This Christmas was a blessed one, yet again. For the second year in a row Dave is unemployed at the end of the year, yet we have seen God's grace so clearly and freely given to us. Every gift under our tree was given to us by a friend, family member, or total stranger this year. I bought the items that filled their stockings, as is our tradition, but the gifts were blessings from God given through others. As I mentioned on Facebook on Christmas day, the lessons learned through our times of unemployment could not have been learned any other way, and the blessings from those lessons are worth more then any job. Praise the Lord! God has been working in our lives in very specific ways this year (which is a blog post unto itself!) and we are so thankful!
One of our special friends is Nancy. We met at church and she just adopted our family as her own. She has been such a blessing to us in so many ways. When Nathaniel said he wanted to make cut out cookies and gingerbread men this Christmas, I knew Nancy, as a former home economics teacher, would love to help us out. We enjoyed a fun morning together, and Nathaniel was in his glory. We might have a future chef on our hands!