making:: We gathered who was home last night for our family gingerbread (graham cracker) house/village making. I must admit that this well-loved and much anticipated Christmas tradition overwhelms me somewhat with all the preparation involved (especially all those batches of royal icing needing to be mixed up.) Once I sit down to make my own, I'm pooped. But the kids always talk me into it, and it ends up fun and fulfilling.
hosting:: the college kids, along with Jane and Preston here this past week. It's nice to be able to enjoy them all this way.
outing:: After dropping J & P off at the airport this morning (they will spend the holidays in California with his folks), we enjoyed a fun day in the city with Eliza and Isaac. Pastries and peppermint tea at a cozy French bakery, hearing those angelic voices performing A Ceremony of Carols at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, and finally, a delicious lunch of Indian street food. All-in-all, a wonderful, memory-making day.
listening:: and immersed in the sounds of the holiday these days. Enjoyed every minute of the beautiful harp recital Eliza and I attended yesterday at the home of her friend Nikenzie.
reading:: sneaking in bits of time here and there for my books with The Widow's War (Gunning), The Birds' Christmas Carol (Wiggin), The Young family's The Storybook Home Journal (such a beautiful, inspiring bi-monthly publication.)
feeling:: On the downhill now with one last grocery shop tomorrow and Christmas Eve dinner to prepare on Saturday. Relief that the Christmas rush is through.
cherishing:: the time I have with my kids.
wishing:: each of you a joyful and peaceful holiday season. I sincerely thank you for your presence here and interest in my life. For the kind words you have gifted me this year. It all means so very much.
Love and Blessings to you, my friend.,
Hi, I'm Emily!
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