’tis the season



Whether the weather be fine,
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Or whether the weather be hot,
We’ll weather the weather
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not!

I’m looking out the window and I see no sun, no wind, and only ice and drips.  It’s a silently gray and icy day.

I have been rushing impatiently through my morning so I could get to the good parts, like maybe a second cup of coffee, forgetting that a morning of doing chores and chasing kids IS good, a blessing, a joy, if only I had realized, if only I had slowed my mind down even as my hands worked, with gratitude.

(I may have saved the children from hearing me yell in frustration over the Christmas Pickle!)

Jacob, Ethan, Grace, David, and Caleb had a two hour delay so I made bacon and pancakes for them and after they left I cleaned the kitchen, vacuumed, gave Sarah a bath, watered plants, cleaned the pantry, started the fire (took three tries, apparently the wood I was using was secretly damp…I couldn’t tell by feel….it wouldn’t catch, fires and wood are such interesting creatures, I’m still learning).   I made a chocolate cake because Grace is in charge of chorus snacks after school today. I know this because she has reminded me a number of times.  I cleaned the fridge, did laundry, tended chickens (1 egg), emptied and loaded the dishwasher, general pick-up, took out garbage, etc.  Is it obvious, yet, that we didn’t clean this weekend?

Instead of cleaning the house, guess what we did?


The nine of us worked like a well-oiled machine and decorated our 2013 Christmas tree.


Jacob posed with an ornament he made years ago, with a picture in it, of his younger self.


Ethan with his old ornament, too.


Seth tried on the stockings.


I have had this Shanda Santa hat since way back in Kindergarten. I marvel that the glitter has never come off (how?)!


We took a family picture in front of our completed tree.



Jacob loves to torture our cat Sherlock by holding him whether he wants to be held or not.

I found Jacob’s CL this morning on the table.  (Christmas List)  that’s how he titled it “Jacob’s CL”,  already I’m amused:

1.  Lego Lord of the Rings Orthanc Tower (big black tower with Gandalf and Saruman) [includes an Ent]

2. Bose headphones cord (replaceable cord)

3. Dean Koontz Book (NOT:  Winter Moon, What the Night Knows, The Husband, The Good Guy, Velocity, The Face, Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, or From the Corner of His Eye.  [Preferably a large one]

4. Monster 4 pack (smiley face doodle)

See why I needed it written down?  It’s full of stuff impossible to remember.

I save every handwritten Christmas  wish list.  Each one is a treasure to my heart.


You know the wonderful thing about God?  I didn’t have to be good in order for Him to save me, and I don’t have to be good in order for Him to love me.

 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  Galatians 2:20

10 thoughts on “’tis the season

  1. Love the pictures! Especially the one of Seth trying on the stockings, made me laugh out loud. We haven’t had time to go get our tree yet. Maybe this weekend. I don’t think we ever clean on weekends, like ever. I always pay for it on Monday. I wish I was as productive as you are on a Monday, however. I have managed to get ham and beans in the crock pot for supper and take a shower. So that isn’t half bad right?

    I also love that you save all the children’s lists. They will enjoy them later.

  2. Amen to the last part of your post!

    I’ve been having to hone my fire building skills, too. There is a definite learning curve to it.

    I enjoyed seeing photos of your tree decorating. It brought back some childhood memories. I would love to see some of my old Christmas lists.

  3. Weekends are crazy busy here too and if not then we are busy relaxing not cleaning much:)
    Love reading about your yearly decorating. How those family pictures in front of the tree, have changed over the years!!!!

  4. It’s old school glitter, that’s why it’s never come off. Anything we made as kids will last into forever. ha!
    Love the tree.

  5. haha! what Beth ^^ said, yes! back in our day everything was still filled with all the chemicals that made it last forever.. now things are “cleaned up” so much they barely even work. ;))

    you look cute in your kindergarten santa hat~ and i can’t believe how grown up the older three are looking these days.

    great family shot. that could be your christmas card pic! 🙂

  6. So warm and lovely. I wish you could send some of those helpers to decorate our tree! It usually takes days to get it up and decorated. Bob and I finally got one last night, so now the house smells so good! They had a couple huge trees that look like the type you have…so pretty! I wandered through the “forest” of Christmas trees while they tied ours to the roof. I hope some wealthy person buys those gorgeous huge trees and they don’t go to waste. Most of the regular size trees here are Douglas fir or Noble, so we have a Noble fir and it is pretty too.
    A fireplace tip, save some of your dryer lint and put it in little balls between the wood in the fireplace, it is a good fire starter.

  7. What fun cozy pictures! Your tree is beautiful, and I loved to imagine everyone around it decorating and have a grand time. 🙂 Jacob’s “CL” is quite amazing – half of that stuff I don’t even know what it is! Obviously I still have only little kids. 🙂 Love the family pictures, of your older son holding little sister. SO precious.

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