Last week we put up the Christmas tree and wrapped all the presents for our family. Yesterday we watched the 1st Presidency Christmas Devotional. Afterwards we looked up "The Mansion" by Henry Van Dyke, printed it out and read it. We then understood why President Monson reads that every year. It is a thought provoking story about a man who unlike Schrooge in the Christmas Story, was very wealthy and generous, but very careful to make sure he got the best "return" on his donations. You all may want to read that.
Susan decided the little angel tree top didn't work, so she tatted a star for the top. You can almost see it in this picture. We also made new tissue box holder for the temple. The old one looked terrible. Here it is below. Susan taught Paul how to stitch the pattern and he did half of the squares. Made the project go twice as fast.It is winter here!!! We got 10 inches of snow last night. We didn't go to the branch over the weekend because of the threats of lake effect snow. We may have had trouble getting home if we had gone. We went instead to the Fairport ward.
While at church we were again reminded of the power of loving people within a ward. We do not know how we would have raised our children without the help of the saints in each of the wards we lived in. We are very grateful and hope you also experience this great blessing in your families lives. We cannot return to our Heavenly Father alone. It is only as we lift and help each other that we can all make it back. As you accept callings and then do your best in each of them we widen the family circle to include the ward family and we help ensure there are no empty chairs there either.