Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Best is Yet to Be

To my Randy,

It's been 29 years today. I fondly recall...
  • the day you asked me to be your wife... Somehow you knew I didn't need more than 10 minutes to make my decision.
This photograph was taken that very day. Remember?
  • how you, my parents, and I all slept in the same hotel room the night before our wedding day.
  • the fact that your wedding ring didn't quite fit, but I shoved it on anyway. Did you not even wonder at that point?
  • that early morning nine months later when you called my parents and announced, "It's a girl.... and a boy!"
  • how embarrassed I was when you preformed grocery cart ballet in the grocery store. Do you remember drenching my back with the vegetable sprayer?
  • how you make people smile.
  • how you were late for dinner one winter night because you helped pull three cars out of the snow.
  • your faith and determination the year you lost your job.
  • the morning you shaved the mustache that had adorned your face for as long as I had known you. How you climbed back into bed, tapped me on the shoulder, and made me scream!
  • the day I sat in awe of your extreme patience with our teenage children; "I don't want to have any regrets," you explained.
  • how nearly every meal I cook is somehow your "favorite".
  • the anniversary you declared, while shaking your head, "We've been married for 17 stinkin' long years!"
  • how warm and comforting your hands feel as you place them on my head and bless me to overcome.... headaches, fear, frustration, fevers.
  • how you manage to make me laugh when I'm in a bad mood.
  • how you still like to hold my hand.
  • that evening when you were called as the bishop or our ward. It's an amazing feeling to realize the Lord knows you like I know you.
  • the day I was suffering from self-imposed whip lash. You washed and rubbed my feet to help me feel better.
  • how you lovingly endure concert after concert after concert.
  • how every day is a new adventure.
  • The day you became "Potts" and I became "Gammie".
  • how your eyes tear up when you remember my mother.
  • how gently you care for my father.
  • how you dance with our grand-babies.
  • how you dance with me!
There were those who thought I was taking a chance marrying a photographer. I had no doubts when I said, "Yes". With you, life has been a dream and just keeps getting better.

Happy Anniversary, Sweetheart!
I love you.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Somehow Christmas Morning is just more Fun with Little Ones

Michael and Desiree spent Christmas Eve with us and that meant...
We had Evylee with us on Christmas Morning!
Oh! What Joy!
Thanks, Mike, for sharing your little family with us!

How many 20+-year-old girlies do YOU know who still wear footy pajamas?
Love these two!

"It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself"
--Charles Dickens

In the afternoon, David and Katie came with their two little dolls. They are sporting the sweaters I raced to finish in my pre-surgery knitting frenzy.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Greetings!

I have a favorite Christmas decoration. It consists of three gold ribbons each holding up to 10 of the old photo greeting cards we have sent to family and friends over the years. In early December as I pull it from the box of decor, I stop for a moment..... and thoughtfully remember....






















Both sons were serving missions and are represented by the snowmen. Notice their name tags and ties.


(first grand-baby)



and our most recent --


May the Spirit of Christmas
bring you Peace

The Gladness of Christmas
give you Hope

The Warmth of Christmas
grant you Love.

With Love,
The Collier Family

Sunday, December 20, 2009

An Evening in Bethlehem - Family Style

It's one of our favorite family traditions,
and happens once a year at Christmastime.
Family gathers
for a fun and somewhat crazy
evening "in Bethlehem".

Mid-Eastern Cuisine is served.

Potato Latkes

6 large potatoes

1 medium onion

2 eggs

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 cup flour

Grate potatoes (preferably by hand). Remove excess liquid. Mix in other ingredients. Fry small spoonfuls until golden brown. Drain and serve hot.

Mediterranean Pita Sandwiches

1 and 1/4 pounds ground turkey

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 and 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried mint

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Combine ingredients, mix well, shape into 1 and 1/4 inch meatballs. In a sprayed skillet, cook meatballs for 8-10 minutes or until cooked through. Place 3 meatballs into pita half and top with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and cucumber dressing.

And after dinner, a family Nativity pageant...
This year, we drew our parts from "a hat".
One Narrator and One Photographer.

With Joseph and Baby Jesus.

Keeping watch over their flocks.
(This little shepherd was very tired, and rode her sheep to Bethlehem.)

And angels
declaring Tidings of Great Joy. (Don't even ask about David...)

It is our family's way of experiencing
the magic
that is Christmas.