‘Twas the night before Christmas…

And all through the house, not a creature was stirring…except the puking youngest child… *sigh*

And so came crashing down the plans for our yearly Christmas brunch…*sigh*

We had great plans, which we hope to piece together throughout the week once all are strong and healthy again.  🙂  The kids had a skit about The Legend of the Candy Cane, we had brunch planned including such yummy things as quiche, she crab soup, crab cakes monkey bread, meatballs, champagne, desserts and other delectibles.  We had a new fireplace to share the “warmth” of Christmas.  😉  Not to mention gifts galore.

You know what though?… my kids (and myself, as well) were most disappointed about not getting together with the people!  We love being with our extended family!  We have been talking all month about how Christmas isn’t about all the frills and gifts, but solely the rejoicing of Christ’s birth.  The birth of our Savior!  Without this glorious day we would have no hope and no future.  And so, tomorrow, we will focus on that even more with our quiet and subdued day warding off illness.  I will miss seeing my family and serving them brunch and giving them gifts…but that will come soon enough.  Tomorrow we will just huddle together as a family and rejoice our king!  And if the kids are well enough, we will spoil them a bit with all the feast foods that are left to be eaten by someone…  😉  Oh yes and there will be presents of course.

Speaking of glorious, we just had an amazing Christmas Eve service at our church that was truly glorious.  Seriously, I would have paid money to see the worship team…their performance was amazing!  And the hope of Christ was clearly stated throughout the evening.

The hope of Christ gives such peace and joy!  I see it in my kids constantly.  They have such a wonderful perspective on things.  When we go to visit Joshua, it is a place of good memories for them.  The cemetery is just another playground where they are able to visit Joshua’s place, decorate it and throw in a game of tag.

I am going to repeat the quote I posted last time, because it is just meaningful to me.  Life changes, love remains…No matter what life throws at us…from a sick kid to a horrible loss…love remains.  Love is the most important thing we can give and receive.  Love from one another is an amazing thing.  Love from Christ, our King and Savior, trumps everything.

Wasabi Peas and other random thoughts

Yesterday as I was going about my day…cleaning clothes, buying food, dispensing medicine, wiping faces, taxiing to the dentist, lifting weights, running on machines, creating meals, teaching children, watching the news…you know, just living life…my mind meandered along as did I.  These are a few of the thoughts that rambled around in my mind.  A few could be blogged in more detail at a later date, but for now, enjoy, if you choose, a bit of my meandering thoughts from my meandering day.

* “Will my children ever wear the clothes on the bottom of the drawer?”

Laundry is done so frequently at our house that I have to force myself to be creative with my kids’ clothes and not just grab what is on the top of the pile…otherwise they will wear the same thing every other day.

* “Loving someone does not mean condoning their actions.”

There are people in our lives that do things completely against anything we could imagine, but they still need love…maybe more than the people who hold our same values.

* “Disagreeing with someone or something does not mean hate.”

This thought came to me when watching the news where people are set up to answer questions about their beliefs and if they don’t line up with someone else’s can be interpreted as hate.  I am thankful for the few who don’t sacrifice their values just to be pleasing to the crowd.

* “Shin splints stink!”

This is self-explanatory.

* “Worshipping solo in my car is awesome!”

No one can hear my horrid vocals!

* “I love when others complement my kids.”

Not in a prideful way, but sometimes I feel like I am hard on my kids all day long, so it is nice to praise them and have others praise them as well.

* “WASABI PEAS!”

Why haven’t I tried these before?  They just might be one of my top 5 favorite foods now!

* “I am so thankful my family puts up with me.”

God has blessed me with such an amazing family and I am glad to be a part of it!

* “I am so thankful my Lord puts up with me!”

This needs no explanation, but is thought multiple times a day!