Balance. A Monday, back in school, reminds me that the best thing I can offer myself this holiday season is balance. My weekdays take me from school to the shop and then home. I realize that the house will get decorated and we will be ready for Christmas all in good time.
There are no rewards for constantly being “too” busy. Every year my husband sends off this advent calendar to anyone and everyone he thinks might enjoy its simple message of joy during the holiday season. I have always feigned busy-ness and asked him not to include me. This year he ignored me. In my inbox I received my first ever copy of the Jacqie Lawson Advent Calendar. The seaside theme. I am delighted to sit each evening and explore the simplicity of a holiday from long ago. Oh how happy I am that I have made the choice of embracing the season. I am busy, always, that’s not going to change. What is changing, my willingness to postpone some of that busy-ness for the joy of the season. I am off to work on my little village!
Making room for joy and saying yes whenever possible brought us to the Academy of Music for the Mannheim Steamroller concert. We started the evening with dinner locally and then drove into Philly for the concert. It was such a great evening. So glad I pushed myself to make this evening happen.
Santa Claus arrived in Mt. Holly this evening just in time to light the Christmas Tree! The evening was truly magical. At the shop we had our first Friday of the month UFO night so the classroom was full. I was looking forward to spending some quality time with our UFO group. I even planned on sewing! In the end my obligation to the evening was being a Santa handler, keeping an eye on the little ones as they met with Santa to share their Christmas lists and to get a photo or two. I did manage to sew and share a few laughs with the UFO ladies. The story of today includes new traditions and an honest effort to experience the magic and wonder of the season. Let’s get our twinkle on!
Each December 1st we receive a very special gift from Mark’s sister Karen and her husband Chuck. It is one of my very favorite parts of early December. I am being flexible in my expectations for the holiday this year. For the first time in many years, I have not started to decorate for the holidays and I am okay with that! Now that I own the quilt shop my time is split and I find myself prioritizing by what needs to happen first in order for us to stay on top of our commitments. This is also the first time in many years that my plan for my December Daily is not fully formulated. That is another thing I am being really low key about. I love this time of year, I am going to enjoy it by placing my focus on what is most important. I am seriously so happy to welcome December into our home!
Grateful for these two. I cannot count my blessings without counting these two among my greatest. They have given me so much in terms of experiences, laughter, kindness, love and support. For me, the best thing about these two is the way they love and support each other. Thankful for them everyday! Love them to pieces!
Tonight I am grateful for the opportunity to get a haircut with my hubby and then home for an early evening. Leftovers for dinner and into jammies early. It truly feels like a dream come true! I will catch up with my posts for my earlier days but tonight - it’s time for bed!
Grateful for people that find a need and then make a plan to fill it. I don’t have that ability. I am happy to find charities that serve and support them. Distributing Dignity is just one of those charities. The bags you see above are the donations I was able to collect at the shop. If you are interested in supporting women from all walks of life across the country, please take a look at Distributing Dignity. My shop, The Village Quilter, is a drop off site and I am grateful that they are filling a need and we can support that.
Grateful for the opportunity to experience a dream come true! I have always wanted to own a quilt shop. Each day I head to the store I realize how fortunate I am to be living my dream. Seriously, I get to play with fabric! I work with wonderful women who inspire me on a regular basis. The have remarkable integrity and truly care about everyone that enters our shop. I have been fortunate to meet some of the kindest and most generous women; not to mention how really talented they are. We share our time and our shop with people from all walks of life. We share our stories, our worries, our tragedies and our compassion. We lift each other up and sit beside each other as we work through situations no one should ever have to face. Our quilt shop is truly a gift and I am grateful every day!
Grateful for the changing seasons and the beautiful fall sunshine. Our birch tree in the front of the house is among the first trees to lose its leaves in the fall. That works for me because the tree in the background holds onto its leaves for a few more weeks. It is such a blessing to lay in bed and see the beautiful foliage right outside our bedroom window. The sunshine was warm on this particular day and although I was stuck inside due to the concussion I suffered when I fell on Wednesday, I had a gorgeous view!