Yes, it has been one of the merriest Christmases I can remember. Amos and I were talking today about how this will always be one of our favorite Christmases despite it being the worst chemo weekend he’s experienced yet. I told him that maybe it’s been so awful this round because his cancer is gone so the chemo is attacking his healthy body. That idea made him smile.
Let’s start with last night and the trap. Parents rule and kids drool! We were successful at keeping the kids from seeing their presents before morning! Thankfully all of our kids are still alive! We found that Evelyn actually tied sheets together and climbed out her second-story window. She then got a ladder and put it up to Porter’s window so he could climb down. She had a key and all they would have needed to do was come in through the front door, but simultaneously Amos went to Porter’s room to get a charger for my phone and found out he wasn’t there so he caught them outside. My sister Christy is in big trouble for giving Evelyn the idea and Brooklyn and Elise are busted for helping her tie sheets together before they left our house last night!
The trap was mainly closet doors tied to the bottom of the stairs and a canvas covering the view of the front room. I slept on a cot downstairs and and shined a bright light on anyone making noise while coming downstairs. Amos slept on the couch next to me. I am amazed that he has been able to sleep through so much noise this entire weekend. I’ve never seen him this wiped out. The kids made several attempts to make it out unnoticed and I don’t think he heard any of it.
It’s a good thing he can tune out noise because Porter got a bass guitar and Kirra got a drum set. We might be looking at the beginnings of a new family band and Amos might need some good earplugs.
Evelyn got a Yoga Trapeze that she loves! It’s practically like sheets tied together hanging out a window right?
Porter has gotten so tall that he has quickly grown out of all of his clothes. He looked really sharp in his new suit today.
My favorite gift was a Ugandan nativity set given to us by our beloved friends, the Wheelers. I love that the events of the birth of Christ are known all around the world and told in every language. #LIGHTtheWORLD
The church meeting was wonderful and uplifting. I loved all the musical numbers and the sincere testimonies given through words and music. Evelyn and Kirra sang a song that I wrote when I was a teenager. It makes my heart happy whenever them sing together.
They sound even better now than when they recorded this a couple years ago.
Tonight we had our friend Michael Morton for dinner and some games. He is was raised as an Orthodox Jew but converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a few years ago. He is the author of a new book called Gathering Israel and has an incredible perspective and testimony.
Thank you to so many of you who made this Christmas special for our family. If I start listing people I will forget someone but we love you all including the unknown angels who just hit our house.
We have super special guests coming to stay with us tomorrow so don’t miss it. We are so excited for our visitors who are visiting from the other side of the world.