Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

It has been 12 days since I last wrote anything on my little blog! Those days have passed quickly and slowly at the same time. It's amazing how our perception of time can be.

My shopping is done. The gifts are wrapped and stashed downstairs where little hands and peeking eyes (Morgan's) can't get to them. Perhaps later I will bring them up and put them under the tree. I love seeing all the gifts gathered under the tree.

My sister and I were talking about how Christmas is more fun for children. And in a way I agree. The anticipation of gifts at Christmas was so much bigger as a child. It's also a beautiful holiday celebrating a baby's birth and all the significance his life has had for people for two thousand years. I've been listening to Go Fish's CD Snow for several weeks. It's my favorite collection of Christmas songs. Very powerful. If you've never heard it I encourage you to check it out. I love their version of the Little Drummer Boy. So today I'm anticipating the celebration we will have at church this evening, and with my family and watching Owen unwrap his gifts. He's really in need of some new stimulation! He's very busy and very into Elmo! I've also got a batch of chocolate chip cookies to bake and some cleaning to do.

I wanted to share this quote that I read on Ali Edward's blog:

Mary Lee Bonasera Matthews : Worry is not necessary. Spend an equal amount of time counting blessings. Start with your childhood. Take the time to remember to really appreciate each blessing, absorb it and think of all the good effects it has had on you and others. Don't overlook the ordinary. There are a thousand blessings in every moment, if you look. Each breath and heartbeat, every color, texture, taste, smell. A lifetime of blessings, beauty, love. Thankfulness is like water. Allow yourself the release, the cleansing, the quenching that gratefulness brings.

Sometimes we lose sight of all that we have to be thankful and grateful for. I think today and in the coming year I will keep this quote close to my heart and focus not on my worries and concerns but on the abundance of gifts I have been blessed with.

Merry Christmas!


Stella said...

I love that quote. If only I could keep from worrying. Merry Christmas.

toners said...

Excellent quote. Happy holidays to all of you :)

Noelia said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family Heather!
I love the quote you posted and we can all learn something from it. I've never heard the Go Fish cd so I'll be checking that out soon. Dan and I wrapped the presents last night and we had a good time doing that. We'll be going for a Christmas Eve service at Church this evening and Joshua will be signing Away in a Manger with his pre-school group.

I wish you the best in 2008, in the mommy field as well in the artistic field. Thanks for your encouragement and for the many endevours we've shared together.

You're the best, luv ya lots!

jill said...

Wonderful quote and the perfect little reminder for those times we lose sight of everything we have to be grateful for :)

Happy holiday wishes to you and your family!

Maureen said...

What a great quote.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you & your family. Hope you have a safe and happy holiday. Making wonderful memories

Aimeslee said...

Heather Hugs to you, sweetie! I hope you all had a Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to ya too! {{xoxo}}

Lynn said...

A belated Merry Christmas to you, Morgan, and Owen. I'm sure he had a wonderful Christmas.

The quote you posted is just wonderful. It is true, that we should sit back and remember to be thankful for what we have and have had.

Hope you and your family have a Wonderful Happy and Healthy New Year.