Saturday, December 22, 2012

Practicing Gratitude 12.22.12

- Basden as Narrator in A Christmas Carol ~ Mrs. Burlin’s precious influence, and a very special Christmas ornament. Basden looked to me like an angel at center stage. And she loved every minute of it.

- Southcliff’s Singing Christmas Tree ~ celebrating 25 years, highlighting that while much in the church has changed in regards to facility, staff, and congregation, the message and gift of Christmas has not.

- Watching Daboo as a singing bulb ~ and Hud trying his turn in the tree

- Atlanta cousins watching Daboo and the Singing Tree live from their livingroom

- Second year of getting to sing carols to precious folks at an assisted living home near our house ~ watching our kids and their friends engage with these dear people is a highlight


- Brewed ~ already holds special memories with family and sweet friends

- Mitzi and Hilary coming to share with our Moms in Prayer group ~ touching and encouraging

- Boot camp with amazing ladies ~ even on cold mornings

- Ramsay family’s very generous gift of including Bran in a weekend of fun and fishing, fishing and more fishing

- Loads of almond brittles (!!!) Aunt Francine would be proud.

Our little elves delivering to a sweet neighbor
- Basden and Esther playing in their piano recital. I felt proud of them while a bit horrified that I ended up there in my work out clothes and running shoes. Long story, but unavoidable.
Thankful for Mrs. Martin, her love for music, for children, for God!

- Celebrating a Wilson Christmas after the above-mentioned recital, after circling the metroplex through insane Christmas traffic and construction, Corbin and I were exhausted but thankful for a couple of hours with our little family (Josh - the Dr. Enuf in your honor!)

- Packing for our Christmas trip in about two hours ~ leaving the house more than a little crazy, but excited to be driving north to see family.

- A boy’s trick bike. An even longer story than the piano recital. It will be going back to Academy, but it provided some much-needed comic relief.

- A certain Christmas card with all four together

- Another with all five.

- These two. Any moment they get together is like Christmas.

- Our staff and teachers at Tanglewood and McLean. Reeling from the pain of Newtown, yet finishing the semester dedicated to our children. This community grieves with Connecticut. The pain is visible in every one of those elementary teachers’ faces, just surreal.

- More than a hundred homemade goodies piled on the library table for much-deserving McLean Teachers

- Mr. Williams and his strong presence at Tanglewood. How we love him.

- Max Lucado, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Ann Voskamp. All have ministered to my heart since the Newtown tragedy.

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles...   1 Chronicles 16:11-12