A Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

All 4 of us

From all 14 of us and another on the way

Nothing could make me happier than to have all of our family together to celebrate any time of the year. They have all rallied around me during this year of unknown health issues. We still don’t know what 2017 will bring for my MDS treatment. December was all about Christmas, our family and togetherness.img_2200

For those who ask, I feel fine. The 27 days of isolation at MD Anderson did not show any instant improvement, but my oncologist is hopeful. I will see him again next week and we’ll know more.img_2536-002December 22, 2016 found all 14 of us in our home in Missouri City, Texas. We all are wearing crowns from the poppers we enjoy at our turkey dinner.img_2224It’s all hands on deck preparing for dinner. Julie helps me prepare the turkey, Troy is our tester and carver, Todd is the potato peeler and masher, and Tommy and Michelle prepare the green bean bundles, Madison helped me with the pies, Holly, Lindsey and Sydney got the table set and then Scott led the clean-up after dinner. Tyler and Ashton kept Thompson occupied while everyone else was busy.11gfccjufvcuhlzhql361nlcofhzzpolrjvz_c7csrtcxrnoq3i-wj4udce3gwlca74shnkezffvtaandhk1cgapwqeq30dmsrhhpjmjzg_pyy203jyihseljncqpo-7clrhr18w1043-h782-no-002My three grandsons. Tyler soon to turn 17, Ashton soon to turn 9, and Thompson is 18 months old. He is expecting a brother in early April 2017. We will then have 4 grandsons and 3 granddaughters. Oh, how blessed can we be?img_0886

And our granddaughters helping to make my mom’s Ginger Cookie recipe. They are Lindsey, 13 years old, Madison, 19 years old and Sydney 11 years old. They all love to cook and sew. Oh, lucky me.img_0896-002

With the exclusion of Tyler, here we all are in the new hammock Tommy bought me. We have always had a lot of fun in hammocks with our grandchildren. I’m not sure Thompson has caught on to the fun and thrills.img_2140-002

And here’s my man. I have loved him since I was in high school. What would I do without him with all the trips to MDA. He spends endless hours there with me waiting, waiting, waiting. Through thick and thin, sickness and health, we have been married for 50 years.img_2216

Our girls love him, too. Holly and Julie have been a great support to both of us during the last two years of cancer treatment.img_2177

And our older son, Todd, comes from Dallas often to be with us for hospital and doctor visits.


Our younger son, Troy, and family come from Long Beach, California often to love and care for us.


And even my only son-in-law visits me in the hospital and checks on how I’m doing. As I’ve said so often, “Family is the best.”image1-002

And it keeps growing. Tyler is Todd and Julie’s son, but he has always aspired to being as tall as his Uncle Troy. I think he has just about made it this year. He has passed his dad in height, but will he pass Troy in 2017? There’s so much to look forward to.

My wish to you is many happy days this coming year. Just look for those times. They are there even amongst the trying times. Happy New Year everyone. I love you all, Judyimg_4452


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21 Responses to “A Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year”

  1. Suzy and David Sims Says:

    Wow Judy, you will have as many grandchildren as we have. We now have a grandson in law. Sarah, our oldest granddaughter married into the Farrimand family. We continue to pray for your healing. We love you and your blog. Suzy and David.


    • judymurrah Says:

      Thanks, Suzy and David. It’s always good to hear from you. Congratulations on the new grandson-in-law. And the family grows on. That’s exciting. Thank you for your prayers of healing. May you have many blessings in 2017.


  2. juliemurrah Says:


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  3. Lori DeJarnatt Says:

    That is an amazing post, so obviously full of love and admiration. What more can you ask for but a loving, close, supportive family. Happy New Year to you, Judy. maybe I’ll see you in Houston in the fall.

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    • judymurrah Says:

      Lori, I hope to see you in Houston in the fall. I had looked forward to getting to know you this past Festival. Let’s try again in 2017. Happy New Year to you and yours.


  4. bbquiltmaker Says:

    Love all these great family photos! You are all blessed to have each other. Praying for good news in the year ahead for your health.

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  5. judymurrah Says:

    Happy New Year, Barbara. Yes, we are blessed. Thank you for your prayers. See you in 2017.


  6. Holly huebner Says:

    Awe. Love all the pictures … and what a special Christmas celebration. You always make the time at your home so special to all of us. We love you Mom!!!!

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  7. Joan Radven Says:

    YES! Lipstick IS the key … it reassures you on the smiling path and helps everyone to see that you are still YOU! Don’t go anywhere without it! All that wonderful family love and support will always smooth the way! God bless you all with a Happy New Year!


  8. Mary Jo Dupre Says:

    Wonderful family – you are blessed indeed – prayers continuing

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  9. Teresa Duggan Says:

    Happy new year to you and your family Judy- love you too!

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  10. Deb DiPUma Says:

    Happy to see you are feeling well and able to have a special Christmas celebration with your beautiful family. Sending best wishes for a healthy and happy 2017.
    Hugs, Deb

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  11. nildarcook Says:

    I am Mary’s friend from Sedona just incase you’re wondering. As always your posts are so positive, inspirational and delightful! What a beautiful family you have, inside and out. They rally around you and find every way to support and show their love. Yes, you are blessed! Thank you again for sharing with us!

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  12. nildarcook Says:

    P S Your pictures are fabulous!

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