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December 25, 2006

Christmas Blessings

This has been the most amazing Christmas season in the history of the Doula family.

New traditions were started, while we continued to enjoy the familiarity of those which began during Jonathan and Justin's childhood days.

The gifts were thought filled and meaningful. Even the littles get the difference between Christmas Gifts and Christmas Presents.

The food was plentiful and delicious. Laughter and surprise filled the air. Most importantly, love permeated our lives.

As the hour grows late, everyone is settling in for a well earned rest. Our home is ensconced in peace. My heart is filled with gratitude for the Divine Intervention which has blessed us all.

My mind wanders from a manger years ago to the undeserved favor we walk in today. May we never venture from this new level of love and appreciation that has been opened to us, as our family has been knitted together even more strongly over the past weeks.

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December 20, 2006

Birthday Thanks!

Thank you for all of the e-cards and well wishes for my birthday.

It was a very happy birthday indeed! My Sweet Benny took 2 vacation days so we could spend 4 wonderful days together!

I was gifted with tanzanite and diamond ear rings, and a book I had been wanting. I was wined and dined and we danced the evening away.

When we came home, my daughter and daughter-in-law gave me the coolest birthday cake ever! It was yellow cake on the bottom, a middle layer of brownie, and yellow cake on top, with fudge icing between the layers and covered in fudge icing! They said it looked like a giant hamburger before they iced it.

The best part came when it was time to blow out my candles. I realized that, maybe for the first time ever, I had nothing to wish for.

Then on Sunday, Benny and I went to the American Legion Christmas party. We took friends we hadn't seen in quite awhile. It was a fun time. My two oldest sons have decided to join the Sons of the Legion. Free food and cheap booze, who could resist? DS2 will only be able to enjoy the food and formalities for now. He's my most patriotic child, so he doesn't mind.

This year I am only knitting very small Christmas gifts. I'll be finished tomorrow. I'm usually really stressed by now trying to finish projects.

Kaity and I are going to bake several gifts. I want to try Curlypurl's friend Anna's biscotti I have some special candy recipes I like to make for gifts too.

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December 08, 2006

Life!

Finally, FUN HAPPY LIFE is returning to our house!

The past month has been really busy. First, we had 3 birthdays. My firstborn turned 21. His friends gave him the ultimate week long 21st birthday bash.

Khi turned 9. At the restaurant where we took him for dinner, the waitress asked him how old he was. He told her he was 9 and then in his very Khi-like fashion asked her, "Guess what else?" She responded with interest, to which he said very seriously "I'm in puberty!" As we all recovered, he explained that if you look really close you can see his mustache starting.

Sarah made Kaity a candy covered butterfly cut up cake for her 11th birthday.

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Kaity loved it!

The week-end before Thanksgiving we all, sans Jonathan, went to Cleveland for me to attend a Doula Workshop. If you're interested in DONA certification or re-certification, Sunday Tortelli leads the most amazing 2 day week-end workshop imaginable. With lots of hands on practice
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and a beautiful closing ceremony.

While I was at the workshop, my family explored Cleveland. Sarah saw Lake Erie for the first time. And they found a mall with a train station inside. They went to a yarn store and brought me presents. I never considered knitting one of the fluffy scarves everyone else seemed to knit last year, but Kaity bought me this yarn. I love the way it turned out!

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Sarah chose for me this beautiful Noro Kureyon, in my favorite fall colorway. I've begun a sock but may frog it in favor of felted slippers.
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Sarah asked me to teach her to spin. She's a natural! There was never any "Designer" yarn on her spools. Saying that we both deserve much JOY after the past year, Benny ordered a new Ashford Joy for me so Sarah could keep the one I taught her on. She's also interested in dyeing. We dyed a batch of yellow merino for the top of a coat for Chloe.

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I love to see people's faces when the dye is exhausted and they see the clear water for the first time!

In the midst of it all, I received this most beautiful card from someone who means the world to me.

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The words written inside were even more lovely than the beautiful cup on the cover. I'm not sure where to respond, so I hope the sender will see this here.

I hope the holidays you celebrate will be filled with blessings of joy, peace, and love.

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