Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Party's Over

Well, the New Year's Party hasn't even begun but the Christmas party is definitely over. We women are strange creatures, I'm afraid. We love us some celebrations! And if those celebrations involve all the people we love most in the world then we're pretty much guaranteed to throw ourselves head long into trying to make sure everything is perfect. We get a vision of what the perfect celebration will be like and then set about to making it happen no matter what the emotional, mental or financial cost.

This year's Christmas celebration held a lot of meaning for me. We welcomed a new son-in-law, Jackson, into the family this year. And though he spent Christmas with us last year when he and Jill were engaged, the permanence of his place in our family gave it a little different flavor. I can truly say I now have two favorite son-in-laws and enjoy them both so much. I've waited a long time for "boys" and these two have been worth the wait.

This year's family time was underwritten with the caveat that this would be our last Christmas together with just two generations of Langmades. Sometime early summer we will welcome the first of a new generation to our family as Lori and Ethan have their first baby. That baby - who is yet generic to us - has thrown us all into a frenzy of excitement and anticipation. BTW - an ultrasound next week will reveal pink or blue and I am beside myself to the point of not sleeping. Stay tuned for the announcement!!

Prior to Christmas my wish list would have looked something like this:
  • All eight of us under one roof - healthy and happy
  • Our Colorado girl home safe and sound
  • Lots of laughter and interaction
  • Meaningful church service on Christmas Eve
  • Perfect yummy meals that everyone would oooo and ahhh over
  • PEPPERMINT PIE in abundance
  • All gifts appropriate and appreciated
  • Multiple gatherings with plenty of time to just "hang"
  • Reflection and celebration of where we've been, where we are and where we're headed as a family
  • A constant realization that our God is truly Emmanuel - God With Us
It's with a smile and tear I can say that all of this happened and more. Added bonuses involved two dogs in addition to the eight of us under one roof; a true White Christmas; the newlyweds staying over night on Christmas eve; our youngest spending the whole weekend - well, I could go on and on. All this to say - it was a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS for me. And I'm so grateful to God for his many blessings.

Twas five days after Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse. This momma is resting and taking some time, next Christmas will be here before I finish this rhyme :):)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Stand By

I wanted to let my blog friends know that my life has been crazy for the past month - hence the absence of much content here. I have a favorite saying that I gleaned from a friend years ago that carries me through a moment when it's crazy or I'm getting my thoughts together on something or trying to remember something important. I simply say "stand by". It's amazing how different folks react to that statement as opposed to "hold on" or "wait a minute". I'm not sure why but their positive feedback has encouraged my using it.

So I'm telling you, my friends. I have not lost interest in writing just brain space - temporarily.

So please "stand by". My plan is to be back on track soon with a couple of posts a week.

Thanks so much!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Bite Size Brain Snack

Every so often our brains just need a little kick in the pants. I thoughtful diversion from the mindless drone of what runs through our brains in the course of the day. My Bite Size Brain Snacks are meant to do just that. Someday I'll share where the term came from.

A bite size brain snack is a little something to capture your attention and make you think - kind of like the old "thought for the day".

"Prepare and prevent OR repair and repent. " Lou Holtz