So Thanksgiving is already a distant memory having occurred a whole week ago and the shopping frenzies of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are already left in a big plume of dust! The Christmas countdown is in full swing and the holiday will be here in a blink of an eye!! Usually I’m one to stay ahead of the pack when it comes to anticipating and celebrating Christmas…I LOVE Christmas and want to soak it all up…every moment….every cheesy store-inspired tradition…every sacred experience the holiday holds for me as I reflect on the birth of my Savior. I’d pull out the tree and decorate the house in early November if I could and kind of combine the whole holiday season into one big “ThanksChristmas” extravaganza!!!
But it feels different this year for some reason…I haven’t put my finger on it but I haven’t wanted to take our few Thanksgiving decorations down yet…I’ve wanted to linger a bit more in this season of thanksgiving, linger a bit more in those moments when something catches me eye and I try to take a snapshot of it in my mind, linger a bit more in stillness and peace. I pray you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration and the spirit of that day lingers throughout your whole holiday season as well!
We enjoyed celebrating Thanksgiving with family this year…celebrating a holiday with family doesn’t happen very often for us with both of our families living so far away so we soaked up time with the Boston cousins over the long holiday weekend. Rudy, of course, loved all the attention and cried pretty much non-stop when everyone left for an outing he couldn’t join in on! 🙂 He’s so aware and soooooo wants to be included in what the big kids do. 🙂
Rudy’s doing well, though, and has remained healthy so far since the cooler weather of a Santa Barbara winter rolled in. After the slew of over a dozen doctor/ER/UCLA visits in October, he’s gotten a break from doctor appointments this month and we’ve appreciated the reprieve. We have a handful coming up in December but they are all routine appointments so hopefully Rudy’s health will remain stable in the next few weeks of (more than usual) activities…we need to pace ourselves as we get closer to our Wish trip in January!!!
Here’s a little Thanksgiving photo recap…
Okay, so my favorite Thanksgiving memory of 2012 will go down in the books as the serenade Rudy got at the SBRM feast…Rudy, Max and I spent the day hanging out in the courtyard talking with the homeless guests as they waited to be seated for lunch and there were two gentlemen in particular who were eager to sit down and spin a mile-long yarn! 🙂 At one point, one of them asked me what Rudy’s name was and as soon as I said “Rudy”, they broke out simultaneously into a loud and somewhat off key rendition of “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer”. Rudy’s enthusiastic response encouraged them to sing even louder! The expression on his face was similar to the picture below…total joy and acceptance. The scenario was annoying to more than a few people standing around us but for Rudy and the two men who serenaded him, it was a highlight of the day. 🙂
Thank you friends! Thanks for being the special individuals you all are and for sharing yourselves with us! Thank you for your prayers and for your concern when we go longer than usual in posting an update. Thank you for sharing in our love for Rudy and for your friendship to our family. We all have so much to be thankful for…and I want to linger on those thoughts…always! Blessings to you today.