Thursday, December 15, 2011

At the end of the day.

The suitcases are packed, and the anticipation is high for we are heading to Ohio {home for me!!} to celebrate this joyous time of year! I didn't do much decorating around here, and most of the gifts we're direct shipped, and waiting to be wrapped it doesn't look much like Christmas around our house!

We did get the nativity scene out, which is always a favorite and provides a perfect opportunity to teach about the marvelous story of Christmas and the people that God used to carry it out! I love how toddlers relate it to their daily living to remember the one afternoon I was informed that the wise men brought Jesus "gold-fish" as a gift! :)

I've realized this year that regardless of the task that lay ahead for which I would simply call "preparation" for this time of year...(decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking, cards, ...or packing for a trip), the day-to-day tasks still seem to be inescapable!

In fact they actually seem to compound when I'm pre-occupied! If I put a certain level of expectaion on my accomplishments for the day, there is bound to be an extra load of laundry or somebody will wake up teething or sick! Right about when I feel like I'm heading into a tailspin,

I'm reminded of what really counts at the end of the day!

After picking up & putting away the contents of a cubbord or drawer for the umpteenth time, or fixing the same tailgate off the same wagon over and agian, I'm reminded of what accomplishments are ever going to make a difference.

At the end of the day...

It's not whether the gifts all got wrapped beautifully, but whether I taught what it means to have a heart of giving.

It's not whether the cards all got sent on time, but whether I taught what it means to share the true meaning of Christmas!

It's not whether the nutmeg got put in the cookie batter or not, but whether I took the time to let the little hands dump in the ingredients & shared the enjoyment of baking together.

The list could go on, but I'm stepping on my own toes, so I will stop with that! ;) I wanted to write about this today because I want to remember this stage of life that we are in & the how I'm challenged throughout it! Christmas is such an exciting time of year, and I want to produce memories that are pleasant rather than being the frazzled mother who is caught up in all the details that aren't important!

*Remind me of this all over again next year. Preferably right about the middle of Nov. instead of me some fussing & frazzling! :)

Blessings to you all as you go about your "preparations" and "anticipations"!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

the quiet miles

It's been awhile, I know...Thanksgiving came and went without so much as a squeak from me, but blogging hit the back burner when the calendar turned to November. Looks like December isn't going to be much different!

It's only the 7th, but it's actually been a relatively "not-as-stressful" month, mostly due to the convenience of online shopping. :)

And partly to a quick weekend trip with just my Hubby. We decided kind of last minute to attend a wedding we were invited to in Pasco, WA. Although, we weren't sure how it was going to fit in the schedule since we leave for OH on the 16th.

After working out a way to leave the peeps at home, we decided we didn't want to miss out! I'm not one for long drives, but it seemed feasible, and I imagined the"quality time" would be well worth it!

Turns out we didn't have so much to talk about, but found ourselves just enjoying the quiet! ;) I'll admit, I got a little fidgety the last couple of hours, but I did enjoy the beautiful scenery!

We didn't stop much, except to fuel up and the occasional Starbucks (both equally essential for road-trips.) Only, the grande latte just seemed to make me more fidgety!

Needless to say, It was worth it! We were privileged to watch this sweet couple walk down the isle as the newest Mr. & Mrs. and enjoyed a wonderful evening catching up with some old friends!
The little time we had the day before the wedding we spent with this stunning couple! Our time was short, but our laughter was not!

You must know though, that this beauty & I rode the same bus together way back in elementary school. She also had the disadvantage of being my next door neighbor! We survived the side pony & high-top years together!

All too soon we found ourselves climbing back in the car for the return trip home! The stops were shorter and fewer than the ride up, but we were done with the quiet! The chaos and crazy was beckoning! :) We'll see how stress-free the rest of the month goes!

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