1. One year ago today, my mother-in-law died. In many ways, it actually seems more than one year since our lives have changed so much. I remember getting the call at work, sitting at my desk, and sobbing uncontrollably. I could not believe she was gone, and I loved her dearly. I thank the ladies who I worked with for coming to my aid, and for driving me to my in-laws’ house so I could be there with my husband and father-in-law. My mother-in-law’s death really made me take a hard look at my life, and how I needed to focus on what is important.
2. On a lighter note, last Friday evening we went on a “Bethlehem Walk”, …we registered our family with the census taker at the city gate of Bethlehem, paid our taxes, visited merchants in their shops, gossiped with women at the well about a star, and even had bad encounter with Roman soldiers on the streets! At the end,we found Joseph, and Mary with Baby Jesus in manger. My entire family including my father-in-law enjoyed this event. It was presented ecumenically by neighboring Presbyterian and Catholic churches.
3. Thanks to Gram and Pops, my youngest daughter’s birth grandparents, we have a beautiful family portrait to send out for our Christmas cards. A few weeks ago, Pops, a very talented photographer, took us out for a photo shot at the local botanical gardens.
4. Since this is my first Advent as a home schooler, I decided to keep it simple. Fortunately, I found (in my attic) an Advent activity that I never used before. In 2008, my sister send me “The Story of Christmas” Story Book & Advent calendar, and it was put in a box and forgotten. I am so glad I found it. It is set up like an advent calendar, however instead of opening the door, each day has a miniature book you take out and read. Each one tells the story of Jesus’ birth. Dec. 1 spoke about the Holy Land, today spoke of the prophecy of Isaiah. Each book is threaded by a gold cord to hang on the Christmas tree. My girls are taking turns placing the little books.
5. I have been admiring a pepperberry chandelier garland I clipped out of an old Better Homes and Gardens magazine. However, I did not want to go to the expense of ordering the greenery from a local florist as the article suggested. Monday, we were on a science scavenger hunt for evergreen trees, and there it was in my front yard. Our large Nandina bush with berries. My little “elves” assisted me as I trimmed the bush.
6. This is a very special Christmas for us since it is the first Christmas we are “legally” a family. Although, Bumblebee was living with us last year, she was not “officially” our daughter. I have so much to be grateful for this year.
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