Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Comes In

In a few days it will be December
and the season
and Peace
will be upon us.

Years ago, I realized that things like love, joy and peace 
don't just happen because 
Tis the Season.

Every year,
somewhere in the midst of 
the hustle and bustle,
the stress of getting all the teacher's presents
the grandparent's presents,
and the kid's presents bought,
the children's pageant rehearsed,
some random regional attempt at the Nutcracker  attended,
the cookie exchange cookies baked,
and the white elephant  wrapped,
I tend to really dislike what Christmas has become.

What I have let it become.
What I have made it.

I become tired, bone tired.
Distracted and grumpy.

Christmas Comes In.

Some years it is a memory.
And some years, a song 
or a sweet act of kindness
when least expected.
A hug.

A verse.

It's like the whole mess has no meaning until that moment-
that magical moment when I remember
the beginning, 
the wonder 
the reason.

Christmas Comes In 

I never know when it will happen
but in the weeks to come, 
I will be watching for it,
and hoping for it
for you too.

In that quiet moment,
I hope you feel the 
and love
that we have 
because He came.

When Christmas Comes In.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

So Thankful!

I'm so thankful that

the weather is so mild and mellow right now, mild enough for us to sit out on the deck and drink our coffee. Jim spied an 8 point buck charging across the road yesterday morning while he was out there.
A flock of about 25 geese have been visiting our pit for the last couple of evenings too.

The smell of wood smoke is in the air.

On a really still day I can hear these guys practicing from the deck...

and the Gorillas are now MIAA Div II champs and I will get a couple more chances to hear and see this band perform!  GOOOOOOOOORILLAS!  Go Pride of the Plains Band!!!!

And in a very few days,
most of my family will be gathered around the table, giving thanks for each other,
for loved ones far away,
for another year of blessings,
for health

for growth and change and traditions that draw us together.

We will eat.
We will shop.
We will watch football.
We will slap up my Christmas decorations.....

And I will begin packing for a very special trip.
I will get to hold this baby...
for days and days on end.
And kiss him for days and days on end.

And in between those hugs and kisses, I will be chasing this precious little girl and reading her stories enough to last for the next year.  Maybe we will do a craft, or go for a walk in the park, or take a nap together.
God willing.

I am so blessed and thankful!

Giving Thanks!

   Have a wonderful day.....hug your loved ones....count your blessings!


"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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