Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Family Life is an accomplishment. It is made up of a lifetime of todays and "right now's". I went to bed very grateful on this Christmas Night for God's Amazing Grace in His gift of the Willingness to do the hard work over many years that it takes to make Family Life possible. Larry and I were given great examples of this in our homes growing up. I suspect that this DVD set of home movies may help to document for our children a small example of the love and teamwork that motivated us to build a life for our family which is no doubt what all families do, each in its own way. To God be the Glory!
I think it was at this point that I lost the entire group!!!
After asking folks to bring decorations, I went to Michael's Crafts and found everything Christmassy at 70% off. That is because this craft was scheduled for 4 days before Christmas! I bought the place up and was prepared for 30 kids to craft away! On the actual day of the craft, and after a sleepless night worrying about it all, we crafted with only 6 children from 4 families and 4 adults! We actually had a wonderful time but I couldn't help but wonder what had happened to the other 8-10 families that often join us. I said to one Dad there " I feel a little foolish. I am prepared for 30 kids" He said to me " What was your alternative? Not be ready for a child who came in here all excited to make something?"
I can honestly tell you that I kept that kind remark close at heart as I returned almost all of my supplies to the craft store that evening!
I think that I have learned that families are VERY BUSY at this time of year and that asking any mother to prepare one more thing extra is too much 4 days before Christmas. Also, I need to ask folks to RSVP to get an idea of the numbers expected. Lastly, it's not about getting big numbers to attend functions but instead to enjoy each individual who could make it. That is exactly what we all did. We didn't worry about who wasn't there and why not. In this case I was graced with enough humility to focus on the moment and the process of what we were making and was able to realize that it was about the kids who showed up! The show must go on and it did!
I am going to plan another kids' crafting day to make "Spring Boxes" with my scads of leftover wooden cigar boxes when things slow down and offer this to my homeschool group OR to all of my nieces and nephews. I will gather all of the supplies and not impose on folks to bring stuff when they don't have a clear idea of what actually is needed.
There But for the Grace of God, Go I.
For all those children who are no more...
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon them. By the mercy of God let them rest in peace. May God have mercy on their parents' as well as they go through this time of year without them, not only this year, but for the rest of their own lives. Amen
Thank You, Lord, for the safe trip as I drove so many members of three families a long distance. Amen.
Enjoying this meal with 64 members of our family and close friends filled each of us with gratitude for God's magnificent Bounty and for the abundant Blessings He has poured down on each of us this year.
Uncle Tom chooses our destination each year .Many young babies were able to attend, carried along by their excited parents sharing this tradition with the next generation. Last year, the walk was ATV friendly, and Grandpa and Larry ( hobbling with a bad knee) made it. This year, Grandpa chose to spend the whole day with his Bride, keeping us company back at the house. Larry walked like a Boss and is the official "Cal Ripken" of the Thanksgiving Walk with 30 uninterrupted years in a row, by God's Grace!!! The challenge is on- who can beat that record?!!
I was able to take only a few pictures very quickly as I was really busy enjoying the day so please forgive their lack of finesse.
While the men, boys and older gals got outside to play The Turkey Bowl; The Cheetah Club, their little auxiliary members (younger sisters and a niece) and the small boys, celebrated Angela's tenth Birthday with a "Brave" themed party. A Cheetah photo frame was created by each girl. Kimberly took these pictures to document the party for us.
Since last year, we've had some new babies, A wedding and a new cousin, Dominick, an engagement, an enlistment, graduations, new homes, lots of new puppies, new jobs and by God's mercy, no deaths. Not in every year has the news been all good, but whatever life brings, I hope that we will continue to gather on Thanksgiving to show our Gratitude to the Lord of Life and Love who continues to provide for us all.