The tree was cut, a wreath was made, decorations slowly placed around the home. Room was made for Christmas decorations, room made in our hearts, too, for meditating on the Christ-child, the Savior born to us. There was early morning tree decorating before daddy left for work, because the children just couldn’t go another day without decorating the tree. There were out-of-town grandparents who came to take Philippa to ride the Polar Express train, and to bring birthday/Christmas gifts for the grandchildren. (Their grandma crocheted them each a special blanket with their favorite colors and special embellishments for each child like horses, phoebe flowers, dragons, and sail boats.) We visited the local historic train museum with the grandparents as well and the children were fascinated with the huge train tables. There were many practices for the Christmas pageant, then two performances, as well as choir practice and then a Christmas concert. Then we finished up our last day of school, and this week our last round of piano practice and tutoring for Phoebe for the rest of the year. I’m finishing the last rounds of shopping and preparing for birthdays and Christmas. Only a few more days now until Christmas is upon us. I’m thankful for the busy bursts of activity and the beautiful gatherings, feasting, and celebrating. I’m thankful, too, for the quiet end of it all, the unhurried mornings staying late in our pajamas, with creative messes all around and extra cups of coffee. I’m thankful for the daily advent readings, the singing of all the Christmas songs, the holy ache for the Savior to return and the ceaseless marveling that He came to us in the first place. I can’t believe how quickly this month flies by now, when as a child I remember it dragging on so long. I miss those childish days where the world was bright and new, full of wonder. May we all recapture a bit of that this season and enjoy a restful and worshipful remainder of 2019. Noah’s birthday is on Friday and then the holy-days are upon us soon after. I’ll pop in here before year’s end I hope. Sending warm wishes and love to each of you!