And So It Begins : The Season of Advent

And So It Begins : The Season of Advent


It’s morning on December 1, and I’ve already had to remind myself to slow full film Wonder Woman 2017

Is it the Capricorn thing? This crazy love-affair I have with lists, and writing things on lists, and checking things off of lists? The cheap thrill I get from it all …

just before the breakdown, of course.

I’ve already got three or four major projects in the air and I decided that this past week was the week that all the presents needed to be bought, all the cards needed to be prepared, and the decorations needed to be brought down from the attic.

What is wrong with me?

This here post? I had to re-write it, because in my haste to update the blog {with a slow-down piece, of course … I write these things because I SO need to hear them}, I inserted a picture, and without realizing it had erased





I’d clicked the Save Draft button.

Holy Mackerel, Andy.ย Enough is enough.

I race. Then I slow down. I race. Then I slow down. It is the silly cycle of my little life, but in this Holy and beautiful season, I need the “slow-down” more than ever.

So over the next few weeks: yes, I’ll get the shopping done, but I’ll try not to worry about matching the gift wrap.

I’ll get those cards out, but I’m not gonna sweat whether they’re perfect or if I miss someoneโ€”as I somehow always do. If they know me, they’ll know they’re loved.

I’ll enjoy the “Holly, Jolly Christmas” on the radio, but more importantly,

I’m going to sit with The Boy in the evenings, and by the light of our Advent Wreath {and a little help from GE}, we’ll read this, and take ourselves on an adventure through Bethlehem.

And embrace the quiet but extraordinary moments of this season.

I love you all.

I really do.

Sweet readers, you make blogging so much fun, and I want to send that love right back atcha.

So because I’m a huge fan of sparkle + a huge fan of you + a huge fan of Stella & Dot, I’m running a giveaway, starting Monday, so make a note, tell your friends, and then be sure to come back here for a little Christmas cheer.

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  1. Coming over from SITS – what a great message to be spreading on the first day of December. SLOW DOWN. I too struggle with the lists and multiple projects. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. This post could not have come at a better time!! What a crazy week!! I got home yesterday afternoon to finally sit down and pick out my new front door on-line (thank you for your input BTW!!) I rushed upstairs, grabbed what I thought was my iPad, and ran back downstairs and sat on the couch….only to realize that I was sitting on the couch with my hairdryer in my hands, not my iPad….geez, do I need to slooooow down!! Thank you for the reminder, Michelle!! xoxoxo

  3. Francesca says:

    Michelle! I concur with the other posts – thank you for the reminder to slow down – take in what is around us. Gosh, it gets hard when everything around feels so… fast. As for the lists… Having one is half the battle. I try not to think of it as something to be completed – rather something to guide me through the craziness of this beautiful season. Kudos to you for letting go and letting in! xox
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  4. Kathleen Clark says:

    Amen, Michelle! The snowflakes waltzing outside my window right now really ignite that holiday spirit and joy inside me (grateful), but while I’m gazing at them, I realized suddenly that they are falling…gently, slowly, swirling here and there, each one, as if to catch up to each other, to say excitedly, “Hey! Nice to meet you! What cloud are you from? Isn’t this beautiful, what we can do, and what we create on the ground when we land, making those people sigh and smile and play…and SLOW DOWN?”
    There is a gorgeous bright red Cardinal in my Burning Bush RIGHT in front of me right now, and with the snow and the dark brown of the bush and the red berries clinging to the tips, I could have a picture perfect card…but, nope, I’m not gonna get my camera or worry about a “missed opportunity” cuz this IS THE opportunity, maybe just special for me alone, that I have this moment to recognize, savor and find soul-deep meaning in…even if it only lasts a fleeting minute. Gonna keep trying to look for, SEE, and gather those moments this year, and when they come, share them with my kids, my family, and my friends. I know it’s not a Christmas card (I’ve failed there the past few years), but I hope the joy and peace I feel, for maybe only just this moment (likely) will be something of a gift to those I love this Christmas. Hope so… Love you, sweet Michelle! Thank you for reminding me of the gifts of beauty all around us, and inside us, at Christmas, and every small, tiny, magnificent day.

  5. Great post Michelle!!! I need to remind myself every day that each moment needs to be worthy in His eyes…this helps me so much! So do I frantically scurry all day? Or do I set boundaries on things I need to do and ways I need to stop…? At every turn, I pray “God, is this how you want me to spend my time?” and I find a peace in the management of my time by doing that. I cancelled going to an all church clean up today- because I needed the time to regroup and clean and organize my own home from the mess of this busy week. If I went, my day would be scattered and stressful, and I would be frantic with a chaotic and messy home. Instead I am putting my home in order, something I need more than serving yet another ministry. I needed to re-fuel myself and as tomorrow is another day of serving another ministry, I will hope to be refreshed and ready to give, again. Oh, I do fret at times about all those things that need to be done! All day today, I have had those zingers fly in my head! But I am reminded that my home needs attention for now. Choose wisely, I say… choose wisely with our time. Discernment throughout each day… always helps me pace myself. (Sorry about this rambling comment! I surely didn’t plan on it!)
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  6. Unless something changes, Christopher and I are planning to be home most of the weekends in December. We love that we have the freedom to travel, but there is also something so good about being home and not being so much go-go-go. Especially at the holiday season. It passes far to quickly as it is, I want to be home as much as possible to enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, I hadn’t heard of the Jotham’s Journey book. I read some reviews on Amazon, it looks interesting! Thanks for the share! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  7. Thank you for the reminder to slow down. This is one of my fave times of the year. Because of just how you described it–beautiful and holy. Happy beginning of advent to you ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. This weekend was craaaaazy busy for me with my first craft fair and I really need to slow down as well! It’s happening right now, though, as I eat chocolate and enjoy blogs while my daughter naps. ๐Ÿ™‚ So needed!
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  9. {Melinda} Amen. I am keeping it simple this year. Trying not to stress. What gets done, gets done. This year, it’s all about Jesus. I have to keep making that choice every day, even as I feel the pressure of the holiday “to-dos” that need to get done.

    Nice to have a fellow partner in simplifying Christmas, Michelle! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  10. I think you wrote this post just for me! slow down, something I am embracing this year. I feel like sometimes I am to busy videotaping and taking picture to “document” the memory that I forget to take in and enjoy the memory!

  11. I know all too well about that race and slow down routine! Thank you for the reminder to cut myself some slack and enjoy the season.
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  12. Such a great post, you have such a beautiful writing voice (And I’m sure a normal voice too ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and I always feel more calm and centered after reading your work! ๐Ÿ™‚
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