Saturday, December 23, 2017

It's a FAMILY Tradition

Every Christmas time, some of
our grandgirls (and sometimes, a fella or two) get together at my house
for some good old-fashioned fun...
decorating Christmas Cookies.
Some of the past 
COOKIE Making and Decorating....

This little SANTA has always been one of
my favorite ornaments...

I've had him so long, I don't remember where I got him. He is actually a
door knob hang.

The above cookies were Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Pecan....
soooo good

Our sweet twins, 
Andrea and Bailey

This is Brynna and Deeds...
we did 
Ugly Sweater Cookies that year

 These Candy Cane cookies are sooo tasty but not all that pretty.

 Three little silly grands
that are all grown up now.


That's Ethan, Lacey's husband,
and he is holding the cutest little puppy.....

 His name is BAXTER
and he belongs to our daughter and we are ALL
OBSESSED with him.

 "Hi, Lacey Jean"

 "Hi, Deeds and Brynna"
 That's our sweet and handsome son, DAVID KEITH..
He decorated cookies with us and I was so glad.

 ...and here is our beautiful and sweet girl

There were 12 of us..
some had to leave early before we thought to get a group picture...


 What a treasure these beauties are...
5 of the 7 grandest girls.
What gets me is that they are ALL beautiful
and all good COOKIE DECORATORS...

I am so happy these beautiful people like coming to 
our house every year about this time to
do Christmas cookies and just enjoy being together.

We all have our hearts full of love for one another... 
and for this, I am thankful.

Knowing Mr. Sweet is going to celebrate Christmas
walking and talking with Jesus Christ
also makes me very thankful.



  1. No better time than spent with family! Those smiles and cookies are wonderful! I know that you had a big smile on your face when you placed your head on your pillow! I agree, Mr. Sweet is having a grand 'ole Christmas with our Lord and Savior! Sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

  2. What a fun family tradition . . .
    Beautiful family!
    Adorable puppy Baxter . . .
    Merry Christmas bj . . .

  3. Baxter! What fun that you and I both have a “Baxter” grandpup!

    What a fun party. Talented cookie decorators all! You really do have a beautiful family!

  4. I'm so glad you have your family close! How precious they all are you! Holiday hugs and blessings my friend, Diane

  5. A wonderful tradition to continue! Love it! Your grandgirlies are precious. You are blessed indeed.

  6. Those are outstanding cookies! And Baxter is just too cute for words!

  7. What a sweet tradition! I would love to start something like that with my Grands. You have the loveliest family and I'm so happy you are surrounded by love. Merry Christmas to you and Mr Sweet in heaven is smiling I'm sure!

  8. looks like a grand and festive time

  9. What a sweet and lovely post. Enjoyed seeing all the decorated cookies and the sweet photo of the puppy. You are truly blessed to have such a wonderful family. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  10. You have been on my heart and in my prayers much through this first Christmas season without Mr. Sweet. Knowing he is in the presence of the Father is such a comfort - but it doesn't make the empty place go away. Sending hugs to you, dear friend.

  11. BJ, I know you are loved, when I see all those wonderful family members. That is so sweet to have them all with you. The cookies look very tasty. I know it was a fun time. Merry Christmas to all of you. Blessings love, xoxo, Susie

  12. You have quite a few blessings there! What a fun tradition, too. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  13. Oh BJ you have the most beautiful and loving family. I smiled all the way through your post. OMG your new great grand doggie Baxter is tooooooo adorable. Look at that face! All the cookies look yummy and what a great tradition to have the grands come to decorate and bake with you. Very sweet. May you find peace in your heart and some joy this Christmas with your family. I know it is hard without Bill but I know he will be with all of you in spirit. Hopefully near the cookies of yours that he loved so much. Merry Christmas sweet friend.

  14. I loved reading this. Your family is beautiful! I love how all the girls get together and decorate cookies. What fun! I Have been thinking about you a lot this week. Hugs and Christmas wishes to you and your family.

  15. Your family IS beautiful, bj...each and every one of them. Not that looks are that important but I know they are beautiful people inside, too, where it really counts.
    I didn't get to bake any Christmas cookies this year so I am feeling a little bummed about that...but there is always next year.
    I hope you have a good Christmas. I know the first year(s) missing someone at family get-togethers is always hard. I will be praying for you. God bless you- xo Diana

  16. What a special time for your family. It looked so fun. - Wishing you all a Merry Christmas. Looking forward to blogging with you in 2018. God Bless.

  17. What a special tradition. Good thing you have all those girls. I hope they will carry on the tradition. I don't think our two grandsons would be interested. They love my very plain sugar cookies ... no icing!!! I know you will have a wonderful Christmas. There is a lot of love to share with your large family. Blessings to you.
    Audrey Z.

  18. That looks like a wonderful tradition! Such a beautiful family! The cookie decorating seems to be a perfect tradition... and oh that puppy!!!!!

  19. Such a beautiful family. Artists all. BLessed New Year to you all.

  20. This is a fabulous tradition! We have a tradition of decorating cookies on CHristmas Eve but I love your getting the whole family together for the baking and decorating, the whole deal! Loved the photo with everyone at their "workstations" side by side and having a wonderful time! VERY merry!

  21. What fun you all had. Merry Christmas

  22. This looks like so much fun! I tried to do cookie baking this year, but my new granddaughter Clara Grace stole the show, I ended up in the kitchen finishing those cookies alone while everyone passed her around. Needless to say, not a lot of cookies got baked because I wasn't missing out on that fun!

  23. I hope you were surrounded by the love of your family this holiday season. Thinking of you. ❤️


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