Well friends, it’s early on Christmas Eve morning and I suspect I won’t get back here until all of the festivities are over. I don’t want to miss the opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas.
Last night we realized that our water storage tank is nearly empty, which means there is a problem with the pump in our well, or something in our house isn’t working. This means: no showers, flushing toilets only when necessary, and minimizing water consumption. Talk about bad timing. Russ is going to call the well people this morning and see if they can come out, but it’s Christmas Eve, so I suspect it will be costly. Sad!
All of our kids will be here for Christmas except Hannah, who marks the exact halfway point in her residency today. Only 2 1/2 years to go. She’s on call for her last day of this rotation, then she has a few months of research. It would be wonderful if I could get away to visit her in the next few months – I’ve always wanted to go to Minneapolis in February 🙂
Dimples is home for Christmas this year after being in treatment for the past two. I am hopeful and nervous. Aunt Michele invited her to spend a few hours with her family this afternoon which will be a huge treat for Dimples who loves their family.
The older crew is coming over to help cook this afternoon. This takes a huge amount of pressure off of me, and it’s fun being in the kitchen together. Tonight we’ll attend the Christmas Eve service at our church and then have dinner afterward.
After some negotiation, the older kids agreed to arrive at 9:00 tomorrow morning, so as not to torment their younger siblings with too much waiting. We’ll do some stocking gifts first thing, then the sibling stocking stuffers at 9:00, followed by brunch. Gift opening is a long, and usually very fun process that takes us into the afternoon. Thankfully, I have a super easy dinner planned so there won’t be much work needed to pull it off.
I’m hoping for a calm and joyful day tomorrow. I wish peace for all of you who are parenting children from “hard places.” Let’s remember to give our children lots of nurture and a fair amount of structure these next two days. Feed them well. Post a schedule for the days on the refrigerator. Hug your kids, play with them, and be a little silly.
Blessings to you, my friends!