Monday, December 15, 2014

Celebrating A Little Differently

It's a season of doing things a bit differently for us, and celebrating a bit differently. My grandson recently had a birthday. There has always been a party with the family the weekend before or the weekend after the birthday. Because they are so far away, this wasn't going to happen. This was the first time that we have not been part of a birthday celebration for a grandchild and I was a little sad.

We mailed our gifts and scheduled some *face time* and missed him a whole lot as the day came and went and wished him a Happy Birthday. From what we were told he had a nice day.

Our grandson has three sisters. He has a gentle spirit but is all boy. His favorite part of school is that he gets three recesses with some type of zip line they they get to play on. He loves to play with Lego's, and learned this year with the help from from an older Lego enthusiast not to get upset when your creation breaks because "you can always rebuild" He is a blessing to us and we are very thankful the Lord has put him into our lives. 

So because there was no birthday party to attend this year we decided to join some friends and "experience" Grand Illumination in Williamsburg. It was one of those things we always wanted to do someday. Colonial Williamsburg is decorated as it would have been back in the day, using the items that would have been available back them. Lots of garlands and wreaths made out of natural materials and dried flowers. Unfortunately not many  photos because we got there kind of late and the streets were only lit by torches

We laughed a little about the torches. It was a cold night and people were huddled around those torches trying to get warm. it reminded us of bugs flying around a bug zapper in the summer. With sparks flying out from the torches it could have had the same effect.

The night ended with fireworks, which we enjoyed despite the cold weather and we got know these friends a little better. I keep trying to see these changes as new opportunities that the Lord has given us. His purposes are always good.


Camille said...

Lovely to read about some of your journey my friend. Yes, the Lord is in the hard as well as the easy. How precious it is to know that He knows and cares!! Happy belated birthday to your sweet grandson. Merry Christmas to YOU! XO

Debbie said...

yes it is hard adjusting to new "normals" or traditions isn't it? And it seems as if I adjust to a change when suddenly there is another. I guess that just tells us NOTHING stays the same so we just have to trust the Lord and "roll" with it, lol. Sounds like a fun night...glad you enjoyed it! Happy birthday to that cutie!

Lea said...

Awe, such a sweet, sweet post and such a sweet picture of your Grandson. Life is full of so many changes and some are so tough and miles separating families is so tough (we've been there). But, what fun to be in colonial Williamsburg. I'd say that's taking "lemons and making lemonade." Hugs to you!

NanaNor's said...

I know it must be a hard adjustment to have your grandson far away and not be part of his birthday party. I'm thankful for technology like facetime.
May you be blessed this Christmas.
Hugs, Noreen

Pam Phelps said...

Sweet post. I completely relate to the "not having" the ability to be with the grandchildren for the birthdays and holidays; we have had so many years of that, and it is very difficult. I feel for you. I love what you did as an alternative; it sounds wonderful. May you be blessed in this new season of your life, with all the good things the Lord has hidden away for you. And may you be blessed with the ability to still enjoy those children and grandchildren in new ways as well.