First, I wanted to update you all on the progress John and Robin are making with their recovery after the fire. They are amazing at what they have been able to accomplish. They have moved into a small rental home while waiting for a permanent place. This will provide a place much more cozy than the hotel room in which the 5 of them had been staying. Santa will definitely find his way there.
John and Robin would be the first to tell you that the generosity of friends and strangers has been overwhelming for them. Once they found a house to rent, people began pulling up to the house with items like a washer and dryer, furniture for the kids' bedrooms, 2 couches and a Christmas tree all lit up and ready to decorate. They have received clothing and gifts that Santas have left wrapped and ready to go and lots of encouragement and support. They are truly grateful for everything, including the prayers and kindnesses from many of you.
It's almost Christmas and we are gearing up! We did manage to decorate the house and set the unpacking aside for the weekend.
We have a Santa theme this year. Mostly because all we unpacked of the Christmas decorations was my Santa collection, mostly gifts from Cindy and Steve over the years. Ed had a few of his own to add. The kids counted 28 of them. There are some in every room of the house, even the bathrooms!
A blue one on my dresser.
A little one next to Ed's side of the bed.
A white Feathery Santa in the blue room. (Those curtains aren't staying.)
Several on the mantle.
(Not shown: Cowboy Santa with hip wiggling motion to Holly Jolly Christmas.)
Friday night Ed's son Joe arrived from Wilmington, NC as did Ed's brother Bob and sister-in-law Susan from Louisville on their way to Florida. The next morning John brought the kids for breakfast and we had a great time. Grampa cooked and we all had a wonderful morning.
John and the kids came to join us for breakfast Saturday morning. I don't know where he finds the energy.
Zeppelin is HUNGRY! (Just a little out of focus. I think I was dancing to Have a Holly Jolly Christmas. One shouldn't dance while taking a picture. ) Mmmmm! Pancakes and maple syrup! Arabella loves syrup.
Grampa cooked AND served. He's multi talented!
Then he entertained us with his wit!
This was just a warm-up for the big day for Indigo. Thanks Uncle Bob and Aunt Susan. I love my new Pooh bear!
Bob and Susan left Saturday morning to spend Christmas with Mickey Mouse. Joe's staying through Christmas. We will be having Christmas dinner at Grandma's and Grampa's with the kids in the afternoon. I will miss my family this year. But I know we will be together again soon. I will be thinking of each and every one of you throughout the day tomorrow. Have a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years!