We've been slow this year getting things up and going here as far as Christmas decorations go. Normally we would have already gone out hunting for the perfect Christmas tree in the entire forest and would have brought it home, set it up, and started putting up the lights and garland so that December 1st The Native's could start hanging ornaments when ever they did a service for someone else.
This year, we missed the window for when we were supposed to get a permit to cut down our tree so we have dug out the fake tree and here it humbly sits with several toy cars and airplanes tucked in it's branches where Mr. J has put them.
I've had a hard time this year, feeling like it is a sort of Charlie Brown Christmas.
Nothing has gone to plan thus far. I am realizing that this will be the last Christmas we will have together as a family before Mr. B heads out on his own. I'm feeling that frantic mother's pull of trying to slow things down and savor them.
I've been reading to the family each night Charles Dicken's, "A Christmas Carol" and like Scrooge, I want to say, BAH HUMBUG! Bah Humbug to children getting older and thinking they can leave the nest. BAH!
I am so grateful for this time of year. A time of remembering and reflecting on our Savior Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for the gift that He gave, His life. A life that started out in the humblest of beginnings. A life that was spent serving and loving others no matter who they were, because He knew and saw them for who they are, His brothers and sisters. I am grateful that even though my children will leave the nest, I know that this is the small picture. I am grateful for the knowledge that I have of an even bigger picture, that we are all brothers and sisters and that I will be with The Native's and The SM for eternity. I am grateful for the relationships that are formed here on this earth as I know they will continue far beyond this time that we have here.
I am grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and I will see Him again someday.
"God bless us, everyone"!