In missing the organization boat this year, I think we've actually managed, however inadvertently,
to have a truly spirit-filled holiday (holy day) season.
Thanksgiving was spent with friends and we had a beautiful time. We had turkey for our meat-eaters, Tofurkey for the veggie-types (it's surprisingly good), cranberry sauce (canned and homemade), mashed potatoes... all standard fare I suppose, but each family does it their own way. Our mashed potatoes are heavy on the roasted garlic. We cut back on how many things we offer for dessert. We had three families who each brought something to share. It encapsulated the Season in one short day, but quite nicely.
|Christmas day, 2011. |
Married to my Love for 13 years
Now, me, I'm thinking that it's a little out of season. We usually do cut flowers in the spring and summer and gourds in the fall. He just stood there grinning. Oh - newsflash. You've been married 13 years now. Happy Anniversary, Love.
Another two birthdays rolled through. The now-seven year-old is still awaiting his party with his friends. If I can get it together, he'll have it before New Years day. I think I can manage that.
The 19th is Jeff's birthday. (If you've lost count, we're up to four birthdays, an anniversary and a holiday in four weeks.) What do I hope the next year will bring him?
|Helping with the Angel Tree group|
|Christmas lights in our neighborhood|
|Divine Liturgy at the church we're attending now|
I set up time with a sitter for the kids so Jeff and I could go out shopping, just the two of us - that was somewhat of an anniversary/Christmas night out. It was sandwiched in among a very full week. A week of Muppet Movie Birthday fun, helping friends move furniture fellowship, Boy Scout Christmas party fun, tea time with my best gal pals, and an evening with the kids of Christmas lights and hot cocoa. The kids averaged three or four gifts each, mostly clothes, and after church, they spent the day racing remote control cars, playing board games together and watching a movie online.
So in all this, I am feeling pretty blessed right now.
There have been struggles this season, sure.
My family in the Pacific Northwest has had trials that would knock you off your feet
- and so I am praying for them, and hope you will too. -
In spite of their heartache, they are blessed, and continue to praise God for His blessings.
They are such a huge inspiration to me.
I don't think I've told them that, but they are.
It is a very full season of love, friends, and what Christmas is really all about.