Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Fifty States of Pray with Mini-Alex

Fifty States of Pray, hosted by Mark Koopmans.

For those who are hurting.
For those feeling lost and sad.
For those seeking answers.
For those who have lost faith.

May you find your peace this Christmas.

“For to us a child is born…” Isaiah 9:6

“For God so loved the world that he gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life...” John 3:16

Christmas blessings to all and Happy New Year! 



And congratulations to Hilary Melton-Butcher who won eBook copies of my books for Milo James Fowler’s Tis More Blessed event.

See you on January 6, 2014! 

And if you are reading this after Christmas, what presents did you get?

171 comments:

Mark Koopmans said...

Merry Christmas to you and the good Mrs. Cavanaugh.

Thanks for all your support - to me and so many others!

You've done yeoman's work this past year, Alex, so I hope you guys (and Mini Alex:) have a safe, happy and relaxing New Year!

See you on the flip side, me oul' mucker :)

Medeia Sharif said...

Fantastic prayer. There's such a great energy in these 50 States posts.

Happy holidays.

Spacerguy said...

Who is that festive spirit, rockstar ninja cheering us on.: Hey its Mini Alex! what a trooper. Happy Christmas friend.

A Cuban In London said...

What a beautiful poem. I'm having a relaxed morning listening to The Black Keys and going around my favourite blogs. Thanks for your words, they're so fitting to this season.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Greetings from London.

farawayeyes said...

A most Merry Christmas to you!

Fanny Barnes Thornton said...

Happy Christmas

Patsy said...

I hope you and all those you care about have a lovely Christmas.

writing for pleasure said...

Lovely words Alex I know only too well what these words mean to those alone at this time of the year.

Christmas Greetings/
Yvonne.

Miranda Hardy said...

Merry Christmas Alex! Enjoy the holiday.

Liz Fichera said...

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours, Alex! See you in the New Year!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Merry Christmas to you and Mini-Alex.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Happy Holidays, Alex! I hope you enjoy them and have a great break.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks for being just as awesome, M-Koo!

Spacerguy, even Mini-Alex wanted in on the festivities.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Leovi said...

Very Ninja Christmas fun!

Searching for beauty and find hope
  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014! Hugs from Spain. Leovi.

Brian Miller said...

merry christmas alex...been fun running with you this year...you give much in supporting others and i respect that...

hope you and your fam have a wonderful holiday

The Happy Whisk said...

Good wishes your way, Alex.

Susanne Drazic said...

Wonderful post, Alex! Mini Alex looks very festive. : )

CONGRATS to Hilary!

Bethie said...

Beautiful words. MiniAlex is great!

Rhonda Albom said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks for you on-going support. Enjoy your time off.

Elsie Amata said...

A Very Merry Christmas to you and your family, Alex. You captured the essence of belief today. Thank you!

ediFanoB said...

Dear Alex,
wish you and your wife a wonderful Christmas and a great start into 2014.

Ellie Garratt said...

Have a wonderful Christmas, Alex. May it be full of cherished memories.

Bish Denham said...

A most wonderful Christmas blessing to you and your family, Alex.

Sarah Foster said...

Merry Christmas!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Merry Christmas, Alex! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Appreciate that Brian - you do as well!

Thanks and everyone have an awesome Christmas.

Karen M. Peterson said...

Merry Christmas, Alex!

Heather M. Gardner said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Can't wait to see what we get up to next year!

Heather

Katherines Corner said...

Wishing you and yours a beautiful Christmas celebration and a wonderful new year. I am grateful for our continued friendship and look forward to sharing with you in 2014. Hugs!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Lovely. Merry Christmas, Alex!

Michelle Wallace said...

Have a peaceful and blessed Christmas, Alex!

Marta Szemik said...

Merry Christmas Mark.
And Merry Christmas to Alex and the entire Cavanaugh family. May you have a blessed one!

Pat Hatt said...

Hopefully all do find some peace from here to Greece. Merry Christmas

Jeremy [Retro] said...

PEACE to you, your family and your friends... may the stars shine brighter for all of us in 2014.

