all grown up so much (the kids that is) and you look awesome.

I am almost where you were in 2007. Our kids are 3,6,9,12(tomorrow) and 13. Whew. Life couldn't be busier right now.

Hope you all have a very merry and blessed Christmas!

Andrea said...

Love the family pic. Your blog was the first blog I read on a normal basis. I was so encouraged to read about your family of 7. I miss reading your post. But it is obvious God has you playing many other roles.
Merry Christmas!

Gina Conroy said...

Beautiful pics! I'm getting back to blogging soon and wanted to reconnect with "old" friends!! Hope to catch up with you soon!