merry christmas to you and yours!
As of tomorrow morning, we will begin our annual, three-week Tour de Tejas for Christmas. This time, however, with two children instead of one. Once we actually get to Texas we will be fine, it’s just the three-stop, two plane change, full day of travel that makes me want to slap a number to both sides of my shirt and begin donning one of those yellow Lance Armstrong bracelets. Because no doubt, tomorrow will feel like we have entered a race we are not quite qualified to run. Why am I already sweating thinking about it? Can someone turn the air on?
For the most part, we are prepared for leaving. Christmas cards have been sent. Presents have been ordered, wrapped, and shipped. Bags are almost completely packed. The house is clean. The fridge is empty. Our house-sitting guests know what to do. And I have a sufficient (or so I hope) amount of tricks up my sleeve for the long day of travel with the not-so-lethargic toddler. But Lord help us all if he grows weary of the audio books, small toys, board books, snacks, games, and treats I have stashed away in my bag. Don’t judge us if we make our child run laps around the terminal during our two-hour layover.
Oh, but I am excited. So very excited to be going home! To spend such an extended time with both of our families during Christmastime is nothing short of an incredible blessing. It makes the traveling worth all the fuss just to see everyone’s faces. During this visit, we will get to introduce Peter to more family and friends, celebrate a new sister joining the family, and get to watch our boys soak up all the fun that is their cousins. We are ready!
Amidst all the hustle and bustle of the past few weeks, I must say that this Christmas season has been one of the sweetest for me and Joe. It is our third one together as parents and the joy that has filled our hearts this Christmas has been different from the past. It’s been deeper. Much deeper. And much of this is owing to the fact that our Sam is starting to catch the excitement and anticipation of what this season is all about. Our joy has doubled because we are now sharing it with our child. After the first few nights of celebrating Advent, we no longer needed to remind him that it was time to sit down for devotions. He began reminding us. It’s time for Advent! And my present! And we sing Oh Come Let Us Adore Him!
There’s also something really special about having a baby this time of year. At night, when Joe sits down to tell us about the birth of our Savior, I can’t help but look over at Peter, in all of his weakness and helplessness, and shake my head in wonder that Christ the Lord came into the world like this! The God of the Universe couldn’t even sit up on his own. Immanuel, God with us. Like us. What an incredible Savior we have!
I better run. We’ve got laundry that needs to be folded and bags that need to be weighed. But before we leave, I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!