Merry Christmas from the Pennys

I’ve spent the past 24 hours surrounded by rooms full of family.

I’ve been nibbling on spiced ham, holding babies and catching up on the  past year with all of my cousins.  And when you have 26 first cousins (many with delightful spouses) that’s a lot of reunion hugs and catch-up chats.

I love every second of these huge family parties because it connects all the dots of my life.

It reminds me that the mother, wife and writer that I am is the same little girl with the awful bowl cut who spent every Christmas in these houses, with these cousins, eating these cookies.

I thank God for these moments when life feels like a continuous journey rather than a fractured jumble of hard messy work.

I’m a little girl from Michigan who grew up, went to college, and then fell in love with an Oklahoma boy, was given the gift of two gorgeous children and somewhere in the middle of it all had her heartbroken and started writing to sort through it all.


You’re a part of my life and I’m so glad to share this space with you, so glad that you click on over here throughout the year to share life with me.

When I count my gifts, you’re one of them.  Thanks for being on the journey with me.

Merry Christmas to you, whoever you are, wherever you are.

  • Heather Nickell

    Merry Christmas!! :)

    • leannepenny

      Merry Christmas to you too!

    • Cyril Jenkins

      Merry Christmas to all of you. Christ is Born!

      • leannepenny

        Huge Sigh of Relief he is!!!! Merry Christmas!

  • Heather Tiger

    Merry Christmas sweet friend! enjoy your trip and have a safe one home. I love the picture of real life in the moment. We will need to catch up and hang out soon in 2013! Blessings on the new year.

    • leannepenny

      Thank you, glad you like it. We tried… and yes to a 2013 hang out!

  • Mark Allman (@Vaderalman)

    Merry Christmas Penny’s! from the Allman’s

  • Annette Skarin (@carinskarin)

    Merry Christmas to all the Pennys. I have posted a Christmas story on my website, if you care to view it, on

    • leannepenny

      So lovely Annette. Thank you for sharing your heart here all year long :)

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