Last night we celebrated Christmas with Mimi and Andrew and today they fly to San Antonio to visit Andrew’s family. For the first time in my mothering years, one of my children won’t be home for Christmas and while it is sad, I’m trying hard to roll with it and know that this is only the beginning. My heart wants to keep my children close as they grow, but not in a smothering, guilt inducing way. With eleven children who are rapidly growing up, the likelihood of having them all home for the holidays is small.
Of course, it helps that we love Andrew’s family and know the joy they will have with Andrew and Mimi there. Andrew has one sister, who adores him, and now she has Mimi to share her life. I could not be more thankful to have them as part of our family.
I’ve been so encouraged by your comments on my “Rocking Chair Challenge” post that Rusty is helping me put together a real challenge for all of us. Of course, my small ideas always become much more complicated than I ever imagine. I plan to have something up about the challenge soon and I hope you will all join me! I’m excited to see what will happen in our children and in our own hearts as we rock them.
How are your Christmas preparations coming along? Sweet Pea and I wrapped gifts for hours yesterday and I think we’re nearly done. Today we are doing lots of baking and cooking; it’s a good thing we enjoy being in the kitchen together. I have plenty of tasks to assign to my kitchen staff (Ladybug, Honeybee, Dimples, and Sunshine) and they are generally eager helpers in the kitchen.
It’s nearly Christmas, friends!
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