Monday, December 26, 2005

Thank you letter to Santa

Dear Santa,
Thank you for all the wonderful gifts you brought for me this year. I haven't had such a good Christmas in a long time.
I want to let you know how grateful I am for.......


Our Christmas started with my Parents arriving for a few days last week. They live 5 hrs away, a drive through mountains to get here. So on the 21st we had two of my sisters and their families join us for a Whalley Christmas. That made for 18 people around the tables! The kids are all old enough to really enjoy these get-togethers. They played and laughed, truly enjoyed each-other, not a single whine, tear or argument the whole day. Pretty amazing as there were 10 kids here, although half of them are teens. They even all ate their vedgies when they saw four kinds of dessert.


All our family is so happy and grateful this year to have our Carol with us. She has been through some hard times and has struggled back with much courage and determination. We are all just so grateful to have her alive and happy, that is the best gift of all. Last night she was in the kitchen mashing the potatoes, whistling and singing along to the Christmas songs. That is the most wonderful sound I've heard in a long time.

There is a new addition to our family. Our good friend Joe. We met him in blogland. A troubled cowboy going through a nasty separation. Now he and his children are part of our family, Thanks Santa for this new friend.


I got a new niece just before Christmas. Emma Jessica, my parents 9th grandchild. What better gift than a Christmas baby? I should know. My oldest was born on Christmas day, he is 18 now.


To top it all off, our old dog Copper, has made an amazing recovery from what seemed like a certain death. He still has a tumor, but he is happy and feeling well. He's back to going for walks and sniffing around. I knew last night that he was better when he went to the door to see who was there. He's got his curiosity back.


Thanks Santa for all the gifts you have brought for me. Family, friends, pets, and my everloving hubby. It all makes being good so worthwhile. I promise to be a good girl again so you will come back again next year. Love Susan.


David said...

Could not have been better - surrounded by family, friends and a loving pet.

John said...

What a great post! Baby Emma is sweet, so glad all the family was there too. How wonderful that Copper is doing better too. Thanks for the smiles today! :)

ddddddddddddddddddddd said...

It was truly a beautiful Christmas holiday. And I think you and your family and Keith and his family are all so truly beautiful and sweet and lovely. Thank you from you no longer troubled cowboy, thanks to your beautiful sister.

Bobbie said...

What a wonderful Christmas you had, with family and friends. That's what it's all about! And I'm glad your puppy is doing better.
Your new little niece is so cute and I love the name Emma. Belated birthday greetings to your son.

Take care.

curious servant said...

What a very nice comment you left on my blog. Sometimes folks think that I am depressed or something by what I write. But you understood.

God bless.

Barbara said...

I stopped by to see how things went with your pup. I am so glad he is still with you! What a blessing.

deni said...

What a wonderful Christmas you had!

Monica said...

wow, I love this! I know what you mean when you talk about having your sister alive and safe. I felt that way each time I looked at my oldest this weekend. They both went through their own wars and I'm glad both were with their families this holiday.

We are blessed, aren't we, Susan?

Fred said...

What a wonderful post. This was the first year I didn't see my family; I missed Mom and Dad. You have a very large family - that makes Christmas very special.

Dotm said...

So sad reading about your dog. Hope he continues improving. Such wonderful news about Carol and what a beautiful baby. loved reading your blog and enjoyed all the nice pictures.
Having Family around does make for a wonderful Christmas.

FTS said...

So much to be thankful for. The family, the food, the enjoyment... very nice. Topping it off is Carol & Joe, with all they have been through, and Copper. What a miraculous recovery.

Ms. Vickie said...

What a great Christmas you had, and the addition of a new little one just added to it. I was so sorry to read all about Cooper and hope he continues to improve. Please know I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers for our pets have very special places in our lives, they are members of our family. Thank you for being a special lady and friend.

Monica said...

it figures...I get hooked on a great blogger (I'm quite picky by the way) and she doesn't post every day like I usually do. Gee, you must have more of a life than I do.

Happy New Year, Blog Friend

caroldee said...

What a beautiful holiday you must have had with all your family surrounding you. Great news about that wonderful animal you call a family member I am sure. Happy New year in 2006!! Caroldee