Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Christmas Holidays

Christmas Holidays

Ahh, the Christmas Holidays are here! The sight of snow falling outside, the sounds of tinkling bells, the smell of cookies baking on the stove, …

Well, no, the afternoons have been in the sixties here, I hear the sound of the washing machine, and maybe I’ll bake some cookies if I ever get caught up on everything else. But I like not worrying about the family driving (or walking) in the snow, and I am ever so grateful to have a washing machine in our apartment…And we can even walk over to the leasing office any time and get a cookie (we don’t do this too often, so as not to wear out our welcome).

Of course, Advent is a time of preparation for the birth of Jesus, but I would like to also call it an extended Thanksgiving. We are thankful for so many things. Among others: Ed has a good job that he likes. Greg got a job. My car is still running. And the three kids who live in Kentucky are coming here for Christmas. (Paul came last night.)

Homeschooling is going well. We are picking up the pieces from the transition of moving. Robby is doing well with his junior year of high school. Peter has a teacher of the visually impaired who comes in once a week to help him with assistive technology and to help him to learn how to do math in Braille (in case this should be a better option for him at some point). Peter has a guitar once again. And we are making new friends…and trying to keep in touch with our old friends, too.

We have the tree and the nativity, and we anxiously await the day when we can put the Baby Jesus in the crib. But in reality, He is with us already! He has been with us so truly, each and every day, watching over us in every aspect of our lives.

May you feel His presence and joy during this beautiful season, and always!

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