I can't believe it is only a few days until Christmas. This December I feel that we have let Christmas slowly pass us by without much music and fanfare. Many traditions we have upheld through the years are just not happening this year. Something I always look forward to each year is the Christmas Eve Candlelight service out our church. Well this year our church has been going through some major changes and there will not be a Candlelight service. Our oldest moved out on his own last year and is doing well. He will be spending the night here at home on Christmas Eve and waking up with us on Christmas morning, for that I am very thankful. But it has been a little odd not having him here as much during the month of Christmas and doing things together as a family.
Our Christmas shopping is nowhere near done. I have never been this late in purchasing Christmas presents. Financially, as it is for many other families, Christmas has been downsized. Personally the presents don't mean anything to me and my kids are really great about it.
The Cooperative's performances in the beginning of the month took up a lot of our time and it seemed like the first two weeks of December flew by in a heartbeat. We haven't gone out to look at any Christmas lights. Our house is decorated but very minimally in light of past years.
Also dealing with Grace's illness has been exhausting to say the least. Yesterday found us at the hospital because there were no doctors in town that could see her until after Christmas. Hardly any school work is getting done. Almost daily she is dealing with nausea and possibly vomiting. All blood work came back good, but still no real answers as to what is causing it. We are starting with weaning her off her anxiety medication to see if it is a side effect then the next will be food sensitivities. Who has time for Christmas planning with all this. I am ready for the New Year and I feel bad about saying that.