Merry Christmas!

IMG_0896It’s nearly midnight on Christmas Eve, and I’m waiting for my kids to finish wrapping presents at the kitchen table so I can fill the stockings and set them out (also on the kitchen table). It’s already been a truly wonderful holiday, although IMG_0713I’ve hardly had a minute to think a quiet thought for over a week, and we’re looking forward to a couple of more glorious weeks together before we have to IMG_0718part with the last of the kids and resume “life as usual” for 2014. We will have everybody together over the holidays…all 27 of us, and the house is already full! IMG_0870 Tonight we went to the Christmas Eve service at Calvary Church. IMG_0913We sang some carols and the kids colored pictures about the birth of Christ.

IMG_0933Michael read us a story for Advent and ended with a treat of gold (chocolate) coins for the kids. Now the kids are safely tucked into bed (hopefully with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads), Alan and Stephen are off to a midnight service where Stephen is playing, our adult “kids” are wrapping last minute presents, and I am thinking about how thankful I am to the Lord for our bubbly, busy family…and the fact that I haven’t sent out any Christmas cards this year and probably won’t have a chance to even blog much before mid January! Still, know that if you’re reading this, I have been praying for you.

May God bless you richly and grant you a healthy, happy 2014. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Day and a find great peace in accepting the love gift that God has sent to us: Jesus Christ, who loved us and gave his life for us.

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).

2 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!

  1. Happy Christmas, dear Kathi! You certainly have a full house! Your family seems to get bigger every year. We have Karin here for the holidays and visitors for Christmas dinner and afternoon coffee. Now Volker has come for his tea, so on a much smaller scale we are also enjoying Christmas guests.

    1. Sounds very cozy! Merry Christmas to all of you! I’m afraid all the commotion has been a bit hard on Gerlinde (who never complains), but Sophie has been sleeping happily through everything…even the high-pitched excitement of opening Christmas presents. We even had two of Carlie’s cousins over this afternoon, so it was truly a house full! Alan and I fall into bed happy but exhausted (as does probably everybody else)!

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