Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Very Merry

Family. We are abundantly blessed with it. Two days before Christmas, 29 of us gathered together at our house for our first family portrait in 14 years. We've added a lot of people since then. Only our oldest brother, James, was missing. He is always missing.

Cousins, cousins, cousins

A room filled with family

Oma with the oldest and youngest of her grandchildren

Everyone reading the book of my Dad's stories that I had published for him. More on that later.

Christmas Eve was quiet and perfect with just my parents here with us. As always, we feast on shrimp and cheese and cookies and punch. Dad reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and Randy reads the birth of Jesus from Luke.

And Christmas Day, we celebrate doubly. We celebrate that baby in the manger who saved the world, and we celebrate our own precious youngest child.

May you have peace, joy, and merriment that can't be contained in one day!

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