Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sabbath Moments

Sabbath Moments is a weekly meme hosted by Colleen at Thoughts on Grace. These are the times when we "let go and let God" and live in the present moment.

I had a good week. My tree is up and decorated. (Shhh! Don't tell the Advent police!) My Christmas shopping is all done ( not wrapped yet, though). I even attended a Christmas party last weekend! It was at my brother's house and most of my family attended. My brother lives in a beautifully restored Victorian house just outside of Boston and there are usually between 100 and 200 people that attend the party each year. Thankfully, the house is very large!

Michaela and I made a gingerbread house together this week. I should have posted a picture so everyone could have gotten a good laugh! It resembled a gingerbread shack rather than a house! Still, we had a great time making it and that's what counts. Michaela looks forward to doing this each year and she thinks the gingerbread "shack" looks awesome. Well...okay...so do I.  I think I would have been disappointed if it came out perfect. There's not much fun in perfect, is there?

I've been able to spend quite a bit of time in prayer and reflection this Advent. I look forward to this time spent with the Lord. I've been doing some spiritual reading (books and online), too, which helps focus my mind and heart on God during this season. A big thank you to all the bloggers who have posted such wonderful Advent meditations on their blogs lately!

14 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading your families preparations, both spiritual and physical for Christmas this year! I love your line about there not being much fun in the perfect...that is so true and I so agree! I'll take a funny looking shack any day if there is a lot of laughter involved!:)
    Have a very blessed and peaceful last week of advent and God bless you and your family as you prepare your hearts for Christ's coming.

    Love Colleen

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  2. Love the image of Michaela and you making the gingerbread shack. These are priceless, precious moments. If it isn't eaten yet, why not post a picture?

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  3. Colleen,
    I have to admit that the gingerbread shack is cute in a messy sort of way - kind of like my house ;) God bless you, too, Colleen! I hope you have a great week!

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  4. Barb,
    To be honest, I'm having problems getting pictures from the digital camera onto the new computer. If I can figure out why,I will put up a picture :) I hope you're feeling well, Barb! God bless you my friend!

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  5. Mary, love your moments! That sounds like some party! My tree is up too but we are very simple this year with decorations in the house.
    Love the gingerbread shack. I agree. Its much better than being perfect. Especially doing it with your daughter. When my boys were young, we would make Christmas cookies together and decorate them. After a while we would get tired of regular green trees, etc so we would start to make yellow trees and purple Santas! What fun! Merry Christmas!

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  6. Colleen,
    Michaela and I make Christmas cookies too :) They don't come out much better than the gingerbread houses. Purple is Michaela's favorite color so I know she would definitely like purple Santas! Green and red do get boring after a while. Merry Christmas to you too, Colleen!

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  7. haha...the "Advent Police" I love it :)

    We have a long tradition of putting up our tree on Dec 8th, in honour of the great gift given to Mary.

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  8. It seems so much easier to reflect this time of year doesnt it? Your blog and others sure help!

    God Bless

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  9. Sometimes a "shack" is a lot more fun than a "house," don't you think?

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  10. Mary, certainly sounds like you indeed had a good time last week. I am glad. Blessings.

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  11. Thanks Michael! God bless you, too :)

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  12. Mary Christine,
    It's a cute little shack with frosting everywhere!

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  13. Hi JBR! Yes, it was a good week! I hope you are doing well my friend :)

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  14. Advent Police...ha ha hahahaaa...love it...you crack me up, Mary.
    I really enjoy hearing about the fun times you and Michaela have together!
    And...100-200 people?!?? WOW! Exciting!

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