That afternoon, my parents and sister and her family joined us for a wonderful Christmas dinner, followed by exchanging gifts. We enjoyed our time with all of them and are thankful we were able to be together. Joseph really loved his light-up Falcons mug!
Christmas morning the kids woke us at 7:00. This wake-up time, too, is a tradition in our family! Erin and Luke lobbied for later wake up time, but were overruled by the traditionalists among us. We enjoyed opening our stockings and then gathered in the living room by the tree to open our gifts. It was a sweet time of seeing how our children share their love for one another by giving gifts. It was so fun to see their obvious pleasure in giving and receiving. There were a few funny gifts, as well as very specially chosen ones. I especially love my new
The day was relaxed as we enjoyed each others gifts and just spent time together. Later in the afternoon Tom came over and shared a ravioli dinner with us (not so traditional, but really good, especially the butternut squash filled ravioli…ymmm). We ended the day with dessert at the Balbuena’s.
On Tuesday evening, Coty’s parents arrived. They got here just in time to help us celebrate Thomas’s 18th birthday, which was Wednesday. It’s hard to believe that Thomas is really 18! This milestone seems to be coming faster with each child. We started out his special day with our usual yummy homemade cinnamon rolls. (Sorry for the picture, Thomas. It's the only one I took!)
Thomas's choice for dinner was a restaurant that most people who know us would never guess…
Today, we said good-bye to Erin and Luke. Their visit was way too short – but I am so thankful they were able to be here. It just makes me miss them even more, having enjoyed such a sweet time with them.
That's been our week so far. The celebrating continues tomorrow as Coty and I mark our 27th anniversary. How God has poured out His grace in my life through Coty these past 27 years! Together, we have experienced God's goodness in so many ways. He has used our marriage to mold us and refine us, taken us places and given us experiences we never would have predicted, and lavished on us the gift of six incredible children. We’re looking forward to spending some time tomorrow reviewing the past year and looking forward to the one ahead, as well as delighting in the gift of marriage. A good way to end this special week.