It’s been quite the week. Yes, there’s been the usual holiday busyness that I’m trying really hard to keep from turning into full-blown stress and the fact that I birthed a precious boy almost 3 (!) years ago (right smack after thanksgiving – what was I thinking?) and all the fun celebration prep that congress with that, but all of that pales in comparison to the hard news that one of my kindergarteners at church had passed away.
Going to a 6 year old’s funeral is very, very tough. But in the midst of the pain and the grief, almost every member in her large family (8 siblings) shared of the joy she always showed and what a blessing and privilege it was to have known her. It really was one of the most beautiful memorial services I’ve attended.
So, in the midst of processing all of that and preparing my heart for thanksgiving, I’m trying to see things in a different way. When I almost got overwhelmed by the laundry that needed to be folded, I thanked God that we all have plenty of clothes and a way to wash them. When the newest member of the family to enter the clan of underpants decided to come running out to say he had gone to the bathroom, and in the process left his mark everywhere (seriously…ugh), I took a deep breath and gave that sweet boy a hug….proud that he’s getting it and able to do those things independently.
And so as I go through today and then into preparing for Christmas, I’m going to take deep breaths and choose to thank through the good and the hard. It’s not going to be easy and I’m pretty sure I’ll still get frustrated with piles of laundry or potty messes, but I’m going to try to get good at giving thanks.
Even though the giant task list for Birthday/Christmas seems like it could bury me, I’m really excited for Christmas. Having kids just brings a new level of excitement and I’m ready to get the advent calendar up with stuff to do and things to read as we prepare our own hearts and as we try to help the kids focus on what it’s really all about.
Happy Thanksgiving from our little turkeys…
Mia, at her Thanksgiving feast at school.
Finn, showing off his special prize for a job well done in the potty.
Yes, there are times when they push each other’s buttons and they have to be taken to two different rooms to have a break from each other, but then there are times like this…
Probably one of the sweetest things I’ve seen this week…
Mia loves to “read” to him. And he is so happy to have her do it. I’ve gotten some video but I need to get her doing “How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?” Cutest thing. We’ve read it so much, she can recite the book almost word for word and he loves to sit cuddled up right next to her and listen. Then he takes a turn and “reads” “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” to her. Uh, just imagine Finn saying the words in that book. Adorable.
Glad they love books. Sadly though, there are days when we don’t read enough…I’m trying to take more time to sit with them and read more than the usual naptime, bedtime reading. Because when I see them reading to each other and talking about the pictures in the book and trying to guess what’s happening in a book they’ve never had read to them….that’s when I see how much they learn and how fun it is for them.
We’re coming into the perfect time of the year to snuggle up on the couch with blankets and books and get some more reading time in. We might just have to get “How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?” or “Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear“.
We had a very fun, busy weekend. Friday night, we dropped the kids off at our friends’ house with a sitter and went out with them and two other couples for dinner and a movie. We had such a great time. Originally, we were just going to go out on a date night but then through a sequence of events, we ended up going as a group. It has been so long since we’ve gone out with friends and as much as we like time away by ourselves, it’s so good to go as a group. We talked, laughed, and (I) cried during the movie. A full evening of emotions. And a really late night for the kids who were still awake when we got back after the movie.
Saturday, we had two parties and then church (where we packed operation christmas child shoe boxes in classes). So, on top of all the fun party stuff, I had to get the shoe box project ready and done so they could go out on the truck. Dinner after church made for late night #2 in a row for the kids.
Fortunately, the calendar for today was completely empty so we were able to stay home, get caught up on some stuff, do some puzzles as a family and then enjoy the unusually warm weather for November.
I like doing things and everything we did this weekend was so fun, but having a day that required nothing of us was really, really good. Of course, it didn’t hurt that we got a warm sunny day thrown at us…
This should be a quieter week which will be nice. It’s the calm before the storm for us as we go into Thanksgiving – Finn’s birthday – Christmas and all its festivities mode. I’m going to enjoy every bit of this week (and maybe be smart and get a jump start on some stuff. Ha.)