John and I had an early Christmas present this year. We got to attend the ACC championship football game in Charlotte. Carolina played against Clemson. Beth graciously agreed to keep our younger two kiddos. We had a wonderful time, although it could have been better if the Heels had won.
The wait to get into the game was incredible. We missed the kick-off. They scanned Every. Single. Person. front and back. It took forever just to get into the stands, a legacy of our terrorist aware world.
We should have known from the sea of orange, it wasn't the baby blue's night.
It was freezing, but we enjoyed ourselves.
The building in the background lit up blue when UNC scored. Unfortunately, it was orange a bit more than it was blue.
After our game weekend, we, along with John, Jr and Sharon, got our Christmas tree and decorated our house.
Bring on Christmas, which came very quickly.
Another Christmas of not having everyone....booo! But, I'm thankful for the ones that were here.
We did our traditional walk to see the luminaries, after church services.
Then the Bible reading and singing
and the yearly "yuletide pig out"
Christmas morning brought breakfast fixed by the kids and eaten in our room. Then presents....
After returning home, Anna, Jamie and the girls came and got their presents.
Waverly decides the paper looks tasty.
Layne miraculously turned into Elsa
and froze Papa.
Daniel had a couple of days with us before he had to return to post Christmas training.
We enjoyed a fun night of Rummy.
So another Christmas came and went. I'm very thankful to the Lord for His gift of life through Jesus. I'm thankful that he provided so we could give to our kids. I'm thankful for the ones who were able to be here, and the ones who couldn't make it. Either way you shake it, I've got so very much to be thankful for, and that fact is ever so apparent at Christmas!