…and other things that make up my unusual life

Jubilee on a cold day (photo credit due to Birdie)



{Things aren’t always pleasant at Eyrie Park.


That isn’t to say that a day has gone by when I didn’t have much to be thankful for, but we are not a perfect family and we do not lead perfect lives. I just wanted to remind you of that. And remind myself that this is okay. And do a bit of late-night rambling.}


For starters, you may have noticed that I have not posted a deep thought and beautiful collection of photographs for every day of Advent this year. You hadn’t noticed? Well, maybe that’s because you’re expectations of me are healthy and my expectations of me are silly

photo by Pops



You may have also noticed that my family has been recognizing Advent this year. The rumors are true. I am proud to say that every available member of the family (which isn’t always the same number) has gathered for devotions and discussion every day of Advent so far. We’ve read books, talked, lit candles, hung ornaments and prayed together. This is a success.


We’ve had a lot of warm fires and typically fickle weather. (It was 70 degrees today but when the sun went down, we still lit the fire and toasted marshmallows.) We’ve had some movie nights and games around the table that gets moved into the middle of the living room to make way for the Christmas tree. It’s amazing how moving a table can make people want to deal cards.

Mumsy is the official instructions reader.



We’ve also had some stress and tension. One family member who often makes it her goal to toss wrenches into the gears has begun doing this more openly lately. There have been stressful moments and avoided topics and sighs of “what are we going to do now?” There have been prayers for resolution. There have been fights. There have been moments of peace and quiet and moments of fragility. This isn’t something I enjoy writing on the prayer  request board because I find it hard to explain, but your prayers for my sister and my parents and the rest of the clan would be coveted. 


If you’re actually curious about what I’ve been up to, I will tell you. I’ve been feeding the neighbor’s pets while they were at Disney World. I’ve been copying scripture into my journal and keeping my own words inside. I’ve been listening to the squeak of the mouse wheel. I’ve been watching Iron Chef. I’ve been poring over Christmas cards. I’ve been rather lazy in the normal things. I’ve been loving falling in bed at night. I’ve been laying in bed and looking at the moonlight. I’ve been having sibling-conferences about parent-gifts. I’ve been dreaming of writing letters. I’ve been worrying…about a lot of stuff. I’ve been watching a cold travel between family members and never leave the house. I’ve been eating up sermons. I’ve been shopping at the mall and Toys R Us (which I don’t like) and grocery shopping (which I do, unless I’m rushed.)

Eyrie Park, 12-13-2011



I threw a really wonderful party with the help of Birdie. She made amazing dessert and amazing paper snowflakes. I made plans and paper chains. I was, of course, really last-minute with everything, so it ended up being a family-effort to get the party together before the guests showed up. The guests were wonderful. Just a very few close friends who can laugh at anything. There was chili, rice and cornbread (even my gluten-free friend could partake!) and sparkling grape juice, s’mores and Christmas candy. There were writer-ish games and fireside conversation and a piano concert by the lovely Jubilee. Everyone was wowed and she beamed. I was very satisfied. 


Anyway, that’s my unofficial Christmas card. I hope it wasn’t too mellow. It’s the real me, at this real moment. Tell me about you now. Please?



everly

2 Responses to …and other things that make up my unusual life

  1. Everly Pleasant December 21, 2011 at 3:43 am #

    Yay-a comment! I’ve been waiting. :)

    Thank you! I like my home. You can come sit in that big red chair, if you’d like.

    I can relate to your little update. Life get’s swirly and disorganized around this time of year.

    Everly

  2. Melee December 21, 2011 at 3:37 am #

    Awww, I love your unofficial Christmas card – it’s honest and lovely; I really appreciate it. :)

    And oh! Your home is beautiful! That room looks so cozy. I’d like to come and sit amidst you all. :)

    I don’t know what there is to say about me… My days are nonentities and don’t feel quite real. I don’t get enough sleep, but am basically content, though scattered.

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