The Peanuts were right…”Snowflakes in the air, Carols everywhere, Olden times and ancient rhymes, Of love and dreams to share…”
Except for that whole snowflakes in the air part. Texas is stubbornly avoiding winter weather, BUT Christmas came early regardless. We had Christmas with the Liles side of our family last weekend. And I got one of the best things from my mother-in-law. A Year Of Pies cookbook! Who needs New Year’s resolutions, when one should start the New Year out with pie! I know I do! Also new? A new shorter haircut seemed appropriate for the new year. Change is good? It’s been a good holiday, giving to others and receiving mighty good things in the post and even all the way from our friends across the pond. Our worldview is growing and that is a joyful thing for 2013.
Playing the part of our own little Elf on the Shelf, Emory has been full of shenanigans lately. Do we need 40 sock monkey friends in bed with us? No, no we do not. But each night a parade of stuffed monkeys appears by our feet, or on top of our clothes, or in luggage. We’re actually trying to pack for our Christmas trip to Florida, and evidently he wants his friends to go along.
In between it all, we have been spending some Christmas time around Fort Worth, and taking in the Christmas around us despite the balmy temps. And the best thing of all was experiencing with some great joy while at the grand old Christmas tree downtown, was a couple getting engaged right in front of us! It was a very special moment for them, and as strangers it was nice to see the love.
And finally, as we still hurt for the great loss in the community of Newtown, we are holding our families close, keeping things in our world in perspective and always attempting to be brave and kind.