Monday, December 29, 2008

A Great Christmas Eve - Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

I have to say this is one of my favorite Christmas Eves that I can remember! I have had an AWESOME day and I feel blessed by the friends God has given me here while I’m in Okinawa. Great relationships can make any duty station bearable and I have met some gems on this island who made today a special day for me!!! My day started out snuggly warm after my hubs figured out that we really do have heat in our off-base home. This might not seem like a big deal since we live on a tropical island but it gets down right cold in the Courtney area, especially since we live close to the water. Since I didn’t have to thaw myself out this morning I hit the ground running.

I spent a small portion of my morning with Kristen and her two, adorable kids. You have just gotta meet Owen (AKA the big “O”) and Allison. Owen loves baseball and Allison has the best wardrobe staff in town. Check out my blog soon for Christmas updates to see these two cutie pies. We were able to visit with a few ladies about PWOC who are new on-island at the newcomer’s brief. Yeah – new friends to invite to lunch and grow in the Lord together!!! Then I headed back home to my least favorite place on-island: the commissary. Can you believe I stepped foot in that place on Christmas Eve – what was I thinking??? What I wasn’t thinking was that the ingredients for Old Fashion Wassail do not grow in my fridge or cupboards and the items needed to be purchased before said store closed. So off I went and I was able to find everything I needed. Hear my heart: I don’t hate the Courtney commissary due to any fault of it’s own. I hate grocery shopping in general which adds to my distaste in cooking. Another blog brewing out of that comment!!!!

After I survived the commissary I returned home to hang out with my faithful companion, Socks, and listen to more Christmas music. Can you ever tire of hearing Reba sing “Mary, Did You Know?” or Amy Grant sing “Breath of Heaven”? I was so inspired that I finally dragged myself out of the blogging rut I was in and updated my blog – check it out and enjoy the cool Christmas tunes I have waiting there for your listening enjoyment!!! Thanks, Kristen, for making me look so smart by teaching me how to add music to my blog – great to have smart friends in my circle!!!

The real fun began at Torii Chapel tonight as we joined many military families celebrating the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We spent most of the Christmas eve service singing Christmas hymns in the Army’s beautiful chapel. I love to praise and worship amongst friends and this night was perfect for celebrating the best Christmas gift ever given!!!

We continued our fun night celebrating with the Hanson family over dinner. Our original plan was to meet John , Mindy and friends at a local Japanese place for dinner. The problem was when we got there they were no longer serving food, just desserts. This is one of those quirky things that happens on Okinawa that you never get use to!!! I have nothing against desserts, as most of you know, but we were all hungry for food and not sweets. So we moved to plan “B”: Jack’s Place on Kadena. We closed out our evening over plates of food, smothered in garlic and endless conversation and a ton of Christmas pictures by the Christmas tree!!! I almost cried tonight as I was hugging Toni goodbye – I was thinking how blessed I am for God to continue to bring the most incredible people into my life. Though it’s hard to spend special occasions away from “home” God softened the blow with great new memories I can blog about!!! Merry Christmas!!!!

1 comment:

Blake and Hollie said...

OMGosh!!!! I love the pictures you posted. I wanted to cry with the music playing in the backround. I love the last one. I too went to the the commissary on Christmas Eve :) So you weren't the only one. Is that your house??? It's beautiful.