Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Christmastime Reflections

In some ways Christmas lasted through several sweet days set gracefully in the midst of a gentle season.

In others, it went by at the usual blinding speed.

Christmas music played non-stop, and by the  middle of the month my children knew all the words.

Sometimes I've thought how lovely it would be to deck the entire house with greenery and candles
and ribbon... this is not the chapter in my life for that.  Thankfully I have learned to appreciate the
simplicity of putting out the wooden Nativity that my brother made for me, hanging the stockings
and lighting a Christmas tree.  Depending on inspiration and available resources in a given December
some other festive bits may be tucked in here and there.
I happened to find a few boughs of prickly ground-creeping evergreen by the front walk to trim a
table decoration and stick in between some candles on the mantle. So good for the soul :-)

My first wee ones are now big enough to put out some of those touches themselves, and their
ability to concoct secret plans and implement creative inspiration is pretty wonderful too!

Zachary made Chocolate covered Cherries.  Clay strung the most popcorn and cranberries.
Bryce and Lori-girl painted every wooden object they could get their hands on.
Susanna and Olivia began learning to sew and created many wonderful gifts for each of us.
Miles did his part and got underfoot distracting us all from progress as we stopped to give him
six squeezes and a dozen kisses.

This piece of our story reads very full.
In every way full.  Full of people and of busyness.  Full of life and lots to laugh about.
Full of favor and God's ceaseless outpouring of grace.  Full.

I am so thankful for today's mercies and each breath of life I cannot count on.  It makes the bumps and
bruises seem inconsequential.  Do you know that God chooses the foolish things to confound the wise?

Every day.

I'm praying for purpose to look at those things in my life which others may deem foolish, through the lens of His heart.  He is faithful!

"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 
  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 
That no flesh should glory in his presence. 
 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 
  That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."

Corinthians 1:27-31


Jana said...

Well, that one got me. Tears, they are a-flowing. Particularly that verse in Corinthians. Thanking The Lord for just the right thing at just the right time.

And that picture of Miles sitting on the floor by the Christmas tree? He looks so much like Bryce there! And Lori? Whoa! Growth spurt? She is so much bigger than that little red-chrocheted blankey toting girl of last winter. Your kiddos bring smiles and smiles to my face. Love you! Love them!

Jana said...

And the raspberry cake!!! :)

Momma Bug said...

Dear Jana~ Thought of you through every bite of that cake! It was not as pretty and much more crumbly than yours, but it tasted worth refining a few more times if necessary!! :-)

Miles does resemble Bryce, particularly after his recent haircut. He is a solid, heavy boy and I would love to watch he and Lucy together. That time is coming soon I think.

Loving you,

Marie said...

Merry Christmas and a "Happy New Year" to you and your sweet little ones!!! Beautiful post:)

Diane said...

Love seeing updates. Thinking of you often. Miss and love you!

Hannah said...

What a beautiful capture of your season...so fun to see everyone thriving and conquering new pieces of life. Miles is getting HUGE and very blond! I too did a double take thinking, "that can't be Bryce? No it's Miles!" :) I love it all!