Saturday, December 31, 2011

Practicing Gratitude... 12.31.11

- Cappy & Daboo's full house for Christmas (almost full, anyway - missing our Atlanta crew!)

- That Christmastime can make even veggies a special treat

- Aunt Julie's creativity in merging James traditions... great job, Julie. You make Christmas FUN.

- Cousin banter.  These twins bring a fantastic new dynamic. 

- Basden's simplicity and contentedness

- Baylor victories - RG3 for Heisman and Alamo bowl. Go Bears! (and Frogs)

- Customized Secret Santa cousin gifts

- Bruce the shark, Aunt Julie hit the bulls-eye with this one

- As Pappy would say, for a minute there these girls had some real power

- Basden never more than a few inches from these babes

- Watching Chris and Crystal maneuver Payton and Naomi's sleeping and eating and playing schedules

- A couple of pretty hours at the park with pretty girls


- Private lessons from Uncle Chris - who can still wow his nephews with his home-run derby
My mind's eye still sees Chris at Hudson's age, baseball in hand, throwing the ball with Luke and dinging up the backyard fence

- Daboo's gift to all the (grown-up) girls - shopping, lunch, and TIME. Looking forward to next year's outing with Amy at the table (and thanks, guys, for watching all the kids!)
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles...   1 Chronicles 16:11-12