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Blessed….

Woke this morning to pounding rain on the roof. Was just dozing and settling back into sleep when I heard tiny feet. Only they are not so tiny anymore! LOL! My ten year old "baby" was up early — even with having gone to bed late — way past midnight.

We went to midnight mass last night, something we haven't done since we were first dating. I was overwhelmed with the beauty and spirituality of it. The church was packed – so much so that there was standing room only. We were lucky enough to be able to grab 3 seats together. The choir sang all the Christmas favorites and it was beautiful, but when the congregation sang it raised the hairs on my arm – but in a good way! Hearing all of us singing together, about Christ, was one of the most memorable moments I've had in church.

Flash forward to this morning and after all the presents were unwrapped, the coffee and hot cocoa drunken and the stockings emptied, I sat back and thought about all that I have to be grateful for. When it comes down to it, the best thing about my life comes in tiny packages…My beautiful, magical Ellie. And, now my grand-nephew Christopher. It's a beautiful life….

Ellie-sonny  Chris 

 
Hope your day is blessed and that the gifts of Christmas are many at your house!

xoxo

N. 

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ScrapArtist Weekend Workshops!

Betterplace72

I was so inspired today by our first Weekend Workshop in the ScrapArtist Studios that I had to scrap! I love my sweet dh, John and thought that Aja and Di's new Guy Thing kit was just perfect to do a layout about how he truly does make my world better.

Rachel had a great tutorial on brushes and so our layout was to show off how we use brushes in Photoshop.

By the way, our workshops will be going on each month in the Studio and they are FREE, with registration limited to the first 30 participants to sign up.

I hope you'll join us next month… we're having a great time!

xoxo
Nan

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My friend Ray…

Meanddad-72

My dad passed away June 5, 2009.

He was my best friend and my biggest fan. He always called me "Nanny". Ellie and I would go over to his place a couple times a week to play rummy, watch TV and eat chips and ice cream and all the bad things my strong, handsome and fit dad always denied himself. He would always greet us at the door with his arms stretched out, ready for a group hug.

Towards the end of my dad's life he became the most gentle person. He laughed at everything and did not get upset or mad about things like he used to. It was an amazing transformation, but I'm glad I got to witness it first hand…to see the person he would become, maybe the person he was meant to be from the start?

My dad's entire family — his mom and dad, two sisters and two brothers, plus his son Tom (my brother) — had all passed before him. I think at 93 (he would have been 94 this month) he was ready to go see them. As he always used to tell me "I've stayed too long at the dance".

Well, dad, I hope you are happy, healthy and dancing your way across heaven. I'll see you again one day soon…get the cards ready!

xoxo
Nan

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A little treasure…


Jan 29 09, originally uploaded by nrjanitz.

I forgot to take a picture yesterdy – gulp! My first mis-step in this Project 365! Honestly, I am amazed I lasted this long but I am really enjoying myself.

But yesterday Ellie and I found an ABC book that her class created in first grade… we turned to the "N" page and found this! I almost started crying… it was so sweet! Sometimes I feel sad for all the times I worked when Ellie was younger… I wish I would have taken more time to step away from the computer and just play. Now, four years later, my little baby is so independent and most of the time, she does not need me like she used to.

Finding this yesterday made me so happy.

xoxo
N.

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Sweet Genevieve!


Jan 28 09, originally uploaded by nrjanitz.

Our yellow lab, Miss Genevieve, loves the snow! She loves to roll in it and get her face all full of it. I caught this lovely moment of her this morning really getting into the joy of just being in the snow! A moment later she was rolling onto her back but I missed it!

Here she is with her "white beard" LOL!

Gen2

xoxo
N.

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Baby Root Canal…


Jan 14 09, originally uploaded by nrjanitz.

Whoever heard of such a thing but they exist. This is a root canal on a baby tooth to keep the permanent tooth next to it from becoming decayed.

E was playing it up a bit for the camera… but she still was a TROOPER! It took an hour and she didn't make a fuss and did not even need the gas! (Shown here with new friend Dottie (or Ella – not sure of her name yet!))

It's below zero here this week (with the wind chill) so we are bundling up and staying warm inside!

xoxo
N.

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My birds


Jan 10 09, originally uploaded by nrjanitz.

I am obsessed with feeding my birds lately.. .I just feel so sorry for them with the freezing temperatures and all the snow. I wish I had more birdhouses but right now this is it. I often wonder who lives in here or if any of the birds do.

Right now all my bird feeders are full – well at least until the Squirrels dump it all out and the pigeon's eat it and then all my cardinals & songbirds will be starving! LOL!

Happy Saturday

xoxo
N.

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