Thursday, December 30, 2004

2004 Holidays

One thing that was different this year from last year was that Tom was at home/school/work and Trish was working full time.
Despite all this activity somehow the food got made, and the presents got purchased and wrapped.
An early Christmas present came in the form of Tom’s brother and sister-in-law Jim and Beth returning home with their two adopted children earlier then expected. We really enjoyed having our new niece Kayla and nephew Jamie with us on Christmas Eve at Mom & Dad Riley’s.
Their adoption from Kazakhstan in the beginning of December has manifested so many blessings from our Heavenly Father. Theirs was one of the fastest adoptions the coordinators had ever seen, by the Grace of God.
The families gathered at the airport to welcome them back and I know I was crying like a baby when they arrived. My cup overflowed (right down my cheeks) at the joy my heart held for Jim and Beth and their new family.
As usual, Christmas was typical in the fact that we hosted a Christmas Day Open House with a buffet Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for our family and friends.
One of the things we liked best about hosting the open house is the small moments we steal during the day. Thomas and I look at each other and wink, then just listen to the din around us. Children playing, family talking, people laughing and enjoying each other company.
One of the things that bless our life the most is our Parents. We enjoy that Trish’s parents hang out with Tom’s parents, as friends. Their friendship makes the holidays so enjoyable.