I was tempted to think I was way “behind” in documenting our Christmas happenings but as I mentioned in this post, the Church doesn’t just celebrate a one day event but rather a season of events all year long and all centered around the life of Christ and so we have still been enjoying the beautifully decorated altars with lit trees, special flowers and nativity scenes of Christmas until The Epiphany (when the Wise Men brought their gifts to Jesus) which we celebrated last night at mass, so technically, I’m not that late at all! 😉
Anyway, when I think back over the last couple of weeks, the words that stick out in my mind are excitement, joy,
My memories are filled with good times gathering with friends and family, starting new traditions for our family of five, baking, lots of smiles and laughter, lots of food, lots and lots of de-li-cious food (can you tell I love to eat?), and above all, growing into a deeper relationship with Christ through prayer and the Eucharist.
We kicked things off with a trip, soon after Thanksgiving (in the pouring rain) to the Christmas Fantasia put on by the Carmelite Sisters (aka, Aunt Carol & friends) filled with food, entertainment and fun events for the kiddos.
Then, we surprised our dear friends, missionaries in the Congo, who we hadn’t seen in close to 3 years. What a treat that was!
I feel so incredibly blessed to have been able to see so many family members on both sides, to squeeze in to 2 separate Christmas Eve gatherings which meant getting in and out of the car 6 times, free of stress and meltdowns…
…To spend Christmas day filled with plenty of Mimi, Bapa and Nini lovin’…
And then of course, spending a couple days to include my 32nd birthday with a couple of 80 year old’s, who also happen to be among my best friends was just incredibly special…
…and lastly, to have had daddy home for almost 2 weeks was icing on the cake! Hence, the lack of blogging. And hence, why my body and mind are still draggin’ to get on the routine and schedule that desperately calls my attention! 😉