Thursday, December 22, 2011

Making the Most....

So, early in the season I was pretty gung-ho about this Christmas, and then it crept up on me faster than I was expecting and all of a sudden my stress rose and my enthusiasm sank like the Titanic, and just like that my joy was gone. It's a number of things--Having no money and a million things to buy would be #1 on the list, followed by living in a disaster area because I have been preoccupied with my new endeavors and knowing 25 people are coming to my house in 3 days...the list goes on.

I HATED feeling this way and hated letting this time go by me even more, so Monday evening, after my "mellow-dramatic-bah-humbug-grinchy" facebook status, I decided to put an end to it. And that's when I decided to make the most of what's left. And fortunately, it's the good stuff!

I decided to leave the dirty pots and pans, thew a jacket on Kidd-O and we were going to take a walk to look at lights. I pulled his stroller out of my trunk and also pulled a snow globe out along with it, shattering into a million pieces onto my driveway while my runny nosed child stared at me.

 At that point I was ready to cry. Walk back inside and just cry. But I didn't. I put on my big girl panties, took my boy and went for a walk. We took our time. Sang songs and looked at lights. And that's when my mood shifted. It was all going to be ok. Besides, all the stuff that needs to be done IS a part of Christmas, so I might as well enjoy it!

 And on top of all that-- look at all the love! How can I be in a bah-humbug mood?! What a blessing these people are in my life and I've never even met some of them!
After our walk, I went back inside, turned on a Disney movie and released some pent up creative energy and  made evergreen swags for my bannister and then I wrapped presents and popped them under the tree while sipping some hot chocolate. Can't get much more Christmasy than that.
My week has been different ever since my Monday mood shift and my trip to Luke 2. Aside from Kidd-O having an ear infection, messing up the schedule a bit, it's been great. And I truly can't wait for the next couple of days. I have some fun Christmas stuff up my sleeve for the next couple of days! More on that next week! Merry Christmas to you dear friend and reader. And may the real reason we celebrate this time of year be the central focus. It's an amazing thing to think on: 

“[Glory in the Highest] Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:8-11 NKJV


  1. love this ash. you are an inspiration and i love and miss you!! maybe i'll come out that way for a Christmas one year?!

  2. Haha! I had the privilege of singing to Kidd-O's Sunday School class the other week and he was quite enthusiastic! =D


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