|The stockings were hung by the chimney with care . . .|
Here's hoping 2018 will have all kinds of joy and be totally uneventful.
One joy happened last week when Jewely and James came from Maine for an early Christmas visit. I hadn't seen Jewely since April 2014. I miss her so much. I had all my kids here once again. My joy was full.
I don't know how long I'll have my other three kids here in Utah with me, but I have vowed to enjoy them all while I have them. They are a source of strength and love to me, each in their own way. I'm also grateful for Zannah's husband, Nick. He is like a son to me and helps me in so many ways. I'm grateful that he loves my daughter. I'm grateful that James loves Jewely. It's all a mother can ask for.
Since our ward's Choir Christmas program was the week before Christmas, Jewely and I were able to sing together in the program. Happiness supreme! We sang "The First Noel" to the tune of Pachelbel's "Canon in D." We had sung it about ten years ago when Jewely was in high school. Two women in my ward, Kathy Jeffs and Kali Dayton, played the Pachelbel in a piano four hands. It turned out so well. It's the best we ever did, and Jewely's voice held out and rang true, even though she felt a cold coming on (and lost her voice on Monday!!!). I was in my glory. I hadn't been able to sing for years because it was discovered this year I had a fungus infection on my vocal chords I didn't know about. After taking an anti-fungal medication, my voice came back, but my singing voice was weak.
This year I built up my singing stamina and sang every single day so I would have the strength to sing at Christmas. There were a few glitches in the songs I sang, but I did it! Coup!
We had our family Christmas on Friday, December 22, and went that night to see "The Forgotten Carols." I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. It was something Jewely wanted to do, so that was my Christmas present to my family.
|Group Selfie at The Forgotten Carols|
|Nick, Jewely, James|
|Jewely received a beautiful dress from her Pollyanna Zannah|
|Tim received a video game he wanted|
|Alex received a poster|
|Cute Nick got the same video game as Timmy.|