Yesterday, I picked up James Brausch's Christmas gift. It was late. Almost 10 o'clock. Why so late?
Well, my morning started early. It was snowing... hard. I had to shovel the driveway, load up my three kids (with my wife's help), and go to my in-laws' house for breakfast and gift-opening.
Because of the heavy snow, we were late from the start. But it was a good day. We had a great time with family. About 1:30, I went out and shoveled my father-in-law's driveway, then loaded up the kids again. It was still snowing.
We drove on icy roads down to my parents' house. The snow was getting deeper. But we arrived safely. We ate a nice turkey dinner and played games. I opted for Trivial Pursuit, while some others played cards.
About 8:20, I went out and shoveled my dad's driveway. The snow was piling up again. After scraping the van and letting it warm up, I carried the kids out and loaded everything up. As we left, my brother got stuck in a snow drift. So I helped push him out. Then we drove home.
Finally, we arrived home and got the kids into bed. It was just shy of 10 p.m. I remembered I needed to log-in to my email to get James Brausch's gift that he had promised. I told my wife I needed 10 minutes on the computer because this gift wouldn't be available the next day. I'm very glad I took the effort to get the gift, even though I was exhausted from such a long day.
If you missed the gift, I expect there will be one next year. But in the mean time, here is an article I think is worth reading. It's written by Harry Browne. As he says at the beginning of the article, he wants to give his 9-year-old daughter a gift that will be a blessing to her all her life.