We had our Christmas family celebration on Saturday as Daughter #1 (the flight attendant) is currently working a flight to Hawaii and won’t return until after Christmas. This was my first time to entertain in my new home, and all thirteen of us (including Daughter #2’s MIL) fit in better than I thought possible. It was a perfect evening with plenty of good food, lots of laughter, fun with the gift exchange, and loads of love to go around. Color me happy.
In a few more hours, Mom and I will leave to attend the first of three Christmas Eve services at the Boise Vineyard. There, we will sing carols and take communion and acknowledge Jesus as the Lord of our lives, standing in the awe of a loving God who chose to come to earth to redeem us. Blessed be His name.
Merry Christmas, everyone, and may you experience the peace of Christ in your life throughout the new year.
Photos (click to enlarge) in order, left to right:
✯ Main table before family arrives; ✯ Robin with Grandson #2 and Granddaughter #1; ✯ Granddaughter #3 enjoys a roll; ✯ Granddaughter #2 (6 years old) plays Away in a Manger for her cousins; ✯ Poppet washes dishes, “cleaned but not sanitized”; ✯ Granddaughter #1 tries on the scarf and hand warmers I knitted for her while SIL #1 checks out one of the other kid’s toys; ✯ Daughter #1, Grandson #3, Granddaughter #1, and SIL #1 observe new toy in action (out of view); ✯ Poppet checks out the new snow; ✯ last two photos are of the backyard today with more snow and sunshine. (Missing on my camera are photos of Grandson #1 and Daughter & SIL #2. Must get those from daughters’ cameras, I guess.)