Hello, my friendly blog reader!
Our power has been restored, along with our internet connection! WooHoo! That ice storm last Saturday night really did a number on our neck of the woods. Fortunately, we have a generator that plugs into the house, so we could keep the heat on, as well as the fridge and some lights. It was quite a challenge to drag the generator outside and keeping it filled with gas, but we used it as a teaching opportunity for our son. Being 13, Garrett’s now big enough to be a tremendous help. Instead of spending all of his time in his room playing on-line with his buddies, he spent his time hanging out with us. He helped me finish up the Christmas shopping. He helped Blake clear snow and after the work was done, we all laid down on the couch to watch a movie. We even played a game of Scrabble before turning off the generator and going to sleep. Although I’ll admit it was frustrating not having power and internet, I really loved taking the time to connect with each other. We focused on being a family and that’s a gift in itself.
So, I’ve told you about how I make candy to send out at Christmas gifts to family and friends. Normally I make over 50 boxes. Well, with the power out, I decided to ‘let it go’ and allow the boxes I had made before the power outage be enough. Instead of 56 boxes of candy, this year I only made 33. Sure, there will be some disappointed people, but the people who know and love me will understand that I have to take care of myself. I have to honor where I’m at, what’s happening and what’s most important to sustain myself, my family and my home. I don’t make candy to make people like me. I make it because I enjoy ‘cultivating joy’ and stirring in the love. Making candy is fun, and as long as I keep that in mind, the candy will be delicious. Forcing myself to do it in order to make other people happy would kill the joy and defeat the purpose. Just another lesson I’ve been learning, thanks to Mother Nature.
Fortunately our phones still worked, so we got to talk to our families around the country and wish them a Merry Christmas. While on the phone with my Dad, I got a chance to share the Stretch with him. Not usually one to go for this kind of thing, my Dad actually ‘got’ it and asked if I’d told my Mom about it. I told him “Actually, I’m pretty sure she knows about it, Daddy. It’s in a video on the front page of my website. If you ever want to do it with me, you can always find it there.” What a gift for me to get to share this practice with him!
My sister sent me this picture the next day. I can’t tell you how much it touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes to see the joy glowing through my family. It was the best gift I got this year!
Thanks for reading, my friendly blog reader! Although I’m sorry I haven’t had a chance to post this week, but I’ll admit I’ve needed some rest. This year I’ve posted over 300 blog posts! WOW! That’s quite an accomplishment! So, next week I’m going to write a 2013 Year in review post, collecting some of my most-read and best-loved posts of the year into a single post. I’ll put it up on Monday then I’m going to take the week off.
Yep, after having this Christmas week off, I’m still going to take next week off to chill, and spend time with my family. Relaxing and spending time to honor myself and my family helps me to feel calm and plugged in. I’ll be back on the 6th, well-rested and ready to go.
I’m practicing what I preach! LOL!
So, how was your Christmas? I’d love to read about it in the comments below.