On 12-29-07 I wrote my first blog post here. What a great way for me to keep up with the good things happening in our lives, keep our long-distance family in the loop and record our lives. My average post take less than 30 minutes to write, and typically needs editing, but I love this venue for us.
I have a lot of anticipation about 2013, which begins in about 6 hours. I think this new year will bring extreme changes to our lives and I'm gearing up the rooms of our house and the room in my heart for these changes. We do not know details, but we do know we are willing for whatever God has for us. My next post here will have a new address and link for a new blog, for our new family, or maybe just for a new beginning.
To have friends like the Mays is a blessing that cannot be measured. This was our second time to go to Colorado, share a home with them nestled in the mountains, ski, snowboard, laugh and eat with them. It was even more peaceful and fun than the last time! We did have to drive until 2am one morning, on icy roads, trying to outrun a storm to get there...but it was all the more wonderful to drive up to the house having been through the uncertainty of the roads. Thank you God for these friends and your beautiful creation.
Christmas morning = Mountain Home, monkey bread, stockings, pictures in front of the tree, and then gifts. Next: lunch prep, family arrives, lunch and clean up. The familiarity of this routine is both comforting and comfortable. No matter who comes to the lunch, the day is well spent consuming calories and family lore. I'm thankful my mom hosts, with all her other responsibilities at work. I'm thankful to have a place to go where my kids feel loved and accepted, safe and secure. So many don't have that, have not experienced or seen it, and don't even know it is possible. "I bring you good news that shall be for ALL PEOPLE."
We celebrated Christmas Eve on Saturday with the Rogers gang in Conway. Richard's fabulous family gathered to partake in a wonderful meal and share gifts and laughter. Nothing is ever quiet when we're all together, but that's half the fun!