Friday, December 13, 2013
My Christmas House 2013
My husband and I have turned into the sappiest people you have ever met, I mean it borders on the ridiculous. We are two of the most grateful people you've ever known these days. I used to really enjoy watching Media (Big Mama) videos on Youtube, and I remember one in particular where she said that until you've really been down, you don't really know how to appreciate up; that's us! Here's an example from yesterday evening. My husband has spent every free moment working on repairing his engine block the last few weeks, taking the bus to and from work, which adds two extra hours to his work day, everyday. We have a car fund for repairs but my own car needed work done in October, and then Neal's engine blew in November, so the fund had been drained. My husband decided to repair the car himself in order to save some of the money that we didn't have. It would mean becoming a one car family for awhile and sacrificing family time for a season while he worked, but he really felt like he could do it, so I agreed. He got lots of advice and help from his brother and worked diligently on it all hours of the day and night; his goal being to finish by last night. At about 10pm yesterday evening, I was sitting at my computer and heard his car turn over and I rejoiced!! I went running downstairs to the garage where we literally jumped up and down like two little kids who had just found out that they're going to Disneyland until I noticed Neal had tears in his eyes. I giggled and asked, "are you crying?" To which he replied that he was so grateful. This morning he even thanked God for being with him every step of the way while he worked on the car. We even toasted with champagne right before bed last night to his big accomplishment.
The smallest things mean the world to us and we are constantly talking to each other of all that we have to be grateful for which can be anything from a fixed engine, a daughter's paper for school, a Christmas card, a photography appointment, ANYTHING. God brought us to a place where we were forced to appreciate even the smallest things in life and it's filled our hearts and lives with JOY. We're an emotional bunch but we're jolly and really enjoying this Christmas more than I remember enjoying any holiday since I was a child.
I think that our healing even shows in our home which is why I decided to share photos of it this year. In years past I think I worked to decorate in an impressive way that looked like a lovely house at Christmas, this year it feels like a home. I've got Lucy, my little sidekick, always at my heals during the day, and then my family fills the house in the evenings. I think my favorite decoration is my card holder garland over the dutch door which is the first time I've made something where I can say, "I saw this on pinterest- haha." I like how the cards are on display for all to enjoy rather than in a basket, I could look at those sweet faces of people I love all day long. I love my home this year and am so grateful for it and I truly believe that whether you have a large family tree or a tiny lit porcelain one on your dining room table like my grandma does, there's beauty all around us to savor this Christmas season.
While I adore Christmas music and I love to fill my home with the sounds of Oh Holy Night, and White Christmas, or anything by Michael Buble (well except santa buddy, haha) there is one song that is my absolute favorite Christmas medley of all time and it makes me want to stop everything and just worship the Lord. I am posting it here so that maybe you can savor this song this season while your baking, cleaning, cooking, or wrapping your gifts and remember the amazing thing that Jesus did for us when he became a baby in a manger.