Sunday, December 07, 2008

Sunshine and Fine Days

After a couple of gloomy cold days, the sunshine broke through the clouds this morning and the day became a glorious winter Sunday. Paul Burton sang Handel's Messiah again this year at the Jefferson Center. He just arrived home in his tuxedo and looked very festive and happy as he told us that the performance went well. Roanoke offers several family Christmas favorites with the production of Scrooge, The Nutcracker, and Holiday Pops. Colin and Jennifer were able to stroll downtown Friday evening to enjoy the lights and "Dickens of a Christmas" which is a yearly tradition held in downtown Roanoke. The shop windows were decorated for Christmas and there was caroling and horse drawn carriage rides.

Before major holidays I like to totally clean my house. For me, having a clean house is part of the fun of celebrating. When junk mail is gone, and floors are clean enough for babies to crawl on, it's like a fresh air blew through the house. Paul was in Texas on business last week and with Christmas coming I decided to use that time to rent a carpet cleaner. I cleaned eight rooms and the staircase in two days. Kathryn worked right along with me and I was amazed by her strength. She has been gaining strength over the past two months and together we laughed and joked about it being like "old times." It has been awhile since she was able to help out with that kind of housework. Tonight all the furniture is back in place and it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

We are so rich in blessings. Qavah is legally ours, her health has improved greatly, and Kathryn is able to do so many things that she has not been able to do in two years. There is only one explanation for this, and the reason we celebrate Christmas; Emmanuel, (God with us).