Christmas Peace!

What can I give him?
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb
If I were a Wise Man
I would do my part –
Yet what I can give him,
Give him my heart.
-Christina Rossetti

Celebrating Christmas last night at their grandparent’s home - the cousins particularly enjoyed the gift and meaning of “family.”

Music, laughter, stories shared … gratitude.

As the spirit of giving continues today in our home, my table is set for “12” for tonight.

One would never know that I’m using paper napkins, as my portion of the meal will be “soup and salad!”

After a beautiful candlelight service tonight, a time when church and homes can reach out to the lost and lonely, we will head to another family’s home for a prime rib dinner.

There we will celebrate the Prince of Peace.

The perfect gift – the Christ Child himself was a gift of peace to our world!

Christmas Peace to our friends – from the Coughlin Family!

(Very top picture is a blast from the past, 9 Christmas’s ago – I will admit, I do miss my kids being little!)


Melanie said...

Oh Sandy, I miss when my 3 were little ones, too!
What a great picture.
And I just want to add that you are a beautiful inspiration to me. Merry Christmas.

Jen said...

Merry Christmas to you as well.

~j~ said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours!!
Have a wonderful evening together and know that I am thinking of all of you!

melanie said...

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!!!!

RosyRose said...

Beautiful pictures Sandy! Thank you for your inspirations! Merry Christmas!

Robin said...

Merry Christmas!! Your table is beautiful as always!!

Enjoy your family!!!

Kirstin said...

Merry Christmas Sandy. Have an amazing day. I'll have 9 for dinner tonight and 11 tomorrow.


Ms. Tee said...

What a sweet photo of your children when they were little!

I hope you have a wonderful, peace-filled Christmas, too!

Praise and Coffee said...

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Tracy said...

Merry Christmas, Sandy!


Sandy, wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas!

Lora said...

Great pictures of your family, Sandy! Have a wonderful, merry Christmas!

Lisa B. said...

Merry Christmas Sandy!

I hope you have a blessed Christmas with all your family.


willzmom said...

Lovely! Merry Christmas.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

What a beautiful family and precious memories.
Merry Christmas Y'all!

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

Merry Christmas Sandy!! Enjoy your family time!

Tiff said...

Looks like you had fun today and yesterday! Merry Christmas!

Monkey Giggles said...

It has been a joy getting to know you through your blog. Your blog, friendship has been a blessing in my life.

Nadine said...

Merry Christmas. What a wonderful time you described.

P.S. When you get a chance stop by for my book giveaway.

Elizabeth said...

Hope your Christmas was wonderful, Coughlins!

Velvet and Linen said...

Hi Sandy.
It is a pleasure to meet you!
Thank you for leaving a lovely comment on my blog.
The best thing about your comment is that it lead me to you.
Your family is beautiful. I too miss my little children.
My 15 year old is off to London tomorrow, and I must say that all I want to do is grab his leg and beg him not to go. But like all good mothers, I will smile, make sure he packs extra sweaters and warm socks, kiss him, and tell him to have a fantastic time.
May you and your family have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year.


keeper of the chocolates said...

your family is beautiful Sandy :) and your kids were adorable then and now! look at them almost all grown up.

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

jdm said...

A Merry Belated Christmas to you and your family. At church tonight, our worship team sang, "In the Bleak Midwinter", one of my favorite Christmas hymns. How heartwarming to see one of the verses leading this post.

Thank you for all your inspiration, spiritually and through your hospitality. May your new year be richly blessed.


sarah @ a beach cottage said...

Hi Sandy

just reading through and enjoying your hospitality posts, as usual...hope you had a wonderful christmas and here's to the new year



Live.Love.Eat said...

It looks like you had a wonderful Merry Christmas. Beautiful pictures!