December 26th – and Merry Christmas! I have been rather quiet here on my blog and, honestly, have not been checking in with others’ blogs either. I have purposely taken the last couple of weeks to simplify and enjoy the holiday season. And, I must admit, it has been lovely. I think there will be even more “stepping away” in the weeks ahead but am glad for this chance here, at the end of the month, to check in….to send everyone who stops by this space of mine the warmest Christmas wishes….and to reflect on all that has been worth remembering these past couple of weeks! Share Four Somethings is the perfect opportunity to do so! So, I will get right to it!
Something Loved. My son, Jordan, was able to come home for Christmas!! He arrived last Saturday – so we have enjoyed a whole week before Christmas and still have over a week together before he has to return home! How nice it has been to have him around the house again. We have the best conversations…and share lots of laughs! Sadly, I do not laugh a lot (and have mentioned my less than stellar sense of humor many times before) but Jordan always makes me laugh!
A few more Christmas specific things that I have loved: all the wrapping my daughter did for me! She was pretty much a wrapping elf…and the presents were so pretty. It was so nice to pass that chore on – although, she does not consider it a chore. She loves it!! We also loved yesterday’s cinnamon rolls, our (somewhat, sorta annual) Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt, all the holiday drinks of late (both warm and cold – thank you, Chick Fil A. I had my first Peppermint Milkshake and it was amazing!), and I even loved the perfectly timed snowflakes yesterday morning. The perfect kind of snow. Big, pretty flakes – enough to make Christmas “white” but nothing that lingered, stuck or made a snow shovel necessary!!
Something Read. You might think reading would take up more of my time once I was blogging less – and on Instagram less. But, not so. I have just about completed my yearly Bible reading plan (um, five more days…) and have read through the Old Testament twice and finished half of the Old Testament (that plan is a two-year plan). I love that pace for the OT. I have read several Christmas devotionals as well this month and now I am trying to decide if I want to use a daily devotional as part of my quiet time in the new year. I have been considering Scripture writing – writing a few verses, or a passage, in addition to my reading. Have any of you ever tried Scripture writing??
Something Treasured. It is no secret that I am a morning person – and a summer lover! Give me long days drenched with hours of sunlight!! Winter – with its short days and dark mornings – is just hard. But I really believe my intention to simplify, to slow down and to savor all that each day (and each season) offers has been working. Winter mornings have become something I not only look forward to – but have been soaking in. Of course, the twinkling lights really help:) as does the morning fire and steamy cups of hot coffee!!
Something Ahead. As I alluded to above, I think the time has come for me to take a deliberate, planned and purposeful break. This is something that has been heavy on my heart for a while. The real struggle for me and the real source of heaviness originates with Instagram (which I may or may not continue) but I thought, if I am taking a break, a complete break would be beneficial. In so many ways – but all of which are totally personal for me. I want 2021 to be different. To go differently and to be a year of real change. I want to be healthier. I want to be mentally/emotionally stronger and well balanced. And, I very much want to strengthen my faith and to develop an even closer walk with my savior.
In order to do any of those things, I have to do 2021 differently. (If you do the same things in the same way…you will only get the same results!) So, I am starting January differently. I’m rather excited about it…and a bit nervous as well. Change does that. I don’t know what my plans will be with social media – but I do plan to return to blogging. I do hope all of my friends will not have disappeared. That part really does make me nervous. But I will take this opportunity now to wish everyone a wonderful and meaningful start to 2021!! Surely there is much to learn from this past year. Take what you have learned and use it to move forward. Let the Lord teach you through all of it.
And, please join me again in February!! Happy New Year, friends!!