Wonderful Expectation

I’m sitting in front of a computer screen blank, cursor flashing with possibility, my hair damp from the night’s shower (that I shared with the dog who got skunked three days ago and needed another dose of something to fight the lingering skunk funk), listening to the chug of the washing machine and the static white noise coming through the baby monitor. Outside, our house’s Christmas lights are reflecting off of the wet pavement. And I am trying to find the words to express what my heart so deeply longs for in this season of Advent with young children.IMG_5033

It’s slowness. Care. Unhurried appreciation that I want most. More than anything. It’s my baby boy’s first Christmas and my daughter’s fifth. Their first Christmas together. My first Christmas as a mother of two. Why can’t the world see that and understand that I am desperate for the opportunity to cherish this? If Advent in its very soul embodies the spirit of expectation then why does the world make it so very hard to move slowly enough to do so? Christmas is a week away. We didn’t see Santa this year or ride on the Polar Express train. We haven’t baked. I love doing all of those things but they just didn’t happen and it’s because I didn’t force them to happen. Actually, I haven’t forced anything. And it has felt so good. Now I am not here to praise myself for finally doing what is best for our family and for our kids, because I have a lot of rushing and forcing in my past that I need to make up for. I’m not even here to tell you to “take it easy” this Christmas because in all honesty you’ve probably heard that message somewhere. But I will tell you that if you have been looking for an excuse to have a holiday season that is filled with less…you don’t need an excuse. You don’t. Now my gift to my father-in-law and his sweet wife is simpler and less involved that I had originally planned, and that’s bothering the perfectionist in me a great deal. But they don’t know how I wanted it to turn out. All they will know tomorrow when I show up at their house is that my children love them, we love them, and we will have a meaningful gift (and wine) to share. My neighbors might not get home baked cookies from me this Christmas, but they also know that I had a baby this year and I somehow doubt that they will be expecting cookies from the lady who only has time to get her mail every three or four days.

All I’m saying is that it is OK to not have a Santa picture to post on social media. It’s OK that the ornaments on your tree start halfway up because that’s where your one year old can’t reach them. It’s also OK to take your daughter to the Nutcracker ballet because that is the thing that will make her little ballerina heart sing. And to tell your husband on the day that it is pouring down rain that you still really want to go get a Christmas tree, but that you promise a back massage later.  Traditions are important. They are beautiful. They are cement to a family’s foundation and to a child’s youth. But you can have just a few of them and still be a good mom. Heck, a fantastic mom. When Mary said “yes” to the angel and “yes” to carrying Emmanuel, it was a simple but profound acceptance and an act of obedience from her heart. She didn’t have to do any more or any less than follow God’s plan. You and I don’t either. Mothering our babies through one of the most beautiful seasons of the year can be a profound but wonderfully simple thing if we let it.

My hope tonight is that however your heart celebrates the holiday that it can embrace a slow and beautiful simplicity. Happy Advent. Merry Christmas. And may your home be filled with glorious expectation.

12,727 thoughts on “Wonderful Expectation”

  1. Has anyone considered the unintended consequences of wind mill fields? We have heard about bat lung implosions and massive bird deaths, BUT what about the change in wind speed and direction. Is it possible that these machines will actually alter weather due to slowing the wind speed? They take energy from the wind and convert to electricity…wind loses energy by slowing down….STAGNANT air!

  2. Parallels were less than tenuous. And Christie hasn’t been “Hummana-Hummaning”, he’s just acknowledged the problems. OTOH – Has Corzine explained why he paid off Katz, or shown us the email correspondence he had when they were negotiating on the side a couple of years ago? Or did he send his AG’s office to court, spending our tax money, to keep his treachery a secret?

  3. O melhor momento de verão é aquele em que tu REALMENTE se desliga do mundo material, e sente a felicidade através da natureza. E, quando eu digo “desligar”, eu me refiro a ficar 1 mês em uma praia dona de uma vibração positiva impressionante, sem internet, sem importar-se com o telefone celular, tendo acesso SOMENTE à coisas boas. Pra quê televisão, redes sociais, quando se tem uma paisagem maravilhosa a ser explorada? Pra quê refrigerante, se temos água-de-coco? Realmente, um momento desse é o MELHOR MOMENTO DE VERÃO que alguém pode ter!

