Christmas Eve has come and gone. So much anticipation and so much excitement... and it's over so soon. Our family enjoyed a quiet morning at home and the boys must've asked twenty seven times "Is Nana almost here yet?" My mom-in-law left New Jersey Christmas Eve morning to drive and spend the next few days with our family.
While she finished the last couple hours of her trip down, we attended one of the Christmas Eve services at church.
With three beautiful services and over 10,000 people attending, it was a special evening to celebrate Jesus' arrival. During a time where a woman was dressed as Mary and singing a song to a baby, Micah leaned over to Grady and said, "Daddy, where is Joseph? He should be with Baby Jesus too!" He was quite concerned that Jesus didn't have a daddy on stage.
While I got dinner ready, the boys discovered two presents under the tree that weren't there when we left for church. "Santa came early and brought some presents!" yelled Micah. Both boys tore the gifts open and discovered new Christmas jammies. "I'm so glad Santa remembered to come early and deliver these so I can sleep in them tonight," commented Grady Lee. "He's pretty smart to know that we were at church and could sneak into our house while we were gone!"
After dinner Nana read stories and played games with the boys while we all relaxed, content to be together and know that the next day was going to be full of laughter and delight and surprises.
With all three kids wearing new Christmas jammies and snug in their beds, Grady and Nana and I did not settle down for a long winter's nap.