Rather than bore you with a bazillion posts about our Christmas break, I’ll give it to you in short snippets with some fun photos. Our holiday break was just what I hoped it would be – intentional, laid-back, joyful and lovely. I believe there is only one explanation.
I decided to let God manage the chaos because I’m clearly completely under-qualified.
This year, I began Advent by attending a women’s retreat, led by the Dominican Sisters from Ann Arbor here in Austin. Time in front of the Blessed Sacrament put my heart right where it needed to be and I’ll be danged if it didn’t work this year. For the first time – EVER – I felt at peace. Now, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t up baking until all hours of the moonlight or that I didn’t have moments (or many) of stress, but I handled it better. I didn’t get as flustered as I used to and I actually (gasp) had fun this Advent. It was…enjoyable.
What that means is that I’m signing up for that retreat EVERY year. But, I still think that by going to confession, attending a Daily Mass and taking time to just alter your perspective can make an impact on anyone’s Advent, retreat or not.
Here’s one of my favorite photos of the Advent season, Sr. Maria trying on her new apron! The girls helped me cut it out, I sewed it (thanks to a pattern from my high school friend, Leah) and then a friend embroidered it.
Of course, I took some fun tree pictures trying out the new bokeh phenom (the lights that look all blurry in the background). I’m looking forward to doing more of those next year.
I got those sweet ties from Petite Peanut on Etsy. She had a great Cyber Monday sale and she’s a fellow NICU momma. I’m always a fan of supporting gals like her. Those ties were awesome, awesome. Below is a pic I snapped of my sweet parents. Dad, YOU’RE WELCOME for not posting the incriminating photo. Just remember, I have it in my back pocket… For a fee, however, I’ll share it with my brother. After that, I wash my hands.
Tomorrow, I’ll share my favorite Christmas Eve/Day pictures, along with a few sweet memories of our holiday season and then head back to ordinary time. Hey, we still haven’t taken down the Christmas lights outside. I have until this weekend to get my act in gear, right?!