Those who need it, those who don't and those don't think they do... they need it the most.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - brilliant winning your trilogy via Milo's Tis More Blessed Event - lucky me, I say!! Thanks to you both ..

Yes may we pray for all peoples and let 2014 be kinder to many ..

Mini Alex is brilliant .. love the poster ..

Have a really good festive season .. and see you next year .. Happy Christmas - Hilary

ilima said...

Merry Christmas!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Praying that prayer with you, Alex. Thank you, and Amen!
Have a wonderful Christmas!

CWMartin said...

Merry Christmas to You!

Charles Gramlich said...

Amen

Mary Aalgaard said...

Mini Alex looks cute. I'm giving your latest books to my boy tonight in his Santa stocking. I've already received my favorite gifts - all the boys home with me at Christmas and the Biker Chef in my kitchen. Ah. Christmas blessings to you and yours.

Old Kitty said...

Dearest Capn Ninja, Transparent Underpants and Mini-Alex!

Wishing you a wonderful and joy filled fun packed and gorgeous Christmas and New Year! Take care
x

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Karen, hope you are safe! Beaten any drunk Danes at chess lately?

Katherine, same to you and thanks for the card!

Hilary, glad you won!

Mary, thanks again! Hope he enjoys them. Have a great time surrounded by family.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Jo said...

A very merry Christmas to you and your wife Alex.

A Beer For The Shower said...

A very Merry Christmas to you from the both of us! And I didn't ask for any presents but as long as I don't get an itchy sweater, a pair of socks, or those flavorless doorstop buttercookies that elderly people are so fond of I think I've come out ahead.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Merry Christmas, Alex, Mrs. Ninja, and Mini. Love to you all.

xoRobyn

Andrew Leon said...

Where did mini-Alex get Tom Baker's scarf?

Merry Christmas!

Robin said...

"May you find your peace this Christmas." Yes. This is the most peaceful time of the year. I hope that yours is peaceful and joy-filled. Merry Christmas Alex!!!

Jamie Burch said...

This is wonderful, Alex! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and many blessings in the New Year. Take care...

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Such a touching thing to share. Christmas Time isn't always a happy time for some and it's kind of you to share that. God is with us all Merry Christmas Alex, Mini-Alex, Mrs. Cavanaugh and all your friends and family.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Brandon and Bryan, but I got you beer socks! All right, I'll take them back...

Andrew, Deniz made it for him.

Sheena-kay, He is indeed with all of us.

Merry Christmas, guys!

Wanda said...

Amen. Hope you and the Mrs enjoy a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Alex!

Karen Lange said...

This blogfest is such a great idea! Enjoy your time off. See you in 2014!

Huntress, aka CD Coffelt said...

"For unto us a child is born."
I can think of no more beautiful words from the Bible.

A Blessed Day to you and yours.

Arlee Bird said...

I wish you and your wife many blessings in this season and for the year to come.

Thanks for everything!

Lee

P V Ariel said...

Hi Alex,
Thank you so much for the first comment at my prayer post, Sorry I am a bit late here,
Your simple prayer here is more powerful, and indeed we need to concentrate on that,
I like the Bible verse you quoted along, let me repeat: “For God so loved the world that he gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life...” John 3:16
Yes, this is the ultimate purpose of our Lord's arrival to this sin-stricken world. Thanks for the reminder.
Have a blessed day and Happy New Year

Anne O'Leary said...

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Empty Nest Insider said...

Thanks for the warm, and wonderful wishes! Mini-Alex looks like he's ready to play at the North Pole! Merry Christmas, and happy New Year to you and Mrs C!

Julie

Jemi Fraser said...

Wishing you a holiday filled with joy, peace and wonderful moments! Merry Christmas to you and your family :)

Carrie-Anne said...

Happy Christmas to you and your family!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

May the peace which passes all understanding be yours and your family's always.

Yolanda Renee said...

Beautiful!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Julia King said...

Merry Christmas Eve, Alex and Mini Alex, too. :)

betty said...

What a beautiful prayer and a heart felt message! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

betty

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Merry Christmas to you and the Mrs., Alex. I hope it's wonderful.

