Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Christmas Miracle

We're home!  We traveled half of yesterday and made it back to San Diego with tuckered out but well behaved kids.  It really couldn't have gone any better, which makes it so much easier and more motivating to travel in the future.  I was greeted with one of the best holiday gifts when we got back... I didn't gain any weight on vacation!  In fact, I *lost* weight.  Now, this might not seem like a Christmas Miracle to some, but anyone who was eating the same delicious meals we enjoyed up in Oregon would know that this is indeed a minor miracle.  Or, the benefits of a nursing an always hungry baby boy.  Have you seen the chunk on that kid?  Thank you, Thomas, for letting me indulge :)

It's nice to be home, but we sure do miss all the folks up in Oregon.

We had such a wonderful visit, and I'll enjoy sharing the pictures from the past two weeks over the next several days.
Back at home, I'm preparing for the Christmas.  Things here are quieter, slower, and smaller than they were up North.  The hustle and bustle of extended family is gone, and there is more time to sit and reflect on the birth of Christ.  We light the candles on our Advent wreath, and pray together as a little family.  At Michael's parent's home, the excitement of siblings and nephews and aunts and uncles and grandparents and grandkids reuniting was wonderful and loud and busy.  It is my joy to share my children, and my prayer and testament to life to let others enjoy them as well.  I'm so grateful to be able to do both this year - the quiet devotion and the active prayer.  

While I am glad to be in our home again, the beauty of Southern Coastal Oregon tugs at me.  The view from the house is a little glimpse into Heaven, and something we will surely miss.

Photo by Michael Ferry

1 comment:

  1. Wow! What an amazing photo and view!! I want to jump into the pics and love on your kids, big smooches and tight sqeezes-can you do that for me?!