This Christmas, I will have all my
descendants under one roof and it will be a merry.
My oldest daughter, Meagan, and her husband,
Tim, are hosting the celebration at their
nine-bedroom house south of Great Falls.
The Christmas headcount appears to have
settled at 44.
That sounds larger than it is, as eight of my
nine mini-Kimmels are large only in noise.
Lucas, the one-year-old, is still fat enough
to score on the pediatric growth charts; a family
rarity of which we are all so proud.
Daughter Chelsie, son-in-law
Marcus and my four mini-Warners are driving from Oak
This will be a special Christmas for them.
Marcus is a career, Navy, avionics technician
and in January he will hug his wife and little ones
goodbye and settle onto an aircraft carrier for a
nine-month deployment in the Middle East.
Due to their infrequency, some hugs must last
longer than others.
I tear up every time I see the photo of Marc
returning from a six-week, Blue Angel deployment and
three-year-old, red-headed Raelee sprints across the
tarmac to hug her daddy.
May God truly bless those who answer the call
of duty because their sacrifice is great.
Tyler, my youngest, his wife Jill
and my four mini-Kernses will convoy up with the
trophy wife and me.
Tyler will pull a flatbed trailer loaded with
my freshly repaired hay wagon and I will drag my
horse trailer carrying my runaway-prone mule team.
My mollies are recent graduates of a
physically intense, mule skinning boot camp where
they learned to appreciate walking over exerting
oneself to the point of collapse.
Joining us in Great Falls, is
Tim’s Kimmel clan from Turner and Anna Kimmel See
and family from Broadview.
Kimmels make the best hay wagon, Christmas
father, Pat, used to race chuckwagons, so they are
not spooked by the high-speed scattering of wagon
they are Christians, so are not afraid of dying.
Sipping hot spiced wine and caroling behind
the mule team loses its festive appeal when the
screams of terror from nonbelievers drowns out the
jingling sleigh bells.
God has truly blessed me, and I
eagerly look forward to a very memorable Christmas
with my large family.
May the celebration of the birth of our
Savior bring you peace and joy.
Merry Christmas from the Conservative Cow