Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Monday, December 21, 2015

Birthdays, Anniversary and Christmas Week in This Home~

This past week, does one manage to keep up with travel from one town to another before sunrise, visit daughter in hospital 10 to 12 hours a day, for a whole week and manage to stay safe with all of the crazy shopper drivers...well, I take the back roads.  That's how.  I refuse 95% of the time to ever get on the Interstate, especially I-71 outside of my little town.  I got to take Brittany home and we are all so thankful.  Now the healing begins.

Last Friday was my husband's birthday and since I was gone all day, we waited until Saturday to have an outing together. Today is my birthday and tomorrow we celebrate our 46 th wedding anniversary!

Friday I left the hospital for long enough to visit the Louisville Collegiate School and watched my twin grands in their Christmas program, as well as join their mom, my daughter Hillary for a nice lunch.  I took a meal home to the husby and he was very grateful.

Yesterday I left early to go to my church and watched as a Red-tailed Hawk waited for daylight to go hunting. I pulled into an entrance where Christmas lights were lit, and watched the sky change colour from within those boundaries.

Carolina Wrens are my first bird ever to observe some 35 years ago, and they have come to spend the Winter at our front door and beyond.  
The Belted Kingfisher, American kestrel and Red-Shouldered Hawk were all observed when I took my walks a couple of weeks ago.  
The Christmas baubles and adornments are just a few of my favorite things.

~Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year~

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  1. these sunrises are truly gorgeous Mary. A wonderful reminder of the many gifts we have and to appreciate each and every moment. I do hope that Brittany recovers well. I am sure she will with your love and care. Wishing you also a happy birthday to you and your husband. My husband's birthday was on Saturday 19th! Have a lovely Christmas Mary. Hugs from across the world from me to you.

  2. Hello, Mary! You have been busy. Happy Birthday to you and your hubby. Also happy Anniversary to you both. I am so glad your daughter has left the hospital , I hope she is well now. Love all your birds and the lovely sky images.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  3. So lovely various instants through your camera lens! May you have a Happy Christmas filled with lots of good health and joy for you and the whole family!
    Happy Holidays!

  4. Enjoyed.

    Those were some colorful king fishers

  5. So much for you to celebrate during this festive time of year...I love the sky and lights...fabulous Christmas decorations. Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas!

  6. Birthday wishes to both of you Mary and a very happy anniversary.
    Merry Christmas.

  7. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2016 to you and your family!

  8. From one Wren to another, just stopping by to admire the Carolina Wrens!

  9. Hi Mary,
    I was glad of the opportunity and privilege to visit your very fine Blog.
    With lots of wonderful images and your collages really stand out.
    Happy Holidays

  10. Happy birthday to both you and your husband and happy anniversary as well! Lovely photos especially the ones of your grandchildren. Hope the new year brings many restful times.

  11. I have to say I have fallen head over heels for that little blue Kingfisher - isn't he the most adorable little fellow - I love that hairstyle! It sounds like you are having a really busy time so I'll wish you a belated Happy Birthday and Anniversary and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, and I also wish your daughter a speedy recovery. Merry Christmas!

  12. Brilliant photos, have a beautiful holiday for everyone.

  13. Gorgeous array of photos - Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  14. Happy Birthday, my beautiful friend! Happy Birthday to your husby, and best wishes for your 46h wedding anniversary! What an accomplishment!

    I'm certain there were no better gifts than the health of your daughter, adoring your grands on the school stage, and having the wealth of your own health to be able to participate and enjoy all these wonderful things this season.

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful moments with us through your lens. As always, your world is spectacularly inspiring.

    Wishing you much love, peace and joy this Christmas!



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