I'm back at the car dealership, and since they block Facebook in their internet cafe, I guess I will blog again. :-)
Last night was the first of the family Christmas get-togethers. It was great, but as I left my dad's house, my van ended up in a ditch. To make a long story short, after numerous attempts by my male relatives to get it out of the ditch, I ended up paying a nice guy named Jeff $63 to pull it out with his tow truck. We made the hour and a half drive home safely, but the brakes were doing something funny (sorry, I can't be any more accurate than that - I'm female!), so here I am at the garage again.
I'm struggling. I want so badly to maintain an attitude of gratitude and to be happy and upbeat for the sake of my kids. And I do have so very much to be grateful for. But the unexpected expense is making that difficult.
Additionally, Christmas Eve was one of my favorite times in my marriage. We would attend a candlelight service as a family, then come home, do the final "Adornament," and send the kids to bed. Then we would wait for the kids to fall asleep so we could play Santa. Once the stockings were stuffed and the gifts set out under the tree, we'd turn down the lights, and by the light of the tree, we'd exchange gifts with each other. It was probably the most romantic part of each year. I miss those times.
This afternoon, I will be taking my two middle kids to a movie. Then this evening, we will attend the Christmas Eve service. I am hoping these two events will lift my spirits some, because I really, really want to be able to focus on the reason for the season.
May you all have a very blessed Christmas, and know that I am praying especially for those of you who are coping with changed family situations this year. God is good, and He did, after all, send His son Jesus, also known as Emmanuel, God with us. We are blessed indeed!