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No more tumbleweed trees.... 
 
Dec. 19, 2012 1:21 pm 
Updated: Dec. 26, 2012 6:50 pm
Just a little over a year ago, I wrote the blog "Oh Tumbleweed, Oh Tumbleweed" about having a 'special' tree last year.  So much has changed since then.  We no longer live in the land of  the tumbleweed, in the high dessert of New Mexico.  Who would have thought we'd be living in Ohio only six months after writing that blog?
We love it here, awaiting our first snow storm on Friday.  But we miss the Land of Enchantment and the dear friends we made in the ten years we were there.  We know that being with family here is important - to them and to us. 
We know that life doesn't always work out the way we planned.  Someone once said, "People plan, God laughs!"  So true.  And He's laughing because He knows what's best for us! 
Anyway, I just want to wish all of you dear friends here on AR a most wonderful, glorious holiday season - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.
[Please do read the tumbleweed blog from last year if you missed it.]
 
Comments
Dec. 19, 2012 1:32 pm
Merry Christmas to you, MWC! I'm going to have to look up that blog. That part of the states is so foreign to me. I would love to visit out west one day.
 
Dec. 19, 2012 1:35 pm
You would love it! It's a wonderful palce to love - IF you like wide open spaces.
 
Dec. 19, 2012 1:37 pm
I just read your tumbleweed blog. I loved it! What a nice holiday story. It made me smile :)
 
Dec. 19, 2012 1:39 pm
Gracias, Godzilla.
 
Dec. 19, 2012 1:49 pm
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, midwestchef!
 
Deb C 
Dec. 19, 2012 1:52 pm
It's so nice that you will be with your family for the holidays. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
 
Dec. 19, 2012 1:54 pm
Glad to have you back in my 'neck of the woods'. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
 
Dec. 19, 2012 2:02 pm
MERRY CHRISTMAS!! and a happy healthy new year too!- is is heart warming to know you are close to family:-)
 
Dec. 19, 2012 2:09 pm
Oh mwc! Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year to you and your hubby. Sending warm thoughts and hugs!!
 
Dec. 19, 2012 2:45 pm
Just read your 2011 blog,love the picture of your tumbleweed.We have been to Mexico a few times,love it. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS,AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR.
 
Dec. 19, 2012 3:00 pm
And a wonderful Christmas to you and yours. And a healthy peaceful New Year! Glad you're liking Ohio...nice to have your family near.
 
Dec. 19, 2012 3:17 pm
http://www.amazon.com/Tumbleweed-Christmas-Beverly-Stowe-McClure/dp/0983274045/
 
Dec. 19, 2012 3:17 pm
this is a little girl - but i thought you may be interested:-)
 
Dec. 19, 2012 3:34 pm
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Ohio isn't such a bad place - I've lived here all my life, but I love the wide-open spaces out west, too!
 
Dec. 19, 2012 6:19 pm
Ohio is a great place...we were both born here. Maybe this year we'll get to meet!
 
Dec. 19, 2012 6:43 pm
That would be great! And you're right - Ohio is a GREAT place!
 
Dec. 19, 2012 6:51 pm
Merry Christmas, midwestchef! Mrs. Mike and I were very happy to have met you and your Mr. at the MiniMi! We also regret that you were unable to join us and the Bellepeppers. We'll get together, maybe meet Mother Ann, too! We get to Columbus a few times a year.
 
Dec. 20, 2012 4:31 am
Merry Christmas, midwestchef!! Enjoy being close to your family!Hope you can snuggle in and watch the storm by the fire! Not the same as the desert but beautiful just the same!! Love to you and Mr. MWC!
 
Dec. 20, 2012 5:02 am
Thanks, mickdee! and thanks for the directions to Mike's blog. We love fruitcake!
 
Dec. 20, 2012 5:04 am
Watch this space for details about the next "Buckeye Bash" in mid-June.
 
Dec. 20, 2012 5:15 am
Cool story, Nanny.
 
Maggi 
Dec. 21, 2012 2:47 am
Merry Christmas, Phoebe, and a truly blessed New Year. Glad you back in the northern parts...
 
Dec. 21, 2012 7:58 am
Good morning MWC! I love the Midwest! So happy to hear you're settling in nicely! Merry Christmas and blessings to you and yours.
 
Dec. 21, 2012 9:40 am
I love the pic of your Christmas Tumbleweed Tree - - it's beautiful!!
 
Dec. 21, 2012 12:10 pm
OH that was were I was born and lived until I was 18. Family still there.
 
Dec. 21, 2012 9:59 pm
Welcome to Ohio! Hope you're enjoying this snowfall :) God bless & Merry Christmas!
 
Lizlou 
Dec. 21, 2012 11:01 pm
You can be happy anywhere you live if there are good people around you. Every type of land, whether farmland, desert, mountains, lakes, forest, or ocean side has its own beauty. Admire it and learn to love it for what it is, on its own terms, (respect its rules of conduct and safety) and it will give you joy. Of course, being near family is a big, big plus, whether that family is the one you were born into, or the family of God, which you are also born into. The One who created it all is the source of all joy after all, and He gives "joy unspeakable and full of glory"...a joy that really satisfies, wherever you are, and can never be taken away...a joy that he delights to give you! "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you." (A good "recipe"!) Enjoy!
 
Lela 
Dec. 22, 2012 10:57 am
Midwest-Happy Holidays to you! I live in Colorado and I have a lot of tumbleweeds that roll across my yard. I have seen many tumbleweed Christmas Trees. I also bet you miss the Green chili and Mexican food. Enjoy your holiday with your family.
 
Dec. 22, 2012 5:23 pm
You are so right, Lislou! And, Lela, grab one the next time one rolls through.
 
karen 
Dec. 22, 2012 8:40 pm
How funny! i never read your blog before but saw the "tumbleweed tree" reference and had to peek! 14 months ago, we moved from my lifelong home in western PA to Phoenix AZ And you are right - life doesn't alway work out as we planned - so as we saw our first tumbleweed tree this year, we miss our friends and the possibility of a white Christmas - so I will enjoy the dessert for you and ask that you enjoy your OH Christmas for me! And I will be back to read more of your blog!
 
Dec. 23, 2012 6:05 am
Thanks, Karen! I hope you enjoy the southwest as much as we did. We celebrated Christmas yesterday with my sibs and we had a white one! Don't know if we'll be white on the 25th, but it looks like we might have ice...not a happy prospect! Merry Christmas to you and yours.
 
Dec. 23, 2012 4:03 pm
Merry Christmas, MWC! You are so right about how things change without warning. But somehow we end up OK Isn't that amazing? Have a wonderful holiday with your family.
 
Dec. 24, 2012 4:22 am
Thanks, BSM! You, too.
 
 
 
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