DAVID WALSTON said...

Merry Christmas! I love that scarf that Mini Alex is wearing!

The Words Crafter said...

I love this. There are so many out there who need God's peace. Merry Christmas to you and your wife. Be blessed and be safe :)

Rusty Carl said...

Merry Christmas!

Cathy Keaton said...

Who amongst us doesn't need to hear this?

Merry Christmas and Happy New year!:D

Patricia Lynne said...

Merry Christmas Alex. Hope you have a great one.

David List said...

Well said. Merry Christmas, Alex.

Elise Fallson said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Alex, and have a rockin' New Year! (:

Michael Di Gesu said...

What a BEAUTIFUL quote, Alex.

I wish you a loving and spiritual holiday. You practice love and caring everyday, so visiting you blog is like Christmas every day...

MY best to your wife!

Gossip_Grl said...

Amen Very touching quote and scriptures. Wishing your family a Very Merry Christmas.

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Donna Smith said...

Prepare Him room...this season and always! Merry Christmas!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Merry Christmas, Alex.

mooderino said...

Merry Christmas, Alex.

Bossy Betty said...

Merry Christmas, Alex!

Suzanne Sapsed said...

We had Isaiah 9 read at Midnight Mass, uplifting words :) Bloghopping from England! Wishing you a happy Christmas.
Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe
x

G. B. Miller said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours and may your 2014 top your 2013.

Cate Masters said...

Hope you had a wonderful holiday, Alex!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Congrats Hilary!

Mildred R Holmes said...

Enjoy the break. I've posted about the gifts I got over to my Facebook pages. Merry Christmas.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Merry Christmas, Alex! Thank you for all the wonderful support you've given writers throughout this year!

Pk Hrezo said...

Merry Christmas Alex! Hope it was a good one!
I got a new kindle fire, some rad doc marten boots, and new paints. :)

klahanie said...

Greetings Alex, Mini-Alex and the rest of your beloved family.

Firstly, well done to our kind friend, Hilary.

Those words are etched in my thoughts.

I'm typing from Boxing Day. My son, bless him, bought me a new pair of cordless headphones!

Wishing you and your loved ones, a peaceful Christmas Day and a positive 2014.

In peace and goodwill,

Gary

Trisha F said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family Alex! I hope it was a wonderful day! :)

Misha Gericke said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

I got... oil paint, a cake decorating nozzle, three notebooks (!!! ^_^)earrings and... a hammer. :-D

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I hope you had a great Christmas, Alex. I did - got lots of books, among other things. :)
All the best in 2014!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Phil, that's right - He came here to save us.

Cathy, everyone does.

Michael, thank you!

Gary, that's a cool gift. Happy Boxing Day!

Hope everyone had a great Christmas!!

Liza said...

Merry Christmas, Alex. Hope you had a wonderful day.

Nancy LaRonda Johnson said...

Beautiful prayer Alex! Have a blessed New Year.

Mina Burrows said...

Really wonderful post, Alex. I hope you have a great holiday. :)

Kimberly said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Love the decked out Ninja. :)

M. J. Joachim said...

Christmas was a little busy around here! Lots of quality family time - really nice! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Alex! Oh, and my husband gave me a Kindle Fire - I've already read my first ebook on it…so much easier to handle than the app on my computer! What did you get?

S.K. Anthony said...

I hope you had a great Christmas, and I wish you a wonderful new year, Alex!
Mini Alex looks too cool rocking out the ornament ;)

Cindy said...

Merry Christmas (Yes, I know I'm late)

I got a GPS (so I don't get lost anymore) and a winter coat.

Nicole said...

Love this prayer! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Jean said...

Oh am I glad I visited ! xox jean

TBM said...

A wonderful post. Happy holidays from my family to yours!

Emilyann Girdner said...

Haha, the ninja is ready to go for the holidays. Thank you for sharing the loved verse and I hope you had a merry Christmas =)

Cathrina Constantine said...

Perfect Bible passages for the season! Glad you're still celebrating, may it last all year!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

MJ, now that you've gone eBook, you'll never go back. I got an iPad Air for Christmas.

Cindy, we don't want you to be lost!

