Christmas 2015 has now become fond memories and history. This Christmas was very different than most. We were not in our own home nor in any of our children's homes, instead we began our Christmas Day in a hotel room in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Skype filled our quiet room with the voices of children and grandchildren having just finished their Christmas Eve dinner. The room quickly bubbled over miraculously through magic wires and well placed satellites. Through the computer and from the other side of the world, we saw the grandchildren counting down the moments of Santa's arrival. Some were thrilled with the anticipation of opening their one gift before bedtime while some of the others (Jack) were a bit underwhelmed well-knowing that "the one gift" is just another pair of pajamas! My heart and my arms yearned to reach through the screen and hug them all (big children included).
We drove the mission van the 6 hours to Siem Reap bringing beds and wicker book cases to the missionaries. We had to take some of the seats out to get all that furniture into the van. So it seemed like the 1980's again when we loaded up all 10 missionaries into the back of the van to take them to the Church for the first part of our Christmas evening with them. (There are no seat belt laws nor are there any seat belts in Cambodia!!) We watched the 1st Presidency's Devotional and had a testimony meeting. It was beautiful. We then took them to dinner. It was a simple evening filled with love and the Spirit, not unlike the first Christmas.
Boxing Day was extraordinary. We went to one of the wonders of the world.... Angkor Wat. This was a series of ancient Cambodian Temples. It was completed in 1181!
The last thing we did that day was go to the Floating Village to watch the sunset. The Floating Village is just that... a neighborhood on a lake. The anchored houses were made of corrigated tin sitting on hollow oil barrels bobbing to and fro as boats went by.
I think I am here to learn humility. I hope I learn it quickly. I get a handful of it everywhere I go in Cambodia!