Christmas Season   |   December 21, 2017

This has been the first Christmas season we have stayed in Florida in several years and we have been trying to make memories here and traditions with the kids since the only Christmas’s they remember have been long road trips to Maine. We have enjoyed the Christmas parade with Becky and her kids, Christmas lights displays, even a dusting of snow one weekend, which I had never seen in Florida. We also enjoyed a lovely Christmas party with Jimmy and Elizabeth Price and their sweet daughter Olivia, many special Sunday dinners with Mr. and Mrs. Smith, special evenings caroling at the nursing home with our church, and a special Christmas service.

This time of year I always find I miss home more than usual but I’m so thankful for all our dear friends here and I am glad to be able to spend this special time with everyone here.


I don’t think Carlie ever stopped waving and saying, “Merry Christmas!” the whole time the parade was going by which was well over an hour.


A Little Fellow Follows Me

A careful man I ought to be,
A little fellow follows me.
I dare not go astray,
For fear he’ll go the self-same way.

I cannot once escape his eyes,
Whatever he see me do, he tries.
Like me, he says, he’s going to be,
The little chap who follows me.

He thinks that I am good and fine,
Believes in every word of mine.
The base in me he must not see,
That little fellow who follows me.

I must remember as I go,
Thru summers’ sun and winters’ snow.
I am building for the years to be,
In the little chap who follows me.
by Rev. Claude Wisdom White, Sr


We did not stay out all night to watch it flurry. Nor did we wake the kids up in the night to see the snow like everyone else but we sure enjoyed showing it to them when they woke up. They have seen a lot of snow in Maine and were happy to have some but kind of disappointed there was so little that they couldn’t play in it.


I’m adding these pictures for, Dad McFarland. Mr. Smith made this really challenging, coordination game. You have to roll the little ball from tier to tier by slanting the wooden shelves by the handles. I don’t know what you call the game but thought you’d be fascinated with his creation, after seeing those gorgeous carrom boards you made.