My cousin's daughter married this year to a young man from Germany. Carlo and Tessa were married in Germany earlier in the year. In December, they married in Maryland. Bob and I took my Mom to the wedding where she sat with her brother John, the Grandfather of the bride. It was my Mom's idea to give them the page I made about the love story between our grandparents many generations ago:
This is the framed layout we gave Carlo and Tessa for their wedding:
"This is a beautiful love story. They were of Dutch/German descent. Christopher Fier came to America first from Holland to work building railroads then sent money for Anna Hoffman to come. It took a long time for her to get to New York by ship and when she got here she could not locate him. She got a job as a Nanny and that family helped her get to California where she searched the railroad being built and found him. They got married and came to the Midland, Md. area to live. Christopher Fier and Anna Marie Hoffman were born c1828. they were my Grandmother Marie's grandparents. Christopher had red hair and blue eyes."
My friend Betty has some health issues. This is a card for her:
"I send these get well wishes and praying for you too,
For a speedy recovery for somebody as nice as you."
Taylor teaches chair exercise at the Senior Center where I take my Mom on Tuesdays. This card has her picture (that's my Mom in the foreground). Taylor is a grand-niece to one of my best friends (Liz). This is a Christmas card for Taylor.
"Christmas time is here.
We'd like to Thank You
& a Happy New Year!"
Bob's brother David celebrated his 64th birthday of December 19. This is a card for him.
"Wishing a very special brother
A wonderful birthday with
Lots of love and best wishes."
Johnny Moore is a musician who played with Bobby Darin in the 1960s. Johnny now performs at nursing homes and senior centers in Western Maryland and West Virginia. His concert of Christmas carols at the Tri-Towns Senior Center was great. My Mom sat right by the amplifier and sang along. I included a reprint of Johnny in this thank you note for him.
"Thanks from all who came
We really had a ball
Thank you for all the songs
Bringing pleasure to one and all."
This is the New Year's card I made for the staff at the HSC Cafeteria and Catering. I received many nice cards and notes from previous staff members.
"May the old year depart with a blessing
For the new year will keep us guessing.
Give to each a smile on their face,
With a year full of happiness and grace."
This is a Christmas card for Diane, the director of the Senior Center my Mom and I visit on Tuesdays. She has helped Mom with so many things over the past few years. That's a picture of Diane dancing at the Christmas carol concert. I thought the 9 Ladies Dancing paper strips were appropriate.
"We made this little Christmas card just with you in mind
To say a great big thank you for being so very kind!
It may be just a simple thing but the sentiment is true:
We wish you Joy and Happiness today and all year through!"
Tammy is a staff member in the HSC Cafeteria with a charming personality and 2 precious kids. This birthday card is for her:
"Today for you come wishes most sincere of healthy and happiness.
May there be countless joys ahead for this coming birthday year."
My nephew Dan turns 36 on December 28th. Dan has red hair, a muscular build and a heart of gold. This card is for Dan:
"We're sending loving thoughts your way
On this your very special day.
Those 36 years have fast flown by
As in the twinkling of an eye.
In you we have been blessed to see
A nephew sho has grown to be
Someone who has made us proud.
So we just want to say out loud
With all our love and wishes too.
Happy Birthday and good luck to you!"
Betty and John retire from the HSC Cafeteria tomorrow. Together they have 80 years of service with WVU Medicine. This card and planter is for them:
"As you retire, look back and be proud
Of all the work you have done.
Looking forward to friends and pleasures
That await you. Enjoy every day. Good luck!"