Praise God for sending His Son to save us from our sin - the very reason for the season!
We had a wonderful Christmas day blessed with all of the family here except my brother and his family. My brother and my "sister in love" live in New Smyrna Beach, Florida which is about 10 hours from Birmingham. Their son and his family live in North Carolina. We missed them, but had a good day. Bill surprised me Christmas morning with these four hibiscus blooms from one of our trees. It had stopped blooming outside and has now started up again in it's winter home in the basement. I also have one Dendrobium orchid with 11 blooms on it that is over 3' tall. My Jewel orchid has SEVEN bloom spikes maturing and now I have two Phalenopsis orchids with their first bloom spikes since I bought them in bloom years ago. I'm so excited!
The cake in the picture if Mark's "Tatter's Chocolate Cake." My, oh my! There are no words to describe it, except be careful! It is adictive and potentially deadly. The taste is superb. Thank you Mark for sharing the recipe.
For those of you who have been following my quest for a scanner, "Santa Baby" came through for me. My daughter and her husband gave me said scanner. Well, really it was "from Isaac to Lala." They just had to do the shopping for him! I can't wait to get it hooked up to the new computer that DH got for Christmas. They also got me a lovely world globe. I'm sure Isaac and I will have fun exploring geography with it. My youngest daughter, the bride, and her husband gave us several lovely gifts, including a neck massager. Maybe it will help my migraines! My nephew gave me a "Jeep" hooded jacket to wear when I drive my Jeep. We are both Jeep fanatics. He has one to match, but says we have to be sure we don't wear them at the same time. So funny! My lovely neice gave us home made tamales! Her first attempt. She says there is definitely an art to it. I'll let you know how she did!
DH says he doesn't care if I leave my tree up and keep tatting snowflakes as it is small and out of the way. Now, if I can just figure out a way to keep the kitties from stealing my tatting, I'll have it made. Any ideas?
I just wanted to share my day, and my blessings with you. I hope all of you had as happy a day as we did.