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Thursday 16 December 2010

End of the week ramble
{Because I need to vent}

Into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I am always confounded by the frenzy that is associated with the Christmas holiday. These last few weeks I have been like a sponge, soaking up a lot of the negative energy from other people around me. Everywhere I go, the sights and sounds and smells of Christmas are in the air. I wish people would just slow down just a little and enjoy the holiday season.

This past week flew by, as we prepared for our own holiday time at our house. David and I are hosting this years work party this weekend, either I'm frantically cleaning the house or trying to keep it clean, or baking and preparing a menu for the party. The tree is all decorated with hundreds of glittering white lights and the only the prettiest adornments and raffia bows that hang delicately from every odd branch. I think it is breathtakingly beautiful (but I am just a tad biased).

As we move farther into this holiday season, my only hope is that I will be able to keep my cool and not cave under all the pressure, and to keep a smile on my face even when times get the most hectic.

One other thing happened earlier this week that put us all in a tizzy. My Father-in-law fell ill having a minor stroke and scaring all of us to tears. He is feeling better and stronger every day, but now the life he knows will have to drastically change if he wishes to live the rest of his life healthy and happy --and we want him around for many more years to come-- we are blessed to have him with us. It's times like this I feel blessed to have my friends, my family, this life. There are many twists and turns life tends to throw our way which we must deal with whether we like it or not. We must keep on your toes and be aware of our surrounding because you never know what little surprise life has in store for you.

Are you ready to take on anything? Are you thankful for everyday you have on this earth?
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koreen (aka: winn) said...

I hope your father-in-law recovers well. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

Good luck with the christmas party. Just remember to relax and have fun with all the imperfections that will make it special and memorable. (But not TOO memorable, if you know what I mean. Christmas parties are notorious for "memorable".) ;)

cheatymoon said...

Twists and turns indeed. I love that photo.

Good luck w/ all of your holiday happenings. I hear you on trying to keep from absorbing the crappy energy.

Have a fabulous weekend!

kayerj said...

I love your picture :)

I'm reading a really good book right now called "Stars: Reflections on Christmas". It's really helping me understand why we celebrate Christmas and how to keep my mind and celebrations focused. The book has a great spirit of love and peace. Enjoy your weekend.

kayerj said...

. . . and, prayers will be offered for your father and your family. God Bless.

Gal Friday said...

Is that you and the husband in the pic? What a great image!
Such a scare for you all with your FIL and his stroke--I sincerely hope all will be well for him and your family after this incident.

Happy New Year, Jack!(and I am in awe of you handling all that hosting business at this time I year--I would have had a meltdown if I did that)

ces said...

I feel you. I've been feeling stressed out with all these parties, gatherings and such that I almost want to lock myself inside my room until the year ends. LOL!