Friday, December 25, 2009

Home for Christmas

For the first time in 35 Christmases together, we spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on our own. It wasn't what we had planned - certainly we missed being with family in Michigan - but with a winter snow storm across much of the Midwest and very rainy weather in St. Louis we stayed home to keep the basement dry. No, the leak hasn't been fixed yet.

Our wonderful neighbors sent over Christmas Eve dinner and a Christmas Day snack, and friends and family called to talk and let us join in on some of the festivities. We watched several movies, cleaned out a few years worth of papers, magazines, clothes, and other stuff, kept up with the water leak, and watched the light snow that gave us a white Christmas by the end of the day. And we just enjoyed being together and keeping in mind that whatever the circumstances we had each other and the love of God in the gift of Jesus Christ. What else did we really need to enjoy a blessed and merry Christmas?

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Change of Plans

Well, we didn't make it to Florida for Thanksgiving after all. As it turned out, none of the family was able to make it due to illnesses, leaky basements, busy moving, and other unexpected interruptions. So, we'll have to make new plans to go see Kristy, Cam, Ruth and Joseph - hopefully before the next baby arrives.

Kim, Doug, and the kids came to our house for a couple of days to share Thanksgiving dinner, make a gingerbread house, see some Christmas lights, and just enjoy a little time together for the holiday. William said an amazing and very thoughtful prayer before dinner that had us all smiling and in tears. And of course we had a lot of fun playing with him and Ella and Emily.
Sadly, we didn't get to take our annual Thanksgiving family photograph. Maybe we'll have to piece one together with Photoshop this time ... or get together after the two babies are born in the Spring so they can be in the picture as well.