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A Blessed Christmas

I am grateful for you, dear WordPress friends.
I pray your day was blessed indeed.
Merry Christmas!

ZOOM Christmas

Did you get to actually be with your family? Or did you ZOOM with them as we did? The picture above is Christmas Eve morning. Bob & I had the opportunity to see and talk with (left to right) our son, Ty, [then that’s us], group shot of our grandson and granddaughter with our son’s in-laws, then my niece, Jodie & her husband, Bill and son, Liam, from their home in PA, our daughter #2 Laina in the Baltimore area, and our daughter-in-law, Monika, in CA. We had a wonderful hour-long conversation. Next best thing to being together in person! Thank you, ZOOM!!

Bob gave me this wonderful, warm sweater.
Laina sent us this warm greeting this morning.
She is such a thoughtful, loving daughter!
Our grandson sent us this adorable picture,
thanking us for the slippers we sent to him and his adorable girlfriend.
My dear friend, Terry, gave me this Willow Creek angel for Christmas.
You know how angels are an important part of my life.
How sweet and thoughtful of her!

What are the gifts that brightened your day today?
I hope you are feeling as blessed as we are.

A photo from our daughter, DeAna, in Switzerland
brightened our Christmas. So nice to see her
with her hubby, two of her 3 boys, plus her mother-in-love.
Our dear neighbor, ,Scott, treated us to a very special bottle of wine.
We are decanting it to enjoy it with our special dinner…
a standing rib roast. Wish you could share it with us!
We’re looking forward setting up and learning to use this gift from our son and his wife.
Technology continues to amaze us… the advances are amazing!

Bob & I are using our relatively new smoker to smoke a standing rib roast for our Christmas dinner. Like technology, things like smokers and cell phones require a learning curve. We’re on the uphill side of that curve!

We called our neighbor/friend, Whooter, for help this morning when we were trying to figure out how to do this. Dear Whooter texted us back, sent us a photo that made our day, and gave us the advice we needed. Love that guy!!

I’m sure he didn’t intend me to broadcast this photo,
but you needed a good laugh, too, right?

Whooter gave us a great recipe for a rub to put on the meat, and meat thermometers to help us know we are headed in the right direction in the smoking process. God bless him! Do you have neighbors who are life-savers for you at times like this?

Our good friends, the Delektas, had a present under our tree today.
It’s a gorgeous knife that will be the greatest tool for carving this roast
if it ever smokes sufficiently for us to eventually eat it!
Don’t get in the way, TazE… it’s sharp!!

As we prepare for our Christmas dinner, we are listening to the horrible news about the bombing in Nashville this morning. So sad that there are such sick people out there! How could someone intentionally do something so devastating?

Our prayers go out for those who were injured and prayers of gratitude that there are no known fatalities. We have friends who live in Nashville- not far from this blast. And I have a cousin who lives there. My heart goes out to all those in Harm’s Way. We all are affected by such atrocities. It makes us all feel vulnerable. It saddens my heart.

God be with those firefighters who were injured.
May they recover fully and be home with their families soon.

I am enjoying this beautiful pillow that our friends, Sue & Jerry gave us this Christmas.
What’s a favorite gift that you have been given?

Thank God for each minute you are given to share
the love, joy, and peace that are Jesus Christ’s gifts to us.
Have a very Merry Christmas, my friends.
Our standing rib roast WILL be done soon.
I am counting on it.

The smoker keeps shutting off.
We may have to call Whooter again!
(That’s just an internet photo!!)

Merry Christmas, my friends.
What did you do today?

See ya tomorrow.

Hugs from JanBeek, Bob & TazE!

Comments on: "A Blessed Christmas" (15)

  1. Merry Christmas ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ„… thanks for sharing your life with all of us! Simply beautiful

    • Thank you for joining us remotely for a bt. I appreciate your visit {{{Charlotte}}. Hope you had a blessed Christmas Day. <3

  2. Looks like you had a wonderful day today! Loved all you photos. Especially Whooter! Made me laugh out loud!. Did the meat ever get cooked?? We had christmas dinner with my son’s family yesterday and had a wonderful time. Just chilled today and listened to some great music on PBS.

    • Yup, the meat was not only done, but I think we left it on too long! Next time we’ll take it off at 125 internal temperature – and let it finish cooking as it rests under a loose aluminum foil covering. It’s all a learning process! Glad to hear your Christmas with your son & family was a cheery, blessed time. Happy Christmas weekend to you! <3

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    Merry Christmas to you, Bob and TazEโœ๏ธ๐ŸŽ„

  4. Simply beautifulโคโคโค

    • Merry Christmas, {{{Vani}}} – Thank you for visiting with us and taking a minute to comment. Have a wonderful Christmas weekend. <3

  5. Beautiful pictures Jan. Merry Christmas to you and your family. ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽŠ
    Hope your day has been a blessing.

    • Thank you so much! It is certainly a different kind of season compared to every other of our 80+ Christmases!! But, we are counting our blessings – and grateful for our friends and family, our health, and the grace of our Lord. Life is good – in spite of this pandemic! You have a blessed Christmas weekend. I send my love <3

  6. I know what to get you, and real soon, a new smoker. Anything electrical, mechanical or requires a learning curve is not ready to market. Love to you both.
    The best gift I have received is life that God gave to me. Precious. Thank you God, I’m taking care of your gift.

    • Ah, Peter, you are too kind. Life is a challenge sometimes. We are so glad you are taking care of yourself. God Bless You! <3

  7. Elaina Colby said:

    Love you MomBee! What a fun Christmas blog, especially the photo of Whooter. I would have loved to share that delicious roast and wine with you.

    • Yes, Whooter made my day! And having you here to share that meal with us would have been the topper!! <3 Hugs to you, {{{Laina}}} <3

  8. Thank you for sharing your Christmas moments. Despite the challenges, many of us found our own unique ways to celebrate and connect. May God’s grace and peace light your coming year.

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