(Note: as I was writing this- my youngest daughter had a very bad episode- and I was derailed for a short time. Back now to finish!)
I am home from Church with sick little girls. My oldest daughter at the helm with me. The illness is dramatic with choking coughs, inhalers, little girls who whisper with constraint because they fear the cough, a Saturday morning pediatrician sick visit, now antibiotics, ear infections, a vaporizer (first time EVER using one in my entire motherhood– just continually shows me how there is always more to learn, know, implement, and use–I am frequently surprised in this motherhood journey and realize all I would think I *knew* if I didn’t have the long journey of parenting all the ages for decades), and a grace- given neighbor who literally came (unknowingly to her) my rescue, sat with me, applied her stethoscope, provided (legitimate) medical advice, and was an all around comfort.
(Thank you, friend. Thank You, Lord.)
In a few moments, Abi and I will spring to action and (hopefully) whisk the house into better shape. She is knitting industriously, and I– I am writing here and pondering. We are all listening to Piano Guys: A Family Christmas which is one of my Christmas favorites.
Blessed Christmas 2018. Sharing some memories and grace gifts. I managed (somehow) to pull our Christmas together amongst the most different advent season we have ever had. It is somewhat of a blur- we had the great delight of hosting overnight guests two weekends in a row, college son coming home, his work commitments, my high school students online classes stretching even through the 21st of December, concerts, and performances. I am resting in this Christmas week as I try to prepare my mind, heart, and home for the next semester of school. Lord, please help me. I am still writing at 66books and here is a link to my most recent post there which refers to this timely, precious week between the change of the years.
Some of our traditions fell to the wayside- but some remained unscathed:
Sunday evening advent; Adornaments; The Advent Book; It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol; Christmas Eve Shepherd’s Meal; Christmas Eve Wrapping Extravaganza; Christmas Cookies
-not enough Christmas story reading- but we are working on that now-
Something I deeply treasured this Advent Season was “tuning” in to Sarah Clarkson’s Advent Poetry readings. She would go live on Instagram (which I would watch when I could) and share the loveliest poetry. I learned many new favorites- the whole experience blessed me tremendously. You can find them here. They are a wonder.
Here is a link to Jonah playing my favorite Christmas song (by ear). — his Christmas gift to me. Best gift.
Contempic performances (Nutcracker Tea, Town Mall, and Nursing Home) and the treasured friends (and family)who shared them with us
Nathanael’s Cello performance at the Town Mall with CCS string group
Opus Winter Recital
Annual Christmas party and having special guests this year
Cookie Day and Mango Chili
My first time ever eating pomegranate ( I am in love) and the best fruit salad ever
Starbucks after Abi’s Christmas dances with Courtney and her girls
CPYB Nutcracker Performance with Jenny and Emma at the Hershey Theater
Christmas songs, Trumpet playing, Schwenk visit, heart to heart talks
realizing that Bjs wasn’t actually BJs (and time with the Erks)
lunch with Jen and all her wisdom
Being Colin’s Christmas exchange family for this year and the thoughtful, amazing gifts we all received
Amazon Prime’s Little Women and The Christmas Candle on Netflix
Christmas poems for sisters (from Micah)
Jonah’s viola music
Nathanael’s companionship at the shops on Christmas Eve
Taking the little girls to their first ever theater movie with their cousins: Mary Poppins
their happiness and joy in Christmas and (some) dreams coming true…
Happy Christmas! I am still celebrating… not quite ready to give it all up.
Tomorrow- New Year’s!!