Not the best picture;
but I am glad I have it;
it is a lunch that my Aunt always has for us:
good bread, jams, peanut butter
roggebrood (a small dense Dutch rye bread), cheese,
How we laugh at my Aunt's house;
talking about my Mom and Cousins growing up years;
and the grand-babies of two of my Aunt's grandchildren.
I made the roasted root vegetables for my family's Christmas dinner;
this time I added a parsnip;
it turned out really well.
I got some special gifts -
some small spoons and tea towel that were my Oma's.
An icon of the Annunciation from my Godmother;
my ever present composition notebooks
(always have one with me)
Dutch soup mix and some simple delft blue egg cups
(for lunches like the one my Aunt had for us).
I must remember to show you all a beautiful
hand painted ornament of the Nativity
that my sister gave me from Romania.
A most wonderful day full of seeing many people I love.
The first day of my 34th year.
I have no idea what is in store for me this year
but I know I will need God for every step of the way.
I am off to the monastery for a few days.
I thank God that I have this opportunity.
God is rich in mercy.
Praying that as this year draws to a close that God
will comfort all of us as we face a new year
with all that it will contain.
God is with us.