One of my favorite things this Christmas season was celebrating Advent with my children. We have done this for a lot of years. For the past 6 years we have incorporated Advent Surprises. This year I think I became extra busy... which brought more stress and we had a few days we didn't do a Surprise. We also didn't finish our Advent readings & Jotham's Journey book Ishtar's Odyssey. So the week after Christmas we read and spent some time together. It is a slower pace and all the Christmas decorations were still up.... and I love this time. It helps me to just rest and renew. This year our Lysa didn't return to college till Jan. 6th so we extended our Christmas season.
All that to say.... this is one of my favorite things that happened .....
Lincoln put the star on our Advent Tree/Jesse Tree~ our new book "The Wonder of the Greatest Gift."
I let him open the little squares.... of the ones we still had to do.... and then we found the star. It was just him and I. Everyone else doing other things and so we talked and shared this special time. Instead of having guilt about not completely our advent stuff.... this was perfect. If the star had already been on.... then I wouldn't have had this moment with Lincoln!
Simple. Simply. Simplify. in a plain way in a sincere and direct way in a clear way
Synonyms alone, exclusively, just, only, purely, solely One thing that sticks out to me is a quote I heard once that said ~ LIVE SIMPLY so OTHERS CAN SIMPLY LIVE. I love that quote. The word Simple kept coming to me and for the past several months life has been everything but simple. Nothing major has happened. I think it is mostly in my mind. Everything seems so complicated. Does that make sense? I have been- Less time in the word. Less time resting and renewing. More time with noise and busy-ness. SIMPLE. Keep it simple. Live life simple. Less stuff, less things, less chaos. But how do I do that? More time in the word. More time being still. I always believe this is the WAY God is giving me this WORD. He always shows me other ways or a totally different way He wants to use that word- SIMPLE in my life. Do you have a word for 2018?