Today was Sam's first official Christmas vacation day.
It was so fantastic having him at home. We've missed him this school year, our bright Sam, gone every day during the good parts. Evenings and weekends just have a different flavour than the long playful hours of a toddlery weekday.
I was surprised to find him so nonchalantly independent. He and Vava wanted to make a cushion-slide on the stairs. I used to make those almost daily, last winter, so I was ready to get to work when somehow they'd already done it ... and they'd made it taller and steeper than I used to, too.
Kachi and Vava seemed to expand - growing brighter and braver - as if his unique qualities spread to them through the air, from laughter and shrieks of delight.
They adore their big brother. I adore their big brother :).
And Jesus - well, it's kind of like he's our big brother, and he's away. And when he returns to take us home to our Father, how bright and brave our hearts will be! How we long to be like him! And while we wait, we re-read the story of His adoption, when he adopted flesh and came into this world. We share stories of His courage and goodness and tell each other how he has loved us, and we adore him and try to imitate him in the way of small siblings the world over.
And on his birthday, we all get to blow out candles and exchange presents.
Merry Christmas, friends.