It's true, we were visiting my family in Ohio last week for Thanksgiving, which left little time for all things Internet. But the real reason I haven't posted is because, in the words of Pedro in Napoleon Dynamite, I don't have much to say.
|If you read my blog, all of your wildest dreams will come true.|
But that's okay. It turns out that my idea of flooding December with every fun and interesting and cool thing I could come up with only demonstrates my essential problem: I'm looking for joy like I'm looking for a fix. Don't get me wrong, it's not that baking amazing cookies or buying a new pair of jeans wouldn't be good or worthwhile. They are things that I want to do and, when the time is right, I should do, because I've been wanting to bake those cookies for years and all of the jeans I own (except my maternity ones) are horrendous. But it's not the fleeting little moments of goodness that will quench my thirst for joy -- it is the One to whom they all point, the very Source of all joy.
|Beyond our wildest dreams.|
So here's my plan: just keep rollin', and keep focused on Christ. Bake cookies when I can, go gift shopping here and there (great excuse to get out of the house!), chat or get together with friends when I get the rare chance, and prepare my heart for Christmas. We sadly still don't have an Advent wreath, but Colin and I have been reading the daily Mass readings and accompanying reflections from the Word Among Us magazine each night, which has been very helpful.
Another helpful idea that I'm slowly embracing is that it is okay to do less than I planned. For example, I've been accumulating Pampers "Gifts-to-Grow" points for the past year so that I could get some free Christmas cards from Shutterfly. All I'd have to do is pick a design, add a photo of Elise, personalize the text, pay the shipping charges, and weeee! Except, it's already December 1 and I still don't have a photo of Elise that I want to use. So you know what? I'm not going to do it. I'm just going to use regular cards, and I'm probably going to send less than I did last year! And that is actually...a relief. It's just not something I want on my plate this year, and I'm fine with that.
|I def want this on my plate.|
So that's the dealio. I'll be posting more on Advent in the coming weeks. Maybe we'll even celebrate a saint's feast day somewhere in there!
|St. Lucy's day is coming up on Dec. 13! You'd better believe those are eyes on her plate.|