It’s been quite a month (quite a year, actually), and Christmas Eve is almost here. Things are going to be very low key this year. I am putting a beef roast and vegetables in the slow cooker tomorrow to simmer all day, and other than Tom playing a midnight Christmas service, nothing else is planned. I want my rocker, a roaring fire, and the company of my family. It doesn’t get better than that. Christmas Day night, we are going to my parents’ house for a few hours to be with them.
Last week, Tom and Emily and I went to Madison one morning and spent some time with his family there. It was lovely to be with his relatives in their beautiful home and to watch the little wildlife out the big windows. Emmy got to meet another baby, something she hadn’t yet done.
“Baby!” she kept saying, following the little guy around and trying to hug him. For lunch we had delicious homemade macaroni and cheese and frosted brownies. This time of year is a good reminder of the importance of family in our lives. What a blessing to have those who love you, flaws and all. I have seen relationships come and go, and a lot of times the people we call “friends” simply never really were. Family members who are loving and committed are priceless. (I also want to say that true friends are priceless also! Thank you to my friends who have been such a blessing. You know who you are…)
A Hope Blog reader in England sent Emily this beautiful Christmas eCard. She loved it and has watched it many times. It was so lovely that I wanted to share it with all of you! Merry Christmas. God bless you as we remember the ultimate gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
~ John 3:16