All is calm, all is bright. ~Silent Night lyrics

We had a wonderful Christmas day. It didn’t follow our plans at all – we were not able to travel to Kansas City due to snow on the roads and a river in our basement. Mini natural disasters aside, it was a wonderful day. It was the first day this year that we could spend the entire day playing with the kids (and their new toys). Just two days ago I was wondering if we had hit the magical balance with the kids gifts: not too few to underwhelm or disappoint and not too many to build raving material monsters. Today, I realized, the gift I wanted most to give them was attention and time and patience and warmth. We got to give it.  I am truly blessed.  We are off to KC tomorrow for more celebratin’.   Peace.

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