Happy New Year!

I really didn’t think I’d have a moment to blog before the New Year, but here I am. I thought a blog in bullet format was in order, so here we go:

  • Home alone. Me. Home. Alone. At 6:30pm on New Year’s Eve. Oh, they will be back. Sooner than later. But for now…it’s just me, Her Evil Highness and LJG. Oh, and cheese and crackers and a glass of good Chianti for dinner. *hey, it’s New Year’s Eve…cheese and crackers and Chianti are perfect*
  • I am mentally and physically Done. Kaput. Zapped. Over It. Russell’s dad is officially moved in. Next week for a few days Russell, Shawn and I will be cleaning his house in Dumfries and Saturday it goes on the market. 
  • For a change, I drew a line in the sand and pronounced that we, the five of us, are taking a break today and tomorrow. The kids can play, do whatever, but there will be no packing; no moving; no running back and forth to Prince William County; nor even back and forth to Greensprings, as far as I’m concerned. We need a break to just hang out.
  • I immediately followed this hang out and chill directive with the following: I, personally, am going to take the tree down, and retake possession of my home. Cleaning and baking and laundry in MY OWN HOME FOR MY OWN FAMILY. Woo-hoo! I can hardly wait! The rest of ’em can determine what stand down and chill means to them, but I am sooooooo looking forward to this! I am practically giddy!
  • On Tuesday, January 2, I am taking a break from even all of them (love them though I do!) and I am going on a mini-retreat. Just me, God, my bible, my journal (I think a brand-spankin’-new-one), some brand new purple pens that fit wonderfully in my hand, and my iPod. I’m not taking my phone so don’t call or text. I’m not taking my computer. I believe that there will be mass quantities of coffee consumed and only one person will know where I am…my husband *in case of emergency*
  • Surprisingly enough, I am going to miss the tree in the living room. It brings warmth *oh! guess what?! the gas log people sent us the wrong part for the gas fireplace. I was not the least bit surprised because it is, after all, 2011. If we had waited until 2012…they would have sent the correct piece. I’m convinced* (not really, but I like to think it might be true)
  • Back to the Christmas Tree…it was not our prettiest; nor our fullest; nor our smelliest. However, I am going to miss it all the same. I can’t explain it. I just feel it.
  • I saw on Mama Beth’s blog, LPM, that she was asking us to provide three words to describe 2011. Interestingly enough, I had already been thinking on several words to describe 2011. I kept coming back to these three:
    • Pain
    • Joy
    • Redemption
  • I think pain needs no explanation for my three committed readers.
  • The second word, Joy, may be a tad surprising; even to me. I have chosen to find the Joy every where I can; every time I can. I think the pain has done that to me. I have to escape the pain at times and go straight to Joy. Deep, warm, all-consuming Joy.
  • Redemption. Ahhhhh…to be redeemed. Have I ever mentioned that I love words? I love typing them, writing them and looking up their “official” definition(s). And this word, redeem, is a whopper of a word. According to www.M-W.com: 1a : to buy back : repurchase b : to get or win back; 2: to free from what distresses or harms: as a : to free from captivity by payment of ransom b : to extricate from or help to overcome something detrimental c : to release from blame or debt : clear d : to free from the consequences of sin; 3: to change for the better : reform; 4: repair, restore;…5a :… c : to make good : fulfill 6a : to atone for : expiate <redeem an error> b (1) : to offset the bad effect of (2) : to make worthwhile : retrieve.
  • See? Whopper. Applies so many stinkin’ ways to me…I can’t even begin to go into it all. But I will. On Tuesday. During my retreat. I’ll probably share some of it. Or not. Don’t know yet. In any case, y’all be safe this New Year’s Eve. I love you guys.

3 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. “I had already been thinking on several words to describe 2011”. I read that and wondered if any of them were printable. 🙂 I am sooo glad that you are still able to find Joy.

    I love you.

  2. I'm happy to see Joy on your list. I wish I expressed myself as well as you do, because I would think of a reason for that statement other than “because it needs to be there.” No matter what, there has to be joy, a real joy, not a “pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get on with life” joy.

  3. It is my hope for youon your mini retreat to refresh and refill for 2012.

    Don't forget to test the paper when you buy your journal so that your purple pens will glide easily.
    Love you tons and miss you even more.

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