I finally did get back to sleep after a few hours and then the phone rang again at 7:00 a.m. I didn't answer the phone but it woke me up and I have been going ever since.
Nathan was everywhere today and into everything
but he is most delightful.
Chris came tonight to join us for our annual fireplace party.
Of course, he and Seth wanted to a play a video game.
Gregory has been working on preparing a brief for law school.
Nevertheless, even without Emma and Ian....
it's time for the fireplace party.
Chris and Seth moved the furniture
and brought down mattresses.
The food is set out and believe it or not,
even though I thought it never would be,
all is ready.
Emma always reads "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever."
She's not here this year and we decided to break tradition
of all things and read a different story.
Tonight we are reading "The Mansion" by Henry VanDyke.
Jim is reading...from the Nook of all things!
My how times have changed. :)
It's a good story.
With a good message.
Nathan is asleep but his parents are not.
Jim is still reading. As I sit here listening, I'm writing this blog post. I can't help but think of all the years that have passed. My small children all grew up. I'm a grandmother now. I don't know how many more years we will continue to have fireplace parties. Next year everyone will be home including Ian but the year after that, I assume Sarah and Gregory will visit Canada, Ian might be gone and married, and Seth will be on his mission. Time will pass and maybe one year, it will be just Jim and me and a fire.
But for now...
I am surrounded by those who bring me
the greatest joy
even as I miss those who are not with us...