Saturday, January 5, 2013

Enjoying///Our First Week of January

Every year, as we put away the decorations from Christmas, I'm left feeling slightly empty, with a house that looks bare and lacking. It's a hard thing to admit because most folks are heading into the New Year full of joy, hope, plans and expectancy. For me, the hope is definitely there and the plans are there also. Yet, the fresh slate is also stained with the Post-Christmas blues that always get me.

Instead of letting the heavy feeling win, I've had to intentionally shake it off and make this first week of the new year, a week filled with joy. A week intentionally enjoyed, because that is my word for the year after all. Even if it means turning long evenings alone with the kids into special evenings, by hitting the store for a special treat right before bedtime. We search and when we look hard enough, we find joy.

It's been a searching and finding kind of week and I'm giving thanks to God tonight for grace in unexpected places. The kids and I've had unexpected play dates with friends. We've turned boring dinners into special moments by lighting candles and turning on music. After one of those ordinary dinners, the kids got to share a tiny s'more made in the microwave. Judah said the candlelight helps his s'more become fancy. Microwave s'mores by candlelight....that's the kind of week that it's been. Slightly ironic and definitely sweet.

This week I've discovered that my home doesn't need to be perfectly peaceful, filled with sleeping children for me to break out my Bible. Why did I think that they needed to be napping or that I needed to spend time with God before the awoke in the morning? I'm not sure but, I know that I was mistaken. Sure, trying to intentionally spend time with God when they're awake is bound to have more interruptions but, let's just be honest and say that it's so good for them to see us reading our Bibles and also, we need that refreshment during the day.

First french braids- courtesy of Auntie Sally. And, I melt.
Icy three year old foot prints on the deck. Because, when they say "Mommy, the deck is icy, can I go run around on it?", who am I to say no? This is part of being a kid in the winter. I've got bigger fish to fry.
Messy morning hair that makes me smile and seems too cute to fix.
After dinner art at the table.
"Look Mommy, it's me!!!" Personally, I think it's super-duper awesome.
And since the house was looking awfully blah after putting away Christmas, a little crafting has been going on. We stepped outside, clipped a bunch of rosemary off of our plant (it needed to be pruned anyway) and then turned it into a quick wreath. Now the house smells lovely and we've got just a touch of "Valentines" happening.
I hope you're truly enjoying your weekend.

Joining in here


  1. I love the wreath! Very cute! I kind of had the blues after Christmas too... It was so nice to be with Sam's extended family for a week. Then, coming home, I felt a bit lonely without the extra noise and commotion of a full house. It's also hard when Cade asks where grandpa and mimi (grammy) are or where Auntie Lexi is. But, those holiday moments were treasured and I am so thankful for them. It is nice to get back into our routine and "plan" for the upcoming year.

  2. I love bringing Rosemary indoors and incorporating it in the decor. The heart wreath is a great idea!

  3. I love the Rosemary idea... I have one growing like mad in the garden but I think cutting a few branches and bringing them indoors in now on the cards


  4. Lovely Heart wreath. I wish we still have our bush :-)

  5. i love the photo of Romans w/ a cup of tea... i also love what you said about finding time to read God's Word while they are awake. I have an 'almost 2-year-old' and a 5 month old and i feel like i'm playing catch up most of the time if not all the time in life! But with the new year decided that spending daily time in the word is so essential for my soul... so i've started in proverbs... even if it's only for a few minutes to get a glimpse of God's wisdom in raising our little boys!

  6. Oh your children are so adorable! I am new to your blog and am so glad to have discovered it!!

  7. I like the idea of a "searching and finding" kind of week. Your efforts definitely paid off with such tender mercies and tiny miracles.

  8. Love this idea! I love using items in nature to decorate wtih. I just started a new blog hop and would love for you to come over and link up your post or any social media.

  9. Beautiful photos Angela, thanks for linking up with STS this week. :)


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