Friday, January 1, 2016

w o r d 2 0 1 6 = e n g a g e d

b l e s s e d is the 
season which e n g a g e s 
the whole world in a 
conspiracy of l o v e ." 
                                     ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie

 h e l l o L o v e l i e s !!!!


   i'm here, under my cozy throw, writing and catching up with all of you.

 since we are birds of a feather . . . i know you are as likely to be in "recovery mode" as i.

you may be wondering . . . where the heck has Lynne been?

let's just put it this way . . . since the last week of October, i have been fueled for a joy ride.

a ride special enough to be tracked by Norad itself.

lift off was at the arrival of grand # 3!

there was the fabulous trip to Boise for Thanksgiving that i told you about here.

   Ben had a MONSTER TRUCK of a birthday celebration.

we LOVED the new version of  Pacific Northwest Ballet Nutcracker.

we cracked up at this facebook post by Chrislyn . . .

"Please tell me we are not the only family who breaks out costumes to look like characters 
from our favorite Christmas movies. Holland had me rolling wearing Jason's mullet 
wig....anyone else see Ruby Sue from Christmas Vacation?"

it was a wonderful Christmas!

for the record, our hearts have officially outgrown Santa's lap!

two kids were in the house on C h r i s t m a s  morning.

i caught them Camille and Jay, piggy back on the stairs,

engaged in their respective social networking,

 sharing the joy and good cheer of this blessed day!

( e n g a g e d  . . . ? )

on December 28th, Jay asked Camille to marry him.

she . . .  said . . . YES!

Camille's parents flew in for the surprise proposal and engagement party.

* * *

on the 30th, we drove Camille and Jay to the airport. goodbyes are always a bit difficult.

  after we left the airport, Chrislyn texted us this image of  Cam as

she knew we would be sad.  ( thank you, Chrislyn.)

* * *

we were back snug on 34 when Jay texted us this . . . 

. . . they had boarded.

"Pretty sweet way to cap an amazing week!"
"Bragged about my new fiancée Camille and got upgraded to first class." 💍 
"Thank you, @alaskaair!"  — at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac).

an lastly,  an update on my mom and dad . . .

we were blessed that the health hurdles of 2015 were behind them so

they could be . . .  "here for the party"!

2016 = engaged!

with gratitude for your friendship, your daily inspiration and love,

i wish you a Happy New Year 2016!



  1. Happy new Ria x❤️

  2. Happy New Year! What a sweet post and a wonderful 2015 you had. Congratulations to your son and no doubt, 2016 will be just as special! xoxo

  3. This brought tears of delight to my eyes!! You are a lucky woman. Blessings all around. I'm so happy for you my friend!! Wishing you continued joy and blessings in 2016!!

  4. Lynne, that is the cutest picture of Jay and Camille boarding the plane. It can be used as an engagement photo! Congratulations to them both. :) This is a wonderful picture of your mom and dad. You're so lucky to have them still. What a pretty picture of your home and tree reflecting in the mirror. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and pictures of the last year, and I love that elf costume hehehe.

    Happy New Year, dear Lynne.

    love, ~Sheri

  5. Oh what a wonderful holiday season you've had! So much happiness & joy! Wishing you a wonderful new year!

  6. Oh, what a wonderful year you had!

  7. So many great milestones in your life and the lives of your family, Lynne! I didn't know you had a third grandchild... oh, what a doll! I really can't wait to have more to love. And an engagement. Is this the girl Jay brought home a few years ago? She's gorgeous---her smile reminds me of Scarlett Johhanson, very pretty. Has a date been set? I simply love all of the family pics and what a wonderful one of your parents...many more happy years with them!

    Thank you so much for your words on the healing of my arm. Again, the fractures were very close to the wrist so with all of those movements, sometimes I inflict a lot of pain. And yes, my ortho had a huge ego and thought his X-rays and rx for PT was just dandy. I have a specialist who asked me to give PT a bit longer---he think I have calluses forming. Well, calluses be damned. This is my dominant hand so believe me, I will be pursuing alternatives, even if it means being cut. I do not want arthritis in 5 years.

    Anyway---Love and Happy New Year!!!

    Jane xxxxxxxx

  8. Lynne, this post is full of so many good things… Everyone looks wonderful… happy and healthy! Happy New Year to you and your lovely family…
    XOXO Mary

  9. My heart is full just reading this. Congratulations to all, L. Looks like more wonder ahead.
    Conspiracy of love... LOVE!

  10. Happy New Year and huge congratulations to your lovely family.
    Lovely to see all your wonderful happy photos.
    Best wishes

  11. OH Lynne, so much wonderment to be hold... As for the dressing up? Ditto we here I. Our crazy family do the same :) my daughter has been dressing and acting out for years, and it's always a crack up receiving photos from my sister and seeing her brud dressing up for the occation as well, it's just not enough crazy fun with out my brother in law creating a lot of the dress up fun.

    Congrats on the new baby, such sweetness in gushing over a baby. As for your son and his engagement congrats to that, he really is a cutie pie, and his bride to be is beautiful, what beautiful babies with them you have to look forward to!

    I know I need to make it over more often to catch up on all the excitement here and now I will go back and play catch up with the last postings I have missed. I have to tell you friends who stopped by over the holidays wanted to know about my Champagne bucket DORÉ of course I told the story and you were a hit, so much so they had wished they had a French bucket with their name on it.

    I spotted the bird hanging, that joys my heart that it has found a place in your home.

    I am off to start my Day, and finish up a new project here.
    I hope you invite all of us to the wedding? Here in blog land where we can share in their love.

    First Class? Wow, the perks of an engagement right?

    A beautiful year past and a beautiful new one to you and yours.


  12. Lynne, I am late getting here to check your blog. Oh congrats on all the happiness. Oh love those babies. Such good news on your folks. Blessings to all, xoxo,Susie