Everywhere I look this week, I find myself overwhelmed by blessings.
Since moving back to our home state, we have enjoyed spending time with extended family.
While I am behind in holiday preparations, I refuse to be dragged under by stress.
Last Friday night, SuperDad’s parents stayed with us and attended a basketball game (one grandson played b-ball, another played in the pep band). They left in the morning and in the afternoon, we drove 2 hours through the fog to the older boys’ university to see them (and Rapunzel) in a drive-through living nativity. We were complimented on our camel by the same shady characters* who tried to sell us a donkey. I think it was the first time I’d ever seen the baby Jesus with a pacifier in his mouth. It’s also the first time we’ve seen MusicMan and Rapunzel since they announced their engagement.
On Saturday night, we stayed out at the old farmhouse. SuperDad’s cousin has turned it into a B&B, making improvements while still keeping much of the original charm. The kitchen looks much the same and I could almost feel Gram there.
Tomorrow (Friday) MM and EB are coming home for Christmas break. We have a whirlwind of activities planned, all revolving around spending time with extended family. Rapunzel will be joining us a few days after Christmas for the remainder of their holiday vacation.
I’ll be pretty busy in the next few weeks, focusing on spending time with family… and baking… and crafting… and relaxing — although that relaxing will have to wait until I get some rather important tasks completed!
What are you thankful for today?
How do you focus on blessings instead of holiday stress?
*I know they were shady because our “camel” is still missing a grill from the deer incident. While it is certainly a reliable camel, it’s no longer a fine-lookin’ camel. On the plus side, you can tell it is ours from a block away!