Monday, December 27, 2010

The perfect Christmas

I have a very bad habit of building something up in my head and being sorely disappointed when it doesn't pan out like I think it should.  I have grand ideas of traditions to uphold and memories to make.  Pictures to take, expressions to memorize.  But sadly I fail miserably every time I encounter an event that isn't quite what I had in my head.


I made up my mind before hand that I would be content, not restless, happy with every moment.  And life did not disappoint.  There were PLENTY of things that could have really put a damper on the season but I didn't let it bother me. 

You see I love Christmas.  I mean love it!! I love the entire season between Halloween and New Years. The feel of love, spirit of giving, saying thanks, showing gratitude towards others, family and friends coming together.  I love every single busy, crazy moment.  I love the kid's Christmas parties.  I love shopping for the perfect gift to spoil my loved ones.  I love the stories we listen to to help us remember the reason we are celebrating this day.  I love the tiny baby Jesus' that give me butterflies when I look at Nativity scenes.  I love the thought of making my kid's imagination work over time for a few weeks. 

This year there were several things that could have made me sad and disappointed.  I could list them all and allow you all to really see how much you should feel sorry for me!  But suffice it to say that even though it didn't turn out to be a perfectly sequenced Christmas week it was perfectly wonderful!!

I think I kinda go into a funk the first few days after Christmas but this year I am looking forward to the new year and new opportunities that are headed our way. 

I took way too many pictures to narrow them down enough to post of our perfectly wonderful Christmas celebrations but just close your eyes and think of something incredibly perfect.  That my blog readers is what our Christmas was all about!

Friday, December 3, 2010

First Snow

We had our first snow a couple of weeks ago and it was beautiful.  The rain that came before hand was monsoon like and the snow that followed was unexpected and very destructive.  We still had many trees with leaves so once they were wet and then with the added weight of wet snow there were branches broken all over town. 
The kids were so excited to see the beautiful fluff!  It was gone within a couple of days though.  I am ready for the REAL snow to begin.  I love winter here.  I  never knew photographing the snow was so fun.  School drop off was anything but the kid's managed.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Just a season...

Up until a few years ago I had never heard the terminology of something happening in your life as a season. Like when your kids are little, sick, frustrating, growing, sassy, etc... that it was just a season and like all seasons it will change as quick as it came. But when you are in the middle of that season the end is never in sight it seems.

We are at the end of a season. Literally and figuratively. Cam's mowing season is coming to a close and I breath a sigh of relief. We made it another year. Another year of long days. Another year of trying to keep our head above water. Another season of seeing Cameron age in a way that is not recorded just by his birthday passing. I thankfully say goodbye to 2010's mowing season and bid it farewell. (I'd like to give it a good swift kick in the pants, but I am respectful of our bread and butter.)

The figurative season we are saying goodbye to is the feeling of hopelessness in our finances. We clawed our way out of a very deep hole which we refer to as 2008. And like everything else in life it took twice as long to fix what we messed up. We accepted our fate in the matter and slowly but surely made decisions that led to change. It was hard, frustrating, and time consuming. We had great counsel along the way and I am very grateful for that. But in the end I can say the light at the end of the tunnel is there. And it is BRIGHT! Can I get an AMEN?

Another season we are in is my favorite season of all. I cherish the Christmas season from start to finish. The decorating, excitement, anticipation, gatherings, spirit of giving, helping others, and so much more makes me just plain giddy. I love CHRISTMAS. I love everything about it. I love every single religious act we observe in respect to Christ. I love all the childish things we do to help our children anticipate Santa. There can be a balance of both without confusion and priorities being screwed up. The way I look at it is that we are Christians all year long and showing my children the love of Christ is a daily walk for us. We guide them DAILY. So having Santa added to the mix for a few weeks isn't as big a deal in the whole scheme of things. I get why people don't do Santa. I fully see why it isn't ever incorporated in their families and I respect their decisions completely. For me I think that if my child ever gets confused then it is a reflection on me and my teaching. Then I need to spend the other 340 days of the year working harder, teaching more boldly, making sure that my children see Christ in their lives instead of just at Christmas time. That's our thinking on the matter at least.

What season are you saying goodbye or hello to?