Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thoughts for Thanksgiving

I have a pumpkin pie in the oven, Jello chilling in the fridge, an ice cream cake in the freezer. Snow is coming down outside, my favorite yoga pants are dusted white with flour, remnants of crust litter the cutting board alongside bowls and measuring spoons. And I'm blogging.

Underneath the busyness, the schedule and the to-do lists, there are mixed feelings about this day.

Maybe you feel extra alone because your small thanksgiving dinner is so adult, when you'd rather have little ones to trash the centerpiece and steal tastes of the stuffing before dinner.

Maybe you feel lost in the crowd at the ginormous gathering because everyone else has babies too gush over and talk about, while your phone is filled up with pictures of your for babies instead.

Or maybe you are missing someone or something else this holiday. Maybe there is an uncertainty in your life. Maybe drama has overtaken and you're on your own this year because so-and-so isn't speaking to you.

I think every one of us has these feelings on some level during the holidays. Where you feel like it's tainted somehow, or that it's hard to feel thankful.

A lot of articles talk about focusing on your blessings and being grateful. But damn, it's hard sometimes, isn't it? Sometimes I feel like those articles were written by robots who just have no clue what it truly is to be human and hurting.

The fact is, the holidays can be incredible. They can also bring out some ugly, awful things. It's okay to acknowledge that. It's okay to let yourself hurt. Life is messy. Nothing is ever perfect, or easy. Holidays are no exception. But you deserve better than to be miserable. You deserve to have a day filled with joy.

I wish I could reach out and give you a hug. It's not easy for me either, and I'm sure I'll feel the sting at some point today. But we're strong. Survivors of our own journeys, and I believe with all my heart that this too shall pass. Whatever your "this" happens to be.

So I wish us all a beautiful day in whatever form it takes. And I wish for peace and strength as well.

Love to all.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Linking up once again with Harvesting Kale and Ot & Et on this cloudy Thanksgiving Eve. Stop by their blogs and say hi!

This week's themes are picking, reading watching, rushing, planning.  Of course, you can always use your own!

This week I have been picking out pictures and Christmas cards for us and my parents. My mom has had me make up their card for the last couple of years. This year I'm leaning towards not doing a photo card. I'm just not feeling it! The pictures are for a massive photo wall project that we have going on. We still have a couple significant hurdles before we can get everything back on the wall.

I've been reading a couple of books about Jesus from a historical perspective. It's fascinating! A little bit scandalous to my conservative upbringing but I love the look at Jesus as a human. We talk about him being fully God and fully man, but tend to neglect the humanness because humans tend to be messy and sinful. We can't have Jesus lumped in with that, now can we?  At least, that's been my experience. So this perspective has been really challenging for me. It's eye opening and I feel like I've learned so much!

We have been watching a lot of news lately. There's some scary stuff happening lately--all of it just dripping in controversy and passionate arguments. The stuff happening just a short drive from us is especially tragic and frightening. This is not a political blog so we'll just leave it at that.

After this, I'll be rushing to finish my Thanksgiving dinner prep. We are celebrating with my parents tonight and my in laws tomorrow, which is the best that it has ever worked out! By comparison, this year is really relaxing!

And after tomorrow my Christmas planning begins. I have one present stashed and that is it! We have a party at our house coming up, multiple gift exchanges, a tree to buy, decorating to do...busy busy busy!

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas Music

Winter came early this year--we had the first snowfall on Saturday and temperatures have been frigid since then. I was definitely not ready for that! Still, it puts me in the Christmas mood and I was inspired to search out some Christmas music.

My two current favorites are "Baby its Cold Outside" by Michael Buble and Idina Menzel (I swear to you--this woman is a goddess. She's amazing!) and "Let it Go" by Pentatonix. Oh my goodness. My world just got a little more complete.

You're welcome.

Needless to say, both of those albums will be joining my collection in the very near future.

Let's ignore Thanksgiving for just a sec. I'm sorry, but Christmas music is just better. Is there even such a thing as Thanksgiving music?What are your favorite Christmas songs/albums? Is November too soon to get in the spirit?