We had a great Thanksgiving in Cincinnati with my in-laws. It was the first time we’ve all been together in five years, and it was a lot of fun. We have five nephews ages 3-10, and they played together so well. Reminds me of holidays growing up, playing with my cousins. It felt like a real holiday.
The only real downside was that so many people were sick. It will be a real Thanksgiving miracle if I don’t get deathly ill this week. Kids are little germ machines. Not sure I will ever be able to get over that.
I love the holiday season. I cooked all afternoon today listening to my Neil Diamond Christmas Pandora station. We haven’t put up our tree yet, but hope to this week. BB is singing a Messiah concert on Saturday and a Christmas concert on Sunday. I plan to make cookies tomorrow. The holiday traditions are so cheery.
I love the anticipation of Christmas. Yesterday’s sermon was called The Awaited Son. The idea of the Jews, angels, shepherds, Magi, Mary all waiting for this cosmic miracle fills me with wonder and joy. What a day. The birth of Jesus is the most important moment in human history.
I feel some extra anticipation this year with the birth of our child expected in January. While not a cosmic miracle with all the ramifications, it’s certainly a miracle we’ve waited for for many years. I have all the fears and expectations you would expect.
Spending Thanksgiving with our family really made me feel loved. We have had so much love and support from everyone in our family through infertility, IVF, adoption and now pregnancy. It’s quite encouraging that everyone has stuck with us from the beginning. I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed. There’s such anticipation with this baby, and I can’t help but worry that I will let everyone down again. I know it’s out of my control, but when it’s your body, you can’t help but feel responsible. So many people are counting on this joy. I must turn it over to Him. It’s a good reminder of my weakness. My lack of trust. Makes me extra thankful for Jesus’ coming.
Being with family always leads to good discussion about our sin. It’s so easy to see where our weaknesses are when we are with people related to us and people who challenge us. We spent a lot of time discussing how it would be so nice if we could really conquer our sin – we know what it is. We know how to stop it. But our flesh is so weak. So much so that God had to orchestrate a supernatural occurrence to save us. No amount of our efforts will ever make a dent in our sin. It’s discouraging, but a message of hope. Jesus conquered our sin for us. We will continue to struggle until our own death, but the real battle was won in the days that followed the birth of the Savior.