We have been having such a great time here! Last night Adam, Caleb, Anna, and William went out with me to visit some friends. We surprised one family with caroling on their porch-- it was so fun! We visited with our other friends until after 10 o'clock and it was still too short. This morning we opened gifts-- I could share the cutest story but I'll save it for later when I can post pictures, (and let me warn you now that there are a lot of them!) John went out to our other house to fertilize the lawns and took half of the kids. I went out to visit more friends with the other half. We stopped by and visited with Kristen and her family first. I just love her! Then we popped in at a couple of other people's homes to wish them a Merry Christmas too! It was amazing how fast 2 1/2 hours went by.
Back at Grandpa and Grandma's house we prepared for our Christmas dinner together. It feels like I hardly did anything except stuff my face all day-- but I blame it on the food-- it was so darn good! My father -in-law made the best prime rib I have ever had-- his combination of herbs, wine, and a light coat of barbecue sauce was to die for melt in your mouth goodness. And don't even get me started on my mother-in-laws homemade cornbread stuffing. Mom of course brought her famous chocolate pies. Cousin Matt and Jen came out too which was a nice surprise!
Tomorrow will be an interesting day. I had hinted in a previous post about us having a house guest. We will be picking her up tomorrow afternoon. The plan is for her to stay with us for a month or two. We will be providing respite for a 12 year old girl who I will refer to as "G". I am excited, nervous, and hopeful. Respite in the adoption community is when an adopted child goes to stay with another family to give the adoptive child's family a break. The reason for the family needing a break can vary from family to family. Respite is often a tool that helps avoid disrupting an adoption-- and that is the case here. Providing respite for a family may not be something that everyone is able to do but you can still participate by praying for the child, their adoptive family, and the respite family.
Can I ask a favor? Will you pray for "G", her family, and us?
After we pick her up we are going to our small group for a Christmas dinner and then we will be driving home. Thank goodness the kids do not have school on Monday!