Wrapped packages yesterday and thought of mom again. She is everywhere during this holiday. Mom was the perfect gift wrapper. Square corners, pretty paper with folded creases and always bows on every present. My presents aren't as nice.
Christmas music is more meaningful this year as well.... We've been hauling out the Holly with the Ray Coniff singers and belting the Hallelujah with the Tab choir. And...every time I sing I can hear my mom's low alto harmony.
Laila had her first piano recital. She played 3 songs, one was a duet of Carol of the Bells with her friend, Olivia Campbell. Laila doesn't like piano and most of our mom and daughter disagreements happen over practicing the piano. Well...she was blessed at the recital. The Christmas angel came down and touched her fingers and she played all 3 songs better than she ever has sitting in our living room. We were all impressed. Grandpa Lyle, Grandma Welch, Holly, Wayne and I were in attendance.
|Laila and duet partner Olivia Campbell|
|Ugly Sweater day at school....Laila word Grandma Butters old poinsettia sweater and earrings circa 1950...|