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Monday Musings on Christmas…

If you celebrate Christmas, do you open gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?  We’ve always done our big celebration on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is sometimes eating out or going to the movies or just relaxing at home and enjoying family.  Hope you have a wonderful Monday and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my dear friends and family!


#atozchallenge, P is for Presence…


Even as a little girl, I liked giving gifts as much as receiving them.  I always loved trying to figure out the perfect present to make someone happy.   Getting birthday presents gradually became less important over the years, probably because I’ve been given so much in life already that there isn’t anything much that I need or want.  We are blessed with a roof over our heads, food to eat, clothing to wear, relatively good health, enough money for bills and the more than occasional dinner out (which is really a gift to my family because you know I’m not much of a cook!)

But more than that, we have an abundance of riches in the people in our lives.  Both hubby and I come from larger families so we share a big blended family of siblings and their spouses, cousins, nieces and nephews, children, stepchildren, grandchildren and even a great grandbaby.

So many others have come into our life, people who’ve chosen to be here — long time friends, new friends, work friends, neighbors, my ladies who lunch girlfriends and now my new virtual blogging friends. The presence of all you wonderful people means more to me than I could ever explain and I thank you for being part of my life…

~Diane D.                                           Photo from etsy.com

(My A to Z Challenge theme is birthdays.)

#atozchallenge, K is for Kiddos…

I bet you’re thinking this doesn’t really fit my birthday theme, but in my house it does!  We weren’t married very long when we found out we were expecting our first child, who was due April 19 or thereabouts.  Back then, it wasn’t as scientific or specific as it is nowadays.  We were thrilled and a little bit nervous.  Is anyone really prepared to go through the months of pregnancy, labor, delivery and then having that sweet little bundle placed in your arms, a little person that you are now totally responsible for?  Not me, that’s for sure.

But I couldn’t wait for that baby to be born.  And wait I did until early on April 26th when we finally went to the hospital and oldest son was born at one minute past noon.   I stayed over the next day and we joked about what a wonderful birthday present he made, because April 27 is my birthday.

A few years later, we were expecting again and my due date was May 20.  Second son totally caught us by surprise with his early and complicated arrival on April 29 at 1:05 a.m., barely two days after my birthday.  He is special needs and there was a lot going on in the early months and years, but we still laughed about him being another birthday gift.

It was at that point that I told hubby I thought we had enough kiddos and I’d be perfectly happy with jewelry as gifts in the future!

~Diane D.

Photo:  me and oldest son

(My AtoZ Challenge theme is birthdays.)

#atozchallenge, J is for Jewelry…


which, in my opinion, makes an excellent birthday present!  It’s sparkly and shiny and small and easily exchanged if it’s not your style.  I don’t know too many women who don’t like some jewelry. Real gemstones, costume jewelry, watches, some of us like it all!

~ Diane D.                      Photo from Pinterest

(My A to Z Challenge theme is birthdays)