It was a bit different this year anticipating the "break". With the kids not in school, the leading up to Christmas vacation time was a little anti climatic for them, although they are enjoying getting up in the morning and being able to play rather than getting to work. I certainly am enjoying getting away from the work part of my computer. It was a full on term with hosting the MarketDay learning camp and Liam being in the Lego League. Lots of time and mental energy spent on both of those things but also very worth it! Jamesa and Liam learned so much from the MarketDay and Liam was stretched in the Lego League. His team is advancing to the next level of competition and will be going to Vancouver next month. From there it could be St. Louis or Germany!! Imagine that!
Here is the link to the MarketDay you tube video...Enjoy!
Seasons like Christmas sure change each year as the kids get older...As I write, Jamesa is baking and Dominique is sewing...Evan is surfing Christmas you tube videos and Liam is in Vancouver with Duane for an indoor soccer tourney. I gotta say, I am enjoying the hands off times as the kids take ownership of things like baking and shopping for each other. This year they all took it upon themselves to give gifts to each other. It has been fun watching them sneak away into their rooms to make or wrap gifts and then slide them under the tree when no one is looking. It will be fun to watch them give them and be surprised at what they came up with!
This last week was filled with outings, carolling with friends, and what will become an annual event...building a gingerbread house from scratch. Designer Dad created the house and the kids had fun decorating it with every candy known to man! One for me one for the house....two for me one for the house.... It was midnight before they were tucked in and sleeping that night.
I was reminded the other day to "be present", be in the moment and don't let your own agenda stand in the way of God's...sometimes they are not the same.... :) Especially at this time of year, allow God the space in your day to day happenings to direct your steps, thoughts, and words. When we follow Him, it will always be for the better. I am learning daily to let Him take the lead in my life. It's worth it!!
Signing off for now...