Christmas Day was gentled with fellowship of friends. They came to visit us, all the way from San Antonio, TX, the dearest of friends whose distance makes their company quite rare. Thus, joyous was the day when they entered our house, their eyes and mouth smiling, and ours smiling with joy in return.
We ate another version of Christmas breakfast, a delightful repast.
Nothing goes so perfectly with food as laughter, nor good company to share it with....
Whilst we bent over our dishes in the kitchen, Richard played with Matthew and Sarah Anne.
Then the bell was rung, and we all assembled around the long table.
More joy, more talking, more smiles...
The day slipped by, filled with meditation together, worship, wonderful conversations, until we gathered around the table again, to enjoy butternut squash streusel dessert and coffee, and play a game.
And thus comes the end of our happy December. It was one of the most unforgettable. January has passed since, rather quietly, and February is in its fullest time.
Farewell, dear friends.