After a very nice and peaceful Christmas day (with a clean house!) I enjoyed the most amazing Sacrament meeting today. A former coworker and friend Dr. Dean Belnap and his brother, Hal, (who actually lives in our ward and whom I love dearly) were the speakers. Dean shared his experience painting a wonderful piece of Christ calling Peter that he did in the 1950s (while serving in Washington DC as a pediatrician to the troops families living near DC, including President Eisenhower's grandchildren). The picture hangs in our chapel and his story is amazing. So wonderful to hear about it directly from him. Then three ward members did a violin duet (husband wife team - John and Sarah Margetts) with Vincent Humphries accompanying on piano - Pachabel's Canon. It was fantastic!
Later I prepared a Christmas dinner for the family and enjoyed the company of five of my kids and theirs (minus the children who are kept far from us!). We are praying that next Christmas will bring them home.
Good food, good family.