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Christmas Reflection

This is not my poem, but I came across it recently and it served as a precious reminder of how the season can overcome us and blur the lines of what is truly important.

Put away the cape, and don’t worry about what won’t get done. Kiss your children; linger at their bedside a little longer.

May you all be blessed this Christmas.

It was the night before Christmas, when all through the abode
Only one creature was stirring, and she was cleaning the commode.
The children were finally sleeping, all snug in their beds,
While visions of Nintendo 64 and Barbie, flipped through their heads.

The dad was snoring in front of the TV,
With a half-constructed bicycle on his knee.
So only the mom heard the reindeer hooves clatter,
Which made her sigh, “Now what’s the matter?”

With toilet bowl brush still clutched in her hand,
She descended the stairs, and saw the old man.
He was covered with ashes and soot, which fell with a shrug.
“Oh great,” muttered the mom, “Now I have to clean the rug.”

“Ho-ho-ho!” cried Santa, “I’m glad you’re awake.”
“Your gift was especially difficult to make.”
“Thanks, Santa, but all I want is some time alone.”
“Exactly!” he chuckled, “I’ve made you a clone.”

“A clone?” she asked, “What good is that?
Run along, Santa, I’ve no time for chit-chat.”
Santa produced the mother’s twin.
Same hair, same eyes, same double chin.

“She’ll cook, she’ll dust,” She’ll mop every mess.
You’ll relax, take it easy, Watch The Young & the Restless.”
“Fantastic!” the mom cheered. “My dream come true!
“I’ll shop. I’ll read. I’ll sleep a whole night through! “

From the room above, the youngest began to fret.
“Mommy?! I scared… and I am wet.”
The clone replied, “I’m coming, sweetheart.”
“Hey,” the mom smiled, “She knows her part.”

The clone changed the small one, and hummed a tune,
as she bundled the child, in a blanket cocoon.
“You the best mommy ever. I really love you.”
The clone smiled and sighed, “I love you, too.”

The mom frowned and said, “Sorry, Santa, no deal.
That’s my child’s love, she’s trying to steal.”
Smiling wisely Santa said, “To me it is clear,
Only one loving mother is needed here.”

The mom kissed her child, and tucked her into bed.
“Thank you, Santa, for clearing my head.
I sometimes forget, it won’t be very long,
When they’ll be too old, for my cradle-song.”

The clock on the mantle began to chime.
Santa whispered to the clone, “It works every time.”
With the clone by his side Santa said, “Goodnight.
Merry Christmas, Mom, You’ll be all right.” 

– Author Unknown

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Sweet Innocence

Now is a time to grieve a profound and unimaginable loss. Now is a time to come together. Now is a time to comfort and to heal. Now is a time to be His hands and feet. Now is a time to be love to a hurting community, to a grieving parent, to a terrified child.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2

Please consider how you can help the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary and their community. Everyone has been victimized by this horrific event. Prayer is the most important thing you can give. Pray unceasingly.

The Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue was on the scene and have witnessed more than anyone would ever want to bear. Show them your gratitude and support by sending a “thank you” their way:

Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue
18-20 Riverside Rd.
Sandy Hook, CT 06482

The Sandy Hook Elementary School has been welcomed to a neighboring town and will resume classes after the New Year. They will need supplies and other items, as well as encouragement to face a new normal for their community. The Newtown Savings Bank has partnered with United Way to provide a fund for you to contribute to their needs:

Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main St.
Newtown, CT 06470
www.nsbonline.com

Mail sent directly to the Sandy Hook Elementary School will continue to be delivered to the school:

Sandy Hook Elementary School
12 Dickenson Dr.
Sandy Hook, CT 06482

As the families try to find a way to face another day and move beyond the tragedy that has invaded their lives, they too will need our support. Several of the children left behind siblings who are struggling to cope with the loss of their brother or sister. Several families are mourning the loss of a dedicated teacher who protected her children far beyond her job description. To send items or notes of encouragement to support the families:

Town of Newtown, Park & Recreation Department
3 Main St
Newtown, CT 06470

In addition, the U.S. Postal Service has set up a dedicated P.O. Box to receive messages and condolences from the public for the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary victims:

Messages of Condolences for Newtown
P.O. Box 3700
Newtown, CT 06470

The families and children who survived that horrific day have also come together to set up a fund to support the families in their time of need. Please take a moment to visit their website: My Sandy Hook Family.

This tragedy didn’t just happen in Newtown, CT. It happened, in some way, to us all. Reach out during this time, and in the weeks and months to come.

And forever hold your children close.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13: 13

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Sweet Tovah

Twelve years ago, I was given a beautiful gift. One I never thought I was worthy to receive. I was blessed with a baby girl. She is intelligent, beautiful, compassionate, confident, kind, and strong, and she has the biggest heart.

On her third birthday, I wrote this poem for her. I still feel very much the same today.

Blessed

A giant squeeze from a tantrum-throwing toddler
makes a Mommy strangely forgiving.
Though patience tends to run thin
at the end of my day,
You have a way of both testing it
and relieving all overwhelming feelings
with a single hug.
How is it, I wonder, that a child so small
has the ability to heal a wounded soul?
I have experienced so much in my life
yet, no one has made me feel as good as you
with your simplest gestures.
Your smile can heal,
your laughter can mend.
I am amazed everyday
by the individual you are becoming
at such a young age.
A large part of me wants to hold
that helpless infant once more;
that tiny soul who needed her Mommy for everything.
Now you can do so many things for yourself
and your understanding blossoms daily.
You truly are my greatest joy,
my comfort, my treasure.

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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Tis the season

This time of year can become very hectic very quickly. In the rush to find those perfect gifts, prepare for feasts, and make Christmas “the best ever”, we can so easily lose sight of the joy this season brings.

As I watch our children at church rehearse week after week for their upcoming Christmas musical, I often wonder how that first Christmas must have been. Only a handful of people even knew the miracle that was about to take place. I assume everyone else was going about their daily business. To be Mary and Joseph and know you would soon be welcoming the Prince of Peace into the world … what a profound night that must have been indeed!

If you have children, you know how one birth can change your world. It is the most joyous occasion. Though you prepare for the baby’s arrival, the preparations never truly feel complete. The anticipation is overwhelming at times and patience is truly a virtue. The waiting is indeed the hardest part.

As I look around at the hustle and bustle, I don’t think many of us experience the waiting of this season anymore. We prepare for all the wrong things, we are anxious for all the wrong reasons, and we’ve forgotten that we are about to celebrate the most joyous and momentous occasion this world has ever known.

In the midst of the gifts and the feasts and the shopping and the preparations, take time to sit in reverence. Hug your kids and loved ones. Feel the joy of family and friends and togetherness. Think of those who are in need and serve them however you can. Spread joy; share peace and love wherever you go.

Be thankful for the gift that has been given to you.

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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