It feels like forever since I have had time to sit and journal and reflect on much of anything.
Life has been Good. But Extremely full.
This fall was spent at Football games.
My #88 turned to #43 after his Freshmen season was over.
The Season was extended because our Varsity squad kept winning so this group of Freshmen got to keep practicing and traveling along to games. Micah was late in starting his basketball season because Football took us all the way to semi state this year.
We finished a bed room upstairs.
Musical performances by the boys.
Jalen is in Northern Lights which is a mixed show Choir and Micah is in an all men's choir called Varsity Lights.
A wedding for My nephew Aaron and his lovely new Bride Jennifer.
And now here it is a few days before Christmas and My first day of vacation I woke at 4:30. Because that's how my brain works.
A day off? Yes let's wake her early and remind her she only has 5 days left to make the most of her time off :0
Plus this is the Very Most Wonderful Time of the Year and who can sleep when all these visions of sugar plums and fairytales still dance in my 40 something head?!
So It always includes a Pj , donuts and Lights night.
Cookie And Goodie baking.
Special foods like Crab Meat, Shrimp Alfredo and Peppermint Ice Cream.
And this year we added an impromptu game of hide and seek in the house.
We shut all the lights off (man does it get dark when the lights go down) and spent an hour hiding and seeking. Who knew we could have so much fun acting like kids!
I love to find new ways to decorate on a dime and fill the house with music and smells of cinnamon rolls and vanilla candles.
We watch way more hallmark movies than we should and eat too much caramels and party mix so it's good it only lasts a few weeks.
Of course we love to spend time remembering why Christmas is something we celebrate. The Birthday of the King who came down to us in the flesh.
What a wonderful gift!
While we were looking at the lights in our pjs with our sugar rushes last weekend, I spotted a sign on someone's porch that I loved. I've thought about it often since...
It said "Have a grateful Christmas".
I loved it so much because this time of year can be full of warm fuzzy feelings but it can also be a tremendously difficult time for people who have experienced loss, disappointment, or loneliness.
Let's just say it... Sometimes The Merry in Christmas doesn't feel one bit Merry.
I can always be grateful. Even in pain. I can choose Thanksgiving.
If happiness, jolliness or Merry living are not the emotions you are experiencing this Christmas Season, It's Okay!
I have found when I can't find the happy I can still choose to recall the blessing.
And it gets me through until I can find something to smile over again.
I am grateful for another day to live life. For soft blankets. And bubble baths. For Kind people who quickly welcome in outsiders and turn them into friends. I am thankful for hot drinks. And For Music that ministers to my soul. For corporate and private times of Worship. Today I will Hug someone I love. I will Smell the Wonderful aromas all around. Make new Memories. Take time to visit someone I know is hurting. And live this season with gratitude remembering the reason Love came down.
From Our Home to Yours.... We wish you a Blessed Christmas!