Ha! Got your attention with that title, didn't I?
Because if there's one word I don't associate with the season of Advent, it's bliss. Peaceful, maybe...and okay, frenzied, maybe...
But bliss? No. Uh-uh. No. The pressure I feel is just too great.
And the funny thing is, there's pressure even to be peaceful! It's like a competition, sometimes, between us moms. But that's okay, right? We wouldn't be good moms if we weren't a bit (or a lot) competitive.
(You do kinda know what I mean, though, right?)
Here's how I see my family room right now. It's cozy, calm, and--dare I say it?--peaceful.
Here is how my children see our family room right now:
Photo Editing by Felicity
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In other news, we have hot water again!
Isn't she a beaut? The kids were thrilled to receive their Christmas present early.
Myself, I was so completely overwhelmed with emotion that I offered to marry the plumber on the spot. Alas, he's already married and--woops--so am I!
As it turns out, Mike the Plumber's married to a different Maggie--a wonderful gal that I've known for years--and I must give a great big shout-out to his business, Justen Plumbing. He came on the Saturday after Thanksgiving; he came because he knew we were freezing.
Desperate women start their scarves on fire. I'm just sayin'.
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In other, other news...
Francis has mastered the art of standing and stepping, and is now staggering all over the place like a little blonde zombie. When he's not doing that, he's emptying out my cupboards, which I really appreciate because putting away all those cans and things gives me something to do with my down time.
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Rounding out this mish-mash of a post with a return to where I (think I) began...
(We're being honest, right? You like it when I'm honest, right?)
I have to fight tooth and nail to find peace during Advent because, frankly, I'm like the Grinch when it comes to all the noise, noise, noise, NOISE. I need to pull away from the noise, turn away from the noise, turn off the noise, sit in a chair, do nothing.
In short, I need to pray more often...
...and that is how I find my peace.
(The hot baths help too!)
(And lots and lots of candles.)