And so this is Christmas

th (8)Am I ever blessed. And I don´t mean with temporal things. Well,yes,I am blessed temporally,but those things come and go.But the things of eternity are just what our Lord promises-eternal.

Last night was our Christmas dinner. All my sons and daughters were there at Gabriel´s house. That in itself is a huge blessing. Last year Gabriel was fresh out of a six year stint in the Georgia penal system. This year he is celebrating with his family in his own home. He not only has a great job,but has been promoted to foreman and received a raise.942885_983862221679619_318382289047959615_n1916686_983862038346304_3713278510572661910_nRichard and his family were there and how wonderful for all the spiritual progress he is making. Smiling and laughing and enjoying the company of his brothers and sisters. It was great!! He also has been blessed this year with a raise and Jan has been able to continue with nursing school and has passed with high marks! All the while also being a full-time mommy too two busy boys and two teenage girls.

1937068_983861681679673_508296824492299401_nLuke and Staci were there with his awesome stuffing and Hawaiian ham! 12391227_983747185024456_2275887044446848488_n.jpgBetter than Honey Baked I promise!!! He and Staci were blessed to take a week off and give themselves a Caribeen cruise for Christmas!!!

Having everyone together is the greatest blessing ever,better than any present,of greater value,worth more than money can buy! When I was in Mexico year before last I remember how beautiful it was -and it didnt involve gift exchange or the stress that goes along with it. Just good food,music,and family making memories. And I wanted that for my family here and what an awesome God we serve! My prayers were answered! 1918255_10153916828787164_8248171046826445530_n1928805_524034771106004_7874432167415984714_n12376076_524034657772682_375636462620021384_n.jpg7783_983861308346377_1336174933129293793_n12373243_983861621679679_786308571547275367_n

I spent all day Tuesday cooking and I mean all day!  From before sun-up to well after the midnight hour. But it was an act of love for me and it was awesome if I do say so myself. I made everything from scratch-nothing from a can-even the broccoli and green bean casseroles. That was my gift too my family.And I want to thank Karey for supplying the tableware and rolls,Jan brought her delectable barbecue smokies and sweet potatoe souffle,and Staci a pumpkin cheesecake and pecan pie.Sondra made a huge bowl of yummy ambrosia. Richard blessed the evening and the food and everyone grubbed out!!!!!!12391019_983862068346301_5262940481165931582_n1933858_983861728346335_2370421100720280826_n (1)20151223_191308.jpg20151223_191258.jpg

I missed my husband Miguel and our family in Mexico but next year we will all be celebrating there,God willing!

When it all comes down to it we have the Man who makes it all possible,the One whose birth we celebrate and praise,Jesus Christ. How thankful I am for the gifts He gives me,of forgiveness and salvation and love and every spiritual and temporal blessing I enjoy. Thank You Jesus and happy birthday!!!!

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About lindabalderas

I'm a wife,mom,and grandmother and a thankful Latter-day Saint living and serving in Mexico,on the Border no less! Life is great!

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