Encouragement for Weary Moms, and My Day

December 20, 2008 at 10:09 pm Leave a comment

And he IS called:

My Wonderful Counselor

My Mighty God

My Everlasting Father

My Prince of Peace

because He IS…

the Son of God.

In times when you are tired, when lists are many, when gifts are many to be wrapped, when baking is running behind, when you’ve missed a meal, or two, when nights are late, when there is always much to do,  tasks that go on and on and on and on…remember:

You can rest.

You can have that nap.

You can stop.

You can leave some things undone some years.

Gift bags are okay.

Friends forgive you if you run out of steam on cards.

Family Christmas Photos don’t have to happen.

Gift cards are okay.

There is always last minute shopping.

God gives us “all grace so that at all times, having all that we need, we will abound in every good work.”  (New Testament).  Don’t lose heart.  Just take a rest.  It will get done.

Our Christmas Photo? Only to older relatives and long distance friends we don’t see a lot:  Goldilock’s birthday family photo her friends took for us worked just fine.

Cards? My friends are my friends because they understand I have a huge family to get cards out to (my “pared down” list is 200 this year–elderly, widows, newly churched, the priority.  If you get  a card, count your blessings, if you don’t, PLEASE feel truly blessed and graced that I trust you with my ineptness.)

Gifts? I still have some that have not arrived in the mail.  I’m having to make secondary plans “just in case”.

Food? Gifts from friends and colleagues are meant for moms, not celebration, I’m sure.  I’ve had ham sandwiches all week, eaten a pound of fudge from someone I don’t know and yet love.

Still going…I know one woman who has it all bought and wrapped under the tree the week after Thanksgiving.  I envy those women who seem to have it all together and not be running to finish everything, but I am not that woman, for whatever reason.  Enjoy the creativity of it all to too much to be “done” I suppose.

Get some rest, and enjoy some holiday flicks.  Drink a warm drink.  Stop.

And then, you’ll be refreshed to tackle it again.

MY TODAY:  (Here’s where it gets rambly, like a personal “what I’m up to” letter of sorts, if you want to bail):

Today, I bought new mattresses for a bed needed before we have guests…it was a cheap mattress for young children when we bought it.  My brother can thank me.

I tackled Wal*Mart for several hours for some items my kids needed for gifts.  I got the oil in the van changed.  Checked out 3-4 times while I remembered everything.  (Good thing about getting your oil changed, they don’t mind if you check out a few items back there and parking is great.)

I bought some heavy ceramic pans to glue my front porch decorative trees to–trying to keep them from blowing over everytime God sneezes.  My husband glued them on for me and I hope to get them painted and new moss put on them tonight.  They looked in terrible disrepair from getting blown over so much this year.  I say to my son a couple times a week, “Son, can you go pick up the trees, please?”

When guests are coming for Christmas (14-16 here for a day or two), those things just become more important to get done in a woman’s mind!

I made new matching ribbons for the back garland to match the new bows on the house this year.  I think they stand out a lot better than the tiny maroon ones did.  The Dollar Tree had a 9 ft. roll for a dollar, not too bad…makes one good sized house bow.   Maybe I’ll post some photos sometime for those who like the visuals, but my camera is in the ICU and I really don’t have much time to do all that is needed for uploading right now!

Got the salt washed off the van–bought the bulk discount rate carwashes at my favorite carwash today–I don’t think they give enough of a discount for “bulk”–I saved only nine cents for going from five to 35 after I had bought them and had time to do the math.

Took my daughter to breakfast and let her finish up her shopping, then we wrapped gifts together (enjoyed her company).

Took me about two hours to figure out how to add new tape to my new 3M tape dispenser, with no help from 3Ms “how to” video.  They eliminated the all-important need to state WHERE the tape should run in the dispenser…my son finally figure it out by accident pulling it in an odd direction.  Love the dispenser this year, though, and my new wrapping area…this year, a table…working MUCH better than the floor did last year!

Well,  that’s my very normal holiday update…but what I’m up to today.  The kids are at the youth’s “parent’s night out”…we just enjoyed some quiet…I got a needed nap, and tackled some clutter in the guest room (still need to make a lot of progress in the guest areas of the house!)

Love to you all,


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