The holidays are past, and we are steaming full speed ahead in a new year, but I wanted to reminisce on the holidays in this post.
. Unable to fulfill our plans to travel to Pennsylvania and visit family over Christmas, we remained home and enjoyed a wonderful time with just our family of four. It really was relaxing after a hectic year. The boys enjoyed sitting around the fire with hot chocolate, trying to guess what was in the packages under the tree. My older son turned out to be an excellent guesser and was correct in all his guesses. While the boys got several items from their lists, they did not get nearly all of their wishes; however, they were still pleased with what they received. They both received Lego sets which they completed before the day was over. Their prized possession, however, turned out to be a set of educational DVD's from the TV program Wild Kratts. They will watch those episodes again and again, never tiring of them. During our science classes, they display a vast knowledge of wildlife gained from watching Wild Kratts. Having received a nice gift card from my son Brian and his wife Maryse, we were able to go on a little shopping spree after Christmas. It really turned out to be a very nice Christmas. It was also nice to see the boys get really enthusiastic viewing a local Christmas light display. I am a firm believer that we need not spend great amounts of money to appreciate Christmas.
This last week I helped my brother-in-law move the family's possessions to South Carolina from Frederick, Maryland. Matthew, my elder son, desperately wanted to accompany me down South. Thinking of the long trip down and the fact that he was really too little to help much when we arrived, I refused at first to grant his wish on the grounds that he would be bored silly by the long trip. After seeing the unshed tears in his eyes and hearing the pleading tone in his voice, I finally yielded, knowing that it would make one less child that my wife would have to be concerned about. The photo above pictures an excited little nine year old preparing for his long trip to South Carolina. As I drove the van loaded down with furniture, I became supremely grateful for my decision to allow him to accompany me. His constant chatter on the way down kept me entertained and alert. I gained an interesting insight into Matthew's feelings halfway down when he said, "Daddy, I'm not bored and I'm glad I came. And Daddy, I know God is going to let you live at least until I finish
school because who would teach me about the Bible and all the other
things I need to know?" Surprisingly, he can be quite serious at times. When we arrived in South Carolina, he once again surprised me. He really did help carry a great many things into the house, some of which I thought were almost too heavy for one his size. He was a great help and a wonderful companion. That night as we were going to the motel, he looked over at me and grinned while exclaiming, Daddy, I am going to be able to sleep with you tonight too! Truly, it was a good decision to allow him to help with the move.