Sunday, December 18, 2011

Finding My Peace


Remember my post the other day? The one where I was feeling sort of frazzled. Well, I am here to say I am done with frazzled for this year. I vow to just breath and savor the sights and sounds of the season.
I am almost done wrapping and we will begin baking tomorrow. We have one more recital on Monday evening but three year olds dancing offers real comic relief so it should be hilarious.

Yesterday I was picking up the house and enjoying my daughter's beautiful piano music. The result of years of lessons. No lights were on except for the tree, and her just sitting with the glow of the tree brought me the wave of peace I had been seeking. It is as if the meaning of the season washed over me, ever thankful for my life and family and the chance to celebrate this time with those I love the most. If something doesn't get done, it won't. 
Last night we went to see our church's live Nativity that they set up each year on the city hall lawn. I love to just stand and watch the scene while they narrate the story and offer you hot chocolate gathered among other  festive folks come to savor the moment.


Last night a phone call informed me that someone very near and dear to me who lives out of state is having a very hard time just putting food on the table. At Christmas I can't bare it for them. I cried while cooking dinner knowing how that was not easy for them. Our family talked about ways we can send immediate help and will do so but I just feel terrible that I had no idea. Here we are so blessed with all we need and someone I love so much had never told me they were having such a difficult time. I felt ashamed for my feelings earlier in the week. I was frazzled from too much to do but we had full bellies and plenty in our cupboards. It really brings it home that times are very hard for so many and we need to be thankful everyday.


19 comments:

Kathy said...

I love listening to my daughter play the piano - it does bring peace. I know you'll be able to bless your friend. There are so many people having difficult times - I am thankful they have you to be there for them! You're a blessing,
Kathy

Beth said...

we know several people having issues with money & such ... it's tough to know what to do or say. how to help. i guess the best is to keep them in your prayers. i know jolly old st. nicholas & chop sticks ... i always wanted to take lessons ... maybe one day. what beautiful music. (:

Bonnie said...

You have a sweet and giving heart. So many are having a difficult time today. I think it is hard for so many to tell anyone or ask for help.

I had the pleasure of hearing my daughter play the piano this morning as well. I seldom get to see my daughter, so getting to stand in the door watching and hearing her play was a treasured moment.

Kris said...

What a beautiful picture of your daughter playing by the light of the tree!! I think you said it so well Elaine. We are very fortunate, and need to always be sensitive to that. I hope things turn around soon for your friend.

carol ann said...

I always enjoy reading your posts. Yes, it is much worse out there than we know, lots of people having a hard time making ends meet and so happy you are able to help them. Hope things get much better for your friend! Also, it's wonderful your court house allows a nativity. Where I live we have not been able to have one at the court house for many years. There's plenty of nativitys at several churches though and that is a good thing! Merry Christmas:)

Cottage and Broome said...

Glad you are feeling less frazzled. Hope you could come up with some creative ways to help your friend. These are still hard times for many families. Hope your holidays are wonderful, Laura

GardenofDaisies said...

Beautiful. So glad that you are able to help your friends in need. There are so many people who need help this year, with unemployment so high.

Julie Harward said...

Listening to my daughter play does the same thing for me also. Good for you..letting Christ come in..Merry Christmas Elaine! ;D

Linda said...

I am appreciating all of the little ways that God brings "waves of peace" at just the right moment. What a blessing!

acorn hollow said...

So glad you are in the moment with the season and your children. That is were memories are made. your Children will grow so fast and this is what will keep you when they are grown and leave. Send a gift cert to a near by grocery or call the electric company they have and offer to put some money on their bill both ways are a big help.
Cathy

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I am so glad you are able to relax and enjoy this Christmas with your family. Enjoy that music..more hot chocolate...and have a wonderful Christmas!!

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

Thank you for the reminder...we are indeed blessed with full bellies and a warm bed. I know your life is about caring for your family. You are the real deal my friend and your family is blessed by all you do. Thanks for the inspiration. Patty

lesa said...

Last night I had a few moments of peace after letting some things go and remembering what was really important this time of year. It was a good feeling.

Katherines Corner said...

a lovely post, prayers for comfort for all those who have so little xo

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Wonderful post! We are so blessed. Thanks for the reminder and Merry Christmas!

Andi's English Attic said...

Being at home by the fire does tend to make us think of the poor souls who are homeless - especially in the wintertime. Christmas is the perfect holiday to offer a helping hand in any way we can.

I hope your friends see brighter days soon.

(ps - thumbs up for Celtic boots. Fabulous)

Debbie said...

I'm so sorry about your friend. I well remember the year that my husband was out of work and the way that friends were quick to try to help us. It was a huge blessing.

And I'm also glad you got relief of spirit. I do remember the frazzled days. What I also remember were the wonderful moments.

Susan said...

Things like this help us to put our priorities in order. I know you will help your friends the best you can!

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

I'm so glad that you have found your peace and in something so simple as the piano music and the soft glow of Christmas lights!
It's not always easy, but I try to remember that no matter how difficult my situation is, that it could always be worse and then I am thankful.
How wonderful it is that you can find ways to help your dear friend. Being able to help someone in need brings me such great joy. And, again, I am thankful.

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