The kids made the banner above (except for the large letters, which I drew and they colored in). One of the surprises for me was finding one of Dietrich's messages:
I was struck by how true this was. In a very real way we are God's way of being in the world. As Christ was the image of the Father so we bear his image. So while there is, of course, a difference, Dietrich is right, "It's almost the first Christmas all over agin" - especially perhaps when her name is Charis.
Speaking of whom, here's another picture of her wrinkled little foot. :-)
Friday night, about an hour after Mommy and Charis came home, Dietrich and I headed out to Delano for the Delano Open. He won his bracket with a fall in the third period and a tough 6-3 victory in the final, so he qualified for the Northland Youth Wrestling Association's Lakeville Regional Meet in two weeks. The top three places will advance to state, but the competition will be very, very stiff. He finishes out his North Saint Paul Suburban League season this week with the final four dual meet Wednesday (Trinity is seeded first) and the individual tournament Saturday.
If it wouldn't have been for my neglecting to turn on the alarm clock (honest, it was neglect) Charis would have had her first day of church today. As is, she had her first People of Praise meeting (Campus Area) and her first trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where we introduced her to Frank:Nora took in a little abstract art: