The clean up.
It’s always hard for me.
I can’t seem to get the last dish put away or have it all completed.
A life long struggle.
Somehow the laundry is never truly finished.
There’s an extra sock, or a shirt that belongs to no one.
I get distracted.
The Clean up.
No matter the year we usually transition right into Advent the day after Thanksgiving.
This year Thanksgiving is so late Advent begins tomorrow.
I am struggling to get rid of the piles and finish cooking down the turkey.
I want to make soup and save the stock.
But I can’t find my big pot!
The pot I just used to make mashed potatoes.
It’s missing. . .
It’s all part of the clean up.
It amazes me how different we all are.
I don’t bat an eyelash at cooking for 15-30 people.
I make lists and with the help of my family get it done.
There’s always room for one more at our table.
But when it comes to the clean up.
I struggle so much.
It’s a discipline and a way that is not natural to me.
The Season of Advent is upon us.
More about that tomorrow.
It’s short this year.
I never understand why people complain about getting ready for Christmas so early.
I am thankful for Christmas.
My heart is grateful for every little wonderful detail of Christmas.
Today we’re still in the clean up process.
The past few months have created some serious clutter.
My organizing fairy came over yesterday to help me get back on track.
We still have a long way to go.
But I think we got focused again.
I don’t understand why this is so hard for me.
Piles and piles of paper clutter so many spaces.
I don’t know what to do with it.
I can’t seem to keep up with it.
And then it becomes overwhelming.
I don’t know.
I will just keep, trying.
My organizing fairy will continue to display the patience of a saint.
I will continue to quiet my heart and seek the One who longs for us to draw near.
Today is the last day of our 30 days of Thankfulness.
For me it’s just the beginning.
I will continue to name that for which I am grateful each day.
Looking, seeking, digging to find the glimpses of grace God sends each day.
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1).
Even when the day is hard. . . even when the weight is heavy.
There is always, always something to be grateful for.
Thank you for joining us on this journey.
30 Days Thankfulness
I am thankful for:
Lessons learned in the clean up
My family who is so patient with me through the clutter and mess
the smell of coffee in the kitchen
a hot cup of coffee
these mornings of quiet
this drafty old farmhouse
my organizing fairy
the magic and wonder my mom instilled in me
learning to have a grateful heart
spontaneous visits by two different friends yesterday
The Advent Season
2 days of no car
A God who never leaves us
The Ancient Word