"When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons."
Once again my family was blessed to be together to celebrate Christ's birth. It's always so enjoyable to sing and play our instruments together. And, of course, we love the little ones! Ross and Carol's two are a delight, and Curt and Sarah's little Megan is such a joy. She's only 1 1/2, but it's amazing how well she can talk and how many animal sounds she can make (including dragon, donkey, monkey, and . . . "What does a tourist say?" . . . "Click!" :)
We had some interesting times this month. Since Jon and Judy are planning to move to Nebraska in March, they decided that Christmas was a good time to move all their stuff out there. (They'll be living in Mom and Dad's house in St. Edward, since Mom and Dad are living in a parsonage in Creston now.) Janice flew to Michigan, and we helped get them all loaded into the moving van and then caravanned to NE.
We arrived on Thursday evening, as did Curt's family. Grandma came bringing lunch on Friday, and we unloaded the moving van into the house while Jon went and interviewed for a job in St. Ed (which is looking very promising). I think Carol's family arrived later on Saturday evening. They were delayed because of having the flu. :-|
Saturday we practiced a lot of music, and Sunday we did three programs in three different places. That was fun, even though it made for a long day. Lots of singing and piano! Monday was Christmas, and we enjoyed our family traditions of a big turkey dinner, opening gifts, and being together.
Tuesday was a relaxed day. Grandma went home after lunch, and then Carol's and Curt's families left in the evening. Curt called back to say that Megan had the flu. And before the night was over, Mom, Dad, and Jon had followed suit, with Sarah close behind. They were all really sick on Wednesday. The rest of us felt sorry for them and glad that we didn't get it!
We were so thankful that Dad was well on Thursday, because he had a funeral to preach (an older lady who had visited the church a few times). Janice and I sang two songs for the service, so that was a unique addition to our Christmas break.
Friday Jon felt well enough to sit in the van all day, so he and Judy and I said our goodbyes, left Janice behind, and headed back to Michigan. I was thankful for good weather, minimal traffic, stimulating conversation, and a really uneventful and quick trip back home.
And, since this is now long, I'll include my New Year's Eve celebration on January's page. :) We forgot to take a family picture this year; I'm not sure why, but oh well. When I get someone to e-mail me pictures of our time together, I'll post them here.
"May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us" (Psalm 67:1).