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Sunday, November 8, 2015
I once told my daughter not to get engaged around Christmas. It might be tainted. Why, you ask? Because Christmas is LOVE. In a million different ways, Christmas brings feelings of LOVE. First and foremost, there's the LOVE of and for our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the reason for the season, right? We celebrate His life every day of the year, but in December, we celebrate his birth. Another reason for LOVE. The miracle of life! I have experience that exact same miracle and emotion of pure LOVE every time I gave birth to one of my children. Nothing more witnesses to me that God is real and that He loves me than to bring a precious soul into my family and into my arms. Children. Not just the gift of them, but the world through their eyes is so beautiful and trusting and innocent and magical! Christmas brings that out in abundance and it's such a joy to watch a child experience all that Christmas has to offer. Watch a sappy Hallmark movie or listen to the songs of the season, it's all about LOVE! Ooey Gooey romantic and beautiful LOVE. Makes you all warm inside. Warmth. I live in a miserable hot existance where a roaring fire only makes things hotter. But, a glowing fire, twinkling lights, hot chocolate, cozy blankets...all provide warmth for your soul. Guess what adds the big cherry on top to all the warmth? Family. Every aspect of Christmas revolves around the family. Whether its gift giving, parties, baking, crafting, movie watching, light seeing..being with family brings the ultimate warmth to my soul. LOVE.
Combine sparkly, pretty things, warmth, family, a Savior and ooey gooey LOVE...why wouldn't I want that to last as long as possible? When you fill your holiday with things that matter,events that bond, things that bring warmth to your soul, the messy things like money, crowds and calendars become not so burdensome. You unconsciously smile when you see a lit up tree, or hear a familiar song or smell your favorite holiday candle because you have filled your holidays with beautiful things that build and grow LOVE. And every year after year, that big sleigh full of blessings and memories and warmth and LOVE comes jingling back reminding you why you LOVE this time of year! Yes, I'm a Christmas Crazy. My children are becoming the very same thing and I LOVE that they have felt and experienced the same warmth and love that I have as we've shared our Christmas' past. So bring on Christmas in October or June or maybe even March....can there be too much LOVE?
On an awesome funny/wonderful side note...Whitley called me the other day to tell me that when she is older and has all the money in the world, she is going to have a Christmas room. One that is Christmas all year round. That way, if she is ever sad or just misses Christmas, she can go in there and sit for awhile. THEN, she says, when I (me) get old and delusional and can't take care of myself, I can come live in her Christmas room. I'll take it!!
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
It's July 22, 2015 and the kids have just gone back to school for their first day! This is a scary day because my two oldest just switched back to a school they have been away from for 3 years. I hope they do ok, and find their friends from before and new ones that will help them to be successful and happy. Dalin is starting high school this year, making 3 high schoolers! Yikes for me. Bo and Katy both got the teachers they were hoping to get and I know they'll do great. Now, I'm not that mom that's all gushy like "oh my babies, I'll miss them so much!". Nope, let's get real. All day every day togetherness is not really good for anyone! I love them to pieces, but we are all happier when we've had some time away. Sincerely, my kids are so much happier when their brains have been active, their bodies moving and they've had interaction with peers. This is healthy! And I love being able to get stuff done and have my brain all to myself for a bit each day. Then I'm way more ready to take on the rest of the day and the chaos that comes from homework, extra curriculars, dinner and bedtimes. It's a win win. As we were looking for classes at the HS, I saw this on the wall and was super excited that my kids school does not shy away from using scripture in their teaching. I mean after all, what better book to get good advice from?
Ok, Maybe this is weird, but it is what it is. I kind of have a "song" with some of my kids. You know, something happens and it just kind of becomes "your song". Not all of them are even mutual, but just that that particular song makes me think of them.
For Chelsey, it's Don't Break Even. We were driving up to Flagstaff to get her ready for college and it came on and I hadn't heard it much and I don't know...seeing her in the seat next to me, her singing, me liking it, us doing something new and important together...It just kind of stuck. I think of that moment every time I hear it.
I'm not really sure I have one for Whitley, but here are a couple that make me think of her for strange reasons. Thunder is one, cuz she loved it and it was my ringtone for her. Then there's Wanted. That's totally weird cuz it's really something that was between her and her first boyfriend, Jordan. But it was so sweet and then I was sad when they broke up and now this awesome song with a sweet experience was tainted, lol. I'm not sad they broke up, just that it ruined the song. Weird, I know.
Nick, well there's this song...How to Save a Life...probably self explanatory.
Stephen has two. One is because we were driving and it came on and he cranked it and started singing along saying how much he loved it. I'm not even sure of it's official name, but it was a country song about Rolling the Windows down. He was so cute. Then there's Uncle Cracker's You Make Me Smile. That one makes me do a little gasp whenever I hear it now that he's been gone for so long.
Rhett's is probably the most "mutual" one. Long story short, I fell in love with this song and wanted someone to sing it for auditions. He readily agreed and when he sang it, it was so beautiful. Seriously, I wanted to punch him it was so sweet. It's A Thousand Years. So now that's our song. We were skating one time and it came on and he yelled "mom!" across the rink and pointed at me. Now that he's getting older, he's a little less "committed" to it, but he knows. ♥ The other day he suggested a new song become ours. I can't even remember what it was, but it was funny.
Just the other day Bo declared that he and I have a song. Just randomly, the same song has come on twice recently while we were driving and he was in the front seat. It was Separate Ways by Journey. he was just drumming and air guitaring with all his might! We talked about how some things are just always great, like Journey. We sang it loud and proud. The second time it came on, he lights up and says "Mom, this is our song!". Sweet, we have a song!
That brought up the conversation with the other kids about "whats our song?" I tried to explain that you don't just choose one, you have an experience and it all just connects. So now sweet Katy is looking for something to be our song. Right now she's going with Shake it Off, but I'm sure something real will come along sometime soon. That just leaves Dalin and Brooklyn. Guess we gotta keep driving places!!