Wednesday, December 31, 2008

12.24.08 Christmas Eve at Mom's

We spent Christmas Eve at Mom's with Jeff, Vanessa, and Jakob. Juan, Mom and I went to the candlelight service at the First Presbyterian Church in Mesquite. I love the way they ring bells to the songs. They are called the Jubilant Ringers. The prayer the minister said asking God to be with the hungry, those without jobs, without a home, in the middle of a war, without their family, etc. etc. etc made me cry. When he mentioned those remembering loved ones from Christmas past, Mom began to cry as well. The lighting of candles was both beautiful and inspiring. Afterwards, we returned to Mom's to gorge ourselves on potato casserole, chips, dips, breads, cheeses, ham, pumpkin pie, etc. We also got to fight over who was holding Jakob! Then we all opened presents. It was a lot of fun. I received a wine fridge from Mom, among other things and neat divided serving platters from Vanessa and Jeff. I think everyone loved their gifts and we were all thankful to be together.

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