The final week of advent was unexpectedly and somewhat unavoidably hurried. It was determined that we needed carpeting in our living room, which put a slight hitch in our Christmas preparations. But we shifted things - all of our toys and living room furniture including our decorated Christmas tree - and plans and sacrificed
a little a lot of sleep and got most things done. We got what mattered most done. And it was lovely.
Joy and family and closeness and craftiness (I have so many projects to share and as soon as it stops snowing long enough to be sunny and take some clear photos I'll do just that!). A simple pageant at church on Christmas Eve, full of chaos and noise and childish antics in the pews and in the aisles. Some immeasurable happiness and thankfulness beneath the tree from our girls - enthusiastic hugs and exclamations of "Thank you, Mommy!" over handcrafted gifts of love lead me to believe we're doing something right with these two. Hearty family meals, cookie baking, candy making, sneaky candy cane gifting (stuck 'em in the mail box slots of the other apartments in our building on Christmas Day) and more Christmas-music-listening dancing than I could begin to recount.
Belatedly, a merry Christmas to you and to yours, and may you be blessed in the new year.