... decorating the tree last night found these fragile glass balls ... given to us on April 23, 1994. Precious and fragile... protected and cherished. Thus it is with my marriage... the marriage I often take for granted could just as easily shatter in a zillion pieces as these glass balls could. Tonight I am so very thankful for a marriage that has withstood storms and gales and a man who puts up with a very messy me.
...joy in the journey. For the first time in 41 years, I went to cut down a Christmas tree and for the first time in 11 years, we don't have an artificial tree in our living room. The joy was in the journey driving to a tree farm aptly named Kreiter's singing carols along with the radio and enjoying the moment... the joy came after a morning where this mom was anything but joyful and actually prayed "LORD, I need some joy because I can't seem to find it anywhere".
... Christmas decorating takes on a whole new meaning with big people around. I watched in awe as my children set up our winter village over our kitchen cupboards, strung lights, carried up boxes, put boxes away, hung ornaments, etc. all without my help. Very enjoyable, I might add!
... so thankful for the things that I so most take for granted... like internet at home. After several days of schlepping all to a free wi-fi spot to work on Christmas gifts, I am once again grateful for working internet at home.
and adding more...
... listening to my new sister in Christ, Katie, tell me her redemption story today
... a God who gently peels and then heals layer after layer in my sinfully damaged heart
... a family who forgives me again and again
... a day with a friend
... a reminder of the incredible friends that I have been blessed with
... a God who challenges me and stretches me beyond what I think I can handle and handles it for me
... a life that looks NOTHING like the life I envisioned I would live where I have been stretched and changed beyond recognition... sometimes
... snow... beautiful, beautiful snow!
... the joy and giggles of sledding children right outside my kitchen window
... the wonderment of God coming as a baby to be "God with us"
... another Advent season to celebrate with my family
#251-#265 in my pursuit of 1000 Gifts.