Wednesday, December 30, 2015

So this was Christmas...

Hello everyone.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth this day.. 

The above photos are just some sweet memories of our lovely Christmas Day !
We had a wonderful time with all of our children, grandsons and my Mom and Step-Father... 

They started arriving around lunch time after they had breakfast and opened their gifts at home... 

Terry was up early and we worked together and then everyone pitched in to get everything ready.. 
They were such a help.. 
This old gal is not quite what she used to be so I really appreciated all their efforts.. 

The turkey and ham got roasted and lots of veggies, stuffing and rolls..

Shonda brought this salad.. 
Apple Cranberry Bacon Candied Walnut Salad with Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette belongs on your table this Thanksgiving and all Autumn long! The perfect STRESS FREE make ahead side!
Apple and Candied Bacon Salad.. 
Soooo good... 

I made this salad...
Lemon Fennel Salad..

After dinner we all sat around and exchanged our gifts... 

Among the gifts were a few homemade ... 
Trevor made me a snowmen and Shonda filled a vintage cup with roses and carnations and made me a JOY board which I have loved for a couple of years.. 
These two are getting quite creative as they grow a bit older.. smile.. 

Later we had coffee, tea and desserts..
They brought pies and squares and I made Cherry Cheese Squares and this dessert.. 

We all had a big laugh over me not wanting to share my birthday Tim Horton's coffee pods (our famous Canadian coffee) with everyone.. 

Shonda thought it was time for Terry and I to open a big present..  Written on the tag were the words.. 
To Terry and Faye from Santa and the word SHARE..

We all laughed so hard when we opened it up to find this.. 

 66 Tim Horton's pods.. 
Ok... I shared some of them.. hahaha... 

Then everyone did their thing.. 
Playing games, guitars and just laying about and talking.. 
So much fun.. 

As this Christmas week comes to a close I am just so thankful for the blessing of family that God has given us.. 
Our children are wonderful and our grandsons are so precious to us.. 
And very happy to still have my Mom and Gerald able to be with us and enjoy the day .

I know we all feel the same about our families, eh? 
So love the Christ of Christmas!!

Well, sweet friends, thanks so much for visiting this past year.. 
I appreciate your comments and emails and such so much.. 

Blogging is so much fun and sometimes I go through busy or dry times but you are on my mind and it is always good to get back to you all..  

I pray you have a great New Year's Day and that 2016 will be all you would like it to be.. 

May we all draw closer to our Saviour and put Him first in our lives.. 



  1. What a beautiful family, Faye...many Happy New Year Blessings to you and yours.

  2. What a nice family Christmas. We have Tim Horton's here as well. I know it is a Canadian franchise. Happy New Year.

  3. I agree. My favorite part of Christmas was having my family here. That all I needed.

  4. We are blessed to have family at home for Christmas. It is a busy time , but the memories live on in our hearts through the year. God bless you and your family in 2016.!

  5. What a lovely Christmas Day you all had, thank you for sharing some of your memories with us. Happy New Year! Looking forward to keep in touch in 2016. Blessings, Pam in Norway xx

  6. It looks to me like what I think of as family celebrations at Christmas - wonderful. We had extended family all gathering at our youngest daughters home this year. A lovely time.
    Happy New Year.


  7. So happy for you all to have had such a wonderful holiday season.
    Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year!!


  8. Morning Faye, what a lovely family Christmas, the house looked so cozy, the food yummy.... Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!!!!! Blessings Francine..

  9. It all looks lovely. Happy New Year!

  10. Wonderful photos ! Looks and sounds like you all have a lovely Christmas . I was sick for ours but still enjoyed the family visiting ! Happy New Year to you both .

  11. Looks like a wonderful time was had by all, we have Tim Horton's down here in the states too :)

  12. Wishing you and your family a very healthy happy new year, I am blessed to have found your blog, best wishes x

  13. Glad you had a good Christmas! Happy New Year! Here's to a good 2016! xx

  14. Looks like a grand time was had by all !
    Wishing you a Happy New Year, filled with love, peace and contentment.

  15. What lovely memories you have made this Christmas, Faye. Our families are so precious. God's richest blessings for 2016.

  16. What a lovely Christmas day. Sending you a New Year's Hug!

  17. Happy Christmas and New Year to you, Faye! Thank you for sharing with us.


  18. Glad you had a lovely Christmas! We did as well. Was at our son's place in the afternoon. Enjoyed our two grandchildren as well. A blessed 2016 to you and your family! Hugs!

  19. Your Christmas looks so lovely. Thank you for sharing those recipes! Wishing you and your family a blessed and peaceful New Year.

  20. Your Christmas looks so lovely. Thank you for sharing those recipes! Wishing you and your family a blessed and peaceful New Year.

  21. It sounds like you had a wonderful and fun Christmas. I noticed the vintage Santa mug with the flower bouquet in it to look like his hat. Really cute!! I missed out on my family gathering in Sussex on last Sunday due to the snow storm and also the fact that I had the flu and spent the day in bed. Oh well. Hopefully we'll get down that way sooner than later.

  22. Your house looks wonderful all decorated for Christmas, Faye. The vintage Santa is so cute. I also have one, but yours looks much older, like an antique. The blue ornaments adorning your tree are so pretty. I love blue at Christmas time, and maybe next year I'll have more of it. :)