I know this is late but I wanted to share this poem that Gramps (AKA Don Fleshman) wrote and read on Christmas Day. It brought tears to all of our eyes. Here’s a picture of 4 generations of Fleshmans!
Top Row (Gil and Cynthia, Don and Carol, Earlene, and Myra)
Bottom Row (Hannah, Emily, Abigail, Timothy, Daniel, Alyssa, and Dylan above her)
It’s Christmas Eve, going on nine or so, turkeys in the fridge all buttered up and ready to go.
The presents all bought and wrapped up with a bow, the trees really pretty, thank God for no snow.
The eggnog is chilling and the giblets are all chopped, I can just smell the pop corn which will soon be popped.
The grandkids are all coming in the morning or by noon, when ever they get here will be no…ne too soon.
There will be cookies and candies and cakes galore, and chocolate covered cherries that the kids adore.
The home made noodles simmering on the stove, will be better than last year according to my nose.
The smell of that turkey all golden and brown, the rolls and the gravy and honey ham for the crown.
The laughter and giggles of the kids in the den, looking through all the presents that they can’t wait to dig in.
But first we’ll hold hands and give thanks to our LORD for the Son that He gave and the food we could afford.
Then the bird will come out and be sliced on a platter with cranberry sauce and gravy to splatter.
The beans and the taters and yams filled with candy, and all the eyes sparkling, it will be just dandy.
When our bellies are all full all the kids will be hopin, we can go to the den where the presents need opened.
You can hear the kids yelling and screaming so loud, I hope when it’s over, they’ll all be proud.
With games and toys and dolls and cars, there will be ribbons and paper scattered near and far.
Their hearts filled with joy while the den is a mess, why a tear filled my eye, I can only guess.
The day will soon end and the mess will be gone, the kids will be leaving, for the laughter we will long.
The year will soon end but the memories we’ll remember, and the time will fly by and be next December.
We also enjoyed a visit from our great friend, Dillon Dornink! He really is a great friend because we caught the flu together and still enjoyed each others company!
Last but not least the LORD blessed us with an amazing blessing!
Announcing the arrival of Mary Katherine! We are very blessed indeed! May the LORD bless you and your family this New Year!
All for Him, Cynthia (for the Flock)