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Making time for the pauses

Tomorrow’s Christmas Eve and I am this excited about it: excited

For Christmas, of course, but because tomorrow afternoon the Grands arrive.  We’ll have a full house: our boys, me and Hubbs and the two littlest ones  – we’ll enjoy “fun” foods, play games and look for red noses out the window.  We’ll call the Santa Tracker to estimate the big guy’s arrival and we will surely ring Papa’s Sleigh Bell.  Here are the two of them last Christmas Eve:

the grands readying for bed; Christmas Eve, 2013

the grands readying for bed; Christmas Eve, 2013 – An Emjayandthem(C) photo

I’m working today, with only a few tasks left on off my list, and I like it that way. I have time to enjoy the pauses.  Pauses that allow me to be grateful that the sickness I’m getting over is on its way out not in, pauses to think about friends and family going through challenging times, and, of course, pauses to consider the gift given to all in a little stable far, far away.

Last night, I finished wrapping and now, just two presents remain: per wee MJ’s request could I save some wrapping for her to do? There are two left – one for Daddy and one for Mommy.  Yes their parents are divorced and don’t always along but doesn’t mean little ones don’t need to learn the joy of giving.   So after they arrive and coats and boots are off I’ll scurry them away with much ado about secrecy and “don’t peek here Daddy” and I’ll be giggling and thankful for little fingers and tape and ribbons and bows and three and a half feet of wrapping paper for a 10″ box.  That’s just how it goes when you have the chance to spread the magic that is Christmas.    I can’t wait.

But first – here’s a gem of a clip that I hope you take time to watch ~ it’s stirring and wonderful and takes me right home to my little prairie church.

 * * * Merry Christmas! * * *

 

 

 

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16 thoughts on “Making time for the pauses

  1. That’s one of the best videos I’ve seen. It really is wonderful. Thanks so much for posting it. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Enjoy wrapping those gifts!

  2. Have a great Christmas with your family and remember the pauses!

  3. Sounds like the perfect Christmas! Enjoy! 🙂

  4. Sounds like you’re ready for a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for that heart stirring clip. As soon as he talked about adding the pauses, I heard the melody in my head. Lovely! I will endevor to remember to pause now and then tomorrow, and soak in memories.

  5. MJ, I’m not sure how I missed your post (too busy, I guess!) but it’s a wonderful one. I’m sharing that video with my friend, Janet, the long-time organist at our church.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  6. Merry Christmas!! This must mean that you’re feeling better, I hope. 🙂
    R

  7. Wonderful video clip! “Joy to the World” indeed. Glad you’re feeling better. I think you had one of the most awesome Christmases ever on Thursday with all those pauses…take a breath…pause…
    …and now we’re getting ready for my sister and new BIL’s TX reception after having gotten married in VA last week.

    • We surely did 🙂 And – we watched “the Polar Express” – the kids had already been shown Dad’s Sleigh bell but wee MJ ran to get it at the end of the movie when the boy receives his bell again – perfection!

      Enjoy the reception & all the fun that comes with it! MJ

  8. LOVE the video! Thanks for sharing it.

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with all of your loved ones, MJ!

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