Friday, December 24, 2010

Celebrating Christmas Eve

The Wood boys and Maxwell kids posing for a Christmas picture.

We celebrating Christmas Eve at church. The four boys sat through most of the Christmas Eve service. In fact, at the end of the service, Cooper fell asleep on my lap with his head nestled against my chest. As we sat there, I gazed outside and noticed snow was falling from the sky, blanketing the ground. The congregation belted out Christmas carols, and I heard myself singing, "Peace on Earth, goodwill to men." As I sang the lyrics, I thought how truly peaceful and good it felt..sitting at church, cuddling Cooper, gazing at the snow, singing Christmas hymns.

Cooper and Bryn Maxwell snuggling on the couch.

My good friend, Ali, and I before feasting on dinner.

After church, our friends, the Maxwells, had our family over for our annual Wood/Maxwell Christmas dinner. I've been anxiously awaiting that dinner for weeks. You see Ali is a hostess extraordinaire. She doesn't just throw something together. Ali carefully prepares cuisine that would rival any fine restaurant fare. But, eating at Ali's house is better than any restaurant, because she makes you feel at home. She spoils you, serves you, and fusses over you. Pretty soon, you wonder if you really ever have to leave.

The evening was more than the fine dining, it was about getting two families together, strengthening relationships, and making memories.

Thanks for a wonderful evening, Maxwells!

Happy Christmas Eve!!!

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