Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve "Christmas"

This is our family Christmas Day. We had a wonderful day together beginning with me getting up at 6:30 to find a little boy (Blake) popping up from the couch where he had been since 4:20 a.m.. He jumped up to tell me about all the presents that were under the tree!!!! Talk about excitment! After Brent and the girls arrived about 9:00 (Elizabeth had to work until noon), we had egg casserole breakfast and then let the kids open their stockings. Waiting is sooo hard! They played beautifully all morning, had lunch, then the adults had Christmas dinner while Marley and Lexi napped and the boys played. Then it was time......opening presents! Such wonder and excitement. It was extra special in that it was Lexi's first Christmas!

We were at the 5:00 service at Trinity UMC and sang, prayed and took Communion together. And now, as I write this, the "messy" part is cleaned up but the "wonder" part will always remain. There is no greater blessing than watching the children as they open their gifts and as they light their candle at church.

There is so much to be thankful for and especially this year with Alexis being here for Christmas and healthy. She rolled over for the first time today from her back to her stomach. She had rolled from her front to back before but not back to front. She was so proud of herself.

Weather yesterday and today has been harsh. The roads were ice covered last night as Kendra's family travelled to Goshen. It was a long, long ride. Tomorrow, Tom and I are to travel to Battle Creek to have Christmas with Mother, Debra, Sharon and Keith, and Erin and Carl. Now the weather is again predicting ice. We'll just have to wait and see what happens. Again, I ask the question of the hour: why oh why do we live in the midwest??? (Answer: children/grandchildren). We'll just wait and see what tomorrow holds! Merry Christmas 2009

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