Holidays are great because they force you to slow down and enjoy something. These last 6 months have been busy- the busiest of our years as a family. Jobs, roles at church, extra jobs, working through childrens’ schedules and, of course, completely renovating a house has caused us all to really evaluate how we use our time. At times, it feels like every event of the day is just a task to get done and move on to another task.
But Christmas comes along and forces- grabs you by the collar and forces you to stop– and remember what’s important.
Oma has been really important in getting us through these final weeks of 2013- here’s her thoughts:
We returned home yesterday from 2 wonderful weeks with Tim, Cynthia and their 2 precious girls in Seattle. Each morning Abigail enjoyed going to her Advent Calendar to open up a little surprise and hang it on the Christmas tree. Clip and I had times of babysitting or painting trim and doors (Abbey even got to put on the first strokes of paint on her bedroom door). On Dec. 19th I got to go to Abbey’s preschool class where we decorated our own gingerbread house and share in the Christmas party. Dec. 20 we woke up to Abbey’s sweet 3 year old voice repeating “snow”, “snow”, “SNOW”. Sure enough the ground was white and Opa and Abbey went out to make a little snow man and throw snowballs. What joy to see her excited face as she played in the snow. Christmas Eve was again a special time with 3 of Cynthia’s siblings stopping by (Cynthia hadn’t seen her brother Scott since last Christmas) the Christmas Eve service and back home to read ‘Twas the Night before Christmas. On Christmas morning the first thing Abbey wanted to do was move baby Jesus into the crèche, then Cynthia treated us to a festive breakfast with bacon, crepes topped with 3 berries and almond flavored whipped cream.
Then we watched Abbey and Evie open stocking gifts and some Christmas gifts. I believe Abbey favorite gift was her Doctor kit..she checked her Mom’s lungs, Opa’s ears and put bandages on her Daddy. Before noon we went to a playground by Green lake! then on to Cynthia’s parents home for a family Christmas Day…a delicious ham dinner and hours of visiting and board games. It was a very nice Christmas Day with the warm hospitality of the Impolas. On Dec. 26th we went downtown Seattle to their “Michigan Ave.” Abbey and I rode on a purple horse on the festive carousel while Opa kept a watchful eye on Evie as she chased all the pigeons. Afterwards we went to an elaborate display of Mother Goose and Seattle themed gingerbread houses…it was awesome!
Yes, we worked on the new house and packed a tiny bit but we mainly remember the memories of being with Tim, Cynthia, Abigail and Evelyn. What a blessing!