I’m hoping to get caught up on some blogging today. We’ve spent so much time with viruses and Christmas festivities that it’s been hard to find time to blog.
Last Christmas (2011) was pretty quiet, just the 5 of us…and my mother and grandmother, but we had a very precious Christmas morning that I will never forget. Although it was good, it just felt kind of ‘quiet’. I felt like we were in this in between stage of life, our kids were pretty much grown, but there were no prospects for marriage, thus no grandchildren… it was like we were at a stand-still.
a few weeks later in January, the Almighty opened the flood gates of blessings and answered prayers that were YEARS petitioned for.
This Christmas was so full of life, full of people, and even though so many of us were sick it was still wonderful!
We did manage to get out and do some caroling one night, that was fun.
We visited/caroled several of the elderly and shut-ins our neighborhood.
Christmas Eve I was struck with a stomach virus so most of that night and Christmas Day are a blur to me.
And then Cherish caught it.
I hated that my first Christmas with the kids was not as cheerful as I wanted it (me) to be,
but I’m pretty sure they enjoyed their gifts the same.
I have stockings that I have crocheted for my children when they were born. I realized a couple weeks ago I needed to get stocking made for me new kids. I got 2 of the 3 done and had to use an ‘extra’ I had for the other one, I’ll get it done by next year!!!
I did manage to set the table for Christmas morning breakfast, Olivia had to take over all of the cooking. :/
I snipped off a holly leaf for each person and Jeff did a morning devotion about the sharpness of the holly leaf and the sharpness of the crown of thorns that were placed on Jesus’ head for the crucifixion. There would not have been a cross if there had not been the incarnation!
Olivia made some wonderful stuffed shells for our Christmas dinner.
We are blessed beyond measure and look forward to what God has in-store for us this year!