Dec 31 2013


Christmas in Indiana


Christmas wreathWe’re back from spending the week of Christmas in Indiana with my family. The boys had a fun time playing with their cousins, and I enjoyed catching up with family and friends who I miss dearly.

Last year, it snowed, and we went sledding in Mom and Dad’s woods. It also snowed the night we were supposed to leave, and Dad had to plow the driveway before we could leave. This year, it rained on the trip there (nonstop through Ohio and Indiana) but was dry and cold the rest of the week.

On Christmas Eve, Mom and Aunt Sarah took the grandkids to see Frozen, and Nelson and I went with my sister, Melissa, and family to the CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute.¬†CANDLES was founded in 1995 by Eva Mozes Kor who, as a twin, survived the genetic experiments of Dr. Josef Mengele in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Her husband, Mickey,¬† is also a Holocaust survivor, and we heard him speak. It wasn’t exactly an uplifting thing to do on Christmas Eve, but being a twin myself and having read a lot about the Holocaust,¬† I wanted to visit the museum. I’m glad we did.

Mom and I played a couple flute/piano arrangements for the Christmas Eve service at Union Chapel. Lucas fell asleep about five minutes into the service, so he missed it. Jacob loves anything to do with fire, so his favorite part was the candle lighting at the end.

Christmas Day was at Mom and Dad’s, with my sisters Sarah and Melissa and family. Mom and Dad went overboard on the gifts, as usual, and we were all blessed. And stuffed.

Now we’re back in Maryland, and it’s New Year’s Eve. What to do? We’ll probably go to our church’s New Year’s Eve service at 8:30 and then come home. I don’t know if we’ll make it until midnight, but I have my doubts. Life with small children does that to you, I guess.

Well, here’s wishing you a Happy New Year! See you again in 2014.


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