What keeps us going through sleepless nights and many, many dirty diapers? What keeps us going when we are exhausted and just want a private moment in the bathroom for a shower? What keeps us constantly trying to be better parents?
Well, it is for the moments when our children surprise us with such sweetness and empathy. When they show us a glimpse of the great human beings they are and will become. And for the Koch family, it was for a moment like this, a moment when their daughter, Claire signed her Christmas concert for her two deaf parents so they could enjoy it completely.
Today I would like to salute YOU!! You Road Warriors who kept us informed during this last "weather event" were fantastic!
You called with road conditions, closures, accidents, and warnings. Because of you, we were able to keep West Texans informed so they could make better travel decisions. We know it saved some time, we hope it saved some lives.
So, until the next "weather event" …BE SAFE YE ROAD WARRIORS!
My favorite part of Thanksgiving Day is not the food. It's the tree. When I wake up on Thanksgiving morning, my first thought is "We get the tree today!"
I think it is so special because we don't go to a tree lot…we go to the forest! Each year, after dinner, we head out to the Lincoln National Forest and choose our tree. This takes much hiking and scouting of possible trees. It is harder than you think to choose a tree in a forest. First of all, they look so much smaller in the forest than they do in your living room!
This year, we took our daughter-in-law, Lilly, on the tree hunt! It was her first time. Once we had done some hiking and searching, we found the perfect "Griswold Family Christmas Tree" (a nod to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation). Mike started the chainsaw and let Lilly cut it down. She was so excited!
And then, for the first time in YEARS, I had help decorating it! Yay Lilly!!