This Christmas felt different for a few reasons. For one, I was back in the states to experience the FULL Christmas season. This filled me with a sense of ease - knowing I didn’t have to squeeze everything in a two week frame, like I had done the previous three years.
During Komae Christmas this year (dad’s side), my cousin Aaron gave a toast honoring our grandparents, Ryo and Jean. This being our first Christmas without either of them, it was a solemn moment; the end of an era. Just as poetically as one era closes, another has opened. My cousin, Colin, announced at the “amen” of our dinner prayer that him and his wife are pregnant! That was incredible.
At Hirano Christmas, we made sure to skype the Hans who are in CO to include them in the kids performances. Camden, Lenya and Eden sang “Armor of God”, Hunter recited the ABC’s of faith, and Danielle performed a song on the Ukulele and also a worship song on her guitar. These are the moment that no gift can beat.
I realize this year, more than ever, what a blessing family is. My dad’s side, my mom’s side, all my aunties, uncles and cousins…all together, healthy, happy…thank you Jesus.
I am going into 2019 with a grateful heart, reminding myself to keep my hands open to receive the goodness and promises of God. amen.