Happy Monday…and I hope you had a blessed weekend. Mine was full of sweet moments and memories created. It actually began, on Friday morning, with a funeral which I know does not sound wonderful but it was, truthfully, a sweet time remembering a very special friend. I have mentioned my “senior friend” many times here on my blog. We had such sweet times together and her friendship will impact my life for years to come. There were, truthfully, not a lot of tears on Friday (a few, of course) but mostly just smiles as we listened to so many talk about the influence Juanita had on each of us. She was a special lady and I am grateful to have known her.
Friday evening, my brother and I went out for our annual “holiday event.” He is the one other person, in my family, that appreciates and enjoys “events” as much – if not more – than gifts. We saw the Nutcracker (again). Although we agreed last year’s performance was a bit better, we still had a great time. We always do. And we found a new to us Thai restaurant which was delicious. So, wins all around!
Saturday, I had a final practice with the children before our Christmas program yesterday. Practice went well (as well as I could expect) but I still was not sure what to expect on Sunday morning. I had no reason to worry because it was, well, beyond cute. If I do say so myself. It was their best “performance” yet….of each song and each speaking part. The whole thing! It was the first time I had seen the children in their costumes as well. And, yes, they were adorable. The moms really put their hearts into making their shepherds just the cutest:) Truthfully, I am starting this week off with a full heart. I also have a full plate…and lots on my mind so I am extra grateful for all the blessings of the weekend. God is so good! I also came home with a sweet thank-you gift. There are cookie stamps in that cute Christmas bucket. Any idea what cookie stamps are and/or how to use them???
I will end with an extra photo to share. My son went to National Harbor this weekend. He (and a friend) went to see the Gaylord and all its decorations…and they rode the Captial Wheel. The 180 feet Ferris wheel at the harbor. It was super cold but, apparently, the views were amazing and well worth it. He shared this photo (not from the Ferris wheel but of the harbor) and it does look pretty but, if I go, I’ll be sure to keep my feet on the ground, thank you. Have a wonderful week, friends! Christmas is almost here:)
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14