Well, I hit the road running on Monday, so didn't take time to share my Holiday Gratitudes. We had a great Christmas/New Year break. All three of us were off for two weeks (excluding some sermon prep and a wee bit of pastoral care on my part). In the weeks leading up to this break all three of us were under serious pressure at school/work. Gifted and Talented was hanging on to his sanity by his fingernails at work. ManBoy took the SAT, ACT, and dual credit college final along with having several projects due. We needed a break. So here's what we did with it.
We got the house clean! We had snow on Christmas Eve - never happened here before. We hosted G&T's family for Christmas dinner. We watched movies. We hung out and did nothing.
We took a quick trip to my sister's house and had a great visit with her family including seafood in Galveston. We traveled in my new car and enjoyed all the different ways we can listen to music - from iPod, mp3 player, and straight from a flash drive. Our return trip was a late night adventure as we were trying to beat the ice that was headed our way. We had fun listening to each other's music and keeping each other awake.
We watched movies. We hung out and did nothing. We even went to a movie - The Blind Side is awesome. We watched ManBoy spend his Christmas money on a golf club (driver). It was fun to watch him try different clubs on the virtual driving range. We ate way too much junk. We stayed up late and slept late. We got all the leaves raked and bagged the day before the yard trimmings recycle truck came.
Then at the end, manBoy and G&T put away all of Christmas while I wrote a sermon for Epiphany Sunday.
In general we had rest and recreation that helped us be re-created. For this I am thankful.
We are all back in the grind, but with more energy and better attitudes.