1/14/2012

Honey...I'm Home!

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Pictured from left to right...my daughter Lisa, me, my daughter Aimee, and my daughter Jenni.
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Christmas 2011 with my family in Texas
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A photo of all three of my daughters and their families. All of my grandchildren were present with
 the exception of my oldest grandson Tony Jr. who had to report back to his duty station in Arkansas.
 We were having dinner at a fabulous seafood restaurant located at Corpus Christi Bay.  There was
 a total of 17 of us!  I loved it!!!
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Hello my friends...I hope that you're having a fabulous day!
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Wow...I bet you guys thought I dropped off the face of the earth!
  I apologize for not posting before now.  I have just been busy with life!
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As many of you know...honey and I recently made a trip to Texas to spend the
 Christmas holidays with all of my family.  I had a wonderful time getting to have
 Christmas with all of my children and grandchildren.  It had been many years since
 we were able to be "all together" for Christmas.  We were able to spend an entire
 week just catching up...and I loved every minute of it! 
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As much as I enjoyed all the Christmas festivities with my daughters and their
 families, it was a difficult trip as well.  Just before leaving for Texas, I received
 news that my Dad has cancer.  My Dad has suffered with several health issues and
 because of this, he is unable to receive treatment for the cancer.  My folks also live
 in Texas so I was able to visit with my Dad nearly everyday while he was in the
 hospital.  These things are never easy.  I sure would appreciate your prayers
 for my Dad and Mom and the family.
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Well...as you can see...I have had a lot on my mind and life has kept me busy!
  In fact, Christmas is still up at my place.  Yes, you heard that right.  The Christmas
 tree with all the trimmings and all the Christmas decor is still up.   I just haven't
 been able to "catch up" after our Texas trip.  Hopefully I can get caught up on
 everything soon.  Last week I missed hosting the Sunday Favorites party.  I'm
 sooo sorry!  I am cancelling the Sunday Favorites party until further notice.
  Thank you so much for your understanding and patience with me!
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I just wanted to let you know that even though I may not be posting...I will
 still be visiting with you and checking out all of your fabulous creativity!  I have
 missed you, my friends!  I really do hope to be "back up and running" soon! 
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Have a wonderful weekend!
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Warmest Wishes...

41 comments:

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Chari,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time!
I am sure everyone understands and just do what you need to do and we will all be here when you are ready to come back to blogging.
By the way, you have a beautiful family!

Many hugs,
Debbie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Welcome home, Chari! I'm sure you'll get to it ~ if you do a little bit each day it will be down before you know it. It sounds like you had a great visit with your children and grandchildren. I'm sorry to hear about your Dad but am glad you got to see him quite a bit.

Sue said...

Char, Just do what you can when you can! Who cares if your things are still up? One year, the last tree came down in March! LOL I had to unwrap EVERY strand of lights off of it to get it put into a box. ( This was before pre-lit trees) That was 20 strands of 100 that were woven onto the branches so they couldn't be seen. YIKES- if that wasn't work!
Sorry to hear about your dad- glad you have family members near him that can help out. hugs, Sue

Pat said...

Oh what beautiful daughters! And they all look like they belong to you! So glad to see all that family, looks like fun. Prayers with you and yours for your dad. Take your time, we will all be here. You always have such a wonderful blog.

Apple of His Eye said...

Hi Char
So glad your visit was a great time and that you got to spend time with your dad. We have to take the bad with the good. (sigh)
I'll pray for your dad and your precious family during this hard time.
Don't feel bad, one of my trees is still up and I'm thinking about making it a seasonal tree.
Thank you for hosting but family is more important!
Love & Hugs
LaDonna

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

You have a beautiful family Chari.
My prayers are with all of you.
Take your time and do what you need to. we'll be right here waiting for you.

The Tablescaper said...

Welcome home! It sounds like you had a fabulous time. So wonderful to have family around you. So sorry to hear about your Dad.

- The Tablescaper

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Chari,
We so understand! I am so hoping your life will settle down a bit.
Please keep me updated on your Dad too.
I loved seeing the family pics and especially the big table pic, what a wonderful family you have my dear!
Dan and I are kind of hibernating for the winter at least until we can get to Phoenix!
We had to go buy a new tv today because our old one clonked out and it was only 6 years old.
But it's our main enertainment right now besides Miss Addison.
Big Hugs and prayers for your Dad,
Cindy

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I did wonder where you were--but there has been a lot of bloggers that dropped away during the holidays. I will for sure have your parents and all your family in my prayers. My Mother is all the sudden having heart problems--it isn't easy to deal with stuff when you feel so helpless to help them. Sending good wishes your way!

