Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sorrow and Joy at Christmas

On this Christmas day, we found out my cousin Jimmie passed away this morning after a brief battle with cancer. He is now with the Lord and his son Nate, no longer suffering as he watches over the rest of his family.

Love you, Jim! We will miss you!

In honor of Christmas and family, I'd like to share with you a couple of recent photos that reminded me to be so very thankful for what I have.

Becky, Bridgette, Nikki, Dawn and me
Every year we have a cookie bake with my two sisters (Becky and Bridgette) and my two cousins (Nik and Dawn). We have a great time every year and bake a crazy amount of cookies. This year marked our 12th annual Cookie Bake. My favorite part was finishing early and visiting until 2am.

We woke up to a foggy haze along the ground Christmas Eve morning and as I was getting the fruit tray ready to take to my sister Becky's house for the day, a glance out the kitchen window left me in awe.  The 'speck' on the right third of the picture (above the '4' in the date) is actually the top of some trees about a 1/4-1/3 mile down the road.

We couldn't get the kids away from the cousins long enough for a family picture (and they'd had enough of them in Colorado this summer), but my mom did get this one of me and Wayne.

I have many other things to be thankful for, but not so many pictures, so I hold the others in my heart.

My wish for you is a very Merry Christmas with loved ones, family and friends alike.

Take care and we'll see you in the New Year!

Stacey Joy Netzel


  1. Thanks for sharing, Stacey. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  2. Thanks, Carol! To you and your 'boys', too. :)

  3. Stacey,

    Your photos of family are treasures. The Christmas Eve morning one is spectacular. I love it. You be sure to save that file and even get a print to frame.

    I'm so sorry about your cousin but I hate to see suffering in any form and cancer can make its victims suffer abominably. I will put in him my prayers.

  4. Hey, Casey! I'd taken a couple of other pics that morning but when I saw the sun shining through like that I had to run take another. :)

    Thank you for your prayers for Jim. He joins your Jimbo in mine.

  5. Great picture of the two of you, Stacey. I'm sorry to hear about your cousin. Hugs and love to you and the family. (sorry so late commenting)