We followed our normal tradition for Christmas this year by attending the Christmas Eve service, stopping for pizza on the way home, then opening our presents. Yep, it's not even Christmas yet, and every gift has been opened. David did not get the one thing he asked for, but he got so many surprises that he ended up a very happy boy. Right now he's working on a little model car while watching one of his favorite shows. Mike loved the gift that David got for him, which is a big sign that says FORD SERVICES--CARS, TRUCKS, AND TRACTORS. I loved the new warm, fuzzy socks that Mike gets me every year, and I think one of my favorite gifts was my new coffee mug that says Kloppmann Architects. Now I can think of my brother every morning when I make my coffee. :) After we opened our gifts, we enjoyed a Candy Cane pie and some sparkling cider. It's been a nice evening. Not that we didn't want to be around more family, but since my brother's still sick with pneumonia, it worked out for us to spend a quiet little Christmas Eve at home. This adoption has consumed me in so many ways (mentally, emotionally, spiritually, psychologically, financially)--the mental break from it until the holiday is over can do me a world of good.
We plan to sleep in tomorrow morning, make a big breakfast, and then we're headed to a movie (another one of our traditions). We'll come back and make a nice meal to enjoy for our Christmas dinner after that.
Making it count.