In my recent post on December 17, 2010 “No Assembly Required” I shared the fact that my Dad and Mom over the years have made homemade gifts for Christmas. Each gift has been truly a labor of love. This year’s gift to my grandson was no different.
One of my favorite memories I have heard told by my husband was as a child how his Dad would help him wash his hands for dinner. His Dad was not a hug and kiss type of guy but for my husband his Dad’s hands soaping up his little hands and rinsing them under the water when he was a child was a form of a hug for him, something he will always remember fondly as an act of love for a child from his father.
This is picture of Jack checking out his gift on his Great Grandpa’s lap.
(This is the whole gang gathered at my brother-in-laws on Christmas Eve. The whole family made the trip with my nephew traveling from San Diego and my niece from Chicago. We have one extra in the picture, Kevin. He is my niece Kelsey’s boyfriend. My mother-in-law’s cousin Marlys took this wonderful picture. She is a regular guest at our Christmas Eve gathering.
Front Row: Anna, Julia, Olivia, Christy holding Jack
Second Row: Kevin, Grandpa, Grandpa, Matt, Curt
Third Row: Cody, Tirzah, Ryan, Emily, Janna, Hayley, Big Jack, Tim
Back Row: Mike, Mary Jo, Kelsey, Aaron, Laura, Jeanne, Dean, Deb, Dan
My family’s names are in bold print.
I wish that I had a picture for my side of the family like this picture. We were only missing my brother-in-law who was out driving truck on Christmas. Otherwise we would have been 27 in all.
Family is truly the work of His Hands (Ephesians 2:10) this Christmas season.