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Thursday, January 06, 2011


    My oldest daughter has had a very difficult year. I won't go into details but will say most people would not hold up under such circumstances. Please keep Patty in your prayers.
   She moved the week before Christmas and was in the process of organizing her new household and did not have time to put up any Christmas decorations. I felt so sad for her that I decided to go to her place without her knowing and decorate for her. I told my youngest daughter Cyndi who was thrilled and wanted to help, then my daughter-in-love Joan and two granddaughters Miranda and Brandey and two great granddaughters Julia and Hailee. It just grew beautifully.
  Cyndi had a key for Patty's house made for me then she took Patty out for the afternoon and we used a 'code' phrase and cell phones to know when it was safe to go to her place. Miranda and Brandey parked all our cars down the road so they wouldn't be seen.
Above is the little metal tree that Patty had decided would have to be her Christmas tree. I brought a table cloth to cover the table, the stocking and candy canes.

 I also brought over my extra Christmas tree and some decorations. We knew Patty liked gold and cream colors on her tree so Cyndi picked up some ornaments and ribbon and Joan brought some beautiful cream colored balls. In the above picture Julia is decorating.

 Joan brought a tray of cookies and also brought the makings for more cookies which she and Hailee baked, making the house smell delightful. Hailee at nine years old is a wonderful little cook and baker and she also sews beautifully. Am I proud of her? You bet! Joan has a catering business too.
 Here is Patty's table after we did a little decorating but before all the plates of cookies were added. I took some gingerbread people over and one of the gals hung them on patty's little tree. It was a darling idea. Also we brought chocolate covered cherries, red vines and something else I forgot which are Patty's favorites. At the right is Miranda's boom box. She put Christmas carols on Cd's the night before so we could have Christmas music too. The pictures are of Patty's boys and one of her on her first birthday.
 Here Miranda is putting the finishing touches on the Christmas tree. We were all getting pretty excited by this time. Carols were playing, cookies baking and evergreen boughs brought the fragrance of Christmas into the house. an evergreen swag and red bells decorated her entertainment center, Candles were lit all over the living and dining rooms, Snowmen, candles and santa's adorned the hearth, A huge, red, stuffed Christmas stocking hung beside her front door, Two Nativities were set up. We were all rushing around like a bunch of Santa's helpers.
Miranda even went to the hardware store for bolts to repair a table that had been damaged in the move. Everything was repaired and as festive as Martha-S could have managed. We did good!
 At last, we are done and I needed a sit!
Julia did a little 'crash' herself. All the hurry and scurry took the wind out of us!
 Then Miranda called Cyndi to let her know we were ready for her to bring Patty home to the surprise. We all hid in Patty's bedroom. Above Julia and Hailee are peeking out the front window waiting for them to arrive. Lots of tension and giggling at this time. LOL

We were quiet as mice when Patty walked through the door. We waited until we heard her say, "A tree?"  then we all came out of her bedroom at the end of the hall singing "We wish you a merry Christmas."
Yes she cried. for about an hour but they were happy tears. We hugged her heart. Our surprise was a huge success.
Patty won't forget this Christmas and neither will we. There is something wonderful about giving at any time of the year but especially at Christmas, and when you can do it in the form of a surprise somehow the blessing is multiplied a thousandfold. Try it and see.



Blogger Where the Green Grass Grows said...

That was so sweet!! What a wonderful surprise:) Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!!

Blogger Susan said...

How wonderful, and how special. The true Spirit of Christmas and I know all you gals that gave were as blessed in the doing a she in the receiving. Happy New Year to you dear Bev.

Blogger Granny Annie said...

On more than one occasion my mom and dad used to do this for us when I was a working single parent. It was the thrill of a lifetime to come home to such splendor. Patty will never forget this loving gesture.

Blogger Angela said...

That is the sweetest story I've read in a long time! What a blessing that was to her and to all of you that did that for her. Everyone did a fantastic job in decorating her house for Christmas!

Have a Great Weekend!

Blogger Pilot Mom said...

What a wonderful surprise! I love these kind of blessings! Way to go!!

Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

What a beautiful thing you did for Patty, MM. I cried reading about it...it's just the loveliest thought and I bet you all had such fun!

I hope you and your family had a blessed Christmas and I wish you all the very best for 2011.


Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

What a wonderful thing to do for your daughter-so special that so many of you worked together to make this happen!!



Blogger Lucy Stern said...

You are blessed with a wonderful family.... What love you all share... So glad you had a great Christmas...

Anonymous Charlotte/For Such A Time As This said...

What a perfect way to show your daughter how very much you love her!

Blogger Kerri said...

That was just the sweetest surprise. What a gift! It's especially lovely that you included the younger girls in the surprise. What a great opportunity for them to learn the joy of sharing and giving.
I'll certainly keep Patty in my prayers.
I hope your Christmas was wonderful, dear Bev, and that 2011 will bring rich blessings to you and your sweet family.

Blogger Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Dear Bev...
I love your heart warming story. Blessings shared in the giving as well as receiving.

I will remember Patty in my prayers and hope that 2011 will be enriched with good things. Marion

Anonymous Patty-Jo said...

I will never forget the feeling of walking into my new home and seeing what all of you had done. It still makes me cry (happy tears). I am so blessed to have such an amazing family!

Blogger Nettye said...

"Memories, like the corners of my mind...pretty water colored memories, of the way we were".

Bev, your blog is like mana from heaven for me...brings back sssooo much that I hold dear.

Thank you & may God richly bless you! nettie


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