Life has gotten crazy busy around here. I try to limit my evening commitments to 3 a week. Last week I had 4 in a row, and it will be the same this coming week. Including 3 completely different worship services in 4 days. I have one that I still need to finish.
Yesterday would have been my mom's 84th birthday. She was born on Thanksgiving Day, so whenever her birthday fell on Thanksgiving it was special. This was the first time that happened since her death 5 years ago. It's hard to believe my parents have been gone for 5 years. We gathered at my brother's for our celebration, which was my parents' home. It is the house we all grew up in. It was small, packed, and noisy, but I got to see my wonderful nephews, so that was wonderful. Baby Nephew is a very happy baby. I got lots of baby snuggles in.
Daughter continues to struggle some. We came home early-- the noise and chaos were overwhelming her. She has spent more time with me, and has been cooperative. She likes me to build fires in the fireplace, and is even willing to fetch the firewood from the garage. I've enjoyed the fires, too. It's been cold.