Many thanks to God for this wonderful week.
Christmas with Dave and Jo... Cindi struggling to sing on Christmas eve and succeeding... Anna, Cindi, and Lauren singing "Dona Nobis Pacem"... Singing carols around the piano... Playing taboo and sevens and liverpool... Lunch at the Bottleworks with Dave and Jo and visits to Archangels' bookstore... The joy of seeing David's face with his new car... Sean and Bekah, Dean and Lauren... David happy as can be returning from the "big date"... Vicar's facing beaming with joy as he preaches the Gospel of Christmas eve... The boar's head carol... Saints gathering in the dark to pray Matins on St. Stephen's, St. John's, and Holy Innocents and then to receive the Supper... Meeting Tom and seeing Daina again... Sleeping in on December 28 and 29... Celebrating Elsie's heavenly birthday with her favorite carol... Cindi suggesting we really need to buy the beautiful ikon of the nativity... Discussions about the faith with the family... The awesome CD the Akathist of Thanksgiving... Opa fixing the vaccuum cleaner!!!... Opa fixing the curtain rod... Thanks be to God for Opa!... The sadness of seeing Opa and Grandma leave tomorrow... And reigning through it all: the joy of the Savior who delivers us from death and forgives our every sin. Glory to thee, O God! Glory to thee!