That is not where we've been...but more like what this post is.
We had a wonderful Christmas. A bit different this year because my brothers could not come home. Dave, who is 31 and has never missed a Christmas at home, had us call him on Christmas Eve so he could listen in over the phone as we carried on our tradition of reading the Christmas story together. Anna Clare read it this year, and it was really special watching her read as my dad held the phone out for Dave and Jaime to hear. Everyone came home for New Year's and we celebrated Christmas together at the beach.
Steve and I set a $50 gift limit on each other for Christmas. I proudly came in at $50.45 on my purchases. When I opened my gift and found a pair of Ugg boots, I quickly commented that someone didn't hold up to their end of the deal. He informed me that when one has a job, one has a little leeway on the limit. Ha! After wearing them for about 5 minutes, I forgave him. They are not the prettiest things on the block, but they are the warmest, most comfortable shoes I have put on my feet in a long time. So if you see me wearing them ALL the time with ALL sorts of apparel, you will understand.:)
We have been in mourning over here because some dear friends have moved too far away.
Owen's friend, Mary Selwyn, and my friend Denise (and little sister Adeline) moved "up north" to reunite with their Daddy after being apart for 3 months because of work. Although we are very sad:( we know God has big blessings and a perfect plan for their family. And we look forward to lots of fun visits!
Update on Stella...she has REALLY come out of her shell! She is still a sweet cat but VERY playful. Anna Clare's hands have so many scratches I am surprised her school has not called to see if we are torturing her. She loves that cat, though, and rushes in from school every day to scoop her up. I am not used to cats, and when she pounces on my feet, I nearly jump out of my skin!
It is COLD around here! I don't mind it so much except that my lips are so chapped and my hands are so dry that even Blistex and Eucerine lotion are giving me little relief...any suggestions? Speaking of cold, Steve agreed to take AC to school during those bitterly cold mornings so I didn't have to get Owen out. His deadline for leaving is 7:30 so he can get to work on time. One morning I was especially rushing her..."Hurry Honey, Here's your backpack, Here's a cereal bar...eat it on the way...Daddy's waiting..." She replied, "Actually, he's in the backyard shooting his bow." Good grief. All I can say is all the neighborhood deer better fear.
Community Bible Study kicked back off this week, and I am so excited about continuing our study on Genesis. This week we examined the story of Abraham and Isaac. What a beautiful picture of submission, obedience, sacrifice, and God's amazing love!
This post is getting ridiculously long, so I'll end it with a pic of the closest we got to a Winter Wonderland....
A birthday party with "REAL" snow! (And she starts preschool in 2010...how is that possible?) Happy New Year!