December 20, 2009

I Need A Silent Night

Hello? Hello?

Well now, I do believe this is my blog.

Aaa-choo! Wow, dusty in here! And what's that over there? A cobweb?

Oh my. We have work to do.

*pulls out the broom and mop*

While I'm busy, here's a song I've wanted to share with you all month long. And with it, our Christmas season (thus far) in pictures.

I've made the same mistake before

Too many malls, too many stores.

December traffic, Christmas rush

It breaks me until I push and shove.

Children are crying while mothers are trying

to photograph Santa and sleigh

(there's a story behind these Santa pictures; remind me to share it sometime)

The shopping and buying and standing forever in line

What can I say?

I need a silent night, a holy night

To hear an angel voice, through the chaos and the noise.

(I apologize for the quality, or lack thereof, of these photos. My camera misbehaved

all night long while we looked at lights.)

I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here

to end this crazy day with a silent night.

December comes, then disappears

Faster and faster every year.

Did my own mother keep this pace?

Or was the world a different place?

(my sweet mother-in-law)

Where people stayed home, wishing for snow

Watching three channels on their TV.

Look at us now, rushing around

Trying to buy Christmas peace.

I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise

I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here

To end this crazy day with a silent night.

(here is the jungle gym, mostly complete. It is, however, missing the most important part:
The Slide!)

Do you think he likes it?

I think he does.
-- "I Need A Silent Night" by Amy Grant.
This song has played in my head non-stop, since I first heard on the radio right after Thanksgiving. It has been my song this Christmas; I identify with its sentiments. All month long I have struggled to simply slow down and relish the quiet joys Christmas brings. I think I'm finally getting there.
Merry Christmas, friends!


Linds said...

The jungle gym looks fantastic!! Can't wait to see it once you get it painted. And some of those light displays were great too!!

Mama Sue said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you, me-me. Can't wait to see you tomorrow night!!!!!!!
Hugs and kisses, Mom

LeAnna said...

These are absolutely precious pics, dear friend. Caleb is going to LOVE that jungle gym, it looks great! Loved the pics of the lights, the mountain scenery ones were awesome!!!