Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

Friday, November 7, 2008

Living in the moment

I was recently thinking about how hard it is for us to live in the moment. We are always worrying, thinking or planning about the next "big thing" we have going on. I realize that I am very much like that in the sense that I have a hard time slowing down long enough to enjoy today. I don't know about you but I can often tell when I have my hand in to many things especially during the holidays. I will all of a sudden feel this panic coming on and my brain feels like it is going to explode on the next person that asks me anything about anything. Are you following me? To be honest I have no desire to be that mom who does it all. I would be happy just doing a few things well. I got to thinking about how stores make it really hard to live in the moment. I mean when I was shopping for Halloween I had a hard time enjoying myself because the store clerks were climbing over me to put Thanksgiving stuff out. Now as my family gets all excited about Thanksgiving we have to climb over Santa statues to buy a Turkey platter...........ummmm hello!!I totally get starting stuff early and in fact am almost done with my Christmas shopping (more on that in a minute) but it's already so hard to just enjoy TODAY without all the "pushing" from the outside world. ugh! Seriously when I start shopping for Christmas decorations they will be throwing Valentines cards at me. he,hee! One way we stopped to enjoy the amazing Fall weather was to go to our home school harvest party.Ryanne and her friend Seth. Show me those mugs!!!!
They had a pumpkin rolling contest and Ryanne and her little friend had to work together because the pumpkins were SO BIG! It took these two forever to get down and back but they laughed the entire time and never gave up.

Morgan did great too!

Ryanne came out with this crown on this morning, I guess she wanted to make sure everyone knew who was in charge today. ;)

Yup, they even had sack races. Morgan was all business!
OK, so I wanted to share our idea we are using to keep Christmas small and in perspective this year. Every year we say,"let's not go over board, cash only, etc." Well, this year I got this great idea out of a magazine I was reading. Dan and the girls thought it was a great, fun way to make Christmas more fun and keep our eyes on the Lord. You buy three gifts; one they REALLY want, one they REALLY need and one that is a total surprise. We are doing stockings for them as well. It has really caused the girls to stop and think about what they are asking for and what we can buy for Dan as well. Just a thought. :)


jo said...

LOVE IT!!I Am enjoying ur friendship as well--its great we are both starting this adventure together. Hope u didn't have a donut (?) crash like sethie did!! HEHEHEHHEEEE

Erica said...

I agree with you on everything. The stores bring holiday stuff out way to early and you are just trying to buy stuff for halloween and there's stuff for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They need to let one holiday pass before they bring stuff out for another.
I like your christmas idea too. We won't have a lot of money for Christmas so I'm going to hand make some gifts for my nieces/nephews. I have 9 nieces/nephews I have to buy for and one on the way. Oh man! I don't buy for any adults besides our parents.

Jessica said...

That's a cool idea :) We're doing names with Matt's family (yay). With our own (the three of us) we decided to get creative and do something for each other that is free, and not spend money on each other this year. I'm all about keeping things simple :)

Crystal said...

I think that's great. Our society begs us to "consume" and that's why they put things out so far in advance so that we overspend and overdue every holiday. I love that you're keeping the meaning of holidays simple, this is what your girls will remember :-).

MLasch said...

I know exactly what you mean when you feel like one more thing and your brain is going to explode. Very sad that so often, that is our life! I for one want to enjoy life and not just be rushing from one thing to the next thinking that someday... someday... it won't be like this.

littlecbsmom said...

The party looks like it was fun, as always! Seeing the pictures, made me miss everyone...I'm glad you had a good time and found time to enjoy and truly be in that moment!