It’s been a few months since my last post, but I’m just going to pick up from the current week and move on. Life gets busy, you know?!
This week brought warm temperatures and sunshine quickly followed by icy roads and frozen locks on the car! What a swing! I don’t mind the winter weather settling in now though. I loved looking out the window this morning to see the grass positively sparkling.
For my readers who haven’t heard the news yet, we are expecting baby #5 in May! The first 3 months were rough for me, dealing with morning sickness, hence one reason for the silence on this blog. But now that my appetite and energy have returned, our family is rejoicing in the anticipated blessing.
On Saturday, my big boy marched in our town’s Christmas parade. He was walking with his Cub Scout Pack and attracted plenty of attention sporting a curly orange wig, and fake elf ears! Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures! Our family needs to assign a new historian…
The children are preparing to be in a Christmas Cantata this Sunday at church. They have been practicing their songs all week. It is wonderful to hear their sweet young voices praising the newborn King Jesus, even if they don’t quite yet understand the meaning.
The Christmas tree in our living room is shining with ornaments both old and new. Once darkness begins to fall each evening, the kids scramble to turn the lights on so we can all enjoy its beauty. It seems the Christmas Spirit has hit us!
Speaking of Christmas Spirit, it seems that I’m on a quest for excellence. OK, I have to admit, it’s not just at Christmas time. I am always pushing myself, striving to do better, do more, be the best, putting greatness into everything my hands find to do. As a homeschooler, I tend to be constantly on the lookout for the right curriculum, the most outstanding instructors for my children’s extracurricular activities. I desire to have the cleanest car, most organized home, the freshest smelling laundry, the tastiest gourmet dinners, and the happiest pets. But I recently had a revelation – Its impossible! There will always be someone with more talent, nicer things, smarter kids, funnier, prettier, more thoughtful, etc., etc. Analyzing my role in all these areas could make me go crazy! And it is okay. I am not Martha Stewart, Nancy Drew, or some other character, either real or fictitious, everyone deems to be perfect. I was not created to be the champion every moment of every activity I pursue. God has not called me to be top-notch housekeeper or illustrious hash slinger. This is the exact time of year I needed this epiphany, for it is the Christmas season when I most often visit, ahem, Pinterest! You know what that means, right? Where’re my Pinterest peeps at? There are so many cute cookies, crafts, recipes, decorations…I could go nuts trying to pluck all those charming pleasantries off my computer screen and recreate them in my not-so-charmingly-decorated home. No, instead, God has called me to respond appropriately to the interruptions that present themselves throughout the day. He has called me to mentor and disciple my children in a Biblical fashion. He has called me to be a steadfast helper to my husband. He has called me into a relationship with Him that supersedes all other relationships! And that is the most excellent quest.