There need be no bewilderment . . .

1 01 2005

These have been an interesting couple of weeks.

For starters, we spent Christmas in a Holiday Inn in downtown Mansfield, Ohio. We couldn’t have chosen worse timing for our departure for Ohio if we’d consulted a sadist at the weather bureau. The nasty winter weather joined us before we’d made it out of East Texas, and escorted us all the way to Memphis, Tennessee–a journey that should have taken about six hours, but took twelve. The storm traveled northeast at about 30 mph, and so did we. Cars, semis, and SUV’s lined the highway, scattered randomly in ditches like so many toy cars tossed aside by a petulant child. It took three full days to reach our destination, but we made it by Christmas Eve. That night we attended a liturgical service at a lovely, old Lutheran Church. After we returned to the hotel, Luke spent much of the night in the bathroom face to face with the toilet.

He stayed in bed all day Christmas. The rest of us (our family and George’s relatives) opened gifts in the morning. The lodge where we were supposed to enjoy a lovely catered meal for Christmas dinner lost power due to the storm. So we ate Christmas dinner at Denney’s. Yes. Denney’s.

George felt puny as we retired for bed that night, but he made it through without losing what he’d managed to choke down of Christmas dinner. Jacob, however, lost his. The next night was Grace’s turn. (We believe in sharing around here.)

We made it home in one and a half days on clear roads under sunny skies.

Last night we spent a pleasant New Year’s Eve at home. Grace and I made homemade pizzas baked on baking stones. Among the humorous moments of the evening was when Jacob downed a glass of red wine in one big gulp. (I think he thought it was grape juice.) Grace looked up from her plate just in time to see him empty the glass. His face froze in the oddest expression. We all laughed, but Grace almost fell out of her chair. After dinner we iced and decorated the gingerbread men George and Jacob had baked in the morning. We adjourned to the den for a double DVD feature: Napoleon Dynamite and Holes. Both must-see movies if you haven’t yet.

The second movie ended at 11:50 PM. I went to the kitchen and started washing dishes. George came in at midnight and kissed me on the cheek. Call him selfish, but he chose not to share his cold. Then we all hugged and kissed and pronounced blessings on one another. It was nice.

2005. Some major changes should take place this year–though, in reality, we never know what a day will bring forth, do we? George should finish his PhD. This means more than just a huge personal accomplishment. It could mean new employment. A new location for our family. Leaving the familiar and launching into the unknown. Grace also graduates from college in June, which means new beginnings for her.

Whatever 2005 may bring, I hope to meet it gracefully–with joy, faith, and delighted expectation. And I hope the same for all of you.

Peace. EZ


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12 responses

1 01 2005
flowerintherain

Awww… I’m sorry you guys were sickon Christmas… well I’m sory you guys were sick at all. I hope every one is feeling better now and that your entire new year is as happy and sweet as your new years eve.

1 01 2005
flowerintherain

Awww… I’m sorry you guys were sickon Christmas… well I’m sory you guys were sick at all. I hope every one is feeling better now and that your entire new year is as happy and sweet as your new years eve.

2 01 2005
gaia43

Alot of people would’ve said having to eat at Dennys would ruin Christmas, but somehow, I KNOW you’re family embraced it and made it your own.

Happy New Year and best wishes to you and yours!

2 01 2005
gaia43

Alot of people would’ve said having to eat at Dennys would ruin Christmas, but somehow, I KNOW you’re family embraced it and made it your own.

Happy New Year and best wishes to you and yours!

3 01 2005
ragamuffen

Kelly and Crystal made it to this post before I did and said the things that I would say…but

1. Happy New Year!

2. I’m glad you are all feeling better

3. I know that whatever the year brings your family will go through it in love.

4. All of my best to all of you!

3 01 2005
ragamuffen

Kelly and Crystal made it to this post before I did and said the things that I would say…but

1. Happy New Year!

2. I’m glad you are all feeling better

3. I know that whatever the year brings your family will go through it in love.

4. All of my best to all of you!

4 01 2005
jeannedamoff

Thanks! I think we’re mostly out of the woods on sickness. We’ll see. Grace relapsed twice. Sunday–the night before she was supposed to fly back to Seattle–she got really sick and we discussed taking her to the hospital. But by yesterday morning she felt better, her appetite returned, food tasted good to her, and she opted to go ahead and fly back. I spoke with her on the phone after she landed, and she seems to be doing fine.

I hope your new year is happy and sweet, too!

♥ EZ

4 01 2005
jeannedamoff

Thanks! I think we’re mostly out of the woods on sickness. We’ll see. Grace relapsed twice. Sunday–the night before she was supposed to fly back to Seattle–she got really sick and we discussed taking her to the hospital. But by yesterday morning she felt better, her appetite returned, food tasted good to her, and she opted to go ahead and fly back. I spoke with her on the phone after she landed, and she seems to be doing fine.

I hope your new year is happy and sweet, too!

♥ EZ

4 01 2005
jeannedamoff

Wow, Crystal. It’s nice to know you have such a lovely view of our family. We mostly joked and laughed about our circumstances, so I guess that’s the same as embracing them. :o)

I wish you all the best in the new year, too.

Love, EZ

4 01 2005
jeannedamoff

Wow, Crystal. It’s nice to know you have such a lovely view of our family. We mostly joked and laughed about our circumstances, so I guess that’s the same as embracing them. :o)

I wish you all the best in the new year, too.

Love, EZ

4 01 2005
jeannedamoff

Thanks, Raga. I think we’re all on the mend now.

I look forward to devouring lots and lots of delicious stories this year, which you will be providing, of course. ;o)

Happiest of Happy New Years to you.

Love, EZ

4 01 2005
jeannedamoff

Thanks, Raga. I think we’re all on the mend now.

I look forward to devouring lots and lots of delicious stories this year, which you will be providing, of course. ;o)

Happiest of Happy New Years to you.

Love, EZ

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