After Thanksgiving, I will tell you that my bar for the holiday season was so low, you could have just stepped over it. I anticipated the month of December to be super stressful.
God totally showed up. We did things like the Jesse Tree and NOTHING WAS DESTROYED. Huge. I took Etienne on a date to a Christmas concert and we stayed for almost the whole show. Ryan has been able to have the kids join his engineering students in building a robot; and to date no one has gotten hurt. Molly has had friends over without being humiliated with nudity or inappropriate comments. Some of our dearest friends Kat and Lonnell came all the way from San Jose for a visit and never once saw any of my boys naked, breaking something or hurting someone (not that these friends would have minded). No one got lost or hit by a carriage when we went to The Plaza, Ryan and my old stomping ground. Each Higgins and Holz family event we attended on time (European, that is) and we didn't even make early exits because we'd worn out our welcome (I think, don't burst my bubble if you heard otherwise).
It has been by and large a season of joy. My head keeps spinning "a thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices" over and over again. I can't tell you the depths of gratitude my heart feels to have such sacred, peaceful time. I shared a few pics below.
|Time with cousins far.|
|...and cousins near.|
|Time for creative mischief|
|Time with old friends in favorite places; the Country Club Plaza with Ryan's oldest, best friend, Adam and his wife (one of my favorites), Hillary.|
|Yes, we do the zoo all year round. Enjoying time with our San Jose friends.|