Thanks everyone - be around catching up on comments and blog visits today and tomorrow.

David P. King said...

And a very Merry Christmas to you, Alex. You're a friend and a saint. Though it may be small to you, I appreciate the help you've given me this year. Onward to the next! :)

Leovi said...

Definitely 50 States of Pray is a beautiful idea!

DMS said...

Hope you had a Merry Christmas! I had a nice holiday, but it was one filled with family moments and less gifts- which was a nice change. I did get some much needed socks (I felt like Dumbledore). :)

~Jess

Julie Flanders said...

What a lovely prayer. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Alex. Happy New Year to you and your wife and to mini-Alex!

nutschell said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Alex!I love that mini-alex photo!Got lots of cool presents this year, including some awesome headphones and an intelliscanner so i can finally organize all my books :)

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Tina said...

Nice. Good scripture choices ;-)

I love Mini-Alex's scarf!

We don't do presents for adults. We just give presents to the kids. But I did get new Vibram Five Finger shoes about a month ago and The Engineer got a Black Friday tool set with batteries...but as to the rest of the family, we send the money we would have spent to a charity and then go around the room and share where it went. Feels good.
Tina @ Life is Good

Al Penwasser said...

My presents continue to be my family.
And that's something I can have the whole year!
Happy New Year to you, Alex!

Rachel Morgan said...

Beautiful Christmas message, thank you for sharing it :-)
And I love mini Alex dressed up in Christmas decor ;-)

kmckendry said...

Beautiful verses! Mini Alex looks great!

My husband gave me my own laptop so I could write more. :)

Lexa Cain said...

What lovely sentiments, Alex. I'm wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014!

Suze said...

Great ninja pic!

I like the presents question. Ees a good one. One of the coolest gifts I received was from my sister. She personalized a mug with the deets from one of my early novels, including the radio station and mascot for the deejay who is the narrator. It made me tear up big time! What she doesn't know is that ten days before that, I had picked it up and begun earnest revisions on it. It had been more than two years. :)

John Wiswell said...

Blessings to both your Regular Sized and Mini-Sized versions, Alex!

It was a nice holiday here, and I made off like a bandit. I got Journey, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes and Uncharted 2 for the Playstation 3, so I'll have plenty of games to unwind with in 2014 as I embark on my next novel!

Leovi said...

Thank you very much! I wish you a happy holiday!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

David, thanks - and your 2014 will be awesome.

Jess, as long as you were excited about those socks!

Tina, that is a really cool thing to do.

Al, very true!

Suze, that was a really thoughtful gift.

John, you can't go wrong with a bunch of new games to play!

Milo James Fowler said...

Congratulations to Hilary! Hope you had a great Christmas, Alex. I'm listening to my new Arcade Fire CD and look forward to reading one of my new China Mieville novels at some point today. Happy New Year!

Bob Sanchez said...

Although I'm not religious, Alex, I truly appreciate the sentiments and the spirit of Christmas. I wish you and yours a happy, peaceful, and prosperous New Year.

As for gifts, we stopped exchanging them a while back, but I bought myself a camera.

Helena said...

Thank you for the Christmas blessing, Alex my dear. I got a couple really cool gifts, including a book on Krav Maga and a new cell phone.

By the way, my blog was attacked on Christmas Eve by evil hackers (they apparently took down a lot of Word Press blogs) and it won't be functional again for another week or two. Meanwhile, I hope you have a splendid New Year.

Deniz Bevan said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Alex!

Not too many gifties this year - lots of kiddies in the family, so we focused on them instead!

Jay Noel said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And thanks for all your help. I appreciate it.

Morgan said...

Hope your holidays are WONDERFUL, Alex. Thank you so much for all that you've done for this community this year. You truly are a wonderful force. Bring on 2014! :) :) :)

Jack said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!!

cleemckenzie said...

Here's to a wonderful New Year!

M Pax said...

Hope you and your wife had a fantabulous Christmas, Alex. Wishes for a fantastic and joyful 2014.

Robyn Campbell said...

Happy New Year Alex! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. We did here on the farm.

