Monday, December 20, 2010

Warmth of the Season

You all amaze me so!  Thank you so much for
your love, encouragement, prayers, and support! 
Your sweet comments always touch my heart!

We all love a fire's glow, and how it warms
us through and through...

And we love candlelight that gives a room warmth,
and makes everything it casts it's glow on look so lovely...

But oh the warmth
of the love of family at Christmas time!

Here is Sam and her family!  We took this photo
out in the woods of north Florida where we stopped
on our way home to tend to the hunting area.

I can't tell you how wonderful it is to have them back here!
We have had lots of time together already, and I am so
looking forward to Christmas with all of our girls on Saturday!

I'll be posting a photo our four girls as soon as I can get it
from Birdy.  It was taken on her I- phone.  Can't wait to show
you all!

Here Emily just had to get up into the Cozy Condo
and do some sweeping!  Too cute!

And coming out...

May will be here before you know it, and little
Miss Em' will become a big sister! 

We are all so excited!  Everyone thinks it's a boy!
That would be a first in the Stewart family
and Grandpa will be beside himself if God blesses us
with a little grandy boy!! Of course, he will be
delighted with a sweet, cuddly girl, too!!

God is continually teaching me about the significance of family.

The family is one of only two ordained by God institutions...
the other being the church.

So, from that alone we can know that family is of the utmost
importance to Him!

As our family gathers to celebrate the glory of the birth
of our Lord,

we gather as a bunch of imperfect people, that sometimes
take each other for granted, hurt one another's feelings,
make mistakes we're sorry for, are at different places
in our walks with God, but as a FAMILY...

a family ordained by God, for His purposes, that love
each other through it all, and that hopefully, hopefully...
will make God smile sometimes,
and fulfill at least some of the purposes He has put us here for!

The love and warmth of family...
the hardest hurts,
most often
the deepest love,
the greatest blessings.

May you feel the wonderful joy and
warmth of family this Christmas...
and know the everlasting JOY
of being part of the

Merry Christmas to you all!

I praise You, Lord, for my friends, and thank You
for loving us so much that you sent your Son, Jesus,
at just the right time, to save us each from our sin!

Sending love and snuggly hugs!!

Blessings and Hugs, Becky


  1. Miss Em is growing like a weed. She will be a wonderful big sis. I know you will have a wonderful Christmas with everyone home now.


  2. Hi Becky,
    Oh it is so nice you will have your family around you this Christmas! Enjoy the love!

  3. Hi best friend, Love the photo of Sam and the family-boy Miss Em is sure getting big. Sam looks so much like you! You are my chosen family dear one and I thank my God for you!!!!
    Lots of love,

  4. What beautiful pics of the family, Becky.

    Merry Christmas ~
    Have a beautiful celebration week ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  5. That is so awesome! You have beautiful children and I am so glad you will all be together for Christmas! Merry Christmas dear friend!! Love, Elena

  6. Hugs back to you, and Merry Christmas!!

  7. Hi! Becky, loved this post, I as well think that there is nothing like Family! your daughter and grand is so pretty! And I know that God is going to Bless you all with another beautiful one! I will pray that if it is God's plan that Boy~ will come to you!! Merry Christmas and Warm Blessings for the New Year!

  8. I always enjoy posts with pictures of family - it really helps me to feel like I know you and am part of your life!

    Merry Christmas Becky!

  9. Wonderful pictures, wonderful words. Wishing you and yours much love and blessings at Christmas, dear Becky!

    Hugs from Heidi

  10. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas Becky and all the best in 2011!

  11. Hi Becky!! So happy you are getting lots of time with your family!!! I'm so sorry you haven't received my mailing address - I sent you two e-mails to your junk to joy address - and for some reason you seem to not be recieving them!! I'm sorry - sent you a long note just letting you know how much your blog cheers me!!! I will try again right now - and if you don't get it please jump back on my blog and let me know!!!

    Blessings, Sweet Becky!!!

  12. Just wanted you to know that I sent a message to your junk to joy facebook page - thought maybe that might work to getting you my info :0)!!

  13. Merry Christmas sweet Becky!! How happy I am for you that your girl is back...YAY...And a new grandbaby to love come spring? Well it just doesn't get any better. I know you will have a wonderful day with all of your family together under one roof. How blessed you are. Looking forward to that pic of all your girls. May the Lord bless you always...Much love, Debbie

  14. Hi Becky,
    A very Merry Christmas to you and your dear family..Looks to me like you just received the best gift of all! How wonderful to have your daughter home.
    Becky you are such a sweet and caring gal, your bright spirit always shines through in your posts.
    May God bless you with all your dreaming of this Year.
    Big hus, Elizabeth

  15. Your daughter looks so much like you, and I cannot believe how much Emily has grown!
    I know your heart must be bursting at the seams with Joy!
    Hey...I am now a facebook friend of Junk to Joy shop! :)

    Merry Christmas Becky!

