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"!


  1. Thank you Mel.....really appreciated your thoughts!! This is what gets me thru all the stuff I must let go of that I used to think was so{too} important! The sad part is I forget all too often, what IS most important and so this reminder was perfect timing:) We will be praying for your flight tomorrow and look forward to hugs and kisses soon:) God be with you is our prayer!!

  2. I love this perfect message Deborah! Thank you for your continually kind comments at Decor To Adore.


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