Isaiah 9 is one of my favorite parts of all the scripture. Wasn't it amazing that 700 years before the Messiah was born, he prophesied about it? Just goes to prove that all scripture is given by God.

P.S. When I put my post up it really bothered me that I was forgetting to add my favorite book. (I've been really sick.) Plus, I was having a low(I'm a type 1), and then when you commented, I jumped out of bed and came out to the desktop to make sure I added Cassastorm. When I saw I hadn't, I had to add you to my favorites. I have told everyone since the summer about your writing and CassaStorm. I really was having a low. (My blood sugar was crashing from all the extra insulin I've taken.)

Laura said...

Hope you had a fabulous Christmas Alex. I got the best Christmas present this year- the all clear from a very scary lump just before Christmas! I know it probably sounds corny, but it's like seeing everything through fresh eyes...

oh and I also got a horse ride on Dartmoor from my my lovely other half :)

A very happy new year to you
Laura xxx

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Milo, rock on!

Helena, I'm really sorry about that.

Morgan, thanks.

Robyn, that was really sweet of you! Thank you. And take care of yourself.

Laura, that is a Christmas miracle!! Glad you got good news.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Your blog is so bright and colorful. My first visit here. Thanks for stopping by my blog. My best Christmas gift this year was being with my sons and grandchildren.
Happy New Year.

Susan Oloier said...

What a wonderful post. I hope you had a blessed Christmas. Happy New Year, as well!

Katherines Corner said...

stopping by to leave some hugs and happy new year wishes!

mshatch said...

Happy New Year, Alex - I got some cool and warm socks and a gift certificate to my local bookstore, woo hoo! Hope your Christmas was happy :)

Sangu Mandanna said...

Happy New Year, Alex! (and a belated Merry Christmas)

Leovi said...

Thank you very much! A champagne toast and much happiness!

J.L. Campbell said...

Congrats to Hilary and enjoy the New Year!

Zoltán Gecse said...

Happy New Year, Alex (from 2014)! ;)

unikorna said...

A Happy new Year , lovely friend :). Kissessssssss.

Shah Wharton said...

My fave gift was a new camera. I love taking pics and it's an awesome camera (point and shoot level, I'm no pro!) :)

Hope you had a wonderful time with your family Alex. God bless you and your year ahead. X

Jamie Gibbs said...

Best present I had this Christmas was a coffee maker - now I can have an endless supply of coffee while I blog and write :)

Hope you had an awesome Christmas and New Year, Alex!

Crystal Collier said...

Late Merry Christmas and happy New Year! I totally missed the hop -- too busy celebrating in the real world -- but all the articles I've stumbled across today have been epic. If only we had an excuse to be so generous and encouraging all year long, right? Oh wait, we do. We're authors. ;)

Hope you have the best 2014, Alex.

Brian Miller said...

happy new year alex & fam...

christmas was good...nothing too crazy, mostly clothes...a few books and music...tedechi trucks band...nice hit...took my son to a steelers game for his christmas present...

Danette Baltzer said...

Happy New Year's! I'm recovering from Christmas although the house hasn't yet. :) With family in from Oregon we had a full house but loads of fun which is as it should be. I hope you can say the same and I am looking forward to the coming year!! Cheers!!

Dani said...

Alex, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I'll think about you when I'm playing guitar this year! :)

Trisha F said...

Happy New Year, Alex!

I wanted to come by and respond to your comment just to let you know that no, my cats don't walk on leads - they just walk beside me and there is a lot of stopping and starting while I wait for them to get a move on. :P And there is a fair bit of me chasing after them when they go too close to the road and so on. But luckily if cars ever drive by they flee far from the road, so I don't really have too many worries there. :)

T.F. Walsh said...

Happy New Year, Alex:)

Denise Covey said...

Happy New Year Alex! I wish you every success for 2014.

I'm reading this on Jan 2. I got a trip to Europe for Christmas. Pretty cool that!

Denise

Denise Covey said...

Happy New Year Alex! I wish you every success for 2014.

I'm reading this on Jan 2. I got a trip to Europe for Christmas. Pretty cool that!

Denise

Debra McKellan said...

