Sunday, December 18, 2011

December Random

Sitting in Starbucks.

Contemplating the past few busy days.

Realizing that I have not posted on this blog in a week and a half. (That must be some kind of record.)

Wondering if anybody is still out there.

Anticipating what’s ahead.

Thinking a list would be helpful right now.

So here we go:

1. I finished my first semester teaching in five years, and I could not be happier with the outcome. Not only did God show me clearly that I was exactly where He wanted me to be, but I also felt good about the job I did. I felt like a rookie again, getting my feet wet in the teaching arena, but for the most part it all came back to me pretty quickly. And I honestly felt like this was one of my most successful semesters ever, probably because I stopped being self-conscious and just started looking into the eyes of my students to see what’s in there. And believe me, I learned a lot about my students this semester.

2. Christmas is a week away. I’m feeling ready. Sort of. But whether I’m ready or not, my family arrives on Thursday and I CANNOT WAIT!! We don’t hold to many traditions, per se, but the one we do hold is that we will all be together at some point over the Christmas holiday. I have a couple of fun things planned for all of us, but, as one of my sisters told me the other day, “We just love hanging out in your kitchen, talking, and being together.” That’s what it’s all about for us.

3. Kids are home, which means lots of chaos, fun, and activity. A group came over on Friday night for an impromptu dinner. About 30 high school kids came by last night for a progressive dinner. Saturday morning, B and I were sitting next to the Christmas tree, IN OUR PAJAMAS, I might add, when there was a knock on our front door. Two of Caroline’s friends stood there all smiling and bright-eyed, ready to go shopping. AT 8:15!!! Needless to say, they had to wake her up. But it’s so much fun to have these kids hanging out, adding to the chaos and fun that is our life right now. We know it won’t last forever, so we’re enjoying every moment.

4. Speaking of friends, last weekend we had a group of Kate’s friends from college over for dinner—about 11 in all. I did a “Christmas dinner” for them, complete with ham and Christmas jello. (One boy looked at the jello and said, “What’s this?” Doesn’t anybody make jello anymore?) B told me later than one of the girls sank into our comfy couch after dinner and said, “This is my favorite couch in the whole world.” Now THAT makes this mama really happy.

5. I really feel like I should clear something up from my last post because people have actually said to me, “What do you have against buffalo plaid?” I don’t necessarily have a beef with buffalo plaid. I like buffalo plaid . . . when it’s used properly. L.L. Bean does not have to boycott my blog. It’s just the pajama pants I had a little trouble with. That is all.

Now we begin getting ready for my family. But you know what? If the basement doesn’t get cleaned, if the silver doesn’t get polished, if the tree doesn’t get the cranberries put on it, Christmas will still come.

Here’s the cool thing about it all. Even if we don’t get our act together. Even if we don’t write that book we’ve been meaning to write. Even if we don’t head overseas to rescue orphans . . . Christ will still come.

And grace will cover it all.

And THAT makes this mama so happy.



  1. You're so right, Shelly. I hope I remember that when I'm fussing over the stuffing this year!!

    I have to keep remembering who I'm doing it all for!!

    Merry Christmas, my lovely.


  2. Congratulations on making it through your first semester back! It does sound like things have gone well for you- like you're truly back in your element. Have a good time with your family! Even though we don't have plans, I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that we run in to each other around town anyway. :)

  3. I love your random list. Enjoy your family, your break from teaching and Christmas.


  4. I'm still here! I'm still reading! And I'm so glad to hear from you. Sounds like you're enjoying a blessed Christmastide!

    Christ still comes. Thank God! And praise God from whom all blessings flow, at Christmas and always.