If we’re citizens of the heavenly kingdom, then I suppose we are all expats!
We had a wonderful Christmas day. Here are the girls as they are now, sleeping peacefully after a big day:
Here are some of their presents, finally neatly stored for tomorrow:
These gifts were a special blessing to ME. I didn’t buy many presents this year for two reasons. First we have so many toys junking up our balcony–the girls’ toys that overpopulate our house–so on principle, i just have no reason to add more junk to that pile by buying more junky little presents. Second, things are tight all over the planet it seems, and we’re no exception.
But come Christmas, and i start getting invested into the holiday and wishing i had a few more gifts for the girls to open. Then Monday night I visited Olya’s birth preparation class and showed some clips of Vika’s birth and talked a bit, and at the end, she handed us all shoe boxes from the Samaritan’s Purse! What an answer to my unspoken desire! I got home and opened up two boxes full of wonderful gifts–pencils, markers, stickers, beads for necklace-making, notepads, etc. So I divided them up and wrapped them individually for the girls, and we had lots for them to open! The items were nice quality, and just the type of things the girls like to play with at this age. I also had gotten them small children’s sissors because they both love to cut, some puzzles (found on the balcony)–they love puzzles, and a new book, Rapunzel (also found on the balcony).
Vitaliy gave me a few gifts:
I have a fetish for tea cups, I admit, and Vitaliy knows that 🙂
This candle is flickering away on my dest right now.
And I just finished this box of chocolate-covered cherries that I bought us all as a Christmas treat:
And here’s the tree twinkling behind me:
After we opened presents and ate some breakfast, the babysitters came for a few hours and Vitaliy took me out to a nearby pizzeria and we talked and planned and talked for a long time. Sweet guy—-we read parts of his diary from when we were pre-marriage. It was romantic.
Then I just got done chatting my family–my sister holiday-ing in NC, brother in FL, and parents in Togo. That was nice to touch base.
Check out this article–it’s better than any Christmas classic ever written–because it’s true!
Emmanuel!!! God with us!