Stephenson Family Ties The Barn Burnt Down
And Now I See The Moon


How much larger your life would be if your self could become smaller
in it; if you could really look at other men (and women) with common
curiosity and pleasure...You would break out of this tiny and tawdry
theatre in which your own little plot is always being played, and you 
would find yourself under a freer sky, and in a street full of splendid strangers.
from: Falling to Heaven
quoting: GK Chesterton

Christmas is over.
I think all the Grands got exactly what they wanted from Santa, and from their generous parents and family.
Ahhh...what a blessed and privileged world we live in. And even though we couldnt participate in the gift giving this year..we enjoyed the joy of our Grands.

Lachlan received his grown-up skateboard with grown-up trucks.  His wise parents also gave him a helmet to protect his handsome noggin and knee and elbow pads to protect his joints and tender skin. He'll be a pro before the crocus's emerge from the cold ground.

Logan and Liam...(an intriguing case study of opposites)...added to their super-hero  collections, as all little boys should do. Plus they'll be sharing their side by side seats in their new, tricked out, child sized  motorized dune buggy. There are no dunes to climb but there sure are mountains of snow to give it a go!!

Lucie got a plethora of earrings to adorn her beautiful 8 yr old face. Warm clothes and  darling boots were also discovered under the Christmas tree. But what she enjoyed the most was spending time with her daddy- whipping him at video games and making forts from the furniture and sheets.  Oh the simple pleasures of life!!

Olive was tickled pink with her Hello Kitty slippers and sparkly pink shoes that would make Dorothy of Kansas jealous. She was also tickled with Grammy's new puppy and this wondrous tiger hat of her aunts. I LOVE this pic of sweet Olive...just had to share!! There is also a new trampoline in her back yard that gets plenty of Olive time as well.  She's a wild one, that princess is...and her eyes tell her story!!

The baby "B" boys got presents too. Toys and puzzles and clothes.  But they were happiest pulling the ornaments from the trees and paper from any package within reach.  They wont remember this Christmas..but Mimi will.

This was our Christmas for receiving gifts...generous, thoughtful gifts, for which we were/are grateful. Its difficult being on the unfamiliar end of things...but as with all was a lesson of humbleness and gratitude.

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