Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Juggling Act

Do you feel like this Santa?  Too many things to 'carry' right now?  What happened to plans for a simpler holiday season?  Things happen and plans don't always go the way we think they will - but, no matter what - Christmas will come (soon!) and we will look back and talk about how much we enjoyed every minute of it.  I have no doubt!

We're busy at our house - juggling schedules and holiday plans and things that have nothing to do with the holidays but everything to do with everyday life at home.  Some have asked about our daughter and her children.  They have moved from our home and we are busily putting things back into the rooms we emptied for their things when they moved in a few months ago.  It's strange to see our rooms as they come together, as they were before.  My sweetheart and I laughed as we observed how 'big' our bedroom seems now that we've taken the whole wall of office out and put it back into the room across the hall.  Our home always seemed so small to me - until now.  But as we put things back, it seems much bigger - and quieter!  Oh, so quiet without the sounds of children and the schedule of a family of five added to ours.  But, they live just a few blocks away and we see them often.  Coming to grandma and grandpa's home is something special once again.  Now they come just to see us!  And the hugs we get (and give) are even more special than ever before.

So, my friends, in the busy-ness of the season, don't forget the things that are most important.  The love of those dear to you - laughter and smiles (even when the load you carry seems heavy) - and, most of all, the love of our Heavenly Father for each of us.  Reach out and touch someone's life with a special something during this holiday season.  You never know when a word or two, a gesture of kindness and friendship or a hug could be just the thing they need.  At that very moment!

(This cute, little Santa was seen a shop at the Oregon Coast when we sneaked away for a day last month.)

9 comments:

Cathy said...

I'm glad you have your big, quiet home back, and that they are not far away. :) Wishing you a blessed, Merry Christmas, my friend. Hugs

Marilyn said...

It is a juggling act for sure. I haven't even done any baking for my family or wrapped one gift. Oh dear, where does the time go. I just need to sit awhile.

elizabeth said...

So fun to do some rearranging and getting things they way you want them. Praying all is going well with your girl and grandkids as well as your mama, and that your Christmas is full of joy, wonder and delight!

Shelia said...

Hi Adrienne! Oh, my, I had forgotten you had those extra little bodies living at your house! As much as you loved it I know you're glad to get back to a little more normalcy! How blessed to have them so close by. I won't be jealous! :)
Merry Christmas sweet friend,
Shelia ;)

Linda said...

Hi Adrienne,

What a wonderful post. And yes, it is good that we not forget the most important things and people in our life. God bless you...and Merry Christmas from Montreal, Canada.

Mary Ellen said...

Merry Christmas dear friend! How is you sweet mother doing?

Glad you are able to get your house in order once again.+

It was food box day and we gave out all boxes plus about 15 wrapped presents given to us from a church here for elderly men and women. It was fun seeing the smiles on faces as they received a wrapped package!

It will be a very quiet Christmas here- just Bill and I celebrating our Saviour's Birth. Jean, a blogging friend and her husband may come depending on the weather. They left CA earlier this year and now live in Denver area.

Bill is unloading firewood- more cold is on the way!

bee blessed
mary

Gayle said...

I am glad your daughter is settled and home life is returning to a semi-normal state. (Is it every normal?!) Ah, this is me, too much to do. I've been sick with a cough for days and days, now it is diagnosed as bronchitis. Thank you for the encouragement today.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

It must be nice to have your house back to normal and yet they're still close enough to visit often.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Barbara said...

Great to see the little ones but so much easier when they are near enough to go home.