Monday, December 5, 2011
Multitudes on Mondays...#191-200 (yeah!)
191. "Downton Abbey." Yes, I'm thankful for a TV show. If you've seen it, then you know why. (These characters are like *family* to me!)
192. Internet-savvy people who showed me where to access Season 2 of the above (before it's released in America)!
193. The amazing music service at church yesterday, with the choir and orchestra (it felt like we should have been charged admission!). I bawled like a baby during their rendition of "O Holy Night." I think it's the most sacred of the Christmas hymns and is very, very special to me.
194. When my kids are being extremely quiet, and I suspect naughtiness, but I actually sneak up and find that they're just deeply engrossed in books or puzzles or toys, lost in their own thoughts and imaginings.
195. Remembering a box I had in the garage and digging through it to find not only a long-forgotten favorite purse (Ralph Lauren brown-and-green plaid, purchased at an extreme discount) but a pair of Franco Sarto brown leather boots. (How does one forget about such treasures? It's called back-to-back pregnancies that a) make your memory so much mush and b) make boot-wearing a laughable venture!) Now I just have to pick up a couple of skirts and pairs of tights at TJ Maxx and I can get tons of use out of both without spending a lot of money!
196. Marty's homemade pizza.
197. Six-foot, pre-lit pine garlands on sale at Hobby Lobby for $10.
198. A husband who is willing to spend time hanging nails at strategically hidden spots so the mantel decoration and stockings could be strung together with twist-ties so that the under-3 set in our house can't pull the whole shebang onto their noggins!
199. The opportunity to do a small editing job to both exercise my brain and earn a little bit of Christmas money.
200. The fact that our Redeemer came to us as a tiny baby, to show us that God became man in his most helpless form, to feel the sufferings of humanity and to ultimately sacrifice Himself for our sins. The Christmas story is so powerful, it can't help but captivate our minds and souls and draw us to His heart, so full of love and grace and compassion for us. As I sing "Away in a Manger" to Will at night, I am caught up in the beauty of the story, again and again.