Salmagundi said...

Chari-- Glad you are home, but know it was hard to leave your Dad and the rest of the family. Don't worry about the Christmas stuff (and your blog) - it will be there when you have time and energy. Take care of yourself. Sally

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I am glad you had a good Christmas with your family only to then hear your father is ill. You, your Mom and Dad will be in my thoughts.

Theresa said...

Oh what a sweet picture of your wonderful family! I know that you enjoyed it SO much and will cherish those memories forever!

I will certainly be praying for your Dad and Mom! You keep me informed on how he is doing!

Love you bunches! HUGS!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Chari, what a lovely photo of your family! I know you will cherish those memories forever! I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. You and your family will be in my prayers! Take care of yourself! God bless you!

A Hint of Home said...

So glad you had that time with your family! I'm very sorry to hear about your Dad. Praying for him and your family.
Don't feel bad< I just got my decorations down a few days ago.
Look forward to when you can post again.
Take care!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello dear Chari,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
I am so happy that you were able to spend the holidays with your family. Those times are so precious!
Of course your friends understand that you're a wee bit behind in things. You deserved the break.
Take care and Happy New Year, my friend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Olive Cooper said...

Chari, will pray for your father and you. Hugs,Olive

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks said...

Abundant prayers for your family ... and for you. Take a day at a time ...

Jo's This and That said...

Chari,Beautiful family! My prayers and thoughts are with you.We missed you too!Happy to here you had a great tripwith family. Thinking of you Joann

Marilyn said...

I'll be keeping you in my prayers. Families are our life, so enjoy and take care of them while you can. And as for the Christmas decorations? It's a Denver tradition to leave the lights on until the stock show is over, so I think that could apply to decorations as well.♥♫

Mary Ellen said...

Chari-I loved seeing you and your daughters all together!! What a blessing that was for sure! They are all so beautiful just like their mom! I was so glad to see your post as I have been missing you!

Yes, I will definitely be keeping your dad and your family in my prayers.Know what a stressful time this can bee. Chari please take care of yourself during this time-

don't worry about Christmas- just enjoy it while it is up! I still have a tree up in our bedroom that hasn't come down yet and the house is not in order at all yet! Life is just too busy and I am trying to just go along with what flow the Lord seems to have for my life right now!


bee blessed
mary

On Crooked Creek said...

Chari,
I have missed you tremendously, dear friend! My concern at this moment is for you, your Dad and your family! May God grant you His peace and wisdom as you sort through the difficult days ahead. I am grateful you were able to spend quality time with your dad and entire family while in Texas!
Christmas isn't just for a day...its for every day! Take each day as it comes and do that which you must do. I'll be a blog post, and e~mail away!
Fondly,
Pat

Sharing Shadymont said...

Chari,

So good to see you are ok. I have gone to your blog frequently in the past few weeks and wondered if you were ok. I will pray for your Dad. Looks like you and your family had a good Christmas. Take care and keep in touch with us.

Blessings,
Kathy

Sonia said...

So good to hear from you!! Sorry about your precious father! I will lift you and your family and sweet daddy in prayer! Everyone understands that family comes before our blogging. So glad you got to spend time with your family and love the pictures! Hugs to you!

Miss Bloomers

podso said...

The bitter with the sweet. So happy for your time with your daughters and grandchildren, etc. but sorry for what your father is facing. Take it slow and don't worry about those decorations...you have a lot to process and you need to take time to rest and restore. Thoughts are with you and hope this year brings many more times of joy.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Sis I'm so glad your home safe and happy to design ha ha!! I have really missed you my dearest friend..girl you look so happy with all your girls and grand babies..I bet you had the best holiday ever..as a mom of 3 I know how hard it is to get them all together at the same time..I bet your still grinning from ear to ear..How is honey doing?? and how are you feeling did the trip hurt you?? I'm just so full of questions my friend ha ha!!
Oh girl I'm so sorry to hear about your daddy..my prayers are coming big time to you and your family..Love ya Sis..

lvroftiques said...

