I am sitting here in a rocking chair, next to my lit Christmas tree, in a warm cozy house, drinking my coffee after Jason and I's wonderful workout this morning. WHAT A LIFE:) The coziness and lack of feeling rushed is something I cherish, especially when it is 26 degrees outside.
The Holidays make me happy. I love Christmas. I love the hub bub around Christmas, the decorations, the music, the family and friend gatherings, the Christmas smells, the automatic Joy that the season brings, and most of all the MEANING OF CHRISTMAS!!
However, before I rave on too much about Christmas I must tell you all about Thanksgiving. It was WONDERFUL. My family (mom, dad, jamie, jay, & josiah) came to us this year. It was Jason and I's first Thanksgiving to host. I loved having them in my home, setting up a table here, and the closeness of the days they spent here. Jason and I still live in a two bedroom duplex, so it was close quarters, which made it all the more fun and memorable. As for hosting, it definately does take preperation, but thanks to my selfless mother, she helped with much of the food preparation before they ever got here, so not all of it was on my shoulders. Jason fried a turkey and MMMM, DELICOUS! In west texas many would say, "finger lcikin' good":)!
I miss family time dearly, so it was medicine to my soul. And that precious baby boy Josiah, need I say more. I was priveleged to spend many hours holding him while he slept, chaning diapers, bathing him, and staying up night shifts with him, which I would not trade for anything in the world. He is absolutely perfect, an ANGEL! YaYa and Papa Bear might say I was a Josiah hoarder, but that is fine by me:).
Anyways, the girls went into the computer room and watched movies on the computer while the men hogged the big screen for football watching! I would have enjoyed that as well, but wanted to spend time with mom and sipper.
On Friday, we went to Seymour to celebrate my grandmother's 90th birthday party. She is unbelievable. I don't know if I have ever shared with you all about this healthy and vibrant woman. She lives on the farm that my Grandpa built with his own hands by herself now that he has passed. She still gets on their riding lawn mower and mows their land, can you believe that? Anyways, she showed up to her party in HIGH HEELS, hot pink nail polish, a lavendar skirt suit, and as SPUNKY AS I CAN REMEMBER. I pray that when I am older I can be as healthy, full of life, and passionate about actively living the time I have left as she is. She is our only living grandparent at this point, so her getting to meet Josiah was a very neat thing for Jamie and Jay, as well as me. I cherished that moment, in case I am not blessed with a similar one.
Anyways, it was a great celebration and party with a lot of family. Jason was able to come out after work and meet the rest of my dad's side of the family that he had not met. We proceeded to play movie charades and he stole the show:)! I married a fun and funny man!
Finally, Saturday we went to the ACU Football Playoff game. It was so fun, but heartbreaking. They had an excellent season and lost in the National Quarter Final game. However, Josiah had a special outfit on for the day and was adorable. His first football game in a football onsie that had football feet.
Anyways Jason and I were sad to see the family go, but we had an eventful and fun week.
For me season is officially over. I now am able to focus on my last few school assignments before a long break, get ready for christmas, and take care of many things that had been put on the back burner. I won't bore you with all the details though.
If you are still reading this, what great friends, if it is family-- well you should be:) JK!!
Love you all, have a blessed Holiday Season. Let us not forget what Christmas is truly all about! We serve a gracious God, who displayed His unfathomable love and mercy through the precious gift of His son, our Savior!
Pics to come, probably later this afternoon!