We enjoyed the last few days celebrating Christmas with Deedra's family. It was a fun, relaxing time with lots of eating, enjoying Christmas Eve candlelight services, games, sledding and more eating...
It was a joy to have everyone together on Christmas Eve. It was especially fun for us to witness Kale having a blast with his cousins as they danced and played with flashlights in the dark. His giggles were audible from the basement, making us all giggle.
Our traditional hot dog roast continued with Gramps at the helm! Much later in the evening as "Scrooge" played in the background, Kesha, Dana and Deedra found themselves cozy by the fireplace and chatting until the yawns grew too big.
Christmas morning brought gift opening followed by a big breakfast.
To add to Kale's musical magic, he received a microphone.
And each of us received gifts made by Deedra's parents. Gramps made Kale ornaments for his tree in his room including a basketball and guitars. They are absolutely perfect!
And for Justin, Gramps made a little seat for him to sit on to put his shoes on. Justin has been wanting one for years as it is a small space by our garage door that needed something pretty customized. Again, it is perfect!
And for Deedra, her mom made her a Christmas quilt. They had been shopping together a few years ago when Deedra had seen it in a quilting store and thought it was really neat. What a surprise for Deedra! Her mom has been working on this on and off since January. So beautiful!
We arrived back to our own home tonight. We unloaded the car, unpacked, put away, started laundry, got dinner going for us and to deliver to our elderly neighbors, began repacking, got Kale into the shower and are tying up loose ends before we travel again to celebrate with Justin's family. Our life is full and good. Our God continues to bless and spur us on. Happy Birthday, Jesus! Thank you for Christmas.