Christmas Card. Boom.

Dec 13

Christmas Card.  Boom.

I love Christmas cards.  December mail is the highlight of the mail year.  We tape the cards up on our pantry doors in the kitchen.  We marvel over growth, coo over cuteness, and giggle over the jokesters.  I take a picture of the card and assign it to the sender’s phone number in my phone so that when my friend from faraway calls me in July, I see her sweet family smiling at me from her Christmas card… such a great way to make them last all year.

This year, Christmas cards are swiped off the list because, you know, major surgery in about eighty hours.  I’m pretty sure I haven’t sent out cards the last two or three (or four?) years either.  Next year I should pretty much plan on starting my Christmas cards at the time of my birthday (August) and then I might have a better shot.  Note to self.

And thank you to all of you who still send us a card and don’t do the whole get-one-give-one thing. You make my December.  🙂  You’re on my list.  I may never do anything with that list, but at least you’re on one Nice List this season.  Ha!

Ta da!  Here ya go: it’s the Anderson Family Christmas card 2014.


It’s our most recent family photo, taken at Thanksgiving.  It’s a low quality picture, but it’s us.  We love each other.  We’re happy.  We’re wearing bolo ties and strange jewelry because our family is both quirky and awesome.  I’m obviously a super mom because my kids are in matching dresses.  My hair is long enough that I’m wearing a headband and it’s longer than Brad’s again.  2014 has been an epic year which I affectionately refer to as Vacation Palooza 2014.  Our crazy fun hectic days start and end with thanking God for our blessings, of which there are many.

Do Today Well


Jen, Brad, Maren & Greta




  1. Leah Chapman /

    I love that idea for the Christmas cards! I think I may do that also…you always had great ideas and some things never change. I also love Christmas cards and just ordered mine … hopefully it will get in the mail sometime before the end of December (I, too, am super mom…LOL!) Been thinking of you and your beautiful family a lot this week. I’ll be sending you lots of positive energy on Tuesday…good luck with the surgery. You are one of the strongest people I know, Jen 🙂 hugs to you!

  2. I love the phone image idea!
    Our picture this year is going to be one taken in June (back when I thought I’d get them mailed out right after Thanksgiving).
    Healing thoughts being send your way ahead of surgery, just to get those good cells and tissues lined up. 🙂

  3. Lori6NV /

    Love it! What a great way to “send out” your card! Hope you got ours and it spread some cheer to your house. Praying for Tuesday and thinking of you, my far away blog-friend!

  4. Rita O'Brien /

    I will be praying and thinking of you on Tuesday Jen.

  5. Lisa Marker Mader /

    Thinking of you and praying for you, your family and surgery. XO
    Thanks for the picture of the picture idea!! I think that will catch on 🙂

  6. Count me as another follower of that cool Christmas card on the phone thing! I’m literally bursting with happiness that you’ll be celebrating Christmas with NED! BTW, Jen, I have a friend who had her upper right lobe removed. She’s fully recovered, works out at the gym, and is lovin’ life. You keep believing…I’ll keep praying. You’ve taught us all to “To Today Well”! ♥p

  7. Bonnie J /

    Loved our chat yesterday and love you!! Your photo is great and is so like you all. Praying for your surgery and your NED Christmas gift!!

  8. ohiofishergirl /

    Great pic and loved spending time with your family at Thanksgiving!! I know Grandpa’s smiling from above at all of those bolo ties! 🙂 GOOD NIGHT!!!

  9. Beautiful family. The love just shines through in all of you.

  10. Merry Christmas Anderson family! Blessings of peace, healing and joy to all of you. Much love, Karin and the boys

  11. Aunt Annie /

    Beautiful Christmas card, beautiful people, beautiful, funny sentiments! Love and praying for you, Brad and the girls!

  12. Praying for every success tomorrow.
    Big hugs

  13. Newbyfriend /

    Beautiful picture, you all look so happy! Praying for a successful surgery and speedy recovery. Your positive attitude and faith will continue to see you through this hurdle, just like all the ones in the past. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Love you!

  14. Jen, Your family is precious, adorable and beautiful. I am looking at my “Happy Thought Bubble” as I type (given to me by a mutual friend you and I both share)and now I shall see this picture in my mind. You look super healthy to me and I will pray it out that way. 🙂

  15. Beautiful family. Best wishes for Tuesday!!

  16. Prayers for you all, especially tomorrow!! Merry Christmas!!! Lots of love XoXoX
    <3 Tina, Dale, Connor and 'Mathie bump'

  17. Love your holiday “card” Jen! Such a great idea, and you’re a step ahead of me 😉 I’m *still* working on getting ours together — I’ll be lucky to have them postmarked while it’s still 2014. Of course, I’ll definitely be sending one along to you & your sweet family as soon as they’re ready 🙂
    Sending tons of warm wishes & healing thoughts your way — for Tuesday and beyond!

  18. Thinking of and praying for you, Jen. What an inspiration you are to anyone who knows you or reads your words. Looking forward to hearing good news.

  19. I love this picture! And the fact that you got “Granny” in it. She’s peeking between you and Brad, looks like it was planned 🙂 haha

  20. Valerie /

    Beautiful “card”, beautiful family, beautiful thoughts… You are truly truly doing each day well. Blessing to you and yours, and prayers for many more years of NED status.