Wednesday, December 22, 2010

**Merry Christmas**

It has been a rather tumultuous month, but as I sit here this early morning thinking about the laundry I need to get done, packing that is calling my name, and the eager anticipation I am feeling about heading to Canada for Christmas, I just want to say Merry Christmas to everyone and say how grateful I am.  For all of you - dear friends old and new, sweet neighbors, and close-to-my-heart family members. 

I love December.  I love everything about Christmas - Christ, the humble Christmas story, the Christmas lights, the electric excitement that my kids infuse into the air, Christmas music, Christmas oranges, Christmas chocolates, and so much more. 

Grandpa Henrie has been here helping with our cabinet shop for the past two weeks, and he has been a Godsend.  He has lightened our load immensely and helped keep the spirit of Joy and Christmas in our home.  Truly we are blessed.

I have witnessed unforgettable kindess and "Santa" deeds that I pray I will be able to pay forward someday.  The beautiful people in Cedar City have become my family, and my heart is full.

Lastly and most importantly, I am so very grateful to my Father in Heaven for my sweet, patient, hardworking, loyal, and gentle husband, and my precious little (ok, not all so little anymore!) kiddos.  They have put up with my flawed mothering for a lot of years!  I have loved receiving their darling homemade Christmas notes and school projects.  Baking with them this holiday season has been a highlight! 

I love each of you sweethearts!

Sunday, December 5, 2010