filled with tradition
brimming with anticipation
home with twinkling lights and a warm fire
the days before Christmas are among my very favorite of the year.
tonight as we gathered together as family---
poised for a game night,
my brother (who lives in AZ) walked in the front door with his family.
they were so quiet (or we were so noisy)
that i didn't notice until my cute nephew said,
i looked down in surprise.
they had told us they weren't coming.
to have us all together---
is more than i anticipated~
i am still grinning from ear to ear.