'Twas the night before the night before Christmas

Good evening, friends. I may not be posting very much over over the next couple days, since I'll be enjoying spending some time with my whole family. Yup, they got here this afternoon, and it's been so good to not just see, but hug and kiss our other kiddos, and have my mom and dad, and brother and family here for a few days. We've been blessed to have some of Suzanne's family here over the past couple of days too. 

Davis had another pretty good day today, with another dose of chemo. He saw his brothers and sisters, and his Nana and Poppa, in person for the first time since we been here. He didn't scowl at them, or turtle like he's been doing with docs and nurses, so that's a good sign.  Maybe tomorrow we'll get a smile out of him.

If I don't get time to post much before actual Christmas Day, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Thanks for being on this journey with us, and I trust you will enjoy the next few days with your own families and friends. May the grace and peace of God be with you through Jesus, the One who came to save people from their sin.

As we finish off this season of Advent, in which I've learned so very much about waiting and hope, I leave you with the words of the prophet Isaiah tonight, from Isaiah 9:2-7:

The people who walked in darkness 
have seen a great light; 
  those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, 
on them has light shone. 
 You have multiplied the nation; 
you have increased its joy;
 they rejoice before you 
as with joy at the harvest, 
as they are glad when they divide the spoil. 
 For the yoke of his burden, 
and the staff for his shoulder, 
the rod of his oppressor, 
you have broken as on the day of Midian. 
 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult 
and every garment rolled in blood 
will be burned as fuel for the fire. 
 For to us a child is born, 
to us a son is given; 
  and the government shall be upon his shoulder, 
and his name shall be called 
  Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
 Of the increase of his government and of peace 
there will be no end, 
  on the throne of David and over his kingdom, 
to establish it and to uphold it 
  with justice and with righteousness 
from this time forth and forevermore.