Monday, December 9, 2013
Well, we're in the thick of the season. It's my favorite season by far. We're thick into our advent readings, lighting candles, decorating the tree, sitting by fires, and frantically working on handmade gifts. In the middle of that, I think I have a new knitting pattern that's ready to be released. I need to finish up my pattern editing, and then send it to my tech editor, and perhaps redo some of the photo shoot because we really lost our light after about 5 pictures.
It has been busy. Our van just broke. I don't know what is wrong, but if you ask me what it sounds like when it's on, it's "expensive." Oil is all over our garage floor, metal is grinding against metal. Sigh. The funny thing is, I don't mind much. I would rather just stay home anyway. Knut is towing it to the mechanic's as I type this, and who knows when he will get to it, or fix it in this frigid weather.
I'm blessed to have Knut. I'm blessed we have a good mechanic. I'm blessed we have a van to be worked on at all.
I got to have a dear friend over for a heart to heart visit this last week, and my heart is still brimming over from it. This coming week, both Solveig and Ingrid will celebrate a birthday, and we are also hosting a small Christmas party for our study group at church. So school has ceased for awhile as we clean the house, declutter stacks of papers here and there, bake cookies, and work on Christmas gifts. That is our life right now. I feel so blessed with homeschooling more than ever this year. We can just do Christmas...slowly soak it in.
That doesn't mean there's no yelling, or frustration, or eye rolling or fighting going on over here. We have been unable to remove our sinful nature this season in our house. Sometimes I wonder why on earth we are able to keep going, and I wonder what's the point when I'm yelling: "Quit yelling at your sister RIGHT now, and listen to this BIBLE STORY!!!" and there are tears and and someone interrupts to ask for a glass of milk, and it's just a paragraph more.
No, we are not having a perfect season. We are having a season that has been thick with grace. I'm gradually learning to desire to give it as thickly as God has given it to me. At least, that is my hope. I want this season slathered in grace in our house. Grace is free, but it is certainly not easy. 'Tis the season of perfectionism, and I'm fighting against that and clinging to grace. Our internet was working enough for me to watch this last night, and I wept. Oh, to live in that peace. I highly recommend.
How have you been blessed this last week? Also, I'm looking for some service projects to do with my kids during this season (once our van is fixed). What sorts of things do you do with your kids? I'd love some ideas and discussion on things that kids can do this season.