It wasn’t the gifts.
It wasn’t even all the cookies and goodies we ate.
It was family.
For the first time in 7 years ALL of Mark’s immediate family was together. That’s 8 adults and 11 kids. Plus Grandma Speer.
Then add in my parents for a Christmas-day gathering of 22.
I got to do this…
(I didn’t let her drink the soda, but the can was fun to play with.)
Actually, quite a lot of this…
Every time my 14-month niece Rhona was sleepy, I grabbed her and put her in “Auntie Julie’s Magic Sleepy Arms”. They truly are magical.
I mean what is better than staring down at this face?
I wasn’t thinking about how hot she was making me, or all the things I could be doing if I put her down. I just sat and enjoyed the moment for as long as it lasted.
Don’t forget about the Stoves for Haiti Challenge in remembrance of the 2nd anniversary of the quake. Sponsoring a $20 charcoal-efficient stove will make a REAL difference – it saves the family money and time, it saves Haiti’s trees and it provides jobs. Not very often that $20 can make such a huge impact.