  16. Hi Becky,
    Thank you for coming to visit me via Nancy. Nancy has been so wonderful and I just think she is so sweet. I'm very glad to meet you and I will be emailing you soon. We are at the hospital every day with my mom so I'll try to write as soon as I can. I would really enjoy visiting with you about our Mom's/Alzheimers. I'm sorry you have lost both your parents. Thank you again for reaching out to me. It meant a lot.

  17. Oh Sweeeet Becky...

    It's your little cutie-patootie! I LOVE her.... I know you remember I used to come to your blog just so I could see this little darlin' sittin' on the beach. That picture was what pure happiness looks like. And, your daughter! A beauty, just like her mom.... :-) I'm so glad she's back, I know that makes a mama happy. Can't wait to see the four of them together.....

    Wishing you and yours a glorious Christmas..... What a wonderful celebration it will be.

    Huggies to you dear one!


  18. Hi Beck,
    Loved this post, so true every word.
    Sam looks great, and I can not believe how much
    Emily has grown. Incredible!!
    You need to check your email girlie!!
    Sounds like you are having a great time having Sam and her family back around, that is so great!
    Hope you all have a Wonderfully delightful Celebration of our Lord's Birthday. We are looking forward to it as well, and it is coming so fast!! lol
    I have been working on Christmas cards for the family. Yesterday I spent most of the day and got nothing, I mean nothing accomplished before 5p.m. ....everything that could go wrong did!! lol I was more than a bit frustrated, so I ran to my recliner and kicked back and had a lil talk with my friend, and felt much better after,
    and even tried again, I was not in the mood to try again before that!! lol
    Anyway, I made great strides after 9p.m. and I am about done. Just have to get the words in 2 and put them together. Yea!!
    We went out and did our shopping for brunch and dinner for Christmas day, so we should be done, and can just stay home and finish some baking and wrapping. We are having Megan and Jerry with us for Christmas Morning as well, then Scott and Megan will leave in the late afternoon to go to Megans family, but Dee and Jerry will stay for din din!
    Should be a fun fabulous day!!
    Sounds like all is well with you. Good!!
    Maybe that means you are feeling better too,
    sure hope so.
    Love ya hon
    and Merry Christmas
    Hey.......check that email!! lol You might just be surprised!!

  19. have been such an inspiration and such a wonderful friend in this blog land! I am so happy to have met you and I feel like I am a little part of your family, well the family in blog land anyway. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas filled with every wish your heart desires. I too am so filled with joy this Christmas for the gift of life and health. I have been truly blessed this year. Blessed in sooo many ways. Thank you for your wonderful friendship! hugs and smiles...

  20. Becky, so nice that you ahve your family around you. Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas. Abundant graces and blessings on you all.

  21. Beautiful post! There is nothing better than God's gift of Family.
    Thanks for the reminder. Lovely photos.

  22. Beautiful photos! Praying for you!

    Christmas blessings to you and your family!

  23. How wonderful you're back together again! And at the most wonderful time of the year! Enjoy your Christmas!

  24. Hi Becky! You didn't miss anything. My hubby is still not home. He won't be home for maybe 2 more weeks. Another Christmas without him. This will be our third. But he'll be home soon!!!!!!!!

  25. Your pictures to accompany this post pretty much sum up the whole thing. Warmth... light.. and family love. It just doesn't get any better. I hope you enjoy the time with yours.

  26. Merry Merry Christmas! May your stocking be filled with blessings!

    Hugs, Carrie

  27. What a precious family and still growing...what a joy!!!
    Merry Christmas!!!
    I got my wonderful box today..thanks so much, how fun!! I love it and its timing was great.

  28. Hi! Becky, just wishing you and your Family a Merry Christmas and Blessings for the New year!

  29. Becky, I am sending you the biggest get well hug ever!

    I'm so glad you dropped in this evening, and I feel like we've actually had a visit. I just prayed for you, and I hope you can feel the renewal of your body through prayer.

    I'm feeling better, and I think I just needed to finally get up out of my sick bed and blog. I'm trying not to overdo, but it sure felt good.

    Mr. M. is off with friends where I sent him for supper, and the two of us will have Christmas lunch tomorrow. He looked so handsome tonight. All dressed up in his red sweater vest and grey slacks. Just like Christmas! :-)

    No news here. Just tired, but I couldn't let this night slip past without wishing you the happiest of holidays.

    May your Christmas be both merry and bright, Becky, just like YOU!

    Hallelujah, our Savior is BORN!

    Love you much, girlfriend...


    Sheila :-)

  30. Merry Christmas Becky!
    I'm thankful I discovered your
    lovely site today.
    Sweet words of encouragement
    and inspiration. What a blessing
    to meet you and your family.
    Meet you newest blog follower.
    Hope you'll swing by and vist
    me too. I love company:)

  31. How wonderful a post Becky! Yes Family! It is what I live for! I can see that your family is so precious to you. Just want you to know that I feel you are a part of my Heavenly Family! I met you for a reason, only if through blogland! You always fill my day with beautiful thoughts and inspiration! Thank you for letting me be a part of your family! love hugs and smiles...linda


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