Christmas this year was sweet...
cozy by the fire in deep-freeze snowy temperatures
eggnog in hot chocolate & coffee
shortbread cookie making (and eating)
Probe and Balderdash with plenty of laughs
frosty noses touring through our re-build and in-law's re-build homes
heaping, hearty Christmas dinner plates
'Rudolph' & 'Garfield's Christmas'
watching deer running in the fields
girls in the new farm kitchen prepping for cheese fondue
guys chatting by a warm wood stove
giggling over the boys mini-remote helicopter flying adventures
moccasins, a hand-crocheted scarf and beautiful buttoned cuff
little Star Wars treasures (the handi-work of my amazing sister-in-law!)
a Christmas tree walk at the rec centre
sorting through old toys and treasures with my brother
laughing over old family adventures and memories
the nativity scene from Mr. Bean Christmas
visiting with extended family
this Christmas was also somewhat bitter-sweet...
my job situation here became a little more permanent
(I still miss my Slave Lake school family, but it is encouraging to see that God is making a way for us here)
my brother and sis-in-law are in the throes of finalizing a big move to Texas
(Texas is far away, but we are excited for this new chapter in their lives)
So the sweet and the bittersweet mix and mingle, and I am thankful that Jesus came to the messy; to meet us with the sweet, and hold our hearts through the bittersweet. This season was full (and kinda exhausting!) and it will only become more so in the new year, as we look ahead to continued full-time employment, selling a finished home, and looking at purchasing another. We are buckling our belts for the ride...