Friday, December 18, 2009

anticipation builds

A week from today is Christmas. Are you ready?

Today my sisters and their families begin their trek to SE Tennessee. The weather outlook is not great so we would appreciate your prayers for all our road warriors.

Lord willing, they will be here tomorrow and the celebration begins!

First celebration: Dad's 80th birthday on Sunday. 80 is a pretty big number and it represents a lot of life lived - well and adventurously. The places Dad has been and the things he has done! Sure wish he would write a book.

I sit with Mom and Dad each morning as they eat breakfast. They still defer to each other - 'you go first, no you'. Dad blesses the meal, with gratitude. Always praying for his far-flung family.

After the rough summer Dad had, we are especially grateful that he is here with us. It will be so much fun to celebrate his life together. I am sure it will be a blessing to him to have all his children around him and many of his grandchildren.

Then Pat and I fly off to Illinois. To gather with all our children and grandchild(ren) (Do you see the grandbaby countdown in the sidebar?) What a blessing that will be. I am so looking forward to seeing all of them.

I am hopeful that we will attend a Christmas Eve service together and stand shoulder to shoulder as we sing,
"O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,
Christ the LORD!"

heilige nacht

Have a blessed Christmas everyone. Lord willing, I'll be back to blogging on December 28.


Anonymous said...

Birthday Blessings to DOD. I'm sure the gathered family is the best gift he could have.
And a blessed Christmas to all,

Lady Farmer said...

Praying for safety for all who will be traveling!
Have a wonderful celebration with family and a Very Blessed Christmas to you, Cheri!

Becky said...

Have a wonderful Christmas Cheri! Blessings galore for you and yours.

Happy Birthday DOD! I see you there! You can run but you can't hide! Party hardy with lots of joy!

momawake said...

I have that ornament you pictured. We bought one like it in Amana Colonies on our honeymoon 22 years ago. :)

Anonymous said...

Dee from Tennessee

Blessings to all and Merry Christmas. (I have the same little ornament too...probably bought it 10-12 yrs ago...:)

cheri said...

Thank you kjh and Becky for the birthday wishes. Dad had a great day and we were so blessed to enjoy it with him!

Thank you Lady Farmer. Hope you and yours had a meaningful Christmas as well.

momawake and Dee - too funny that we all have that same ornament! I love that one!