Another holiday season has past, and 2017 is drawing to a close. The days right after Christmas have the potential to feel like downers, don’t they? Yet I am truly at peace this morning, and so glad that this year is going out so beautifully. This has been one of the hardest years I remember, filled with far more troubles that I care to recall. This year had the potential to undo me, but instead, God has been faithful to strengthen me through it and has filled me with hope for the year to come! Bring it on, 2018!
I haven’t been faithful to spend a lot of time writing over the last couple of weeks. As soon as I scheduled the post about self care, I committed to start taking care of myself right away and put myself on vacation. It’s hard when you’ve been in a cycle of productivity to receive sabbath rest and put the thoughts of all you want to accomplish away. Still, I think that’s exactly what I needed to do in order to really enjoy the Christmas season with my family. Which brings me right back around to this moment, and now I am:
Thankful for | The time I spent with family and friends over the last couple of weeks. We’ve enjoyed Christmas programs at school and at church, welcomed people into our home, and taken a break from the ordinary to make extraordinary memories. Now it’s time to swing back into our regular lives, but not without a heaping dose of gratitude to ease the return!
Plotting | How in the world I will make room for the new things, and how I might make some of them disappear. I have a minimalist heart, but not so much anyone else I know! Try as I might to convince my childrens’ grandparents not to buy them 2,000 toys for Christmas, I always fail. Sooner or later many of the new toys will start to fall apart and I can excuse them out the door, but the weeks following Christmas tend to feel far too over-cluttered and I (and the children) are overwhelmed.
Finishing | The last few books of the year. I got a little bit behind in the Advent devotion I chose for this year, so I am wrapping that up over the next few days. And I finished Parables (John MacArthur) over the weekend, which felt like the perfect cap on my reading list for the year, but I still have others to wrap up. By the end of this week, I will have finished 67 books in 2017. You can see the entire list of books I’ve read this year here.
Tasting | My morning coffee, cup #1 of 15 for the day. The habit is for real! And this morning, I am pairing said coffee with an Andes mint brownie for breakfast, because leftovers. Lots of them! I made the pan of brownies for our Christmas party, and there’s still a few left.
Excited because | After ten years in this house, I am finally going to have a beautifully decorated bedroom! Our master bedroom has always been sorely neglected, because when you only have a little money to spread around, some things fall to the bottom of the priority list. It’s taken a long time and patience to get to this point!
I started painting our bedroom a couple of months ago, and I used up two cans of lovely mint green. Unfortunately, our room doesn’t receive a lot of natural light and the green took on an unlovely cast during the darker parts of the day. We deliberated for a while about what to do with the green walls, but I finally decided to start from scratch and paint everything white. My bedroom is now Olympic Delicate White, just like our kitchen and den have been for the past four years.
The week before Christmas, our friend John came to stay with us for a few days. He lives in Illinois, but travels to Alabama twice a year to visit family and always spends a couple of days in our home. John has a furniture building side hustle, and this year he offered to build a headboard for us. I chose a design and bought the lumber, and he spend an afternoon putting it together. I stained and sealed it after he left, and yesterday Eric hung it on the wall behind our bed. It is way better that I ever imagined, and now the room is really starting to come together!
Friday afternoon, we have a babysitter coming to watch the kids for a while and Eric is taking me out on a date to pick out linens for our bedroom. That is his Christmas gift to me this year, and I love it! I’m looking forward to spending time alone with him, and I’m thrilled that he wants to be involved in the decision. Plus, the thought of going to HomeGoods without children in tow? It’s just too wonderful, I don’t have the words.
Now for the rest of the day, I’m going to sit here in my bed with my coffee and a stack of new books. I got some good ones for Christmas and I don’t even know where to begin! Don’t worry about the kids, they have a brand new Nintendo Switch to keep them occupied (wink, wink).
That’s what’s on my mind as we close out the year, but what about you? I hope your Christmas was amazing! What are you excited about as we look forward to the New Year?