On Christmas morning, my brother Doug, his wife Fran,
and I trekked up to Noblesville to enjoy Christmas with Fran's nephew.
Once my nephews arrived with their families the place was full of chatter
and laughter of children, all age six years and under.
In the top photo, grandnephew Knox plays with one of his cousin Luke's
many toy cars, while behind him the ever-growing stack of gifts
awaits distribution after dinner.
Here, Nicholas, my sister-in-law's nephew, plays
with his son Luke, who loves his toy cars -- all of them,
while Fran helps her granddaughter Kinley put paint
on her hand to create a Christmas decoration.
The result was a silver Christmas tree ball with
a child's hand print resembling a snowflake.
As a token of a child's growth, it was actually
kind of pretty and sweet,