Rachel went off to Mexico - involved in a humanitarian project. She helped package and distribute food and coats and blankets and toys. She spent Christmas Eve among the homeless and near homeless. She missed Christmas eve and Christmas morning here at home. When she got home mid-day on Christmas, she shared with us her incredible experiences. There were many families giving up their holiday to serve those less fortunate.
Therefore, I was a bit embarassed about our haul on Christmas morning.
Dave's dad spent most of the month with us. He doesn't much like living alone, but does get along pretty well. He spends most of his summers in his enormous garden and then gives most of the produce away to friends and neighbors. He realizes if he doesn't stay active, he won't stay mobile and self sufficient so he still works very hard. During the winter, he spends time at each of his son's homes. It's nice to have him here and nice for the kids to get to know him better. He has lived an incredible life.