Wednesday, December 15, 2010
A holiday classic from Joe and a rundown on the goings on around here ...
Things are crazy busy around here.Taylor arrived home from Switzerland Sunday.She will be home until the 29th and then,poor girl will have to schlep back to Europe for the next 4 months,to endure the tortuous life of living abroad.Seriously though,we are so enjoying having her home.
As for me,I started off so strong with getting my cards out and decorating and a jump on some shopping but sadly seem to have come to a screeching halt.Self imposed in many ways.When I become overwhelmed I tend to go into shut down mode and that mode seems to be the one I am currently stuck in.But ... it will all get done.It always does and by the time I sit my weary body down in my seat,at Christmas Eve mass,it will be a done deal and in that amazing way,in that moment,God's grace seems to fill me and the spirit of the season envelopes me and peace,inhabits the otherwise harried space of my being.So that moment is what I am clinging to in this otherwise,saturated,overload moment.
The wee little,second set are anxiously awaiting school to be over on Friday.At least Jake and Joe are.Zoey most likely will be ticked, since she usually throws a mini tantrum each time we leave school.Usually mad because she needed to give out just one more hug,to just one more person!That child craves people.Really and truly craves them!
Jess and Matt are abandoning us,I mean leaving us,on Tuesday to spend Christmas in Chicago.Truth be told I am super excited for them to be spending time with Matt's family.I know Matt's mom and dad miss Matt terribly and I have him all year long.It's only fair to share.And as he and Jess are a package deal,happy to share Jess as well.I will miss them both but am equally and genuinely ecstatic for them to have a white Christmas surrounded by another family who loves them as we do.
Caitlin and Danny and my little Charlotte, will be up for the holidays.Charlotte will be super fun to watch this year, ripping through the packages and soaking in the magic of the season.They will stay for almost a week I think and that will be absolute pure joy.Better than any gift.
I think that covers the basics.All in all,we are trying,trying being the operative word,to be present in the true meaning of the season but man,does that get difficult when life is so absolutely full to the brim with everyday,necessary stuff,not to mention the extra that comes with this time of the year.But try,try we are and ,how about all of you?How are you all faring in the hecticness and chaos of the season??Do share.