It's the week of Christmas.
(Christ-mas is all around us...and so the feeling grows..., BAH!)
How on earth did this happen?
Christmas is going to be different this year for a host of reasons:
-We're married. So there's that...
-We are in Durham for (most of) the Christmas season.
-Christmas shopping is now done as a unit.
-We will be splitting up our 2.5 days at home between 3 families (hence, the title).
-We watched Charlie Brown Christmas for the first time ever.
-We actually own Love Actually now, the movie we love to watch together this time of year.
-We will wake up on Christmas morning, together.
-(Then we'll wake up the next day at 3 AM to fly back to Durham...but, still together.)
Here's to first married Christmases!! Anyone?
Today: Two of my best friends come into town and they are staying until Wednesday!
Thursday: We are going to the first of the 4 Christmas weekend services at our church in Durham. If you live in Raleigh/Durham, here is my official invite: Come to one of the 4 services at Summit this Christmas. Times are listed below on these sweet inviter cards. They're all the same though...so just pick one.
Friday Morning: We leave Durham at 5:45 AM to fly to Seattle, where we'll be picked up and escorted to Gig Harbor for sibling Christmas photos with this talented lady. Merry Christmas Mom and Dad!!
Friday Evening: We help host the xth annual (I've totally lost count) Jordan Family Christmas party--this is inevitably the favorite event of the season for us.
Friday-Saturday Wee hours: We're hanging out with our "group" from high school. Some of our favorite friends in the world...
Saturday morning: Christmas Eve brunch with the Guilds (Adam's Mom's family)! So excited for this.
Saturday afternoon: Visit to the Nelson household to see Adam's Dad's family. Here, we'll get to visit with 3 of Adam's 6 sisters! Can't wait.
Saturday evening: Christmas Eve service at Harbor Covenant back in Gig Harbor with the Jordans/Agabas.
Sunday morning: CHRISTMAS!! Eating, Church at HCC, Eating, Presents, Eating, Games...Crashing. All with our best friends, the Prossers of course!
See what I mean...WHIRLWIND.
But, as is usually the case, the chaos will be beautiful.
And, one of my favorite parts is that (because I married into one of my best friends' family...) more of these events than not are going to be spent with this wonderful couple who we adore:
How are your holiday plans shaping up?
I don't know if they are as crazy as ours. Some of yours, probably will be.
But, like I mentioned a couple posts ago, I hope and pray that no matter how chaotic and whirlwindy this season is for you and yours...
Or me and mine,
that we'll all make a priority of finding time to just,
Be still and remember.
Be still and adore Jesus.
Be still, and be moved by the love God showed to us at Christmas.
Have a very merry week my friends.