First of all, somebody out there may be wondering what is happening with our move to Cleveland- or, even if you weren't wondering, here's an updatet:
One day a few weeks into this process I showed our house twice (we are trying to sell on our own without a realtor) and had two people say they want to buy it. In one day. For our asking price, both.
I think I sent a text to Jim that day that said something like, "Sold the house twice today. Feelin pretty darn cool."
Well now if you ever try to sell a house in this economy and then think you have, my advice is that you don't get all cocky about it because it really can't be that easy. To make a long story short we are still waiting for the house to officially sell. Honestly, I am happy to be here with friends and family and in our cozy home for the holidays rather than unpacking boxes, so I am fine with waiting a little longer to move.
Moving on . . .
Oh, there are just too many ways to celebrate Christmas. I am trying (really, really trying) to slow down and enjoy the season, and be intentional about everything I choose to do or don't do this year.
Last week, we decorated. I wanted to have everything done by Wednesday, and I was glad I started early on Monday because it took me three full days to do it all. And if you saw my tree you would know how pathetic it is that it took me that long. Let's just say I had a lot of "help" with the decorating which caused it to be a three day process rather than a thirty minute one like it should have been. I love having an excuse to put candles in the windows and corners lit up by sparkly lights. And those middle of the night playdates are slightly more magical when aglow with the lights on the tree.
I have wanted for years to put together a Jesse tree and have never followed through. This year, Ann has blessed the world with a free Jesse Tree Advent Devotional. Oh I love this woman. I am so looking forward to doing this this year.
I have also begun to read again Madeleine L'Engle's Bright Evening Star, one of my favorite Christmas books.
Gifts. I think I'll write a whole post on what I think about gift-giving and what gifts I am giving this year (and it's probably not what you think).
I really appreciate Megan's challenge to be fully present this Christmas season:
What would it look like if we put down, closed down, shut off, and put away the screens during this season?
The Advent season is a time of reflection and finding beauty in the waiting. I am looking forward to slowing down to think about and celebrate the Mystery of Christmas- God With Us!
Peace to you . . .