EDIT: Praise the Lord! The phone rang at 4:30 this morning - I never was so glad to hear Kev's voice. They are both in Mombassa - there was no time for him to give me details - and you know I love details! But he sounded so happy. What a blessing - even though I'd only been in bed since 12:30 (taking down those decorations got to be an obsession!)
You'd think things would slow down, wouldn't you? No such luck. I have so many things to share about the rest of the reunion and our anniversary trip to Estes Park. But that involves downloading too many pictures, thinking, and writing. I haven't even acknowleged New Year's Day - or 2009. And the twins will celebrate (or at least we will) their first birthday in 5 days - that is worthy of a post in itself! What a year it has been - and how adorable they are. But more about that later!
DC has been sick most of the last week - a nasty virus that is contagious and isn't touched by any meds. He's getting better, but I've not seen him sick this long in our 36 years together.
Today two guys were here all day putting in the last of the windows - it has taken us years and years to replace all of the pathetic windows that came with the house, but finally it is done. DC will have to stain some of them, but it is exciting.
The tree in the family room is still up. As well as everything else down there. I had to take down my upstairs designer tree because it was leaning badly and I knew all it would take to crush all of my lovely ornaments was for someone to barely brush it. So it came down before we had so much company - a good thing in two different ways. One less job to do now!
Remember Maizie? She is now 101 and in the hospital after falling in her apartment at the assisted living facility and breaking her ankle. I went up to visit her in the hospital tonight and was so blessed - she's so frail and will probably be going to heaven soon. But I am so glad I got to see her again. I told her I'd try to come back tomorrow to see her daughter from the Seattle area. She said, with her toothless speech kind of difficult to understand, "If you don't make it, I'll know you wanted to." So sweet! We had prayer together and it was so poignant. She will not be sad to join her precious Joe in heaven - they were married for 75 years before Joe died a few years ago.
I hope Kristen can get time to write a post soon, and to change our Christmas motifs. After the Carlson company left, the other side of her family gathered. So she's really happy to have things a bit back to normal. When school starts again Monday, we'll get back to our routine.
On top of all this, Kev and Sema have had their own adventures. We took Sema to the airport around 10:00 on New Year's Eve. Her flight was 1.5 hours late leaving, but she still had plenty of time in New York before she left for Dubai. The next day DC took Kev around 2:00 - he called me before DC got home and told me that his flight was 1/2 hour late, which would cause him to miss his connection to Nairobi from London. He had to be put on another airline, but had a 12 hour wait in London - which will cause him to miss his connection to Mombassa from Nairobi - and make meeting up with Sema quite a challenge. The Lord answered prayer when Sema called last night from Dubai, so I was able to get some phone numbers from her to give to Kev if he called - which he did.
You have all prayed my family through so many things since this blogging adventure began. Please pray that they will get to Mombassa soon. It is very unsettling for me. Flying just is not that much fun any more! Here they are with all of their excited anticipation. This is their first visit home for her in 6 years. The itinerary in Kev's hand didn't do him much good, it seems!
Well, for not having time to write, I did quite a bit! Happy New Year!