>> Monday, December 27, 2010
Christmas 2010 has come and gone. It seems like I have time to breathe now and catch up on rest before school starts up again in January. Jim, Nik, and I got together with Jim's side of the family on Christmas Eve. It's so hard with Ruth gone. It's funny how the mom is the glue to a family. She certainly is missed, especially by her two granddaughters, Kristen and Jenna. I think they truly feel it more than anyone, or at least express it more than anyone else.
Christmas day was spent with Ryan, Kristen, and Nik. It's so different now that they're older. We didn't buy one toy. How sad is that? It was good to get together with our little family. Kristen made it from the south on some slick roads. It took lots to get Ryan home from the north. He went into the ditch twice, requiring two tow trucks and after the second time, he parked it and rode home with Jim. That was an expensive trip home and puts a whole new spin on, I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas. Whoever dreams that certainly isn't waiting for family to come through the bad weather!
When we were on our way to town to do our last minute Christmas shopping (our shopping was last minute from the very first, by the way), I heard this song, Christ is Come, and it really made Christmas come alive in my heart where Scrooge's bah humbug was lurking. Christ did come and He is alive, making each day worth living, even though it gets very hard at times. Christ is come and He will come again. I look forward to the days ahead in 2011.