‘Tis the season…
…and it really feels like it today which is kind of funny because it’s actually 73 degrees outside and sunny after weeks of frigid, gray weather in the 30’s. But I think these guys have something to do with it:
This picture was taken mere minutes after getting picked up from school (early) and heading into the restaurant for lunch. There is something about knowing that for 2 1/2 weeks there is no homework, lots of sleeping in, staying up late and lots of fun in store. I’m sooo happy they’re home for a while.
I headed into this season determined to be organized and simplified and I did a good job. Everything in my possession is wrapped, all handmade gifts are done except for one (I wish I could show you but I would risk ruining some surprises) and all my shopping is complete. I had adopted this perspective/method way back in early October because I wanted to really be present (no pun intended) in the season this year….I wanted to enjoy everything it had to offer. Enter reality and situations others put us in and I was really struggling to get there. But you know what? God used even that. Somehow through the frustrations and complications these situations have placed me in I have been brought to a simpler place.
It is a place where I’m just happy my kids are home and we have heat and food and a fun puzzle to put together. I’m glad I have ornaments from my past to enjoy and new ones to give my own children. I may not have gotten my children scads and scads of gifts, but the few they will get they will love. So, in the end the things that seemed to be complicating my season were actually bringing me to my goal of simplifying and enjoying my season (my Christmas season and my season of life). When else will I spend every night for the past 18 nights answering notes my child has left to the elf that lives in our house? (note: the note is left with saltines and water in case said elf is hungry)
Also spreading some good cheer my way, lunch with this girl on Wednesday:
…and the fact that Alden’s class decided to forego their gift exchange this year and bring in canned goods for a local food closet instead. See what 21 ten-year olds can do? It does my heart good.
What else does my heart good? Knowing that I won’t be sitting in this again until January 6th (the line to pick up Powell at school):
There have been other things helping me this week also. Like the fact that I finished so many handmade gifts that I love and can’t wait to give away. Also, yesterday I spent my entire day making these:
Oh, and don’t forget more of this….I’m pretty certain there are a couple of packages going out very soon….
The house smelled great to say the least. Last night, we made our own little smorgasboard for dessert and spent the entire evening just sitting and talking and nibbling. Yep, ’tis the season.
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