|A new day... a new year|
I'm back! Kind of. Sort of. At least my intentions are to start up again after the lull between Christmas and New Year. There are two or three book reviews due this week and then the regular blogging will begin again.
We had our official Christmas dinner with Mr. & Mrs. Christopher here yesterday. They spent the actual Holiday on vacation at Disney World with Mrs. Christopher's parents and sisters. Lots of changes are happening in that family with high school and college graduation among her sisters... so it was an opportunity for one big vacation together while it was possible.
I remember our last vacation as an entire family, when we decided at the last minute to stay in a hotel in a Chicago suburb and take the train into the City for a few days. It was far less expensive than staying in the City, we still saw most of the sites (still a little bumbed to miss the exhibit at the Art Museum), and Christopher absolutely loved riding the train. He was ten-ish.
Isn't it odd how making memories can happen? Such a last minute trip, at least for me because I am the type that plans trips far in advance. That was even before I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease. But it was Stephanie's senior year in college so we knew one way or another... family dynamics would change.
We do the best we can with what we have at the moment. For instance, none of us were feeling great yesterday and one was feeling quite poorly. However, I kept Christmas dinner to the basics... ham, creamy cheese potatoes, and broccoli casserole. I sent leftovers home with the kids, including the desserts to enjoy at home (half a mystery pecan pie and chocolate chip cookies).
It is almost like (and I don't want to over spiritualize anything) yesterday was a reflection on where my thinking has already begun for 2016. While I will write more about my "Word of the Year" soon, it is... Anchored... standing firm in the midst of chaos.
I'll be writing more after the book reviews, later in the week! In the meantime, it is time to take down the Christmas decorations and start fresh with a new year. His mercies are new every morning... and I love a fresh new year.