Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Kids are fast asleep, little man in his crib, girls camping out beside the glow of the tree out here in the living room.  No better way to complete such a wonderful day.  To all of you, I wish you all the very merriest of Christmas seasons.

As we share our gifts of love with one another this year, let us not forget the gift we have been given on this day.

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."  Isaiah 9:6

The baby born on that night was a present to us all, sent from great love, to fill the world with hope.  This hope lives within each of us, an eternal flame.  Shadowy storms may make it flicker, but the sparks shared from those around us refuel and strengthen our flames, our faith.

We wait to open our Christmas cards until the end of each week.  This way, each of the kids have a bunch to open at once and display.  Today, one brought tears to my eyes.  The overwhelming warmth and love from a family, who are really just getting to know us, is truly beyond what I can explain.  Honestly, words aren't enough to express our gratitude for their kindness and generosity.  A thank you just doesn't seem to be enough, not just for them, but for all the understanding and kindness so many of you have given us.  

The gifts we have in love, support, and friendship from so many far surpass any "thing" that can be wrapped in a box under a tree.  To know that even when we have not been able to see many of you as an entire family or for long stretches of time, and you are all still always there for us, fills my heart.

I have all I could have ever wanted, and as I think about how the babe lying in a manger changed the world, bringing goodwill to all men, I smile.  In the darkness there is a great light, even so many years later, the star is bright.

We are so blessed, and I am beyond thankful.

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