Ho, ho, ho --- Merry Christmas! -- 2011 was very good to me.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Len Backus, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

    May 2, 2001
    Every week that I am not traveling out west I drive an hour and a half to my daughter's home and babysit for my grandson, Ollie. On the second morning of my 2 day stay I often go out for a pre-dawn breakfast. I am now sitting at McDonald's just having finished a bacon, egg, cheese biscuit and the necessary amount of diet coke --- mostly for its caffeine.

    So every year at this time I pause to think about all I have to be thankful for in my life. And the process always chokes me up a little.

    Elvis is singing "Santa bring my baby back to me" and I am browsing some old LRH forum threads that mention me and my family. The new LRH site search feature is located in the upper right corner of every page and we just got it put up a day ago. That's how I found the threads.


    I just came across this picture of my now two and a half old grandson as part of a two year old LRH forum thread. Ollie is getting a new baby sister in about 4 weeks. More about her when she arrives. :)


    "It's Christmas and we're in love" is now playing and it is obviously referring to the relationship I have with my 8th grade sweetheart, Kathy.

    The next picture is of my first granddaughter, Mia Pearl, born 4 years ago. She's crying because Santa said she can't have a 338 EDGE rifle just yet, she should start with a .243 and work her way up. Mia has a one and a half year old sister named Ellie Drew. (My son's name is Andrew)


    "Have a holly, jolly Christmas?" is now playing. Here's picture of Ellie and Santa from a week ago.


    So what is important in life?

    I'd say for me it's a healthy, happy, growing family. A lot of good friends on LRH. A wonderful hunting season, much of it spent with my son, Andy.


    What are you thankful for this year?
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2011
  2. MN Hunter

    MN Hunter Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2009
    Merry Christmas

  3. Maq Attaq

    Maq Attaq Well-Known Member

    Nov 22, 2011
    Merry Christmas to All !!!
  4. load

    load Well-Known Member

    Jan 18, 2010
    merry christmas:D
  5. T3-OleMan

    T3-OleMan Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Happy!!! :D
  6. nfhjr62

    nfhjr62 Well-Known Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    So what's so special about the baby sitter
  7. mtnwrunner

    mtnwrunner Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2009
    Len and all.
    May you have a very very merry Christmas and a great 2012.
    There are many many things for me to be thankful for. Most of all is that my honey is healthful after going through breast cancer surgery and her outlook is outstanding.
    Makes one realize what is really important in life.

    Take care all and enjoy the things to come!

    Randy Gehrke
    from cold central Idaho
  8. Joel Russo

    Joel Russo Official LRH Sponsor

    Jul 5, 2006
    Nice post Len.

    I have learned to take nothing for granted, and I realize what is truly important in life.
  9. ken snyder

    ken snyder Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    Merry Christmas and best wishes to all!!!!

    I am very thankful to the Lord just for me still being here. Family and friends!
  10. majormullet

    majormullet Member

    Dec 6, 2010
    Merry Christmas to everyone at LRH, thanks for turning me on to alot of good huntin, I will be returning home to God's country for Christmas [Upson Wi] and I am thankful for all the friendships, and relationships that are born because of the hunt. gun)
  11. chas3stix

    chas3stix Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Great post,Len. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all the great folks on this forum.
  12. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2003
    Great post, Len.

    Where to start? So much to be thankful for.

    First of all, for the Creator of the Universe who loves us and has so much grace and blessing upon and for us despite our consistent rebellion against him (causing the universe to be in the mess it is) and the fact the He has provided a way for us to be restored to a right relationship to Him through his son Jesus Christ, despite our rebellion.

    Secondly, for my wonderful family and friends that love me and have so much grace for me despite my many imperfections.

    Third, for a free country and for those who have given their lives in defense of its freedom. Freedom isn't free.

    For the opportunity to get out and enjoy God's beautiful creation and occasionally harvest a critter to fill the freezer.

    Where to stop?

    Oh...and I'm also very thankful to Len for creating and sustaining (others that help with this site as well--ss7mm comes to mind and I think Len's son Andy helps out too...) this website where I've learned so much over the years--thanks, guys, for putting up with me and helping me learn over the years!

    Merry Christmas!