the sun setting on a wonderful Christmas break
the sun setting on a wonderful Christmas break

It’s hard to believe another day has come and gone. Waking up this morning, after sleeping under the Christmas tree, we were filled with anticipation for our last day of break. Schaeffer, fingers crossed, was hoping for yet another school cancellation, but deep-down I knew that this was our finale’ to a wonderful vacation.

We curled up together on the couch tonight, both clad in new Christmas pajamas, and spent precious moments recalling all our favorite moments over break: the happy birthday Jesus party with friends, Christmas Eve spent with distant cousins, Christmas day filling our house with loved ones, the day after Christmas spent sledding and opening gifts with Ott family. Then came our big trip up North to Mema’s fun place: ski lessons & a ride on the ‘high lifter’, snowman making and tubing, swimming and playing in the giant bathtub, drinking snowman soup and going on a dogsled ride. The added bonus of multiple snow days spent playing games and being together as a family–there’s almost too many sweet things to list.

As we spent time listing all the fun things we’ve been blessed to do this break, my heart was overflowing with thankfulness. Thankful for our experiences, yes–but mostly, thankful for all the family & friends that make our life so rich. And most of all, thankful to understand the true meaning of the season that we were celebrating the birth of Emmanuel, God with us–for it is from Him all our good things come.

Peak: Daddy showing me grace, allowing me to go to Awana when my behavior didn’t merit it
Pit: Leaving my Awana book at MeMa Debbie’s house & letting my team down
Thankful: Spending the day with MeMa Debbie

Peak: Miraculous healing of ‘fried’ TV (after purchase of new TV)
Pit: A severe case of the Mondays–on Wednesday
Thankful: That Schaeffer has a love of hiding God’s word in her heart

Peak: The time spent recalling all the fun had over break with Schaeffer before bed
Pit: Watching a Taco Bell worker mop the floor and try to serve food without washing hands
Thankful: I was able to spend dedicated time today for myself being creative