December and January sort of passed by with all its busy-ness.
December- The children performed in” A Christmas Carol.” It ran for two nights, and they blew it out of the water both nights! Grace wouldn’t play a part that required her to speak. She participated in the dance scene, and she enjoyed cheering from the audience. Ethan, Daniel, and Hannah played Cratchit children. We were able to get the boys to wear stage makeup which was a miracle, and Hannah didn't actually need any but insisted upon having some. Grace, who never made it onstage for any parts, thought she needed makeup, as well. Thankfully, there were so many older girls that our littler actresses weren’t left out. They were all very inclusive of every age and every part. I was very thankful we were able to be a part of the production.
We had family travel in to see them perform, and that meant a lot to the kids. It baffled me though because the comment was made that their cousins wished they could do a play. Then, the following day, my kids found out that their cousins were going to be involved in a parade, and my children made the comment that they wished they could be in a parade. Each set of children wanted the experience the other set of children was having. Both sets of kids sounded a lot like us grown-ups.
Never quite satisfied with what we have. Never really thankful enough. We always have one little eye that likes to wander toward what we don’t have or toward what we might want in the future. It takes effort to be content with where we are, to grow best where we’re planted. It takes effort to be open to change but not be consumed by things that may or may not happen in the future. It’s best to pray and ask God for wisdom and direction.