1. The allergy treatments we're doing with Audrey are working! Praise God! In the past few weeks, she's been able to eat banana, avocado, kiwi, and pineapple with no problems. Amazing. Her skin is healing up and getting smooth again. She still seems to be having trouble with certain spices, and that treatment is a few weeks down the road. Still, we are so happy to see real improvement.
2. Our trial with our former landlord was yesterday, and he didn't come. Therefore, we got a default judgment in our favor. It will still take some time to get our deposit back as we follow the court procedure, but this was a very positive thing. The judge kind of chuckled and said, "Happy New Year." :)
3. The van is broken again...or still. It wouldn't start in early December and we had it towed to a shop for a diagnostic. They wanted $700 to replace the fuel pump so we had it towed back to our house, where the towing guy proceeded to drive it off the truck. Come to find out it had run at the shop too, and they never mentioned that. Nick talked to some friends and they suggested cleaning the battery terminals to make sure it was getting a good connection. He did that, and the van ran fine for two more weeks. Then it quit again. At this point we're thinking it must be the fuel pump after all. Lame-o.
4. Our Christmas/Tessa's first birthday was SO fun. We opened presents at our house, then went to my parents' for brunch and more presents, then came home for naps, then had my parents and siblings to our house for MORE presents and birthday cake. Tess was about done with the presents by the end. And she LOVED her GF carrot cake. I made this one and spiced it with allspice and ginger since Audrey can't do cinnamon. It was very moist and delicious. I frosted it with the first recipe on this page, using coconut oil and coconut milk. Very good.
5. We are staying HOME for New Year's. And there are absolutely no complaints here.
6. I'm excited to get back into a regular routine after the holidays. We have lots of homeschooling projects that will be fun. I also am looking forward to hosting gluten free classes at my house.
7. My Christmas epiphany this year was this: God's not afraid of the dust of everyday life. Sometimes I get frustrated by dirt. I have three small children. There is no way to have everything clean all of the time. Relationships with people are messy. Cars break down. Sometimes our emotions control us when they shouldn't. Sometimes it seems the thing standing between a perfect environment/house is MONEY. But, God didn't send His son to be born to a rich family in a sterile, spotless hospital. He sent him to a dirty stable. They laid Him in a manger that had animal food, slobber and manure caked on it. Think of the germs! And people freak out about homebirth... ;) But none of that scared God. And He understands earth, in a way that is comforting to me.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I pray God's blessings on you and your families!
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light; those who dwelt in the land of intense darkness and the shadow of death, upon them has the Light shined.