We have had a wonderful few days to celebrate Christmas. I hope you all were able to enjoy spending time with family and friends this holiday season. I felt a little bad for not updating as we went along, but now more than ever I realize how important it is to be in the moment. So I tried, as much as possible, to just be there with the kids and Richard this Christmas.
Our visit to California was so much fun, but not exactly what we had planned. You see, they got more rain during that week than probably the rest of the year! Schedules were constantly changing due to the rain – folks being sent home from work early, soccer games cancelled, roads flooded – you get the idea. So we sort of threw our schedule out the window, and just enjoyed hanging out with the friends that lived close by to the Horans. (They were generous enough to let us stay with them, and since our kids adore each other, it worked out really well.)
We especially enjoyed the wonderful food options in San Diego. There were so many organic grocery stores to choose from! It was a nice change from the selection in Fredericksburg. It was bittersweet leaving San Diego, but we were all excited to get to Kansas and see our home and friends there.
Our flight arrived late, but our great neighbor, Jay, was there to pick us up at the airport. I can’t even begin to tell you how blessed we are to have their family in our lives. The Wickhams moved into the house next door to us, and I’m sure they never expected how their lives would be changed! They have been a pillar of support for us, anticipating needs and filling them with a smile. They are truly an example of God’s love right here on Earth.
The weather was mild in Wichita, but we didn’t get out much. We had several family/friend parties, so we were mostly at home the whole time. David made it out to the movies once with his friend, Mayumi, but other than that I think the only time we were out was for shopping.
One of our friends is an excellent amateur photographer, and he made a video of the neighborhood party. You can check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phUMgIF_XQI
It was hard to come back to Virginia. It’s really hard to go from full access to the kids to virtually no access to the kids. I was hoping that David’s new computer would give him greater access to his friends and family, but so far it hasn’t made a big difference. (He has been unable to get it to connect to the network at his dad’s house.) Austin got an iPad for Christmas, but she hasn’t been online much either since their return to VA. Hopefully things will settle down after the holidays and they will be more connected.
We are so thankful to all of you who are praying for David’s healing. Please also continue to pray that David’s spirits will continue to be as high as they were while he was with us over the holiday break. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen him that happy and relaxed.
Our wish is for everyone to have a joyous New Year filled with love and close communion with family.