I'm a full-time wife and mom of two adorable boys. When I'm not busy trying to keep up with them I enjoy photography, traveling, planning parties and a little bit of reading.

In February of 2008 I was diagnosed with an incurable terminal lung illness, though God promised me a full and complete healing. While we wait for His timing, we're taking it one day at a time, and standing in awe of how God's using all of this for His glory. The tough road we've traveled has given us a new perspective on the fragility of life. Memories are more important to us than ever before. The goal of this blog is to share some of our family life - the ups and downs, the joys and probably some of the pains as well. It's mostly meant as a personal journal of sorts, but you're welcome to share in it. We'd like to take this opportunity to say ...


Monday, December 15, 2008

A Caroling We Go

Last night a our small group "crashed" the caroling hayride that was taking place in the neighborhood of our small group leaders. Luckily no one asked us if we lived in the neighborhood, and none of us offered that incriminating information either. With our five families, and fourteen kids, we could have comfortably filled the whole wagon on our own! But being that squeezed together probably helped prevent hypothermia or even frostbite on more than one finger or toe.

Santa's tractor pulled the wagon as we weaved through the five or so streets. We sang Christmas carols as we looked at the houses beautifully decorated and lit for the season - well, most of them were beautiful. To be perfectly honest, some were just "decorated" - not aesthetically pleasing to me - but festive nonetheless.
As we approached houses where people were home, they came out to listen and return the "Merry Christmas" wishes we eagerly shouted to them. Some of the children are probably hoarse today from "singing" so loudly. And surprisingly, we only heard one dog barking/howling in response to our lyrical attempts.

After about an hour spent huddled together, with only our "hot air" to keep us warm, we all enjoyed some hot cocoa at the local park. After deciding that liquid refreshments weren't enough to warm us up, we hitched a ride on the "sleigh" back to the house, and finally even our rosy Rudolph noses thawed. We enjoyed lots and lots of laughter, yum-yums, and took our annual small group Christmas photo.

Hopefully this is the beginning of a new tradition for our small group.

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