Amen! Merry Christmas (belated though it may be lol) and Happy New Year, Alex & Mini-Alex (looking stylish)!

Bossy Betty said...

Happy and Peaceful New Years to you, Alex!

Laura Marcella said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Alex, and happy new year!!!

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Perfectly said!Blessings for the new year for you and your family.

msmariah said...

Alex--- I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Your short absence from the blogosphere has been noticed! You are already missed!

Tracy Jo said...

I love those bible verses. Thank you for sharing. Hope you had a wonderful holiday and happy new year! Oh and I got this very cool color calibrator for my monitor to make sure my photos are correct. :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Beverly, thank you!

Jamie, you enjoy extra for me since I don't drink the stuff.

Crystal, yes we do.

Brian, that is such an awesome present for your son.

Dani, are you playing now? Very cool!

Trisha, if you did walk them on leads, I would've wanted a picture.

Thanks MsMariah.

Thanks, everyone. Ready to rock it again next week. Just enjoyed a short break.

Decadent Kane said...

Happy new year!

Sheila Siler said...

Beautiful prayer. Best thing I got for Christmas was having the family together and then getting to see my niece and her family who live in Bolivia. Oh yeah, my husband gave me a beautiful Pandora bracelet.

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

Hope you had a fabulous Christmas, dear Alex, with lots of time for prayer and reflection - as well as lots of prezzies under your tree!

I got an ice maker for Christmas... an ICE MAKER. Best thing since sliced bread.

Birgit said...

Thanks for looking at my card...I should make a ninja card:) I hope you had a beautiful Christmas. I received some books, DVD's and stuff for my card making. What I am happy about is having a white Christmas, watching It's a Wonderful Life and Going My Way and White Christmas(also Christmas Vacation) but I really loved when my hubby opened up his gifts and was so grateful to get his radio that can work when you wind it up and the calendar I did of our European trip we did back in 2009. May your new year be filled with health, family, love, happiness and fun!

Powdered Toast Man said...

i finally come back to read your blog and you aren't even here. i got a real live penguin for xmas.

P V Ariel said...

Hi Alex &Fly.
Here comes a bit belated New Year Wishes. We Wish You All A Blessed New Year 2014. God Bless. Love. phil &Fly.

jamieayres.com said...

Just stopping by to say I miss you, buddy! 3 more days . . . Happy New Year :-)

Julie Musil said...

Love the Christmas verses, Alex! I hope you had an amazing Christmas. My favorite gifts were the hand-written notes my boys gave me. That's all I ask for from them each year, and I've saved each one. Oh, and I got a gift card for a deep tissue massage. I'll use that one after my book release!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sheila, Bolivia is a long way away!

Cathy, as long as you are excited!

Birgit, I enjoy watching my wife open her gifts more than anything. And a Ninja card would be so cool.

PTM, so does that make you Mr. Popper Man now?

Jamie, and do I ever have a post for Monday!!!

Julie, you'll need it!

Chris Fries said...

Hey Alex! I thought I'd commented on this last week but now I don't see it, so let me be sure to say that I hope you had an absolutely wonderful Christmas and that you and your family have a 2014 filled with love, joy, and many great blessings!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Beautiful post, Alex!

Congratulations to Hilary! She is such a sweet lady.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas. We had a lovely one.

Happy New Year!

Damyanti said...

Hope you had a great holiday Alex.

Here's wishing you a great 2014 ahead, and thank you, once again, for being such a kind and supportive blog-friend. This year has been quite hard for me, and I haven't been around as much as I would've liked but I hope to change that in the new year!

Helena said...

Alex dear, I visited your post over the holidays but was having so many technical problems I couldn't even leave a comment! (Don't ask why -- they're still being resolved.)

A belated Christmas and New Year's blessing right back at you.

Nicki Elson said...

Beautiful, Alex. I hope your Christmas was very merry.

Lil' Al looks like a Sherpa.

Ann Best said...

I hope you DO keep in touch with me, Alex. You're one of the writers and Bloggers I most admire. You've written some great books. You should feel very pleased!

Jai Joshi said...

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, Alex!

Jai