Christmas joy

Whew!  I think the rush of Christmas is over for another year...at least I'll be able to say that when I get my Christmas cards done!  It's the one thing that I just couldn't squeak in, but I'm hopeful it will happen before New Year's.

We had a lovely, lovely Christmas.  It was just the three of us this year, but memorable and sweet.  And yes, we even had a white one!  It was fun to have no schedule and just savor the crackling fire, good tea and good food, play games, and explore our presents.  I got well into Sarah Palin's new biography (well-written!) and worked on our yearly Christmas puzzle.  After a busy month of teas, parties, and special events, it was good to enjoy God's Peace.  I've just been overwhelmed the past few days pondering on the goodness of the Lord to us, how incredible it is to be the object of His love and care.  The Incarnation is still the most staggering thought, the best "Good News" we could ever have received.

Christmas brought SweetPea a neat opportunity to finally put her piano training to good use.  Our new little church has been without a pianist for some time, so she was their 'guest' pianist for the Christmas Eve service.  I think it's refreshed her personal vision for her music and is helping her see some of God's purpose in the long years of training and practice.  We're delighted, and grateful to the Lord for opening up this new door for her. 

I'm hoping for some 'think' time this week.  Being an incurable planner, I'm already knee-deep in goals and lists for 2010, and I need to think through this coming semester and try to get a handle on what we need to accomplish both on school and home fronts.  Always seems like a process of weeding out and prioritizing...what do I really have to do? and how can I work in what I want to do this year?  (You know, stuff like refinishing furniture, writing, learning piano, larking my way through my nature journaling books...  )

Being newly reminded of how good it is to walk in God's peace and leadership, I'm excited and content to see what He has for us this year.  I really want Him to be Lord over everything.



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