It's also no secret that my world is not the same without them and that empty nesting is not for sissies.
When this family, gathers, "Joy To The World" could be our theme song. We play a lot, we eat a lot and time flies.
How glad I am that the tradition of Christmas is important to my family and everyone makes it priority to be home.
Two years ago Justin and Jenn were absent from the Christmas celebration, but two days later, grandson Preston arrived in this world and gave us another cause to celebrate.
This year, daughter Marta will be absent from us She will be on call at the hospital where she is doing her internship. There's no getting around it, gathering everyone together will start to become more difficult as the years go by.
It is easy to get so caught up in tradition that we cannot change our way of gathering. This is a beautifully blended family and they all got used to celebrating holidays on different days in order to celebrate with both sets of parents. So we are creative in how and when we celebrate. We have all had to let go of certain traditions in order to be together. The kids are better at it than I. I'm still dumping traditions left over from my childhood.
So, gather the presents, gather at church, gather around the piano, gather around the tree, gather at the table and have a most blessed Christmas together.
We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing...