Christmas is approaching and we have plenary of white cover on the ground, this makes me immensely happy.
Christmas for our family is different almost every year, not only because we have moved so often that we seldom spend two Christmas’s in the same place, but also because our families live on different continents. Another little twist is added by Carl’s work, he hardly ever gets Christmas off, so we celebrate Christmas on a different day nearly every year. Christmas 2016 in the Manders family will be celebrated tomorrow, the 23rd of December. After that Carl leaves for a three day stretch of work, it seemed more humane on the childrens account to have Christmas early rather than late (well, on my account too). This year will be different also in the respect of decorations and foods. I don’t think we have had the energy to decorate and get ready for Christmas as we usually have. The menu will also look rather different, much more simple and healthy, blah… 🙂 We will have salmon, salad, I’ll come up with a dessert, and I think I’ll load the kids up with chocolate… amongst a few small things that I can think of at the grocery store.
Today is a wonderful day, it is the kids last day of school. We are a homeschooling family and this means that we ALL go on holiday! My amazing husband has been pulling the school wagon since September, with the incredible help of other families. It has been an adventure that I have just been watching from the sidelines. On one hand it has even been hard for me to give up the torch, allow and trust someone else to do the job, and on the other hand I haven’t had an option but have given it to God, and what an amazing job they have all done. Last fall was a tumultuous one, but when I look at the children I am in awe of how God has carried them through it all! In the month of December I started homeschooling more and plan to pick up on it fully in January.
When I look back on this year I am brought to my knees with respect and humility for God’s Grace. Last spring I prayed a prayer from my heart. I prayed that God would change me, that He would give a divine desire to do my job as a wife, a mother and a teacher to our children. I had been struggling with homeschooling, with the lack of desire to do it, I was exhausted from our latest move, and found it challenging to see my husband excel in and love the job he had. I felt that I had been left out of the loop of success, I had knowingly given up my chance. I was angry with myself and growing ever so bitter in my heart. Then in August the phone rang and the doctor told me I had a very serious cancer… I immediately, kid you not, remembered that prayer. A voice whispered in my ear: This is an answer to your prayer, you are being changed. From that instant on, the only thing I wanted from life was to live, with my family and be alongside them every day doing the work of God. I don’t believe that God gave me cancer, it is NOT His will for me to be ill.
3 John 1:2
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
His will is for me to be in health!!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our family and friends near and far, and to all of you who read this blog, who share in our joys and sorrows, who pray for my health and the future of our family!