Christmas

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Lasts in 2010 ~ Firsts in 2011

This is a “first”… a first for me, and a first for my first-born. We’ve started this New Year at warp speed headed straight for my daughter’s wedding this summer. All sights are on the BIG DAY. With one sleepless, how-am-I-going-to-pull-off-this-wedding anxiety and nightmare filled night behind me, I’m determined to conquer the rest with my secret weapon… the LIST! Oh, how love the LIST. What a beautiful, freeing little thing it is! Even if I don’t know what the heck I’m doing, dadgummit, I’ve got a list!!! I will exceedingly admit that I am not an administrator. I love order and serenity…

Hope For A “Fam-alicious” New Year

Christmas morning was not a typical Southern experience. I looked out of my window to see this magical fairy dust floating in the air and covering every exterior surface. For many of you, snow is common-place. Snow is as foreign to us as an Eskimo is to water skiing. But snow on Christmas morning is a sign or a miracle. It has to be… In the midst of, what I love to refer to as, “Fam-O-Rama” I felt a palpable sense of the real power of intentional parenting. With all five siblings and all fourteen grandchildren gathered during the day, it is clear that a planned and prepared dinner time for each family has paid in untold dividends.

Wordless Wednesday~ Christmas was for the birds … and the reindeer!

One of the gifts of Christmas was watching the children take pleasure in nature (especially new puppies under the tree) and in the playful imagination of the celebration. This easy bird food project captured the kids attention and imagination as way to give gifts to the animals. A little peanut butter applied to the tips of a pine-cone holds the bird seed for the birds to enjoy. The mess is minimal, and something fun to do while the kids are still out of school for the winter holiday.

The Wonders of His Love

… It’s in the here and now, seizing every moment possible, knowing that a thousand days, one by one, will be the substance of who they become. It began the day they each were born, that first stroke on the canvas, and then thousands of strokes to follow. Remember that all the things we do for our children, for the thousandth time, to us may be tiring and routine. Yet to a child, it’s their very security. It is the repetition and routine that makes their world predictable, safe and secure.

Christmas Morning ~ Traditions Evoke Emotions

Christmas traditions evoke memories you end up infusing into your own family. The tastes and smells… the tree and decorations… and the small things we make happen year after year all blend together to create the magic of our family traditions. It is all about preserving a “sameness” – a thread of belonging and familiarity that anchors who you are.