Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind;
Teach us to be patient and always to be kind.
~ Helen Steiner Rice

new house gift
new house gift

When we knew for sure that Aunt Janet would be getting her home replaced after the tornado, we said we had to spend Christmas in it. Last year the house was still a basic shell, but this year our tiny family gathered inside its warmth. We shared a delicious meal, exchanged thoughtful gifts, and played several rounds of Yatzee, which is what you play when there aren’t enough Rook players to be had. My mother wins the best gift award of the day (below). The family home place that sat on this spot for over 70 years had an outhouse that looked a lot like this one. There’s much to be thankful for this season. God bless us every one – and thank the lord we don’t have to use an outhouse in these temperatures! Merry Christmas.

the outhouse (instagram)
the outhouse (instagram)
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