Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Could Christmas Really Be Less Than A Week Away???
First of all I realize I haven't posted anything about the Nativity Pageant. Because Kyle was home sick on Friday with the flu, we didn't go to the Friday night performance. He was supposed to play during one of the intermissions. Those who attended said it was it was pretty cold. Late Saturday afternoon we headed to the Forks to see it. (I didn't get a good picture, so I decided to post the pic of a cute nativity set Heidi gave me for Christmas last year) Fortunately, the weather cooperated. We found where Kyle was supposed to play piano and we left him there. Brent's plane was arriving at 5:35. We were grateful that he hadn't arrived early. (I think Brent is so looking forward to having Christmas morning with us)
I am so mad that I didn't take my camera when I headed for Church on Sunday--we had lovely hore frost and I really wanted a picture. If I just knew how to use the camera on my new phone I could have taken a picture. By the time I was coming back from Church there really was nothing to see. I think hore frost is so beautiful. (Actually we have hore frost again this morning, but the sun is not shining and I knew it wouldn't be as pretty, but this is what it looked like. (One day I'll post a picture when it's a beautiful sunny day and you get a better idea of what an amazing winter wonderland display we have when there is frost.On Sunday I talked to one of the boys from the Congo and asked if he was tired of the cold and snow yet. He answered with a very enthusiastic, "NO!!!" (I'm sure glad he's enjoying it ; )
I'm going to switch gears for a minute. Maybe because of my Seminary lessons this week, but I've been thinking about how it is much easier to deal with our own struggles than to watch others deal with trials. Maybe it's my controlling nature, but I always think everyone else isn't going to get through a trial. I need to let go and put it in the Lord's hands. I cannot do anything, but He can.
It is such a joyful time of year, but I can't help thinking of those who are facing difficult times. I have a dear friend in California who I served with in a Young Women's Presidency--we had babies on the same day back in 1983. She just found out her husband has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. My heart is just breaking for them. We are so blessed to have the understanding we have of eternal life, but times like these are still difficult. I pray that they will be at peace.
It's time like this, I so wish all my kids and grandkids could be here for Christmas. I highly doubt I will ever have all of them, but I guess I can always dream!!! Only 3 more sleeps and Heidi will be home. I know she's grateful to have finals over.