December 31, 2008

Christmas in hind-sight

We are back online, at long last! Our computer crashed this holiday season so our life froze sometime back in November. But here we are, back in touch with the world at large.

And though we are about to take it down and throw it in the compost pile, here is our beloved tree. Bright and Daniel went to the very outskirts of town in a three-wheeled, lime green vehicle to this landscaping nursery where they picked out this tree. It was delivered a few hours later, potted in a green plastic pot, and we squeezed it under our high ceiling. We trimmed a few stray fronds, wrapped it in colored lights, hung our ornaments, which we brought with us from America, and the result was more than made our whole Christmas. The smell filled our living room as Daniel and I stayed up past midnight that first night, cutting and taping little pieces of paper to make a paper chain for our Christmas tree.

The funny thing is, there was a sack of spiders in that tree, unknown to us, which burst a few weeks later. We spent three days smashing baby spiders against our ceiling and walls.

Here, too, is a picture of our little family-away-from-family.
From the left: Daniel, Kayla, Bright, Zion, Anita (with her tongue out, holding baby Callie), her husband, Jeremy, behind her in the elf shirt, LeeAnn, Amy, and Cristina. We had a great Christmas, and thank you to everyone who sent goodies our way. We missed home, but felt your love across the miles.