December 7 - Lunch date after church with this girl. We dined on clam chowder and fish tacos and had a delightful conversation. Then a bit of time browsing the local bookstore where she told me all about a new book she had just finished and loved. I really needed this one on one time with her and am so thankful for today and for her.
December 8 - Date night indulgence
December 9 - Dani's dream has come true! Thanks to our very thoughtful neighbors who nominated us, our yard was flocked last night. Now to explain that we don't get to keep them all!
December 10 - Leaving the house tonight to walk to the dining hall for dinner, I spotted what appeared to be a cat a few feet away. Inspecting more carefully since I have never seen a cat around here, I discovered I was looking at an owl and not a cat. We stared each other down for a few seconds before she flew into a tree and I tried to snap a picture.
December 11 - I made little books of our saved Christmas cards over the years and it was so fun to walk in tonight after my generator lesson (the wind is a howling and Darin has to pick up guests from the ferry) to see the girls flipping through them.
December 12 - My Christmas cactus is blooming at Christmas time and it is making me so happy.
December 13 - This girl wanted to know how cars work, so instead of explaining it to her, nerdy Papa got out the legos and showed it to her.
First Christmas recital.
Gingerbread houses in the window at #sluys bakery.
Two kiddos in the cavity free club!
Two sweet sisters listening to Santa read the Christmas Story at a foster family Christmas party. So thankful for Youth for Christ and their foster ministry, for the parents we get to serve alongside, for Gracepoint church for hosting this event and serving foster families, and especially for the two families we are forever linked with though the amazing Leyla and Tony. Tonight my heart is full.
And here they are making sure Santa hears their requests for a "bike that has a doll carrier on it" and "some American doll clothes, especially a gymnastics outfit". (I'm glad she went with what Santa has already purchased as there was talk of a bow and arrow request on the drive to the party.