09 December 2010

Tomorrow, Tomorrow

Dearest Farmer Boy,

Wish me well. Tomorrow I will enter THE storage zone, AKA our youngest son's old room, in a brave effort to organize and clean it up a little--again.

Some of my prior visits there have been most traumatic--but as you know I was able to recover enough to clean and organize THE room a lot; before I stuffed it full of tools, mattresses, a treadmill, Christmas and other decorations, craft stuff, extra chairs, blankets, books, kitchen stuff, boxes, rubbermaid type containers, drywall stuff, laminate flooring, a bonzai and a dogwood (silk type) tree and more in time for our wonderful DD's visit (it's called remodeling with challenges).

Let me just say there are a whole lot of obstacles between me and my real goal--the one which sets me on this brave venture tomorrow--and that is finding those cute reindeer bowls that just have to be buried in there with the woodland wreath and garlands, nativity scene, sleigh, St Nicholas - and the Swedish angel chime. I know they have to be there--somewhere--behind those enticing white cabinet doors or in the closet. I know because I've looked pretty well everywhere else for them with no luck at all; besides I remember putting them in there before I turned THE room into a storage unit.

You see, Farmer Boy, I have promised myself, faithfully, not to buy any more Christmas decorations until I can see what I can find, adapt or borrow first for the simple PNW-woodsy Nordic look I am after this year in the living areas. Yes, that means no more of my usual Christmas time weaknesses you are well aware of: the reindeer and moose decorations, evergreen Christmas picks, Christmas stockings (unless I or you can wear them), cookie cutters, Juletomte or Julenisse until I have thoroughly searched the premises...none--zippo--zilch! You are now my witness!

If I should not return, if there is no hot dinner in the oven, if the dogs are going crazy--well you'll know where to find me when you get home. I will have my cell phone on me should the firemen be required. Love you :)

Your brave, courageous and very determined loving wife--Aimee

PS: Dear, you do understand the above promise doesn't include that lovely birch covered candle set I want, right? Oh and those gummi dala horses--I will need more this weekend (for strength you know).

08 December 2010

The WORD on Wednesday: Advent Thoughts II

"...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
John 10:10b KJV
In this season of love and giving, I have been opening gifts.
These gifts were given to me long ago--but at that time I was just too busy, too full of fear
and too caught up with things going around me to pay much attention to them.
So there they sat waiting for me
(although, on occasion I would pull one down).
But, the other day, my heart was ready to open them--in fact it was eager to do so.
So, slowly, I began to open some of the beautifully wrapped packages...
as I opened each one,
my heart became filled with more and more gratitude,
for they were all carefully chosen, by the all-knowing Giver of good gifts,
according to my unique needs and personality!
And what did I find inside of those beautifully wrapped packages?
Well, I found gifts of priceless value--
gifts of faith, infinite grace, hope, limitless mercy, truth, perfect peace and love!
Gifts for an abundant life!
Gifts I truly needed.
And it seemed like the more I pulled down
from the shelf to open,
the more there was.
In fact, there seemed to be no end to the packages.
And I am sure, that up above, the Good Shepherd of my soul was smiling--
for He so loves to bestow perfect gifts on His children!
Advent Blessings,
I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 10:9-10 KJV
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