Christmas is getting closer. I'm not quite ready. We'll actually be celebrating twice this year since our family is rather scattered now. Our two children that live closest will come the weekend before Christmas Eve to celebrate with us, and so, hopefully, will my husband's brother. Last year we were so blessed to have all children and grandchildren and brother-in-law for Christmas. It was wonderful.
A few days after that celebration, husband and I will be heading out to see youngest daughter, her husband and their almost 2 year old daughter. Christmas will be pretty cool with a little one that will be older enough to view Christmas this year a little differently than last year. Her birthday is close on the heels of Christmas. However . . . her little brother's "birth"-day may be only a couple of days after Christmas . . . if the Mommy gets her wish!
We will be missing those precious three grandchildren that graced us with their presence for two years--along with precious daughter--their Mom! That makes it really hard this year. The house, as my husband said to a friend of ours at Church when asked if he'd gotten used to the quiet at the house yet--6 months later: "No! I thought I would, but it's way too quiet around the house now! I miss them so much."
Well, things change--always. Change is good, though it can be challenging for any number of reasons.
I pray that each and every one in my family and you and yours will be able to enjoy the blessings of Christmas now and throughout this season AND throughout the coming year. May we each be ever grateful for each and every blessing our loving Heavenly Father bestows upon us each and every day, giving thanks to Him, and our Blessed Savior, Jesus Christ, by giving loving service to those in need as the Lord directs us. May the Light of Christ visit and linger in each home and each heart is my humble prayer and Christmas wish this year!