I find myself:
::noticing God’s glory
Surrounded by Knights of Columbus in full regalia, I watched my three year old son’s wide eyes and wonderment as the parish nativity was blessed. This is the year I have been waiting for, the year that he is beginning to grasp that yes, indeed, He is our King!
a gently falling rain upon a still and quiet house.
::clothing myself in
I’m going to pull on jeans and and a warm sweater pretty soon as we will be venturing across the bay to visit family that was not able to join us yesterday.
::giving thanks for
my daughter’s quick and astute discovery of the almost-too-late-to-be-caught dwindling Advent candle. Even though the wreath was set in a sterling silver bowl upon the dinning table, some how a candle began to collapse upon itself and just about ignited the evergreen wreath! Thanks to her quick eyes we were all spared a visit from the fire department!
::clicking around these links
Not too much clicking this week. Just this one, that made me cry.
::learning lessons in
gratitude. Because really, this whole season is all for me. And you, too. For how can we be loved so much that this child was born? How can we not be grateful?
by encouraging creativity. I think that there is a lot to be learned when a child needs to find ways to entertain themselves without adult direction.
::carefully cultivating rhythm
straightening up from the past few days of celebrations. Isn’t it amazingly wonderful how undone things become when you focus solely on your family? I have a list, (of course), and things are slowly being checked off. With Dad home for a week, we will just have to wait and see what type of rhythm plays out.
::crafting in the kitchen
some ingenuity as I transform leftovers into new dinners. Any suggestions on how to use up a smoked Christmas turkey?
::loving the moments
of cradling my son as he sleeps. The Christmas Vigil Mass proved to be just too late for our little guy who did not have an afternoon nap. Swaying to and fro as he draped his sweet head upon my shoulder made me realize how precious is this season of life.
::living the liturgy
We really enjoyed our Advent lapbook and are contemplating completing another for the 12 days of Christmas since it seems to be a lovely and relaxing way to celebrate this season.
::planning for the week ahead
Today we will venture a few towns over to visit with family.We have already promised to take the children to a matinee later in the week, a rare and exciting treat in our house that everyone is anticipating. (Any suggestions on what to see?) Thanks to lovely grandparents, aunts and uncles generosity, I am sure some good old fashioned playtime with new toys is to be had!
::out takes worth a thousand words