Keli Gwyn
One Word: Joy

I wish you a joy-filled celebration of our Savior’s birth.


Christmas can be a tough time. Some of us are dealing with absent loved ones, separated either by distance or by death.

I’m facing both types of separation this season. Our daughter is over in Europe, and Gwyny and I are not. My dad passed away three days after Christmas last year. This is my first Christmas without either of them.

Although I miss my daughter and my dad and am overcome by sadness at times, I’m choosing to embrace joy. It’s a conscious decision, and it’s made a big difference.

No matter what losses, disappointments or setbacks have come your way this year, I pray you’ll experience a measure of joy this Christmas as you reflect on the precious gift we’ve been given.

 Merry Christmas!

Photo credit: © A41cats | – In Capital Letter Written Joy, Glitter Effect Photo
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One Word: Anticipation

Anticipation is in the air this time of year. Can you feel it?

AnticipationWhen I was a child, I would get downright giddy the closer Christmas got.

I looked forward to seeing which of the gifts under the tree were mine
and what they contained, as many kids do, but that wasn’t all.

I loved the sweets, the songs, the shopping, seeing my grandparents–all of it.

This year will be different since our gal is living in Europe and won’t be
coming home. Even so, I’m still looking forward to Christmas.

I anticipate the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service,
time with friends, favorite movies and a yummy meal.

As I look ahead to the New Year, I anticipate
the arrival of a new great niece or nephew,
the release of Family of Her Dreams in June,
a trip to visit our gal in Austria and more.

I’m eager to see what 2015 holds.


What are you looking forward to this Christmas?

What are you anticipating in the New Year?

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One Word: Kiss

Some kisses are more memorable than others.

Kiss Photo

The kiss that stands out in my mind took place December 19, 1987.

Any wedding kiss is special, but ours was unique.

Gwynly is a full foot taller than I am, so he thought it
would be fun to have me stand on a footstool for the kiss.

I was a wee bit more serious in my younger years,
so he made sure I approved of his plan. I did.

My father-in-law and his woodworker friend built
a beautiful stool, which was hidden under the piano.


When our pastor told Gwynly he could kiss his bride, he turned
to his groomsmen, who passed the stool from one to the other.

Our guests didn’t know whether to laugh, cheer or applaud.

But I knew what to do…

When Gwynly set the stool in front of me, I stepped up
and awaited the first kiss from my brand-new husband.


To this day, the joy of that particular kiss has yet to be surpassed.


What’s the most memorable kiss you’ve received or witnessed?

What’s the biggest surprise you’ve experienced at a wedding?

Top photo credit: © Taesmileland | Dreamstime.comClose Up Of Lipstick With Word Kiss Photo


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