12/25/07 Merry Christmas – MY FAVORITE FAMILY CARD OF ALL TIME

Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Merry Christmas! We finally got our family picture for 2007 finished and had some fun with it.

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From left to right in the blue is my oldest son Christopher, turquoise is my husband Jim, next to him is me wearing the prayer shawl I brought back from Israel, then Edward in the Jordanian headdress brought back from Israel, and then Katherine with another shawl from Israel. I figure you recognize the others in the scene. I thought Jim was wacked when he suggested this and practically begged him to take a “normal” picture, but this turned out so beautifully. I actually apologized to him because I didn’t really trust this would come out so great. See below to see how he staged it.

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Our neighbor Ryan snapped the picture, these are the figurines we used in our photo. I have to tell you it was hard for him to snap this picture for all the laughing he was doing. I don’t think he thought that the blankets, bathrobes and shawls would work.

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This was a trial shot that Jim used with Christopher in the background to judge the proper distance to make the picture come together. To the left is the huge snow cave Christopher built with the snow we had.

I am very impressed with my husband’s skill at this. Praying your Christmas is abundantly blessed.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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