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What Piglet is doing December 30, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 11:03 pm

“I wonder what Piglet is doing,” thought Pooh. “I wish I were there to be doing it, too.” (from Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne)

One of the things I like most about the holidays is that dear friends come home to visit. It’s been great catching up with everybody and it’s a small kind of bereavement to see them all heading back to their normal lives. Jon and I have some pretty extraordinary friends doing some pretty wonderful things with themselves. Sometimes I feel like Jess in Bridge To Terabithia who said that Leslie was his “other, more exciting self,” like I’m living vicariously through the adventures of my friends. But most of the time I think it’s pretty great to be the ones that stay here in our hometown to welcome everyone else back when they come back for a day or two or even (someday) for good. 🙂 Safe travels, friends.

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The same thing December 29, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 11:09 pm

So I pulled on my chain mail.

“I thought that was for slaying dragons, not for talking to girls,” said Anibelly, who had appeared behind me.

“It’s the same thing,” I said.

(from Alvin-Ho: Allergic To Birthday Parties, Science Projects, and Other Man-Made Casastrophes by Lenore Look)

My husband helped me pick out the quote for tonight. Not sure what he’s trying to say. I think he just wanted a funny quote. I keep telling myself that.

 

So good December 28, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 9:58 pm

There was good news. It was so good to share it. (from Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles)

It is so good to share good news, so let me just give you a link: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/liamlowe

Those of you who participated in our Christmas book give-away will be especially interested in this news. Enjoy. 🙂

 

Nursery Chairs December 27, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 10:41 pm

One of the chairs is South America,

     One of the chairs is a ship at sea,

One is a cage for a great big lion,

     And one is a chair for Me.

(from When We Were Very Young, Nursery Chairs by A.A. Milne)

I love to watch Benjamin play. He is twenty-two months old and I would really like to know what goes on in his imagination. Sometimes he is just laughing himself silly at a cinnamon stick or saying something earnest (and indiscernable) to his stick horse. I wonder what he sees when he looks at the rocking chair in his nursery and what country his lego structure occupies. I’ve seen him transform the arm of the couch into a horse, wear a rice pot as a hat, use a toothbrush as a conductor’s baton. The joy of having a son is that I sometimes get to join in. When was the last time you let your imagination run wild? When was the last time you played?

 

Keep it all the year December 26, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 5:22 pm

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.  I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.  The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. (from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)

This is Scrooge’s pledge at the end of his visits from the three ghosts.  We’ve all heard it so often, in the seemingly endless movie adaptations of the book–so often, perhaps, that we find it a bit trite.  But I like it still.  I wanted to post it today, a last Christmas quote (from me, anyway), because I hope to keep the Spirit of Christmas all year.  I hope that for all of us.  And I’m not just talking about the generosity and care for those who are less privileged, or even the appreciation for family and what we have.  I’m thinking about the Spirit of Christmas in it’s most foundational sense, the coming of God among us.  That moment so long ago when the humblest of all things, an infant, brought hope and light and life into the world and caused the darkness to tremble and falter.  I want to live all the year with the understanding that the smallest and humblest of things can become very big things, and that the Kingdom of God enters our world in unexpected ways.

 

Happy December 25, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 7:18 pm

But they were happy, grateful, pleased with one another, and contented with the time. (from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)

This quote comes from the scene in which Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present are peeking in on the Cratchit family–a family that has very little fortune, but more than enough love to make up for it.  It’s such a lovely, tender scene.  It reminds me of my favorite things about Christmas–family and special traditions.

My family has managed to never be apart at Christmas, but this year was going to be different.  My brother, who lives in Austin now, was scheduled to work on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so we weren’t going to get to see him until next week sometime.  We did the things we usually do on Christmas Eve–visited with our dear friends the Donagheys, played games, laughed.  But it was a little empty without Bryan here.  My mom asked if I wanted to open my presents or wait (we’re traditionally Christmas Eve openers) and for the first time in my life I felt a little apathetic.  It just wouldn’t be the same without my big brother.  I did open one present, though, for tradition’s sake (and because I’m basically a child), but there wasn’t as much joy in it as usual.  So, we all started getting ready to go to bed early, when to our great delight, Bryan burst in through the front door with presents in his arms!  He had gotten off of work a little early and driven in for the night.  It was the best Christmas gift for all of us, I think.

I’ve been thinking about family more than usual this Christmas because I’ve been away from mine, and I feel more than every the value of getting to be together on holidays.  I’ve managed being away from home, away from family, away from friends, well enough these past several months in Boston.  I’ve done a good job of pretending to be a grown up.  But sometimes it feels like life is moving way to fast and I’m just not ready for all of the changes that time brings.  Like a Christmas without my whole family.  I know that a time is probably coming when we won’t be all together on this special day.  I’m just so glad that it’s not this year.

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas filled with people you love and that you have been happy, grateful, pleased with one another, and contented with the time, as my family has.  Merry Christmas!

 

We were so busy December 24, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 12:19 am

We were so busy hugging and eating and breathing together. (from The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant)

We were so busy hugging and eating and breathing together that I forgot to blog until now. My favorite thing about Christmas is that family and friends return home and we all get to be together. We have an early morning family Christmas tomorrow, so as soon as this pie is out of the oven I’m headed to bed for visions of sugar plums. ‘Night. 🙂