I have to tell you--this has been the most fun ever! The anticipation each evening...from our family, from you all, from Ted's co-workers and even from the kids' friends, has been such a kick. We thought we had it nailed as to who was blessing us, but we were oh, so wrong.
One of Caleb's friends finally fessed up last night. He's such a dear, along with his whole family. He told us that each year his family prays about who they should do this for. They want to bless a family who has especially blessed them throughout the year. We didn't even know we had blessed THEM at all! But what joy they have brought to us. Each gift was accompanied by a card that reminded of us the REAL reason for the season--the Christ Jesus came in the flesh as God's unspeakable gift to us here on earth. What a lovely reminder and beautiful way to share God's love at Christmas time. We can't wait to start this as our own tradition next year.
EXCEPT just one thing:
Claire HATED him...she was absolutely terrified of it--especially when we turned it on (it's animated and played the sax). She ran and hid if we even picked it up to move it. Fugeddabout pressing the start button. We even put a cookie for her on it's nose and she never ever warmed up to it. And Claire LOVES her cookies. Cookie is her favorite word in all of human speak. She did, however, finally snatch the cookie, after many false starts and with lots of encouragement from us.
So, this has been a great Christmas. We took the tree down yesterday (Ted's getting ready to finally finish off the Texaco bathroom) and are looking forward with great anticipation to a new year. And next Christmas, if sometime on the evening of December 14, your doorbell rings and mysteriously, no one is there, but there is a little gift for you...who knows...this could be the start of something big!