Chari I'm so sorry to hear about your dad and I'll certainly be keeping your parents in my prayers.
I'm also so glad you got to spend the holiday with your whole family! What a blessing that must've been, and what beautiful daughters you have! (((HUGS))) Vanna

Gail said...

Welcome home Chari! You have a beautiful family and I'm happy that you were able to spend time with them. I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Rettabug said...

Immediate *knee-mails* just now sent Heavenward for your Dad, Chari! I'm glad you were able to see him as well as the rest of your beautiful family for the holidays. Special memories to last a lifetime!
It must have been hard to come home...you left a piece of your ♥ behind.

Don't feel bad about your decorations still being up. My tree is still in the corner...I'm thinking of putting Valentines on it, just for the fun of it this year.

Hugs,
Rett

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Chari, I m so sorry to hear about your dad. I will definitely keep you all in prayer.

I am thrilled you were able to have Christmas with all of your children and grandchildren. What a blessing. You all look fabulous, such wonderful happy faces. Glad you are home, just post when you can. We will all be here. Love ya. Hugs, Marty

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Im so sorry for your new's about your Dad.. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time in your life.. I do understands sweet lady.
XXOO Diane

Dreamgoddess said...

Chari, I am so sorry to read about your father. I'm praying for your family.

Cindy said...

Hi Chari,
So nice to hear from you, girl!
Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas with your girls and their families. Sorry to hear about your dad, prayers are going up for him as I write this. Spend as much time with him and your mom as you can, you won't be sorry.
Love and prayers, Cindy

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Hi, Chari. You know I've missed you--always do when I don't see a post from you for a while :). I can imagine how hard it was to hear the sad news about your dad, and especially around the holidays. I'm sorry about the news and about the timing. What a gift it was, though, that besides spending time with all your babies, you were able to spend precious time with him too. Blessings going to all of you; I will keep all of you in my prayers.

Who knows, the de-Christmasing might be a good project when you get to it...give your mind a break. Be thankful it's not a live tree (I'm assuming, of course!).

My thoughts are with you. ~Zuni

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Hi, Chari. You know I've missed you--always do when I don't see a post from you for a while :). I can imagine how hard it was to hear the sad news about your dad, and especially around the holidays. I'm sorry about the news and about the timing. What a gift it was, though, that besides spending time with all your babies, you were able to spend precious time with him too. Blessings going to all of you; I will keep all of you in my prayers.

Who knows, the de-Christmasing might be a good project when you get to it...give your mind a break. Be thankful it's not a live tree (I'm assuming, of course!).

My thoughts are with you. ~Zuni

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Hi, Chari. So sorry to hear the news about your Dad. I will say a prayer for him. I'm sure your trip to Texas was bittersweet for you.
May I say that you have a lovely family and I especially love that first photo of you and your three daughters! And the one with all of you, with the grandchildren is another great one -- you are certainly blessed to have such a nice, big family!
Again, I will pray for your Dad...
Best,
Gloria
P.S. I'm sure you've heard this before, but all of your girls look just like you! I'm sure you are one proud Mom.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Sounds like a good visit...Take care of yourself. I love my stops here

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Sweet girlie.......is there anything more fun AND important than spending time with your family. I'm so happy you had that wonderful opportunity and know you were in Mommy/Grandma heaven. :-)

I'm so sorry about your dad.......and of course I'll pray for him.

Big huggies to you dear chickie!

xoxoxo
Spencer

Creations By Cindy said...

Chari, praying for you sweet lady! You can only take one day at a time precious friend. You do what you must do for you and your family first! Just remember that if God carries you to it He will carry you through it! With love and prayers, Cindy

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hey girlfriend,
Just checking into say hi! I so appreciate your sweet notes!
Went shopping with the daughter and grand-daughter today. Katie needed a dress for a wedding this weekend. we found something really cute for her and on sale but now I'm pooped. Shopping with my moody daughter and her very busy baby girl wears me out! hehe.
Well enough about me. I am thinking of you and hoping your Dad is doing ok too. Saying a prayer.
Hugs friend,
Cindy

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Chari~ We were in Austin Texas for the first time in October. We gathered with family for my nieces wedding. It was wonderful weather. Sunshine each and every day, a girl could get use to that.

My heart goes out to your dad and your whole family. I've no doubt the time you spent with your dad was wonderful.
Take care my friend,

Sweet wishes,
Sara

Lisa said...

I just wanted to let you know that you have a beautiful family.