On this night in 2010, we invited a stranger into our house. We almost didn’t, but we did. On this night, in 2011, we learned about thundersnow. On this night in 2012, I was posting final grades and discussing the concept of the best worst grade. On this night in 2013, I learned about my smartest but ugliest tree. Last year, on this very night, I learned what a child most wanted to be when she grew up. It was a great friend.
As I reminisce about these ordinary days as a family, I’m amazed that our best memories don’t involve material objects, elaborate holiday experiences, or expensive treats. When we were really living and recording what mattered most, it was hospitality, nature, God’s purposes, and friendship.
I needed that reminder tonight.