"experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." -randy pausch

Thursday, December 6, 2012

silent night {900 lights}

when i was putting the kids to bed tonight,
we were looking through our "kid magazine."
it had a snowman on the front,
with little kids all bundled up in their snow gear.
maybe just one boy.
you get the idea.
anyway we were reading stories of how to remember jesus during the christmas season.
it talked about doing thing for others,
like being more understanding when your sister wears your shirt without asking,
giving toys to a family in need,
and singing christmas carols.
and then we turned the page, 
and there was a picture of the baby jesus in the manger.
on the night he was born,
in his mother mary's arms.
with the animals, angel, and wise men gathering around.
stars in the sky.
a dark sky.
with the hymn "silent night" on the page beside it.
so i sang it to max and brennan,
all three versus,
in the dark of their room.
and it was quiet,
except for the sound of my voice.
and my heart was full with the christmas spirit.
happiness and joy in my life.
with the gift i have been given to be able embrace motherhood for all it's worth.
the good, the amazing,
{the bad, and and the ugly}.
the euphoria is gives me during moments like these.
the exhaustion and heartbreak is gives me when things are hard.
and the day is winding down upon me.
i love singing to them before they fall asleep.
especially tonight.
silent night.
900 lights on our beautiful tree.
we put them on her tonight.
{did i mention she drinks 2 liters of water a day? we are kin.}
so we twinkled her all up.
a little before dinner.
a little after dinner.
and the top after the kids were in bed.
so for future reference,
if i am missing,
no need to call the police,
just check the big room with the twinkling tree gracing our front window in glory.
surely, that's where i'll be from now until new year's.
silent night,
holy night.
"silent night, holy night
all is calm, all is bright
round yon virgin, mother and child
holy infant, so tender and mild
sleep in heavenly peace
sleep in heavenly peace."

"silent night, holy night!
shepherds quake at the sight
glories stream from heaven afar
heavenly hosts sing hallelujah
christ, the savior is born
christ, the savior is born."

"silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love's pure light
radiant beams from Thy holy face
with the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth."


becca said...

aw looks like you had fun and beautiful tree

Amy said...

Those tender moments are what I live for. My kids are amazing in their calmness and their patience. But when they have a melt-down, heaven help us! And then, there are those moments of absolute peace and love, and it seems nothing in the world could be better. You described it perfectly.

Sue said...


Don't you love being a mom at Christmas? It's the best!