I spent yesterday putting away the Christmas decorations and dutifully dusting a few nooks and crannies that were desperately needing it. It was a different Christmas than I had expected, yet also sweet in the giving and receiving. We went to Angel Fire, NM to be with my parents and siblings. Christmas day, the cousins chose a tree from the cabin's lot and decorated it with handmade ornaments.
I was able to find some perfect gifts for the girls (thanks to a very generous jar from an anonymous giver). We were so surprised and thankful that we decided to keep a Christmas jar for someone next year. Here are a few that were fun to give and to open!
Lea wearing her cute glasses--a gift from her early morning stocking.
Michael, reading Truman Capote
I found a great deal on Oxfords and owls (necklace)...isn't she pretty??
Michael and Laura are full of beautiful and exciting dreams, so I was elated to find the perfect bird teapot and cup for Laura (wish I had taken a picture!), with Aristotle's words, "Hope is a waking dream" inscribed inside the tea cup. Isn't that a lovely idea?
Lynnae and I exchanged favorite books. Gilead for her (I love this book too) and a book of blessing for me.
Finally, for those of you who check here every now and then, thanks so much for stopping by and for your comments of love and support. Happiest 2011~
"...may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life."
-- To Bless the Space Between Us