Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Top It Off With Glitter Snow

Well, Christmas rocked my knee socks off.

Every year I'm surprised by how lovely the whole thing is. We opened our gifts the morning of Christmas Eve, like we always do, then I nailed my first batch of sausage gravy and biscuits. Which leads me to this: Why the heck have I waited so long? For reasons I cannot articulate, I always assumed sausage gravy was beyond my culinary skill set. Imagine my surprise in discovering there's only one skillet and three ingredients involved. It's a conspiracy, I think. A gaggle of old ladies somewhere decided to scare us all away from the gravies. And the bobbins.

We spent all day in our pajamas. Some of us took naps. I busted out the requisite Christmas Eve can of Easy Cheese and the crowd went wild.

Then, church.

I just can't get enough of our new church. There's still the lady who tells me every single week that I'm a dead ringer for her elderly sister, but what can I say? Better than being a ringer for her elderly brother.

We lit candles and I looked around at all the white curls, all the families, everything still very new to us and a little unfamiliar. Still, we're family. We're bound by our faith. We are the weary world, thrilling together at the promise of hope.

I scored a massage and a pretty Etsy necklace from Cory. He did good. The kids squealed over toys and new bathrobes and I was reminded again that that's how God wants us - like them, full of wonder, ready to receive, reflecting joy, not trying too hard, not trying at all.

Actual Christmas was spent loving all of our people. I really like reserving that day for those things - the important ones - the ones that can tend to get lost in the wrapping paper.

Christmas was the two brown-skinned babies babbling from my back seat.
It was a text message sent at 11 pm - the best text I've ever received.
It was Haven, looking so pretty beside me at the dinner table.
It was Avery, looking so cute and slobbery.
It was cousins in matching pajamas and haystacks for dinner.

Christmas was bowls of oatmeal and Silas doing the worm.
It was waiting an extra thirty minutes for a phone at the jail.
It was a skype-date with my sister; a game of trivia with my Indiana family.

Christmas was the promise of a brand new nephew, waiting for us a world away.
It was a plate of steaming tamales and empanadas delivered by new neighbors.

Christmas was Christ, the tiny baby; Christ, our every expectation and reward.

His law is love and His gospel is peace. For me, for you, for every single day of the year.

I'm resisting the urge to dismantle the tree and move on. I'm cracking up over my Pinterest feed, already clogged with gardening tips.

I feel you, garden people. I do.

But there's snow falling and I'm not quite done floating on this peace.


  1. No need to take down the Christmas till Epiphany on January 6. That is when the wise men show up and we can pack up Christmas and move into Winter, on our way to Lent. Looks like you had a lovely day my friend,

  2. That looks like a perfect Christmas to me! I am excited about your massage. I squealed! Also squealed about your sausage biscuits. YUM! Merry Christmas : )

  3. I love the scripture sign on the wall behind your kids! Just this last week I was reading about "write them on your doorposts..." and I realized I need some Biblical signage in my house. Where did you get yours? BTW, keep enjoying those kiddos because they grow up so fast! Mine are already 12, 13 & 15 (learning to drive!).
    Reader in WA

    1. I LOVE our sign! You can order yours here:

    2. Thanks for sharing! I may be using my Christmas pedicure money from my hubby to put towards a sign instead of my toes. After all, the sign, not to mention God's Word, will last a lot longer than polish! :)

  4. Your Christmas sounds so wonderful. Love all those little ones in those matching jammies. That had to be a grandma that bought those. Were you in Ohio? We have lots of snow now.
    Love the sign too.
    I'm also not ready for it to all be over. Some had taken down their trees......I still want to feel the magic.

  5. This post was great! Thanks for sharing it.


    p.s. 'And the bobbins' totally made me laugh, and I mean in an out-loud fashion.

  6. This post was such a blessing! Oh wow, I am just letting all the love and goodness sink in. Thanks for sharing. What an encouragement!

  7. Love: the pic of your sweet kiddos with stockings ( always a fave. of mine as a kid), your nativity set (where is it from?), and your successful run with sausage gravy. I also see you have a fellow Hello Kitty fan at your house.
    As this year comes to a close-thankful for your blog, your words that make me laugh and think hard every single time. (Wll, and cry sometimes too! ) blessings!

  8. I love seeing your darling kids--so cute with all the cousins in matching jammies:). Lots of boys--probably a wild time! I also love the nativity set--where did you get it?

  9. It looks like you had a joyous two days of Christmas. Love the kiddos.

  10. Ah! Haystacks for dinner...just another Goshen, IN memory for me! Yumm!

    Happy New Year, my friend.

  11. Okay, can I just say I love the matching PJs? LOVE!

    Those hu-normous stockings are the greatest. Man, you could fit a Tonka truck in one of those!

    Better than being a ringer for her brother made me LOL.

    It sounds like you are really finding community in your new Home - capital as in, the whole area surrounding your newest landing spot.

    I'm so happy you received your bestest text ever.

    It's the little things. For me, it was listening to my step-son have an hour long conversation with my niece. (She watched football while he have highlights of Pokemon games.) They've never had a chance to have more than a 2 minute convo. And, I had a suspicion they would really have a blast together. Made my heart smile.

  12. Sis I nearly forgot about the TDF manger scene from overseas. SCORE!

  13. I will master the bobbin. I will.

  14. i cant even function right now I need that magazine nativity SO BAD. I can't take it!
    I of course, tried to find it myself and I CAN'T! Help! PLEASE!

    1. Please see my response below.
      I feel responsible for the fact that you'll be dysfunctional from now on...
      Also, one of my friends thought the baby Jesus was a skateboard.

  15. I have been MIA for far too long! Loved checking in on your beautiful family! My goodness they have gotten so big!! Especially Silas! Where has the time gone?

  16. Have you shared your rolled paper nativity set with us before and I was sleeping!?!?!? It is simply inconceivable that I could have missed something so fabulous. Please do tell. Did you make it yourself or what!?

    Oh and Merry Christmas to you all too.

    And Happy New Year.

    1. This was the rolled nativity's debut. :) My sister bought it for me at a craft bazaar hosted by refugees. I LOVE it! I love their Asian-looking faces.

  17. I made biscuits and gravy a couple years ago for the first time and my little crowd went wild! :) So easy, but just the same as you, I always thought I couldn't handle gravy. I'm glad we both know better now. Merry sounds like it was full of peace and joy!

  18. I'm still pretending it's Christmas day. I think I'm going to finally clean the living room. We have a heap of snow here, which is lending to the cozy feeling. "Christmas was Christ, the tiny baby; Christ, our every expectation and reward.
    His law is love and His gospel is peace. For me, for you, for every single day of the year." Love, love, love this truth. Just the thought of it makes me feel like I'm covered in tinsel, all sparkly and shiny.

  19. Yay, biscuits!!! And Christmas!!! And old people!!! You are so funny with the ladies trying to scare us away from the gravies...its so true! Who knew?! (I've already had my coffee, if the excessive exclamations didn't give me away already...)

    So happy you had a Merry Christmas. Its the only way to properly do Christmas. Merrily.

    ps, Avery & all the Christmas cousins are simply gorgeous. And yay for seeing Robert, too. You're such a good Mama. :)

  20. i am not quite finished floating on this christmas peace either. peace to you and yours.

  21. I also LOVE your nativity set. We have a similar one that was made in Vietnam and purchased at our 10 Thousand Villages shop in St. Paul, MN. I intend to go back and buy a set for each of the kids to pass on to them when they fly the coop.


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