We always spend Christmas Eve with the Pinson's and it's really nice to be able to just spend time and not have to rush off to another get together.
Christmas is always more fun when kids are involved, so it was great to have Brandon's cousin, Audrey and her sweet boys with us this year.
She recently moved to Dahlonega after living in many different states over the past 15 years due to the air force.
We are thrilled to have her back home, especially me since she chose to move to my hometown!
I know her boys will absolutely love growing up there!
I forgot to take pictures of the food, but we had quite a spread as usual!
Ham, green beans, potato casserole, grits and greens casserole, deviled eggs, chocolate delight, homemade apple-cranberry pie, several dips and crackers, and several other treats that I'm forgetting.
Grandmother's sister, Sue (pictured below with Brandon) and her two daughters, dropped by to visit for a bit with us.
They have been estranged for a number of years, so this was the first time I had ever met Sue and her daughters.
This was just a true testament of how it's never too late and the Lord can always restore relationships.
Patty and Nancy with Brandon's mom.
Patty and Nancy with Brandon's Aunt Joy.
Sue absolutely LOVED Sanford and was ready to take him home with her.
Sue giving Russell some love.
Sue and Grandmother: Sisters.
Y'all know that Grandmother has Alzheimer's and isn't well at all; however, when Sue asked her if she knew who she was, she shook her head yes and said, "Sue."
Sue said, "I'm so proud of you Floy!"
I certainly don't think I was the only one in the room who got choked up.
That was surely a God thing.
No matter what someone has done to us, if they ask our forgiveness we should forgive them and move forward just as God forgives us no matter how many times we make mistakes and ask Him.
Most of the time, situations involve major misunderstandings that lead to years of a nonexistent relationship.
No matter how much time has passed, we should be willing to love unconditionally and forgive.
Cameron playing with Max.
Nathan showing off his new Lego Airplane.
Grandad and Max.
Brandon wanted to ride down to the lake to see if there were any ducks, and of course Max wanted to ride in the "Gator," so off they went!
Russell, Nathan and Joy rode in the other Mule down to the lake.
There they go-headed down toward the lake!
A sweet little Puggy looking out the door at them leaving.
Grandad and Grandmother have the biggest, most beautiful Camellia you've ever seen.
Joy getting Grandmother ready for bed.
She slept pretty much all day other than when she was eating and when she woke up she asked me if she could get ready to go home and go to bed.
We told her she was already home and tried to keep her up a little longer so she would sleep better through the night, but she only made it to about 6:30 or 7.
The animal whisperer with Dottie and Sanford.
Brandon, Russell, and their Dad stayed over and played Rook with Grandad for a while and me and Donna went home because it had been a long day and she was sick.
I figured I needed at least one picture with my pink glitter loafers! :)
This picture is awful, but Nathan took it with one of the phones so I thought it was cute to keep it.
I think he took at least 3 or 4 pictures of each person, but he was so excited that he moved the camera every time before he actually took the picture.
When the guys got home they went to work on making deer jerky with Brandon's new dehydrator.
The finished product turned out really well!
After that we opened our gifts from Brandon's parents.
Russell got some much needed clothes.
Brandon got a power drill and some bullets.
I got some towels and some new Christmas dishes that are signed by the artist, who just happens to be a local!
It was a wonderful Christmas Eve spent with family-the ones we love.
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.