  4. While Arkham was a huge hit both critically and commercially, I wonder if this was premature. That one hit does not guarantee that more are on the way. Just ask Activision with Spider-Man. Spider-Man 2 was Arkham HUGE, being praised as the best superhero/based-on-a-movie game ever…then Spider-Man 3 came out and it was blasted (and tanked commercially).I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

  5. Ha! Isn't it funny – one person will find something 'disgusting' and someone else will squeal with delight over the same item! I have an almost identical dress (same colour, same sleeves, same fabric) only it's a maxi and I LOVE it – if anyone called it 'disgusting' I'd call their sanity into question! You look amazing as always Ms Vix – you are such an inspiration! (And thanks for reply – received and appreciated.) Sarah xxx

  6. Por acaso no símbolo do clube até há uma faixa com ouro sobre azul, a águia é amarela e o «E Pluribus Unum» está sobre o verde e vermelho da bandeira nacional.Há muito espaço para criatividade, qualquer dessas escolhas para cores poderia ser justificada.

  7. Hi,what will for the scenario belowa) UK passport with OCI cardb) was in UK from 1998 till 2008c) live in India from sep 2008d) employer is in UK and pay salary in UK accte) transfer money every year in Indian NRE accountwill the remittance amount transferred every year from UK account to Indian NRE account taxable?Thanks for your quick response.Mr. Silsarma

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  9. Att dela med sig av något som bara finns är en sak, att dela med sig av något man själv har skapat är en helt annan. I verkligheten skapas det mesta som är eftertraktansvärt av människors arbete. Det nämnda experimentet är alltså ganska ointressant. Ge istället några barn utrustning som tillsammans med arbete framställer något värdefullt, och se hur de beter sig.

  10. 05/12/2010 – 7:05pmEsperemos q eso no pase, porque sino Inda pasará a ser “el mártir de Madrid”, y tendrá más poder que el que tiene ahora. Este señor tiene que caer por via judicial. Alguien tiene q hacerle algún juicio. O simplemente Floren se cansará de él y lo tirará a la basura cual condón usado…

  11. I watched this prior to assembling the compost tumbler and was a little worried the directions and the assembly would be bad. I have to say the directions were spot on. Every part was clearly identified and at least to me, the directions were very precise. I kept waiting for? the gotcha moment and it never came. I was actually looking forward to a long assembly time to get me out of other chores but I was done in an hour. And, I clearly didn’t hurry.

  12. No me había enterado de que no estabas bien, pero me alegro que aunque poco a poco, vayas mejorando. La mejor medicina: entrar en tu blog, da tal sensación de calidez, orden, serenidad, tiene todo tanto encanto que seguro que a ti como a mi te ayuda a relajarte y sentirte mejor. Un beso fuerte, estaré pendiente de tu evolución, ¡Ã¡nimo!

  13. “爸、妈,我走了,你们要好好照料自己,等我回来。”“儿子,你释怀去干吧,我和爸爸会照顾好自己,别担忧,在城市创出本人的一片天&#22320

  14. I have never commented before, but ABJ’s comments in #43“If you notice, the two young ladies in the middle swimsuits are pretty chubby and that might be the virtue of cover-up swimsuits in that the cover might just be better looking than what it covers. True especially in over weight America.” That kind of talk and thinking is part of the problem. Those that may not be the perfect size 2 are made to feel less than what we are, and you perpetuate that by a stupid comment about women that are beautiful not matter what their size. Grow up

  15. ! I’ve been having a discussion among friends this week who own small businesses – – “Is it better to have 200 loyal followers or 2,000 ‘facebook likes’ because those people wanted a free thing from a blog?” I’ll take the 200 loyal folks any day. They are the ones evangelizing — and USING– the product/service/store. They keep coming back. And that group will continue to grow steadily.

  16. you have to be free … you have to be free of in general or better off if you have it to ever lay down much less get into this position you show. Get for real. This can only be passed off on people who would never know better back or not until they try all these “excercices” done by people who are not or never had been in back pain. you can’t move. does that ring a bell. or is this video for people who are barely in pain yet still can do the excerice.

  17. HORREUR !j’ai voulu essayer…. excellent résultat qui a parfaitement tenu plus de 2 semaines mais après…. polissage pour tout retirer et depuis, une ruine ! ongles mous qui se dédoublent et se cassent n’importe comment !il faut désormais attendre qu’ils aient entièrement repoussé pour espérer un aspect convenable.quel gâchis !!!!!!!!

  18. Come notate le primi tre opzioni sono già state tentate… e adesso stiamo passando alla quarta opzione.E’ la 6.a quella che conta.Ed é per per quella che i riottosi alleati degli USA subiranno nei loro territori , fra non molto, degli spaicevoli attentati. Organizzati da Al Quaida ovviamente.

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