Christmas has come and gone and with that comes time to reflect. I have a few days off ahead of me and a couple of closets that need attention. But I also have new books waiting on the end table … I think the books might win. 🙂
The grand kids were with us the night of the 23rd and all day the 24th, and our family feasted, played and opened presents that evening. It was fun and cozy and wonderful. But it was also different. You see things changed this year: they’ve slept over on Christmas eve for 3 years now, and we have embraced waking to two bright little faces … even if they do tend to get up on the early side.
But this year was different. They wanted to go home, to hang their stockings there with Dad and his fiance. That’s a very good sign that they know who their home is.
Still, we packed as much in as we could, playing Yahtzee and Dice, making chocolate chip pancakes and lunches/snacks, enjoying Holiday movies like “Elf” and “Prancer” and calling the Santa Tracker regularly to check on the big guy’s whereabouts. We read the story of Jesus’ birth and “The Night before Christmas.” At the end of the night, as Dad and his love bundled them up, they were sleepy but excited to go home, see the dog and put out cookies for Santa.
Several times that day I had tried calling Mom but she didn’t answer; what I didn’t know is she’s congested again and that impacts her hearing. The phone is next to her, but she never heard it ring. Talking with my sister Christmas Day she relayed that she and my oldest brother spent part of the day with Mom and how much she enjoyed it but that it played her out, too. I shared my connectivity concerns and she suggested I call the front desk and have them bring Mom the portable phone, which we did. For about 5 minutes Mom chatted with me, Hubbs and youngest boy, and while our conversations were brief, we all expressed our love and gratitude for her as well as our sincere wishes for a Happy Christmas. We each had a tear when the call ended. And if the time comes that she can no longer hear well enough to talk on the phone, I guess I’ll have to come up with an alternative.
I’ve beat myself up for weeks, wondering why I wasn’t feeling it ~ the Christmas “spirit.”
I can see now that life has been preparing me for another change. Time to let some things go – to roll with the changes – and to land safely on the other side. I’m trying to remain open as to what He has in store for me.
“Sacred blessings and divine opportunities appear in your life disguised as unforeseen changes and challenging circumstances.” ― Miya Yamanouchi
What changes are you sensing? Are you able to roll with them?