Um, I think I can hear a couple of my kids laughing about that one from several hundred miles away. Not to mention my siblings and my parents. I haven't even mentioned those conversations to the ones that live in this house. Not quite ready for the chortles and falling down in disbelief. Yep, I can do grumpy really well.
|The back yard
|Part of our driveway.
Add to that, I had to drop out of our Christmas choir. See, they ask that you don't miss more than two
But a friend has inspired me to do some "work" in my own head, to look inside, to find the joy in the moment. To see that all things work for our good. And it has been work. I've had to look hard and actually physically do things to help me get out of my slump. Sometimes things I had no desire to do, in the beginning at least.
The kids saw Santa at the church Christmas party on Saturday. It was nice, but I wasn't thinking too much about it. Michael tried to ask Santa for an iPod. Yeah, like that's going to happen. Bless him, Santa told him he'd have to have a talk with Mom and Dad before he could promise that one.
Not sure what Andrew asked for, but Santa had fun tickling him.
But when I handed Aaron over, Santa was very still. He looked at me with the warmest smile, and then at Aaron. And said, "Aaron, it is such a privilege to hold you." And he even made a point to tell me later how grateful he was that I had let him do this. Wow, really touched me.
We put up the Christmas decorations (late, I'm sure that helped play into my nasty mood). The stockings are hung, and two aren't up. That tugged at my heartstrings a little bit.
But all the bears are out, every one accounted for. And yeah, they're kinda jumbled up, with the Nativity scene having been played with. But that's pretty much par for our lives, so that's okay.
The poinsettias aren't quite as nice as when Mary and Jonathan have done them in the past, but they still look pretty good. And Aaron's angel tree is decorated, with a butterfly on top for his angel friends.
And I didn't much feel like doing the project tonight. But it was important to Andrew, and once I got into it, it was actually a lot of fun! And they even turned out really cute! The "work" is working.
Then I went to do Aaron's cares. I have no idea what was so funny, but this kid was busting up. And any doctor out there who thinks these kids are vegetables? Well, let me just invite you over to help with those cares! If he's a vegetable, it's some kind of crazy Mexican jumping bean!!
Like I said, I don't do winter well. The dark and cold have a way of making me feel dark and cold. But spring will come. And in the meantime, I have a warm home, a wonderful family, and even cars that warm up (eventually). And I'm not the only one out there wielding the snow shovel. So we'll make it work. After all, isn't that what life is about?