Michael's Christmas Eve had him staring up at the night sky with his reindeer glasses on. He was listening for the reindeer and wanting to catch a sight of Santa in his sleigh. Jimmy read him a bedtime story and tucked him in. He talked a bit to himself, sang Hark The Herald Angels Sing, and held onto his stuffed friends. All the build up since Thanksgiving had brought him to this moment. Tomorrow would be the birth of Jesus and he was prepared to celebrate. So he drifted off to sleep with the glasses blinking and dreams beneath the Christmas Tree.
Jimmy spent the night and was eager to wake Michael up. Finally we let him rouse his brother up, both of them, and start the morning. Mikey's eyes were sleepy but he was definitely excited.
Hand on hip he strutted down the hall to the tree.
There were all the packages to share with our family. And Michael was filled with such joy, such genuine happiness with every package and every present he handed out to others.
All three boys were home and it was wonderful. A true gift for myself was having everyone together and healthy. I am so proud of my boys and their love for our family. They were so happy to give Michael his space gifts and to watch as he tore open the paper.
Michael read each package and delighted in each gift.
He was very happy to get some playmobil Knights.
Santa brought him a Santa suit and Michael was so excited to wear it. He had asked for one on Santa's lap and Santa had said, "Sure, I can do that." So Santa had to search many places to find one. But he did!
Sharing this season with Michael has been such an adventure. Marking the days off, trimming the tree, setting up the Manger scene, Michael as a sheep in the Nativity Play, his enthusiasm has been so
beautiful to witness. God blessed us with our boys and I am so thankful.
Happy New Year and new adventures to all.