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We were delighted to see that our son drove from the greater Bowie area of Maryland here to Ossineke to be with us for Christmas. The dang kid left Maryland on Monday and drove through a blizzard to get here. He ended up staying overnight in Ohio as they had shut down part of the freeway due to accidents and poor visibility. The story he told upon his arrival just sent shivers up my spine. He said he was determined to spend Christmas with his ol' Madre and step-dad since he missed being able to be here for Thanksgiving. He is has to leave for Maryland either Christmas day or the day after in order to be back on the job by the 30th. Hopefully the weather will be a little kinder for his return visit, though I doubt the travel will be easier as it's been snowing steadily since his arrival!


I was to have surgery during Christmas week, but that has been put off until the 30th, which is just fine with me. It will allow me to cook some nice dinners while my son is visiting and really enjoy the visit. Just wish it wasn't such a short one, but I am thankful for the time I have with him.


This early Christmas gift has made me realize just how truly blessed I am with the love of family, extended family and friends. May all of you this holiday season know the true miracle of Christmas and may you too be surrounded with the love and laughter of family, friends and those you care about.


Well, I need to close this missive and get ready to go out and chop down a dead birch tree before it falls on our pole barn. My son said he needs my help with this and I also need to get out and snow plow the driveway before my truck gets totally snowed in.


Blessings on each and every one of your and may you all enjoy all the very best that life has to offer in the comming New Year.


Terri at the Drake's Nest in snowy Ossineke, MI where it definitely looks a lot like Christmas!!


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Comment by Pam/NY on December 16, 2010 at 2:18pm

Good for you, having gone back to school! You and your family should be so proud! Love it when sons surprise you...girls seem to be tuned into that emotion better. When a guy does it, it really is a surprise!

Comment by Terri D. on December 16, 2010 at 1:49pm

Thanks everyone for your good wishes. The last time we were together as a family was last year when he and I graduated side by side, with honors, with our Associates Degrees in the Arts. Each time I think that was all but a dream, I have but to look at the wall of fame that features all of my children's graduation photos from college and there among them is mine. Now I'm going for my Bachelor's and start my last year with the spring semester. My how time flies.


Happy holidays everyone!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 16, 2010 at 12:46pm

Terri, enjoy your time with your son.  I hope you have a great holidy.  Also hope the surgery goes well later this month. 

Comment by Janet/MO on December 16, 2010 at 12:38pm

What a nice gift for Christmas Terri!  My parents used to manage a resort near Baldwin, MI.  The last Christmas I spent with my dad was there & we left for home (living in TX then) on Christmas day because of bad weather.  It was the 1st time we had ever celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve, but we were just happy to be there for the holiday. 

Comment by Barbara Graham on December 16, 2010 at 11:10am

Enjoy your time with your son!

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on December 16, 2010 at 9:22am

I'm on the west coast, Terri, and there are two huge winter storms coming in here beginning tomorrow.  These storms tend to make their way east in the following days, so tell your son to leave early and be very careful on the road.  Merry Christmas!

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