Sunday, December 28, 2008

Family Time

Christmas is so much fun with grown children. We woke at a decent hour of 7am, had a cup of coffee and put a breakfast casserole in the oven. We had to keep Allison upstairs until we were all settled downstairs because we didn't wrap her gift, a new guitar, it was just under the tree with a big bow on it. Once we were all downstairs, we enjoyed Christmas music playing in the background, as we talked, laughed and opened gifts. We had a great day. All the excitement and rush of getting things done is over, and we are all enjoying the decorated house, the leftovers in the refrigerator, and each other's company. We still have a whole week to go before we all go our separate ways in the new year.

We have had quite the weather this Christmas break, and my post of the 20th was about a blizzard we had, and one of my favorite memories of this holiday season was Sunday the 21st. We woke up to snow everywhere, very bad driving conditions, and church closings galore. Our service wasn't canceled, but we decided to just stay home, safe and warm. We had our own "church" around the dining room table. It was such a special time. Kevin chose to share a chapter in a book he has read; we looked up bible verses, and prayed. Then I got a daily devotional and opened to the 21st, and believe it or not, it was on the same thing Kevin had just led us in. Worship. It had the same main bible verse, and we were just all amazed how God can talk to us; apparently we needed to hear about this subject.
"But the time is coming and is already here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The father is looking for anyone who will worship him that way." (John 4:23)

I am so thankful for our time together as a family. I know the kids are growing up, and they both have as Kevin calls them "significant others". I can't believe we have only been on break for one week, we have done so many things, we have enjoyed cooking, going to the gym, watching movies, having a Christmas dinner for friends, and of course shoveling together :-). We had planned on going to visit my mom and sister. We were going to leave today, but poor Kevin, he got hit with some virus really hard on Friday. He had a 102 temp. and now has a cough. We thought it better that we don't take it to Illinois and pass it around. We will miss seeing my Illinois family, but hopefully we will get over there soon. It's always so much fun going for a visit.

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