I have missed being here…with you. I’ve enjoyed making videos and updating on instagram, but it has been a long while since I’ve given a blog post high priority. Sometimes, though — after a busy season — a blank space and typed words seem really nice and simple when set to some music like this or this.
It’s hard to put into words, this holiday I’ve had. It’s been traveling under grey, winter skies, shopping with Mom as an excuse to spend time together that we never get enough of, laughing with friends and family as we watch the Griswolds suffer through a doomed family Christmas, watching my husband and brother run off to ride as many rides in Disney as they can, sharing a pillow with my cat and a bed with my dog, having animated late-night talks with my sister-in-law, savoring Christmas omelets for breakfast and gumbo for dinner, seeing how my family has grown in the past year as we catch up over a football game, watching Papaw coax my aunt’s new kitten to sleep, racing to piece a puzzle together before midnight, and hearing clinging glasses and my family’s laughter as we welcome 2015 with smiling faces and hopeful plans.
I’m exhausted, but full. Ironic. I know our holidays won’t be this way much longer (we all grow up some day…so I’ve heard), but I sure did love this one. I’m sure we will experience this kind of community in Heaven. It won’t take holidays to bring us together and it won’t be “custom” that influences us to give gifts to each other. I long for that kind of rest.
This year wasn’t ideal because of it’s perfection. It was so imperfect. I was so imperfect. It was ideal because it was real life and living real life can be so thrillingly beautiful. When suffering turns into wisdom and wisdom turns into storytelling, that is where worship can be found. I’m looking forward to another imperfectly ideal year — I hope that we can all find worth in being present with people around us most days, rather than a few days.
That being said, I do have a video to share with you. Now you can see how my holiday season went.
Tell me, how were your holidays? What are your family traditions? What kind of traditions would you like to start with your family?
Thank you for being here,