All is also a great big mess. Christmas tree wilting, ornaments falling off, pine needles everywhere. Mini-van unloaded all over the living room floor after a weekend at the in-laws’. Plates and plates of leftover goodies and hardly a healthy food item (at least any that aren’t moldy or stale) in the house. Overflowing laundry and 50+ articles of damp snow clothing strewn all over the place.
What a week.
The good: Spending quality time with the people I love most of all. Peace amongst family members. A God who came down from heaven to be with us, die for us, live in us. Forgiving daughters and a selfless husband. The quilt my sister Bethany made me out of my girlies’ baby/toddler/little girl clothes. Safe roads despite the snow. Countless games of Euchre, Rook, Sequence, and Up and Down the River. Delicious food I didn’t cook. A Christmas Eve visit with my grandma in the nursing home. Snuggling with my 10-month-old niece, Mia. Tears dripping down my cheeks while my mom-in-law prayed for me during church today.
And so much more.
The bad: a fight against a stomach virus (I think I eventually won–my brother-in-law Daniel wasn’t so lucky) and some other not-so-fun physical issues.
The ugly: my selfish, grinchy attitude for the first half of Christmas Eve.
I’ll be honest. I’m glad it’s December 26th. I wasn’t ready for Christmas this year, and I can’t help but feel like I pretty much blew it. So thankful that the New Year with all its promises of freshness and hope is right around the corner. Please join us tomorrow as we introduce ourselves to our fellow Readers-Along.
How was your Christmas? Got a good, bad, and an ugly to share?