My Week for Growing Younger...

Do you know why having my little kids sick for two straight week during Advent has been a huge blessing? Because I get to focus on those small people almost exclusively without feeling any guilt at all. Anyone who has older children will tell you that the older ones are energy sappers. Wonderful, amazing, lovely, fantastic energy sappers... and sometimes, a mama wishes she could turn back the clock to the beginning, when they were all little. Nobody with places to go and things to do. Nobody taller than I am playing Jedi mind tricks on me while I try to cook dinner and negotiate school work or social plans with them at the same time. Nobody bickering (yes, they do that sometimes). Trying to find that balance between the bigs and the littles is actually the toughest part about large family mothering for me. Teenage drama takes hours to run its course... and in the mean time, little people just want you to color with them. Just wait. I'll be with you in a minute. Soon. Not now. Maybe later. Blah. What a dummy I can be. 

So... this week I've been pretending I'm about 10 years younger and doing some coloring and using the DVD player (aka electronic babysitter) less. I spent the last four hours sitting at the kitchen table with short people making ornaments and drawing gingerbread houses. I regret that I didn't get more done around other parts of the house, but I do not regret at all the time I spent with the tiny people.

And since small humans with sicknesses cannot go play in the snow, the wise men brought the snow to them. These fellas were waiting outside our front door for someone to notice them...


They looked a wee bit cold...


So we let them in...


It is also the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Since we asked her long ago to be the patroness of our family and homeschool, we made special plans for her this year. The Chief bought this large print of her image and had it framed for us when our big kids were tiny tots. With house moves and perpetual construction, she has been covered in a corner for the past 5 years. Today, we are enthroning her image once again in the center of our home....


We are not yet finished with our kitchen but have enough done to finally be able to hang Our Lady and our crucifix.



The photo below is of our Advent wreath and Jesse Tree on our empty hutch. Since the doors are not on the hutch yet, the big stick Crash selected for our Jesse Tree ornaments threads nicely through the cabinets. All of our dishes are still in various places around the house until the final steps are completed in the kitchen.

You'll also notice that our candles are all white. Considering the fact that it has been about 10 years since I've had a proper Advent wreath and that I haven't missed even one day of the Wisemen Adventures or the Jesse Tree (unheard of), I think you just have to cut me a little slack on candle colors. Plus, the candles are blessed which is cool. And they will never be lopsided because we just keep rotating them. Next year, I will tackle the colors.


We unearthed one of our favorite Christmas devotional books, O Holy Night: Masterworks of Christmas Poetry by Johann M. Moser, yesterday. When I looked it up to link it for you, I noticed that it is no longer in print. It was originally printed by Sophia Institute Press and can be found used through various booksellers. The Kindle version is also available on Amazon.


That's really all I have time for today... because I really must get back to my coloring...







Posted on December 12, 2013 and filed under "Advent", "Christmas", "motherhood", "wise men adventures".