Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Best Christmas Ever . . .

I am sure I am not alone when I say the last couple of weeks have been a bit crazy!  Those projects for Christmas gifts that need to be done "just right", the extra things that come up - like wonderful out of town guests you want to cook for, shopping for the perfect gift for loved ones, making sure those who live out of town get their boxes on time . . .
Here at the Rayes house, we had a little extra excitement.  My youngest son, Joel, was coming home from Afghanistan!!!!  We knew he would be stateside by Christmas and thought we would surprise him with a trip to El Paso (Ft. Bliss) to spend Christmas Day with him. Then, I received notice from the Family Readiness Group there would be a homecoming ceremony in Phoenix the day before Christmas!!  That meant the soldiers would all be here! 

Joel - Child #8, son #5 -

This photo is a couple of years old.  Lots of pictures were taken at the homecoming but gosh darn - I can't seem to find any!  Will post some later if my kids share with me  :)

Just having Joel back made for the perfect Christmas!  He has had to put up with hugs and kisses at random times.  I think he is OK with that though!  I haven't heard him complain!  Joel's wish for Christmas was to be able to see and spend time with his family.  I think this was his best so far too!

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