We have much to be thankful for this Christmas. As many know I am out of a job as of January 1st and have spent much too much time dwelling on this. A good friend of mine sent me an email and reminded me that I am a "Kept person." My mouth has been "kept" shut, our bills have been "kept" paid, I have been "kept" sane (Eric too), we have been "kept" strong, etc. This email came at the time I needed it and the real reason for this season, the birth of Jesus, has meant that much more.
On to more superficial things...We had a wonderful time carrying on our own family traditions. We attended a gorgeous candlelight service at a church nearby, ordered a pizza from our favorite pizza place (we thank him every year for being open on Christmas Eve), and opened presents after reading the true Christmas story. Spent the rest of the night watching "The Christmas Story" and playing games together (which I won twice, Isaiah got too giggly from overload of sugar and lack of sleep, we had to call it a night). This morning Isaiah woke up to find his Christmas present from Santa under the tree and played with his new toys/gadgets. We spent the rest of the day with Eric's family and eagerly look forward to traveling to Ohio to be with my family. I am so thankful for Eric, Isaiah, the baby we are awaiting and our beautiful extended family and friends! To us a Child of Hope is born!