Let's change the subject.
We have really enjoyed spending time together this year. Even though the season sped past us, we were able to soak in our time together.
Since Little Sister had the flu during the month of December we missed many parades, church programs and parties. What we did have was plenty of wrestling matches to attend. Getting to know the boys on the team has been a real treat and it's been fun to watch Riley come out of his shell.
Little Sister learned every verse (all of them!) of every Christmas song this year, so every activity has been accompanied by her sweet little voice all season long. In fact, she's still singing!
Christmas eve was spent at the home of my Grandma Sarah with our traditional meal of pizza, salad and desserts. The children opened gifts and the adults played games while the little ones enjoyed their new toys. We then travelled to visit my Granny at the nursing home. She was tickled over the visit from everyone all at the same time (9 of us). Back home we shook out reindeer food, placed cookies and milk by the tree and read the Christmas story. The kids opened their new Christmas pajamas. This was my favorite gift for Kendra this year. I used a credit to order her a Mickey/Minnie Christmas nightgown with her name embroidered on it. We had been listening to Polar Express in the car and they say the girls have on nightgowns. She didn't have a nightgown so when she opened it that made it extra special to her. She has worn it many times since.
Christmas morning was a first, all of our kids slept until almost 9:00 a.m. Kendra had such a hard time settling down with talk of Santa coming that it was almost midnight before she went to sleep. Of course, Jordan and Riley are teenagers, so sleep is always welcome there.
Some favorite things this year were a Barbie House for Kendra (purchased from a teacher at her school for next to nothing- woo hoo!), some Charleston Southern (college) clothing for Jordan and some hiking/camping tools for Riley.
After the gifts were opened, we enjoyed our Christmas breakfast of cinnamon rolls, sausage casserole and tangerines.
Our afternoon was spent at my parents' home with all of our family there. My Mama decorated this year more like she did when I was a child. The kids loved the Christmas train being set up and my Dad's Santa collection being out again. It's so good to have her feeling well again.
We have plans to visit Barry's family later this month, but his Mom has been missed during this season.
This Christmas felt like a breath of fresh air. I was mostly prepared, but the simplicity of the gifts we gave and received, and the fellowship we had with others was so sweet. The flu was un-welcome but it caused us to slow down and just be. So good.
I hope your Christmas was so very blessed. I hope you found Christ there. He is with us.
God is good, all the time!