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