|The next year when we had our first tree, my aunt sent us a dozen handmade ornaments to help us get started with our collection. This was one of them.|
|We have several places represented on our tree. WV, of course, where I grew up.|
|Virginia, where Ward grew up. (That's a state quarter in the middle.)|
|and Texas, where Wally and Theo spent their early years.|
|A Zulu doll from Ward's cousins in South Africa. |
Notice in the background is another doll a friend brought me from Mexico.
|The dinosaurs get hung on the tree every year. These were a gift to Wally when he was a toddler.|
|This is a knitted cover over a clear bulb that a friend made for us. |
Some day when I get all coordinated, I'm going to try to make some of these.
|Every year the leader of our book club gives us something for Christmas. This year it was this reading snowman. I smile every time I see his happy face.|
|Last year we had a craft party to make these origami stars. Mine didn't quite turn out, so my friend made me several that I have placed around the tree.|
|This God's Eye was made by my nephew. When he was young, he detested anything that involved fine motor skills. So when he made this for us, I was very touched because I know it took tremendous effort for him.|
So there's a small sampling of my stories. Thanks for listening.