I went to go to church yesterday with my family. We went to my new great niece's baby blessing. It was special because this niece 28 years was born and was named her me. Then yesterday at the blessing of my great niece, they named her after my mom. We then had lunch with all of our family. After that I went and spent a little time with my youngest brother and his family. Those kids are just too cute, I only wish that I lived a bit closer so that I could be a bigger part of their lives. Then late yesterday evening some dear friends of mine, (who feel like an adopted mom and dad to me) picked me up and drove me to their new cabin up in the mountains of Heber City. We had a tough time getting there because it began snowing pretty hard and after awhile you could no longer even see the lines on the roads. It was a bit nerve racking getting there, but oh my goodness it was one of the most beautiful cabins I had ever seen. It didn't look like a cabin at all, it looked like a beautiful ski resort. They have a very large family and extended family and so that has been there gift for all their family to share. We came in, got some hot chocolate, sat in front of the fire and talked. They are such wonderful friends and it is neat because they have such wisdom to share. I realize when I am with them that I feel like I am home. It is hard not to have parents any more at my age.
(This isn't a photo of their cabin but it looked a lot like where I was last night!)
As I crawled up into that king size sleigh bed, I felt like the luckiest woman in the world. I have a wonderful family, I have wonderful friends that feel like family and it's the Christmas Season. When I got up in the morning we had a ton more snow and it was just breath taking to look out the window. I didn't get to stay long because another snow storm is suppose to come in tonight and so my family picked me up after noon, but I felt blessed to have a short time to visit with such dear friends. I only wish I had a lot more time to visit with all my family and friends that are here.
So yesterday really did seem like the perfect day, the only thing that would have made it even better is... to have had Jeff and the kids with me. Yes, even though my life has been tough, I can not deny, the many blessings that I have been given. Thanks for being part of my blessings. Good night dear friends!
"Somehow, not only for Christmas, But all the long year through, The joy that you give to others, Is the joy that comes back to you. And the more you spend in blessing, The poor and lonely and sad, The more of your heart's possessing, Returns to you glad." ~ John Greenleaf Whittier
"What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace." ~ Agnes M. Pharo