Here is the Advent list I made for my family this year... (its very vague just helps me rem what fun things were doing each day)
December Advent Calendar 2011
Get Christmas tree & drink coco
Make Special thank u card for teachers
Decorate the tree and House for Jesus' Birthday
Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro
Put our manger together and make a tent like it
Christmas Carols sing along with instruments
Make name tags for gifts out of Christmas symbols
Make a Gingerbread house at Fancy's
Gather toys for kids in need this Christmas
Watch Frosty & make snowman & Funfetti w Granny
Christmas Scavenger hunt with red & green picnic
Mail out & write Christmas cards (pray for families)
Drink hot Coco and cuddle on the couch get out old photos!
Wrap our presents for everyone
Ride the train at the mall
Christmas Santa's Wonderland in College Station
Start 7 day countdown "what to give Jesus for Christmas"
Put on Bethlehem Play-video
Ice skating and Lego land AM
Fill a stocking and leave it on a neighbors door
Decorate cookies for Santa , make reindeer food!
Christmas service, Letter to Jesus
Look for the crown in the tree and give it to Jesus 26
NEW YEAR’S EVE
Put promises for 2012 in stockings for next year!
one thing that I am happy about is that i actually typed up a list and put it in a calendar and actually attempted to be fully ready for advent. (even if things like the Christmas performance at K's school left us scrambling today and we didnt get to do all we hoped-at least the first lesson is about forgiveness right? lets try again tomorrow)
One thing that is really hard and heavy on my heart is a desire to do an Advent ornament and also do all the other family things that we look forward to..so the question is, how do I do both- i incorporate scripture and bible lessons with our advent but I wanted to do something different this year, how do I plan all l this in the midst of the crazy things that just HAPPEN to be falling in my lap this month as well?....
Let me interject that I KNOW there is no way its a coincidence that some of these pressing things have come up this week...the enemy is trying to steal my joy, make me feel like a failure, and keep me from doing what I know God has pressed on my heart. never mind the fact that me and bry have been so exhausted and busy and getting sick we havent gone to sleep at the same time all week, I've been sad (for no apparent reason really) in the midst of a time that is usually my favorite, I feel so pressed by the end of the day my mind literally just aches-its just empty and hurts to try to recover anything, noise from anyone especially loud little girls who are making some version, different each time mind you, of the most annoying sounds ever made from Dumb and Dumber ( i swear they must have seen the clip or something how could they know how to make these noises so well) are piercing my already splitting head.
So WHAT in the world does this have to do with Advent you ask? Well, I think it's just the simple fact that as much as I wanted to write how wonderful the week has started and how great everything is and how awesome I feel and how the girls are sitting politely waiting to hear about the spectacular reason for the season...that's not really how its actually looked. Its looked more like a train wreck and I am just sort of coming out of the ashes here....
One thing I love so much about the Lord is that in a few minutes I will close my eyes, go to sleep and get a chance to do it better tomorrow, to start over tomorrow, to forgive myself and others, to seek His will for the day, and to make right whats trying to go all wrong.
So even though today is Dec 1st....it's really all going to look like it should tomorrow. (wow, i actually will sleep before 2 am, its looking better already!)
I've attached some of the fun things that we are doing for our advent calendar...tomorrow I will attach the evening lessons I am hoping to get from a friend.