For all those who celebrate, I hope you had a marvelous Christmas! Due to a different set of circumstances, this year my immediate family was able to travel to my grandma's on Christmas morning! Now that, my friends, is a rarity.
We traveled to Small Town, USA and surprised my grandma at church. I must admit that I haven't been to her church in such a long time. It was nice to be able to visit there once again. Is it terribly shameful that I had to use the hymnal for almost all of the Christmas songs! Oh my goodness....and I was at the front of the church. In my defense, typically you sing these only once a year and although I knew all the songs, I didn't remember all the verses by heart. So, I grabbed the hymnal!
After church, we had dinner and I was able to spend some time with cousins whom I see maybe once or twice a year. It was good to catch up with them. I didn't take a lot of pictures, per my usual. Folks get a bit camera shy these days. But not these folks...
You know me. Then there's my brother. And the rest are cousins.
I'm also presently recovering from yet a third oral surgery procedure (from today actually). In spite of medication, my body refuses to shut down so here I am am filling you in on the details of my life. lol Truth be told, I think it's because that paper is not done. I've got two sections remaining and as I worked on one of those sections, I could feel my body say, "Sleep is around the corner." So, my friends, I will take heed. Hopefully by the time I post pre-New Years, I can tell you that I've satisfied all of the course requirements. After such (and 5 credits I am taking in the spring semester), I can take my comprehensive exams, which basically is the next step towards dissertation and graduation! :-)
I am very thankful for so many things, but as I have somehow shifted from Christmas at grandma's to grad school, I want to let you know that I received two A's this term. Yay! I thought I would literally run around the building when I saw the registrar's post. To celebrate the end of a semester, my grad school friends and I spent hours laughing and catching up with each other over a fabulous meal at a downtown restaurant. As I am the furthest one out, it was worth the drive!
So, bringing this post back to Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas season with your family and that you were able to reflect upon the true meaning of the holiday.
How are you spending these last few days of 2016?