Friday, December 21, 2012
December 21, 2012
The boys were up and out of the house by 7:30 this morning to play in the snow! Laura couldn't wait to join them! I started in on a morning of cleaning and baking. My kitchen floor is the size of a football field, so it takes a long time to mop. Mom's famous Christmas cardamom bread made it into the oven, along with a gluten-free option for Andrew and myself. We all paused for an hour of rest after lunch and then a friend came over to help me rally the children into making chocolate mice and nut clusters. I cleaned up while said friend read winter stories to the children and then the children disappeared and we had an hour and a half to ourselves to drink tea and work on Christmas stitching. Then it was time to say goodbye and whip the house (or rather the children so they could whip the house) into shape before more friends arrived for Friday night pizza. The house was abuzz with 11 children and 4 adults. And I just felt very, very thankful for good friends. We have had some sad drama in our extended family this Christmas which has made time with my mom and sisters and my friends all the more special and meaningful. What a difference it makes! And I found myself humming an old Ugandan chorus: "God is good. He has done me well. Oh my soul, rise and praise the Lord."