Christmas Day was very special at our house. It was a little more humble in terms of gift giving to our children, but not once did anyone say "I didn't get what I wanted" or "I wish I had gotten more." What a blessing to us parents! In addition to that, we had relaxed time together and Dad (me) got to enjoy most of the fun with the kids toys. Sally got me some beautiful Fernando Ortega music and I (being very practical) followed my children's suggestion to get her a new purse. Noticing her recent enjoyment of coffee, I purchased a small 4-cup coffee maker that hopefully will serve as a blessing to our family and friends who visit. On Christmas eve, we stayed home after I returned from work, at a warm and satisfying home-cooked meal, and enjoyed The Nativity Story -- a film I would heartily recommend! Recently, Hannah and Jacob have been very clear about explaining to me what Christmas is about and how Jesus died for our sins. With her boldness, God would use her as an evangelist someday...maybe sooner than I think.
We will enjoy visits from both sets of parents in the coming days. Always a blessing to have them stay with us and give us the privilege of showing hospitality.