First thing Friday morning, the house transformation began. Ok ok...I did cheat a little the week before - like decorating my patio, which is in essence my dream front porch. You've got to work with what you've got.
We start by putting all the Fall things away. That's a job in itself. It's not really a fun one so I tackle it before they get up.
Then Drew and Ally unpacked and set up my ever-growing, much loved Nativity collection.
It isn't easy being Ally.
And watching them do this never gets old.
This is another favorite space.
Collections seem to be a part of Christmas too. Like these.
It was a wonderful family and friend-filled weekend. Some came for dinner. Others stopped in for coffee and pie. Others met us for Sunday lunch. We also enjoyed many hours with nowhere to go and nothing to do but hang out with each other. It was so happy.
We ended on Sunday with a trip to the Carrier Dome to watch Ally's high school football team win the State Championship for the 3rd year in a row. We dug out all the blue and/or Spartan wear we had. I must say, football is much more exciting when you're at the game. And you know the players. And your team wins with four seconds to go. By one point. It goes a lot faster in person too. Another bonus.
The baby Jesus came to save us, rescue us, change us and give us hope of life in and with Him not just 2,000 years ago, but also today. I don't know about you, but I need a refresher course every December.
So Merry Christmas to you and your family. Happy Advent. Do take the time to invite Jesus to show up in your Christmas and then as you expectantly wait for Him, keep your eyes wide open. He never disappoints.