It snowed on December 9th here in Southern California…down to the 3000 ft mark…very rare for us. It was and still is freezing cold...well at least to us in sunny SoCal. I yearn for the warmth of the sun and to feel the warmth of it's embrace upon my face. Here are the mountains covered with their snowy delight. You can see the remnants of the October fires in the foothills. Life always seems to move on and time passes…
The house is decorated with a Christmas flair. The gifts are wrapped…the Christmas cards have all been sent…the stockings are hung by the chimney with care. It’s December 19 and I have never been ready this early in the Christmas game. In years past, I would be rushing around till early in the am of Christmas day…wrapping those last minute gifts…making sure the house was perfect for Santa’s arrival. Homemade cookies and milk put out with the handwritten notes by Brea and Sean…all eagerly awaiting the prancing and pawing of each little hoof of Santa’s reindeers. Now the days are spent waiting for my children’s footsteps to grace the entry way of our home…home for the holidays…home...safe and sound from their worldly adventures…time for a mom to breathe a sigh of relief to know that her babies are home…warm and snuggly in their beds at night.
How the times have changed… from tiny babes to grown adults. Christmas prep doesn’t seem all time consuming like it did when they were little. I always felt like a Martha and not a Mary. I’m hoping this year will bring out the Mary in me and I’ll be able to really enjoy the company of family and friends with out scrambling around making sure everything is perfect.
Now what to do with one’s self with all the time I have before the big day? To add to all of the excitement we are celebrating Christmas on the 23rd. Brea is working again on Christmas day.
I have enjoyed sitting in my living room and reading the last couple of days...something very rare for me. There is always a stack of books on my nightstand that I have collected throughout the year and never seem to get to. I have been lighting the Christmas tree, turning on nature songs of mountain streams and seaside sounds with relaxing music...a hot cup of tea...the phone and Gracie at my feet. It's been so relaxing...I have to do this more often...maybe keep the Christmas tree up all year long.
There are always lots of projects that keep calling my name. My big project now is converting all the family Beta, VHS, 8mm and digital tape to digital files. I started with the Beta tapes of when Brea was a baby and have progressed into the 8mm when Sean was a babe. I have enjoyed reliving my children’s lives…from the babes in arms to the sweetness of 2 & 3 years old to the sassy 5 & 6 years olds. Time stops as I convert the years…now working on 1992 and our life in Hawaii…busy days of endless activities…the craziness of May when all school and sport activities come to an end. Thinking back and remembering those days…how I miss them. I remember when they were happening…I was looking forward to the time when it would all end and I would have more time on my hands. Well…its here and I wish some of those times had remained. I miss the company of my children…knowing where they were all the time…all the talking, laughing, singing and craziness that goes with raising children…though I don’t miss the sibling quarreling. It’s so refreshing to listen to Brea and Sean talk to each other as adults. Exchanging thoughts, ideas and opinions…likes and dislikes on movies, music and daily things...all in such a civil nature…no longer hearing…”MOM!!! Brea is hitting me! MOM!!! Sean just bit me!”
Now we laugh and enjoy the company of each other until they tell me about the things they use to do to each other when I wasn’t around. I keep telling them these are things I don’t want to know because it tarnishes the angelic image I have of both of them!!! LOL!!! But they tell me anyway and we all laugh. The sounds of our Christmas…laughter and the joy it gives me to have my children…home!
May you all be blessed with the sound of laughter and experience the joy of being surrounded by your loved ones. May we always remember our beloved family and friends who have pass to the next journey to be with our Lord. Remember all the wonderful Christmas’s and especially the special gift that the Lord had given to each and everyone of us…His Son Jesus Christ.
Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!