Rainbow Colors of Love

Erik my beautiful boy with Downs Syndrome and 'Europeana' in the garden
Star Roses Apricot Drift Chosen by The Girls for Their Mother
Star Roses Apricot Drift Chosen by The Girls for Their Mother

“I love you more than rainbow colors,” Ella said to me with her arms around my neck. Her sweet precious breath whispered softly in my ear. What could possibly evoke love that brings about a heart melting statement that dreams are made of. I’ve thought about it a lot. Or one day while I was bent over a computer key board someone began to gently rub my neck. I felt a current pass through me so real that I thought to my self who could possibly love me this much? My son had brought my eldest granddaughter to work and I had not heard her soft approach.

Kids at the 'Zoo'
Kids at the ‘Zoo’

Upon careful reflection I believe a child’s love is magical. It grows from the little tiny precious nuggets of time spent together. How easy it is to make little children happy.

Planting A Basket for Mom | The Little Ones Adore Big Sister
Planting A Basket for Mom | The Little Ones Adore Big Sister

We were going to see the babies. I said “Ella make your list of things you would like to do when Pa and I get there to see you.” She said to her Mama and Daddy, “do you think Pa and Gaga would ever take me back to that pet store that Gabi calls the Kitty cat store?”

Babies and Puppies
Babies and Puppies

Here’s Ella Claire’s 4-year-old Baby Bucket List:

  • Go to the pet shop
  • Ride the carousel at the mall
  • Play at the McDonald’s Play Play place
  • Go Shoe shopping
Erik my beautiful boy with Downs Syndrome and 'Europeana' in the garden
Erik my beautiful boy with Downs Syndrome and ‘Europeana’ in the garden

On our visit we fulfilled her bucket list and that of the other kids. We were headed back to the house with all three of the kids. We asked everyone what was his or her favorite part of our day. Gabi said “the carousel,” Ella said “the carousel.” Erik our beautiful grandson who has Down’s Syndrome said, “going to get ice cream.” We hadn’t gone to get ice cream yet. 😉 You guessed it. We then went to get ice cream.

Fox Girls | "Gaga, you can fly on a bird to do the laundry," Ella Claire
Fox Girls | “Gaga, you can fly on a bird to do the laundry,” Ella Claire

More than riches more than gold here are the blessings that melt my heart into “ice cream puddles.”

You too can have your heart melted. Its easy. During the holidays choose an angel from the angel tree at the mall. Ask at your local churches or your town hall about families that may need a little extra help and could use some toys for Christmas. In the community where we live the churches assist seniors with Christmas lights and adopt families to get presents for the children.

For fulfilling the dreams of a four old here are her original quotes, we’ve been told that she loves us more than:

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Living Christmas Trees | Red Roses | The White House Historical Assoc. Christmas Ornaments

Norfolk Pine Fresh for the Holidays

 

Fresh for the Holiday Norfolk Pine from Costa Farms
Fresh for the Holiday Norfolk Pine from Costa Farms, decorated with red roses and The White House Historical Association Christmas Decorations

Norfolk Pine A Living Christmas Tree

The White House Historical Association creates and sells an ornament each year to commemorate how presidents through the years have celebrated Christmas in the White House. One of my favorites is the 2003 White House Ornament. It’s a boy on a rocking horse.  It is inspired by an authentic Victorian illustration of a child’s joy at Christmas.

Monica, Gives Presidential Ornament Each Year
left to right Gabi, Monica, Tanna Monica Gives Us the Presidential Ornament Each Year

My daughter-in-law’s parents began giving us an ornament each year when we all became a family. I can’t wait to see the exquisite gift box that holds the treasured ornament every Christmas.

The White House Historical Association Christmas Ornaments

This year the Garden Media Group featured a Facebook promotion for their client Costa Farms, in Florida. The promotion showed an adorable Norfolk Pine and asked this question “How would you decorate a “Fresh for the Holidays” Norfolk Pine?” I said I would decorate the tree with  “my treasured White House Historical Christmas Ornament Collection.” I am delighted to say I won the Norfolk Pine! Here’s the Costa Farms Fresh for The Holidays Living Christmas Tree decorated with the White House Historical Association ornaments, and red roses. The live tree arrived in perfect condition. I received an email from Stacy at Garden Media Group saying that it shipped yesterday and it arrived today packaged perfectly smelling of Christmas trees.

Norfolk Pine Fresh for the Holidays
Decorated Norfolk Pine from Costa Farms, with Graham Thomas, a favorite rose grown and photographed from Gaga’s Garden framed in the background

Costa Farms Living Christmas Tree and Red Roses

The ornaments are extra special for two reasons. History is important, and all profits from the ornaments go to fund acquisitions of historic furnishings and artwork for the permanent White House Collection, and to assist in the preservation of the public rooms in the White House and to further its educational mission.

Norfolf Pine with Santa as a Tree Topper
Norfolf Pine with Santa as a Tree Topper

Extended Family Giving Ornaments

The second is I enjoy a special relationship with our son’s in-laws and think of them as a caring and thoughtful extended family. I think this ornament is such a thoughtful meaningful gift that one can treasure always.

In closing,  a dear friend, Nancy Healey once said to me “Susan, relationships are fragile.”  Like ornaments on a Christmas tree relationships are fragile.  As we approach the holidays it’s a good time of year to remember to preserve our relationships and create new memories for our family histories.

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My Favorite Things, Raindrops on Roses

Whiskers on Kittens
Raindrops on Roses
Raindrops on Roses

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Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

Whiskers on Kittens
Whiskers on Kittens

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens

Warm Woolen Mittens
Warm Woolen Mittens

Brown paper packages tied up with strings

Packages Tied Up With String
Packages Tied Up With String

These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels

Cream Colored Pony
Cream Colored Pony

Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings

Wild Geese That Fly With The Moon on Their Wing
Wild Geese That Fly With The Moon on Their Wing

These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes

Girls in White Dresses
Girls in White Dresses
Girls in White Dresses
Girls in White Dresses

Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs

Snowflakes That Stay On My Nose & Eyelashes
Snowflakes That Stay On My Nose & Eyelashes

These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

 

My Favorite Things” is a song from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music.

Julie Andrews also sings it in the 1965 film. Now its often played during this time of year and is thought of fondly as a Christmas song.

Lorrie Morgan Sings My Favorite Things. Merry Christmas