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Two Thousand Nine was filled with blessings (some tears, of course – some laughter).

I am so grateful for my family and my friends – some of whom I’ve met and engaged with via the internet (who would have thought we would be communicating instantly with just a click of the fingers??  Not I – coming from a generation that, in the 1950s, was jitterbugging in the corner drugstore to music from a colorful jukebox – listening to 78rpm records).

Best wishes to my family and all my friends as we end 2009 and enter a Brand New Year with limitless possibilities.

May God richly bless all of you.

The San Antonio Express News lists the  top ten events of 2009 in our area (of course Caterpillar is certainly one of Seguin’s top news events).

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Christmas 2009 – a memory

This Christmas Memory snapshot was taken in 1995 in Aurora, Colorado.

There are so many marvelous Christmas memories

and I bring them out now and then

– especially the snapshots that tell our stories.

“Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance – each beautiful, unique and too soon gone.”

— Deborah Whipp

Wishing you all marvelous memories and

All Things Good

in 2010!

Merry Christmas

Christmas Memories

1976 – Houston, Texas

Christmas in the 1970s – Houston,Texas

Whatever else be lost among the years,

Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing:

Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears,

Let us hold close one day,

remembering its poignant meaning for the hearts of men.

Let us get back our childlike faith again.

– Grace Noll Crowell

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving by Edgar Albert Guest

Gettin’ together to smile an’ rejoice,
An’ eatin’ an’ laughin’ with folks of your choice;
An’ kissin’ the girls an’ declarin’ that they
Are growin’ more beautiful day after day;
Chattin’ an’ braggin’ a bit with the men,
Buildin’ the old family circle again;
Livin’ the wholesome an’ old-fashioned cheer,
Just for awhile at the end of the year.
Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door
And under the old roof we gather once more
Just as we did when the youngsters were small;
Mother’s a little bit grayer, that’s all.
Father’s a little bit older, but still
Ready to romp an’ to laugh with a will.
Here we are back at the table again
Tellin’ our stories as women an’ men.Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;
Oh, but we’re grateful an’ glad to be there.
Home from the east land an’ home from the west,
Home with the folks that are dearest an’ best.
Out of the sham of the cities afar
We’ve come for a time to be just what we are.
Here we can talk of ourselves an’ be frank,
Forgettin’ position an’ station an’ rank.

Give me the end of the year an’ its fun
When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,
Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.

squaw dresses and adorable sisters and moccasins

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my beautiful younger sister - wearing one of her squaw dresses

Caldwell Ladies Retreat in Red River – summer 1992

gorgeous sisters - gorgeous Red River, New Mexico

gorgeous sisters . . . gorgeous Red River

Went to the Michael Martin Murphy Concert.

Ate.

Laughed.

Ate.

Reminisced.

Ate.

Visited.

Ate.

Shared Communion.

Ate.

Sang songs.

ATE!

It was a marvelous time together.

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I sought my soul,

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but my soul I could not see.

I sought my God,

but my God eluded me.

I sought my brother

and I found all three.

~Author Unknown

heavy heart – happy heart

My heart is heavy – knowing that

(in this life)

I will never see Ray again.

He was such a blessing to me

(as are all of my Caldwells!).

However, I have joy in my heart –

knowing that Ray is no longer suffering

and he is truly Home. 

God bless him.

God bless the Caldwells.

Johnny and Ray - Farmington, New Mexico - 1950s

Johnny and Ray - Farmington, New Mexico - 1950s

Remembering

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Ray - fearless

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Ray - standing tall