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Sundays with Gage – Christmas in the House That Grandpa Built

 We headed home this weekend to celebrate Christmas with my Grandma and the family.  My Grandpa was the oldest of 12 and my Grandma the second oldest of 9 and they had 6 kids (and in-laws), 8 (then 10) grandchildren (and 8 in-laws), and with Gage 12 great-grandchildren.  My Grandpa died in 1992, but the rest of the family he and my Grandma made still get together every year in the house that he built.  It’s a favorite time for me because I grew up surrounded by a lot of family and it is a treat for me to travel home and be surrounded by the love of relatives.  As an only child my extended family is important to me and I am thankful for them. 

This year was special because Gage is the first baby in 7 years so he got lots of attention and as you can see by his picture he was worn out by the time we headed back today.  And today marks two months that Gage has graced us with his presence and we are excited to celebrate his first Christmas next week even if the only part of his presents he showed any interest in yesterday was a ribbon (and I’m using interest in very lightly).

Hope this holiday season hasn’t worn you out as much as it has Gage 🙂

December 20, 2010 - Posted by | Gage |


  1. What a lovely tradition. Our Christmas will be low key this year.

    Hope you guys have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Years.

    Comment by caspette | December 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Right back at ya!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | December 22, 2010 | Reply

  2. This is great ! HAve a great time Stacy!
    my lovely son is 40 days old now. seeing Gage pictures always make me smile 🙂

    Comment by Mariska | December 20, 2010 | Reply

    • So our sons ar close in age. Wouldn’t it be fun if they could have a play date?

      Comment by stacybuckeye | December 22, 2010 | Reply

      • i wish we lived nearby 🙂

        Comment by Mariska | December 27, 2010

  3. What a great picture! Merry Christmas.

    Comment by JoAnn | December 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Merry Christmas to you too, JoAnn!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | December 22, 2010 | Reply

  4. Aw, I love the picture of Gage. This Christmas will be more special for you and Jason than for Gage, but I know his presence makes the season so special for your family.

    Comment by bermudaonion (Kathy) | December 20, 2010 | Reply

    • He does add that extra excitement and joy to the occasion.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | December 22, 2010 | Reply

  5. Happy Two Month Birthday to Gage! He is just the most adorable guy!!!

    Comment by rhapsodyinbooks | December 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks, we think so too!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | December 22, 2010 | Reply

  6. What an adorable picture!!!!

    Comment by Jennifer Rayment | December 20, 2010 | Reply

    • I was so excited when I captured it!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | December 22, 2010 | Reply

  7. What a lovely tradition. And Gage is so adorable.

    My brother is going to be bringing their new baby to town the week after Christmas. She’ll be one month old.

    Have a Merry Christmas!

    Comment by Carol | December 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Have fun with your new family addition this Christmas!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | December 22, 2010 | Reply

  8. He’s so adorable. I wish I could sleep like a baby! Being surrounded by family and love is such a blessing isn’t it?

    Comment by Staci | December 20, 2010 | Reply

    • I consider my family my greatest blessing 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | December 22, 2010 | Reply

  9. Wow … what a big family you have! I’m glad that Gage gets to have his own special moment as the new baby though!

    And enjoy it now while you don’t really have to do anything for Christmas … that will end soon enough!

    Comment by Jenners | December 20, 2010 | Reply

    • I know I’m feeling a little guilty about the few gifts we bought for Gage. I think just watching the lights on the Christmas tree will be his favorite activity this year 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | December 22, 2010 | Reply

  10. Wow, what a lovely family! It is so awesome to get together like this and Ilove traditions like these 🙂

    That is absolutely the cutest yawn 😉 Gage, I hope you have very beautiful Christmas and hundred’s more… May you have love, happiness and hope your mom graces us with your pic always!!

    And these wishes are also for you and your family 🙂

    Comment by Veens | December 21, 2010 | Reply

    • Thank you, Veena! I wish the same thing for you and your family, especially the little guy 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | December 22, 2010 | Reply

  11. First baby in 7 years!? Well, he’s a gorgeous one–that yawn is precious.

    Comment by Trish | December 21, 2010 | Reply

    • We’re a little between generations. The oldest great-grandson is just now old enough to start a family of his own, although we hope he’ll wait a few more years.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | December 22, 2010 | Reply

  12. All that cheek pinching will wear a little guy out I am sure!

    I have large extended families myself – though they live very far away and I don’t get to see them often. But a cousin just got engaged last week so I am hoping a trip to San Diego for a wedding is happening soon!!! Gage is very blessed to have so many loved ones to visit with.

    Comment by Bumbles | December 21, 2010 | Reply

    • It’s hard being far from family. We moved back to Ohio ten years ago in anticipation of starting a family and wanting to be within easy driving distance. If not for that we might still be in DC.
      A San Diego wedding sounds wonderful. I hope to visit there someday.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | December 22, 2010 | Reply

  13. That is just the cutest photo of little Gage. For us Christmas is all about family and it’s extra special when you have wonderful memories to treasure like yours.

    Have a beautiful first Christmas with Gage 🙂

    Comment by Teddyree | December 23, 2010 | Reply

  14. I love seeing the wonderful pictures of baby Gage! What special memories you’ll have. I hope that we can get together after the new year!

    Comment by Bonnie | December 23, 2010 | Reply

  15. Whew what a big family! I am tired too so I will channel my inner Gage and take a nap. Unfortunately I won’t look as cute as he does 🙂

    Happy holidays sweetie!

    Comment by jennygirl | December 23, 2010 | Reply

  16. Hi Stacy!

    Gage is so precious! I love that little yawn. I bet he was exhausted with all the love and attention that was given to him. Of course, it doesn’t take much to tire a 2-month-old.

    It’s wonderful that you have such a large extended family that is so loving.

    Blessings of peace and joy to you this Christmas! It will be so sweet with your new baby.


    Comment by Susan | December 24, 2010 | Reply

  17. Just stopping by to wish you a very Merry Christmas. I’m sure it will be special with your new little one.

    Comment by Margot | December 24, 2010 | Reply

  18. Aw, sweet boy!

    I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, Stacy. The BIG group at the homestead is a fantastic tradition.

    Comment by Dawn - She Is Too Fond of Books | December 30, 2010 | Reply

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