English: Statue representing Peter, James, and John conferring the Melchizedek Priesthood to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Before Christmas my elementary age kids had a short bout with whatever cold thing they picked up at school. Not a big deal and they missed very little school. As soon as school got out Kimber got it again. This time she was a little sicker and we were worried she would miss Christmas due to being so sick so we called and got her a blessing. The next day instead of being better her brother was also sick. By the end of the day it was obvious that it was spreading and we called for more blessings all around. It ended up being a good thing because a few children were showing signs of coming down with the cold, and two more actually needed blessings for other issues, so we did a round for everyone’s “maintenance and prevention.” The next morning everyone felt great and no one was sick at all for Christmas. 🙂 I was so glad we received those prevention blessings.
After enjoying the holidays, I am especially happy to be able to enjoy my family. It seems to be the goal of the holidays to be with family. Sometimes it is not so easy to get along, but this year was especially and unexpectedly enjoyable. Definitely a gift. Didn’t realize how precious it was until we had such a stressful family experience last year. Not quite ready to say I’m grateful for last year, but I do appreciate this year more.
A few days back I got a strange but intense itching and irritation on my lip. At first it was just really annoying. Then I realized what it was. I was going to have a full-out, not fun cold sore for Christmas. I was not excited. Then I remembered that essential oils help cold sores most when they are just starting. I treated my poor lip with enough OnGaurd that my tongue started to go numb. Three days later and not an itch, bump, or sign of any sort of sore at all! Horray for OnGuard!
We have been enjoying a lot of Christmas music around here, and a lot of great music in general. It is unbelievable how much musical talent there is in the world. There are people of all races, ethnicity, religions, and backgrounds who have so much talent to offer. God does not seem to discriminate when it comes to handing out musical gifts, and we all have the opportunity to enjoy it.
(I have been a little disappointed with the exclusively secular “holiday music” played on the radio this year. Anyone else notice that?)
Yesterday we had a true snow day. It was a Sunday, so everything was canceled for everyone. (One observation is that we got more snow the 24 hours before than we had gotten for the last 7 years combined!) It was so peaceful not to have any scheduled activities, and no chores. We spent the entire day relaxing, building snowmen, preparing for Christmas, and spending time with the kids. It was almost as good as Christmas Day itself. My kids summed everything up with the observation, it is like a snow day you don’t need to make up at the end of the year. My daughter did feel like making some homemade bread and we relaxed to a warm pot of soup, warm potatoes, and fresh from the oven bread.
I appreciate life throwing in a good day now and then!
Yesterday when we woke up all the kids wanted to do is to see if we got snow. There had been a 40% chance overnight, but usually it breaks up, and we almost never get snow before January. I told them they could look, but not to be too disappointed if there was none. They were so excited, THREE inches of snow! I was surprised. I was also excited to find out that the car that had been put into the garage was the one with four brand new tires. Our town does not even own a snow plow, so we really needed good tires. We also do not own a single piece of snow equipment, so it was nice to have had the good car in the garage where no scraping was needed. School started “late” because of poor road conditions, but we were all there safe and on time.