Christmas in many days….

Christmas is celebrated in one day for many families world wide.  However in our family we celebrate Christmas over several days.Image

Why you might ask…well in our family we want the opportunity to share the joy and love of Christmas with everyone.  So when we can not all get together on one day we do it over several.

I don’t know of many families that do this…but I feel blessed that I am part of one that does.

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I believe that in each family someone is the glue that helps hold it together for us it was my Mom.  After her passing our family lost much of it’s closeness.  So when I married my husband I was so blessed to become part of a family that is close.  It was so nice to have that in my life once again, and I believe that is what helped me build it in mine again.

Today I work very hard at having that in my children’s lives.  I want them to have that experience of a close family.  To be able to sit down at the same table with relatives and to be able to talk about what is going on in each others lives and to truly know what they are talking about is priceless.

It takes a lot of work and sometimes we have those gaps, it happens.   But you can always go to each other and bring it up to speed again…that’s the beauty of a close-knit family, love and joy.

Enjoy the day, Jane

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Gluten Free Finds in New York

New York 2013

I love going into the city for a day, there is so much to do and see there.  My husband and I did just that right before Christmas with some youth from our churches youth group including our son, daughter and nephew.  It was a very rainy day but non the less we had an awesome time.

We saw the city from the top of the Empire State building. If you go there go at night that is the best time to go up, the view is spectacular!  Top of Empire State building 2013

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center Rockefeller Center with Ty and JennaAnd a visit to Central Park to see the Balto statue.  Jenna learned about this amazing dog and his owner during her reading class this year.  If you aren’t familiar with this story, it is a wonderful book to read to your little one.  An awesome story about how to persevere in harsh times, we could all use a little of that in our lives.

Balto Statue in Central Park with JennaDuring our day we ate at two amazing little places.  One was at Mozzarelli’s Wholesome Foods they have a lot of gluten free options.  I had a gluten free chicken wrap that was delicious.  They truly made us feel like we were family while we where there.  If you’d like to check them out here’s their website http://www.mozzarellis.com

Another place we ate at was http://www.friedmanslunch.com this is a little hole in the wall place and so worth the visit, they both were.   I say little hole in the wall places are the best but that’s just my opinion.

Hope everyone’s Christmas and New Year was a blessed one.

Enjoy the Day!