We made it through the birthday party. It was a nice time, surrounded by people we love celebrating our child’s life! He was a bit taken aback by the attention and somewhat confused about what to do about the birthday gifts. He was refusing a bit to open any, insisting they were not his to open, but belonging to the people who brought them. We finally got him convinced that it was indeed about him and he thoroughly enjoyed his gifts!
It’s been a long weekend and we’re all a bit tired and worn, and quite frankly at least a little intimidated by the week ahead. On Monday the girls have coop and we go and share some time with a friend and her children, AND number 5 has his 3 year check up. On Tuesday we have a dental appt with #4 (just a check up!! YAY, no cavities!!!!) and another time of sharing with friends, if there’s time. Wednesday brings daddy home for a day off while we pack and get ready for our trip over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house. We will celebrate our little niece’s baptism Wednesday evening and have Thanksgiving dinner Thursday. Friday there will be a possibility of shopping and going to visit dh’s grandparents and then off we flit back home.
And so starts the busy season. There seems to be so much demand on our time this time of year, if not by the parties etc then by shopping for gifts or baking for friends or even preparing and celebrating Advent. I know there is a balance somewhere in there, I’ve just not yet found it. I think most of it comes from NOT waiting until the last minute as I am so apt to do. It just seems like so many other things are crowding all of the rest of the time that there isn’t any room for anticipation or preparation. That’s what this season is all about though, isn’t it? Making sure that we take the time to anticiapte Our Lord and prepare for him.
I have plans again this year. Plans to get pictures taken, maybe even have cards sent. Plans to get shopping done and Jesse trees designed. Plans to get together with friends and family. Plans to be alone with the love of my life.
I think the biggest plan that’s missing is a plan to pray. A plan to adore Our Lord. A plan to really, truly prepare my heart and the hearts of my children for Christ.
Time to remember what is really important this time of year.