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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Guess what I got for Christmas?!?!






A daughter!

Just before Christmas, my son, Philip, and his girlfriend, Rhonda, became engaged! I'm thrilled! Rhonda is a lovely girl, both inside and out. She's kind, sweet, loving, generous, and even has a great sense of humor. Philip... you made a great choice! Rhonda... we've loved you almost since the first time we met you. We hope you enjoy being part of our family as much as we enjoy having you in it. Congratulations to both of you!

You know, it occurs to me that this engagement has other benefits too... as the mother of two sons and wife to the hubby, I've been the lone female in my family for almost three decades. Finally, I have some serious backup during holidays in this male dominated home! Yes! LOL!

Today is recovery day from the holidays. I'm pleasantly tired - even a bit lethargic - but it's okay. The holidays were wonderful, and as usual, I cooked too much, stayed up too late and just generally wore myself out. But I don't regret a minute of it. There are few blessings greater than a loving family all together for the holidays.

Posting a couple of pics. The top pic is Philip and Rhonda. The bottom pic is two of our five nephews who love to come over and snuggle up on the sofa with blankets to watch a movie. Little Eric (Eric on the left, Ellis on the right), has difficulty pronouncing some letters and calls it "watching a woobie"! Sometimes I wish my boys were little again - instead we just borrow the nephews for a while.

11 comments:

Dave King said...

Well, that is just fantastic. Enjoy the time.

Lynne said...

What a lovely Christmas present! I expect you will have someone to share some 'girlie time' with.
Lovely to spend the hols with family.

Lin said...

OH TERESA!! I AM SO THRILLED FOR YOU!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Laure Ferlita said...

Congratulations on the new daughter! When is the big day?!

laura said...

Congratulations, Teresa. What a sweet young couple--does my jaded old heart good to see them!

Teresa Mallen said...

Hi Teresa,
I have just come across your blog and I wanted to stop by and say hi. Congratulations on your son's engagement!
Levi's portrait is so engaging. You are doing a wonderful job capturing his expression. What a fantastic photo to work from too. I look forward to seeing the finished piece.

Teresa said...
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Teresa said...

Thank you everyone!

Laure: No wedding date set yet but I'll probably post it when I find out!

Laura: I'm quite sure you're much too young to have a jaded heart!

Hi Teresa!
So glad you stopped by to visit and thank you for the kind comments on Levi's portrait. I hope to finish it very soon. It's been a fun portrait to paint.

Jo Castillo said...

Beautiful couple and cute nephews. Nice family holiday! Congratulations!

Rosie said...

What a wonderful present for you - your son and his fiancee look very happy. Glad you had a great Christmas - best wishes for the New Year:)

acornmoon said...

Congratulations. I can relate to your story as I have grown up sons and appreciate female company.

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