It has felt like a heavy week: Abigail lost her surviving gerbil, Mittens exactly two weeks after Muffin died. This was a very hard blow to her.
A good friend of our family’s spent much of the past week in the hospital with serious health concerns that appeared out of the blue; I am reminded that God is not surprised by these incidents, yet we in our humanity do feel shaken by such things.
And there are other rather serious concerns that weigh on my heart and mind…which makes this entry feel a bit frivolous truth be told. But in the midst of various concerns, we continue to celebrate Advent, the Coming of Christ, and it has been wonderful to share this season again with our children, all of whom now cherish our Christmas traditions, and are excited about new ones.
One new tradition this year is the addition of lights outside to “festivize” our home! Little Josiah was adamant that he would like “Colorful Christmas Lights along the Roof of our House!” But Jay has not had much spare time to make that happen. Aside from the fact that ladder-climbing is usually a precarious proposition for him given his physical constraints.
So we set our minds to decorations NOT involving Jay or the roof…and my little red-headed helper braved the freezing cold with me yesterday to finish out the lights lining the walk to our front door. Why we chose to string lights on the coldest day of 2009 I do not know…
Maybe it was because of the gorgeous sunset we got to enjoy while we worked:
And here is the finished product: I give you House of Horne Christmas 2009!