Arthur opened up our early Christmas gift from his parents - a beautiful, and large, fish house!! Anxious to see what it was like, Arthur set it up in their living room. It set up really fast and is about 6x12 feet and a little over six feet tall. We are very grateful for this gift - thanks, Dad and Mom!! This will be especially nice if any of you reading this should happen to want to come fishing and not appreciate the bitter cold. After all, the best days for fishing are the coldest, windiest, and snowing - at least that's the kind of days the guys seem to go out! They might even get the girls to go out with this ice palace to live in.
Another early gift we got today came in a package in the mail. It sounded like sleigh bells ringing which really had us stumped. Miriam tore the package open and it was a nice WELCOME sign made by N.J. What a surprise! Thank you so much!! Arthur hung it up right away on our door and I put my good sewing sissors in the leather sissor case N.J. sent along. What beautiful work and a good skill for a young man to learn. (the girls are singing sleigh bells songs now!!)
As we look around our house, most everything we own is a gift from someone. What a blessing to know our needs, and wants, are being taken care of in God's way and timing. Maybe it's just that I'm getting older or something, but getting gifts is no longer the big thing, although I love gifts! The joy is in giving and meeting the needs of others. Acts 20:35 says, "...It is more blessed to give than to receive." We have been blessed today by these thoughtful gifts and I know those that gave of their hard earned money and time are blessed as well. Thanks again!