Daily Reflections From My Window

December 21, 2021 Tuesday : Advent Day 21 and the Winter Solstice AKA the Shortest Day of the Year and the First Day of Winter

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“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.” Thomas S. Monson

Today is the official start of winter. I think Jay has us ready. He’s pretty good at that. Me? I’m still catching up. It’s the shortest day of the year and after this, the days get longer. Bring on the light!

Yesterday I had a day of “looking for things”. Do you ever put something away and then not use it for awhile and then when you want to use it in a hurry out of the blue, you can’t find an important part? Like the power cord? Remember that cartoon, “The Family Circus”, where little Billy’s parents ask him to do something and on the way to do it, he stops at multiple places and does something along the way, only to forget what his parents asked him to do initially? The cartoon has him going from place to place and is linked with his footsteps at the oddest places. That was me, looking for that darn power cord. Never found it and couldn’t do what I wanted but found a lot of other things to get rid of.

We ended the day having dinner with the kids and building and decorating gingerbread structures. It was a fun night! As for the power cord? One of their friends said, “I know we don’t like to do this, but Bezos will have it at your house in two days for $17 and free shipping.” He airdropped the info to Jack, who ordered it and said, “Merry Christmas, Mom. I hate to see you driving yourself crazy over a power cord.” He knows me so well, that young man.

As for the gingerbread event? We went live and you can vote for your favorite HERE. We’ll select one winner for a special gift certificate.

They have such a nice group of friends and check out these cute felt ornaments their friend Lydia made for us. Her company is called Shaky Leaf Designs and I’ll get the info and put it here. She does custom work.

Above is their cute tree and Lydia and Troy’s little guy Ash and Connor of course! Tomorrow I’ll show you photos of the teams building. We want them to be judged on their own merit. Not who built them. For now, let’s get going. Here’s our tree all lit up. All 3 feet of it. We added the donkey today. It’s getting real. Only 3 left. The church calendar continues to keep us focused. Did I share this Nativity from Mexico?

Did you see the moon last night? It was really amazing. Janet must know how much I miss her. She sent me a reminder. Thank you dear friend!

I’ve got to get going. I have a few projects to finish and get to the PO. One thing I’m really trying to do is to avoid the news. I’ve been missing so much locally since we don’t get the paper anymore and the tv news is just gloom and doom. Really? Is that what God wants us to focus on? I don’t think so. As my friend Louise shared in a wonderful phone call yesterday, we just need to depend on our faith. We’ve heard time and again in God’s teachings, that times have been bad and those who believe will persevere. I know that in my brain and my heart really wants to know it too, and does, but I’m not feeling it like I normally do. I’m not doubting God, I am just amazed at how blatantly the devil is working on people whom I know and seems to be gaining ground. There is so much information and misinformation to sift through and the places that used to be sanctuaries are now separating us. We can’t let that happen. The most dangerous place for me to be is in my head. I need to be out and about and I think I’ll do that after I finish what I need to be today. Kindness always rules the day and I think people are kind and caring and a big dose to, or from strangers is what I need. But then I need to remember that it’s not about me at all. What can I do to make life better for others? That’s when I feel the closest to God. Especially this time of year.

Enjoy this short day and since the night will be a bit longer, I wish you a wonderful, restful sleep tonight. Sorry this was too long snd I hope in some way that it lifted you up. I saw the gloom and doom weather forecast last night and am glad to see that the sun is out and for now, at least, it’s not overcast.

In the meantime, do something you’ve never done before. Find your passion and explore it. Every single day is a gift. I’m off to tend my passion.

Have a blessed day!