Now for a recap of the "good" events that took place this past month!
Trip to Cambria: My good friend Christa, was able to get a great deal on a weekend stay in Cambria. She invited me, Jamie, and Jill to join her as part of a girls' getaway during the first weekend in December.
(view from our rental house)
Children's Program at Church: Jeremy has been in the same Sunday School class for years now, and every year, the songs his class performs are the same. He sang more of the songs than in previous years- maybe next year, he'll sing all of them (he'll be in the same class again next year). Grace moved up to a different class this year. Her class did a retelling of the Christmas story and she was a wise(wo)man.
Holidays are more special with special friends!
Mrs. Karen and Mr. Darrell: We are so blessed to have these two amazing people in our lives. We met them when I was pregnant with Grace and they have been a part of our lives ever since. Since I don't have parents in town, I am so appreciative of how they have looked out for me in countless ways. Most recently, they came and got our kids when I was sick and spent the whole day with them so Jason and I could both take it easy (Note the Boston souvenirs our kids are wearing from their latest trip out East).
Nancy's Annual Holiday Get-together: I used to teach at Herndon-Barstow, and even though I'm no longer there, I am still privileged to be included in some of their get-togethers such as this annual one that is hosted by Nancy. It has been a cookie exchange, but this year, everyone brought an appetizer or dessert instead. I absolutely love getting together with this group of women. I had already missed my staff's holiday party, and I was determined not to miss this one, too. I went despite not feeling well, but I left feeling so glad that I went. I always leave feeling uplifted and loved on- these women are good for my soul!
Ugly Christmas Sweater Day: I guess it's an annual tradition at my school now- the staff dresses up in our ugliest Christmas sweater. This year, Michelle and I decided it'd be funny to have our grade level dress up in the same shirt, so we made them. We even made one for Mike! Unfortunately, we didn't remember to get a picture of him before the end of the day!
With everything that happened this month, I am glad that we made it to Winter Break!