Our Christmas tree this year makes me mostly happy. So much of that happiness is influenced by the blessing it is to have all my children near me. After last Friday it has at times been hard to look at my tree and not feel a measure of sorrow for suffering families. May God's love be unfailing around all those who suffer, for any reason, especially this time of year.
I think it is healthy to spend moments in serious reflection about difficult things. I believe it makes you more whole, and more empathetic. I also believe it is healthy to understand that there is a season to everything. There is so much wrong that goes on in the world, but I can't carry all of it. It does however, provide a measure of perspective; it helps me freak out a little less when I find out my hair is in a total crazy knot because somehow earlier in the day I got a glob of mustard in my ponytail. It is good to understand that even with there being WAY bigger problems and sorrows out there than mine, God exists, and thinks my stupid problems are pretty big too.
He can carry all of it.
It has taken me a few years to get used to, but I must say I have been converted to winters sprinkled with quite warm days. I had a picnic with my children yesterday, and even though it was too cold today (high 50, low 30) to do that, sitting outside on a sheet wearing shorts and visiting the begonias helped ease our cabin fever.
In light of the beginning of my post, here is my latest "stupid" problem. (I will here on out not refer to my problems as stupid. My problems are very important...to me.)
FINALLY. A little bit of the "IN THE STUDIO" part of this blog! I have 25 boards to hang and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get them to hang flush on the wall. I will gladly take suggestions from any artist friends.