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'Twas the night before Christmas...


at the Shrodes home! And I'm so excited, I can hardly stand it!!!
We had a great day in the house this morning at church. A packed house, and we have added 90 more chairs to the sanctuary in just the past year. It's amazing. God is so good! We are getting ready to break through our next attendance barrier.

Tonight was Christmas Eve communion. It was much nicer with five staff couples, we had three communion stations, one couple greeting, and one got to take a break every 30 minutes. So we all had 2 and 1/2 hours of serving, and 1/2 hour rest. It was good because standing and serving that long can get difficult on your feet, especially dressed up.

After praying and taking communion together as a staff, we exchanged gifts with those who couldn't go to dinner with us, then went to dinner with the rest and exchanged more.

So we headed home and I've been putting the finishing touches on everything for tomorrow morning. As I can't wake up to any mess without being depressed, I cleaned anything that was out of sorts. Made the breakfast rolls for in the morning (the kids favorite) and Larry got all the stockings out. We rearranged the furniture in the living room and got everything ready for morning. Oh yes, we did let the kids open one gift tonight. Dustin didn't care about it and wanted to talk to his friends on the internet, so I'm certainly not going to force him to open a gift... pretty interesting when your kids will give up gifts to talk to a friend. (must be some friend!) Savanna opened up her Mr. Potato Head, and Jordan opened up his Superman hat. Then they watched the Little Drummer Boy while I finished up the last few things. I can't wait for them to open the rest of their things in the morning. How surprised they are going to be!

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