Me: "Who has the best seat in the house, me or daddy?"

Adam: "Well, Daddy's is nice, but yours is best. Your's is squishier."

Monday, December 15, 2014

Let it Rain, Let it Rain, Let it Rain

Oh, my schedule is something frightful!
Though the season's so delightful,
The stress has gone to my brain,
Let it rain! Let it rain! Let it rain!

Well, we hope there's no sign of stopping
(though I've done almost no shopping)
the drought has been such a strain,
Let it rain! Let it rain! Let it rain!

When I climb into bed each night,
my to-do list just grows while I snooze,
Though I'm glad there's more rain in sight
I'm tired of wet, muddy shoes!

Oh, my fire is quickly dying,
and the year is now goodbye-ing
Join with me, one last refrain...
Let it rain!
Let it rain!
Let it rain!!!!

I had full intentions to continue with posts while I did the play and my sale this past month, but each time I found myself with two minutes to rub together, there was always something else screaming for it's turn in the To-Do line.

Now that the play is over, I am in a massive game of catch-up.  Laundry, house work, school, Christmas, did I mention laundry?  Someone was complaining to me the other day about how busy they had been lately.  I had to giggle.  To me, getting caught up on your TV shows is not being busy!  Jus' sayin.

The play was amazing.  You may recall, if your life has been boring enough to read this blog for a few years, that Ellie and I were in a musical almost 4 years ago, when Jonah was a wee tot.  This past month we participated again.  The play, Savior of the World, was actually act one (taken from the New Testament book of Luke), dealing with the events around the time of Jesus Christ's birth.  It was such a sweet delight to be involved, and I grew to cherish a few new relationships there.  I forgot how much I love standing in the wings, watching the play from behind heavy black curtains, exchanging hushed whispers and smiles with interesting and talented people who I might never have had the opportunity to know had it not been for this event.  My favorite part, besides having the privelege of re-enacting the sacred events of Christ's birth, was having the chance to spend so many hours with my girls.  I don't often stand quietly hugging on them for 10 minutes at a time, but I got to do that many times in the final weeks of the play.

My role was as the mother of Mary, and my part had me frequently on stage with Mary, played by Dawn Setters. What a sweet time we had, both on and off stage. There was one moment, during the wedding scene, where I am helping Mary to put on her veil. I suddenly imagined helping Ellie to put on her wedding veil a few years from now, and my eyes flooded with tears. It wasn't fair to do that to Dawn, and try as I might I couldn't stop the tears from welling up. I wept through that scene, and could barely sing the group song. Thankfully, I had no lines at that time. I don't know how actors can tap into those feelings and manage to control the outcome. 

It was a very sweet blessing to be inviolved with the production so close to Christmas. It has prepared my heart in a tender way to remember the birth of Christ, and to hold tight to the reasons we celebrate. I'm reminded of how I felt after the birth of each of my children; I couldn't help but be reminded to feel grateful both for the new blessing in my life, and for the many blessings that had come before. 

May we hold tight to our blessings, and freely express out gratitude to God, to our families and other dear ones in our lives for the gifts we have been given. 

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