Firstly I am loving finding these cute photos on my camera... obviously a certain Miss has been helping herself to it when I'm not looking...
As I write this there is two days remaining in the Countdown to Christmas Eve. OOOooohhh!!! Exciting! Two days til mum and dad arrive for Christmas. Two days to get all my baking and cleaning and wrapping done (oops)... two days til we can hang the stockings!
So many secret surprises hidden away; so much laughter and fun waiting to be had... (so much good food to look forward to)...
I watched Dash through a crack in his door playing football with his soccer cards. He picks the players and lines up the teams ... (you know, like at an All Black Rugby Match).
"No mum, it's the National Anthem!" he replies... then I hear:
"Geordie Boys, we are here, wo-o-oh, wo-o-oh! Geordie boys we are here! Slap wor lass with a Christmas tree..."!!!
"Luv, I'm on the phone! Whaddya want??"
"Mummy, It's my tummy. I think it's having a growth spurt..."
LOVING the Secret Plans Afoot
Me and the kids have been secretly working on a project for Daddy's Christmas in the garage. I can't say what it is (in case Mr G reads this) but let's just say it has come together rather well.
And best of all the kids have pitched in and we've had some golden moments together. There we are painting and sweeping way, and Princess starts singing this song: "I love my mummy so much...! She is so wonderful... I love her so much..." etc. Mr G was in his outside office and could hear her singing. He said it nearly brought tears to his eyes.
Then there was Dash, my practical hero. After I kept bumping my head on a stupid chair hanging in an awkward place from the ceiling (?!) he handed me a hard hat.
"Here mum, wear this!"
But did I keep it on??? Well, after a few more things fell on my noggin and I tried hard not to say some naughty words, Dash stated in an I-told-you-so manner: "Mum, I told you to keep your helmet on!"
Yep, you did. Can't argue with you there, son!
Our awesome inspirational lovely Helen decided that the kiddies needed a good party after all their hard work. Helen is the mum of our senior Pastor, and her hubby is also the leader of our national church. She travels and speaks internationally; she's a senior leader, she's worked hard in ministry for years and is well known and respected. If anyone could be expected to sit on their laurels and not get their hands dirty it'd be her. But no. This fabulous woman emailed me and Gail and asked would we make some cupcakes to help her with the party she was planning for the kids, so the leaders could have a break. Did somebody say party???
Loving Small Miracles
On Sunday night I stood in Church in the front row, right in front of the stage. Big deal, you may say, if you haven't been reading me for long. Yep, it is a big deal. This is me, who couldn't even stand in the foyer once the music started just a few months ago. This is the girl who had to hide in Starbucks every Sunday to avoid the noise and crowds causing a major panic attack. As I stood there I was so aware of what a miracle this was.
You can read about my journey on this here.
Loving The Unexpected...
I am also LOVING that miracles usually come to us in ways that are small and unexpected. Like Jesus. People had waited for Messiah for thousands of years. They expected a King in a Palace. Nobody would have imagined the Prince of Peace would be born in a stable!
Then the angels announce world peace. OK, so what - he's going to raise an army? Take political office? Assume the throne? No, nothing like that. And the people he gave the task of spreading the Message? Fishermen and such. So where is the Peace?? Why are we still looking for it? I was asking myself this question the other week. What were those angels on about??
Our Pastor Sam spoke about it last Sunday and a lightbulb went on for me: His Peace is Crazy Peace. Not what you'd expect... the kind that keeps your heart at rest when you are facing terrible circumstances; the kind that keeps you trusting when everything tells you to give up. This is the Peace he promised to give us.
Miracles rarely come to us fully formed. Usually it's just a tiny seed.
NOT loving so much... My list of things still to do
- Finish wrapping presents tonight!!!!
- Make Christmas Cookies
- Make Jamie Olivers' Mince Pies (mmmmm)
- Make Rocky Road
- Glaze the Ham, Defrost the Turkey, Make the trifle
- Hang up the Christmas cards (oops)
- Clean the house from top to bottom
Hmmmm, so I might be pretty busy til Christmas Eve, and you know it's all downhill from there!
Fill in the details and the cutest most lovely old Santa will send a video message to your kiddies. Mine sat there with eyes wide and mouths hanging open as they watched theirs! Enjoy!
What are you loving/not loving about the Final Countdown??