Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Last Night

Last night my husband had to go back into work. It was the coldest night so far this season. I always pray extra hard that drivers will watch for the guys out working at night. I know he will need his cold weather gear. So while I made a thermos of coffee and a lunch for him, life hummed that beautiful normal hum of life.

The piano music just played preparing for an upcoming competition.





As I finished the dishes from a delicious dinner of calzones and lay the gloves to dry, I could hear my daughter splashing in the tub. Her class had red noses when I came to pick them up. The teacher painted them all and they became a room of Rudolph's. She wore it all day and hated to wash it off.


The sparkly wreaths on the window I know are hung for my pleasure. I just love to have the glow shining in the glass at night. I have purposely continued to keep all news off in our house, shutting out the world. Kids and their parents get enough of the real world when we are out but at home, I want our house to be refuge. They keep reminding me only nine days, only eight days. What a wonderful time of year. I am savoring all the little things.


A plate of cookies and milk brought to my daughter studying for finals. "Mom you don't have to." I know I don't but I want to. Rather sad looking cookies. Not sure why my one cookie sheet makes funny cookies.


My husband asks am I done shopping yet. Almost, I tell him and he assures me it is over soon and I say, "Shoosh!!!!" Even though I may be a bit spread thin, I want to enjoy and savor it. You never know what the future holds so hold on tight to the now.

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28 comments:

Lottie said...

One of the most beautiful posts I have read this season. Hold tight anyway because they all grow up. I love the way you have kept your home a sanctuary.

Cindy said...

Normal isn't boring, it's safe and wonderful!

Ms. Redo said...

You have made your home a beautiful, warm refuge, and your children and husband are blessed to have you caring for them with such love. Hugs ~ Mary

Patty@Lemon Lane Cottage said...

Just beautiful Elaine. The world needs a refuge and yours is the real deal.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I wish more people would enjoy the holiday and this time of year! Your feelings are beautiful and well said!
hugs, Linda

Barbara F. said...

a beautiful post, I love your decor, especially the village set across the piano. Beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and your family. xo

Kris said...

I agree with you about making your home a refuge! It is so important! You are giving your children the very best gift of all!!!
Loved your photos. Safety prayers for you husband too.
Hugs,
Kris

pbrenner said...

Thank you for sharing the sweet joys of normal life - I've turned off the news, too, I just can't bear it right now. There is such pleasure in doing the little things, and just being present in life. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Patty

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You have such a wonderful family and you take such good care of them. I agree, I can't take the news anymore, it just is to hard to hear. I want to create beauty and memories, so I just turn it off. I hope you and your family have a very Blessed Christmas. Hugs, Marty

Chenille Cottage said...

Blessings, my sweet friend!
I love reading your posts. They are always edifying. I saw a wonderful saying inscribed on a mantel the other day that said "May the soft winds of heaven blow gently through this home."
I think they are blowing through your home, Elaine.
You are wise to hold onto those who matter most.
Blessings and thank you for your thoughtful comments.
Carolynn xxx

~Sara said...

I just loved this post!
As well as your beautifully decorated home. Blessings
for a wonderful
Christmas~Sara

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

This is such wonderful inspiration. Just looking at your photos, I can feel the peacefulness in your darling home. My mom is about to come to stay, and I'm resisting the urge to stress about the little details. Like you, I want to savor this year, and for us to enjoy each other more than ever before. No news coverage here, either, just gratitude and taking the time to tell everyone how much they mean to us.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

This is so beautiful, Elaine. I love how you took time to reflect on the "beautiful normal hum of life." Such a special post. Thanks for sharing :)

Lisa Tucker said...

What a sweet post that made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside....exactly how Christmas is suppose to make you feel...Thank you...:)

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

such a lovely post. really enjoy the glow of you shots. so nice. enjoy your evening. ( :

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I chose this post as my 'favorite post of the week' feature on the sidebar of my blog!

hugs, Linda

Precious said...

You home is so beautiful. You husband and children must love coming home to it every day.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Beautiful tree and decorations.

Julie said...

Everyone needs the simple life your precious words paint. More now than ever. J

Blessed Serendipity said...

Enjoying the little bits of the day is a gift. Remembering them and holding them in your heart is an even sweeter gift. I hope you have a blessed Christmas.

Danielle

Mimi Sue said...

Have a wonderful Christmas with your cute little family. Mimi

ImSoVintage said...

Congratulations on keeping the news out of your home. Children should be allowed to be just children. They don't need to hear all of the bad things that are happening. Enjoy the season.

Hugs,
Laura

Ricki Treleaven said...

I love your little window sill in the kitchen! So festive.

It sounds like Princess Q is enjoying her pre-K class. :D

Kerin said...

What a great post!
It's nice to have a refuge from the world, and it's clear that it's very important to you.
May you continue to enjoy this wonderful and blessed season.

Warm wishes......
K.

Debra said...

Lovely, lovely post...

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a sweet family you have and you make your house a home with all of the special touches. It sure is fun when the kids are young. Merry Christmas sweet friend!

Kathleen Grace said...

What a beautiful family and home you have Elaine. I can tell that it is your joy and vocation to make your family happy and feel loved and secure:>)

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Love how your days are clicking along at a normal pace...that is what we live for.
I'm trying not to watch or read the news. In fact, I'm having to surf around some blogs as well.
I'm hoping to have some normalcy now...and enjoy the remainder of the year!
Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by with your well wishes!
You always make me smile!
Pat

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