Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours


We hope you all have a fabulous holiday, however you celebrate it. Our wish for everyone is that 2021 is a more peaceful, healthier year. We’ll do our part by wearing our mask and keeping our distance for as long as it takes, even though we are very sad not to be with family this year.

We are grateful for all your friendships, and look forward to continuing the adventure soon!

Happy cuteness from Michigan!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

33 thoughts on “Merry Christmas from our family to yours

  1. AWW, cuteness overload!! Merry Christmas to you and your family and Katie is the prettiest Santa’s helper I’ve ever seen!! ❤️


  2. Katie is a beautiful Santa! Wishing you a happy holiday season with wishes for a new year in which we can be with family without worry.


  3. That photo is so great! The intelligence and personality in her eyes! We wish you great joy and fulfillment in the new year also.


  4. Merry Christmas to you Dawn. Katie is a beauty in her hat!


  5. Merry Christmas to you & your family. Katie looks especially festive with her Santa hat. 🎅🏻🎄🤶🏻


  6. Merry Christmas, Dawn! And the rest of your crew too. I like your respectful choice this year.


  7. Love Katie’s expression! Merry Christmas!


  8. Yep, everyone is missing tons of family things this year…hopefully by next summer this will all be a bad memory lol. Love Katie in her Santa hat. Wishes for a cozy and happy Christmas to you!


  9. We hope you have a Khool Yule –

    Merry Christmas to The King Family Khollie and her human servants!

    NAK, NAL, and Phyll


  10. Oh, that darling Katie! Merry Christmas, Katie, Dawn, and Bruce!


  11. thanks for the holiday cuteness from Michigan!! stay warm and i enjoy looking at your snow, because Eugene gets snow every 3 years and it only lasts a few days. we get mostly rain and fog for nine months! we are snuggled up in our little family bubble of 5 people so we are doing ok with the virus. Oregon has been very vigilant and our numbers are some of the best in the nation. there are pockets of resistance to masks and those people get arrested when they try to bully their way into a store. i pray that small businesses survive and that our homeless population finds safe shelter. Barry and i work on the homeless issue here in Eugene ( we have a high percentage) but because of the virus, people in our age bracket are not allowed to help this year. on another note, my bird feeder is maxed out with finches, nuthatches, juncos and chickadees. your photos always make me happy!! best of wishes sent your way, Bess


    • Hi Bess, so good to hear from you! It makes sense that your state is keeping a good handle on the virus. Michigan is handling it better than some states, but we have a huge resistance to the mask and they don’t get arrested. I know it’s really hard on businesses, especially small businesses, I don’t know how they will survive. And the homeless, we have big problems there too. I hope you are able to volunteer soon.

      I love my birds at the feeder, they are a lot of entertainment these days when we don’t get to go on many adventures. Mostly we (Katie and I) go for walks in the woods, and even there people we meet are wearing masks, as am I, when I see someone coming. So far Katie has resisted wearing a mask.

      Let’s hope that 2021 is WAY better than 2020 was. I think back to the New Year this past January, before regular folks like us knew what was coming. Boy were we unaware! I hope we aren’t struck by anything worse in 2021!


  12. Thank you! How sweet Katie is in her Santa hat! I’m sorry you are apart from family at Christmas and hope you managed to keep in touch and enjoy the day. Skype played a part in our day. I share your hopes for 2021.


  13. Happy Collie Days to woo.


  14. Word Press has not been kind to us on Christmas. It has not recognized or allowed us to reset our password. So we are late but never the less メ リ ー ク リ ス マ ス and a Happy New Year.
    Sweet William The Scot


  15. Merry Christmas to you and yours!


  16. Happy Christmas! Ours was a quiet Christmas but very memorable with porch visits and virtual visits. Something to remember, the blessings we still have. Hopefully a vaccination in the spring.


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