Friday, December 13, 2013

The Quiet of Advent

Adventide is such a busy time of year.

But between school and friends and family and volunteering and the rush of December, I always treasure the moments of peace I have.  Time to read, to listen (I *love* Classic FM at this time of year), to think, to pray, to ponder.  As mad as the Christmas rush can be, it's lovely to take a moment in this Advent season to sit and wait and think, to remember the waiting for the gift, the pause before the triumph.  Like Lent before Easter, I find Advent one of the gentler, quieter Christian seasons, but I love it all the more because of the moments of calm.  The chance to remember those dear to us & those who need our remembrance is a precious gift indeed, and I'm always glad to plan opportunitites to pray and ponder.

As well as these moments of stillness, there is an awful lot of busy-ness right now.  I loathe the myth of busy, where we are all go-go-go, all the time...but in December I think we actually are pretty busy.  With so many lovely things to enjoy, however, it's hard to be churlish, ha!  This week has been full to the brim with good things - on Monday Matthew took me out for steak and cocktails to celebrate my birthday; Tuesday was the carol service at school (ah, the charm of little boy voices piping through the familiar melodies in a big, beautiful church!), cake and laughter with my class on my birthday proper and drinks with friends in town;  Wednesday was the last day of school, a funfilled lunch and lots of socialising with colleagues before a pleasant evening at home with Matthew; yesterday was volunteering in west London and Junior League drinks in the evening.

And today?  Well, today has been incredibly lazy - writing cards, wrapping gifts, watching TV, fussing cats....just what the doctor ordered!  And now we're getting ready for all the fun ahead - visitors and gift giving and baking and time with the families and getting the house in order and fun and games.  Such a treat to celebrate this time together.  More on everything soon, no doubt.  In the meantime, I hope your December is going well so far.  Blessings and love to all.

A few photos from our month so far....

















2 comments:

  1. I know you love Christmas so much and I do hope you're enjoying yourself and your holidays!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Did you *make* that cake?! I am so impressed. Seriously. Love the Santa Badger card especially!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for your comment - I do read them all but it may take me a little while (a couple of days) to respond during busy times. I love reading what you have to say!

Have a wonderful day!

Total Pageviews

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


Country Mouse Claire

Designed By:

Munchkin Land Designs

Instagram


2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Claire has read 0 books toward her goal of 74 books.
hide

Categories

#londonriots (in)courage *happy dance* 101 lbs 1990s music kick 2014 30 dot 32 in 32 40DOW 5 minutes 5 on Friday a good weep accountability Adam adventures afternoon tea Amber ambitions animals Anna anxiety ask me anything autumn babies badgers baking beauty BEDM beginnings being a grown up Beverley Big Move of 09 (TM) birthdays blessings bliss blog love bloggers blogging blogging on the tube book reviews books boys brave break Bruges budgeting busy C25K Cameron Canada Cat cats celebrations challenges changing charity checking in Chez children chillaxing Christmas Christmasplaylist Christy Claire gets cooking Clever Girls clothes comedy computers confessions confidence. shyness confusion contemplation cooking Cornwall counting blessings Country Mouse in the City crafts crazy like a fox (or maybe a penguin?) creativity culture currents cuteness daddy dan and brigitte dancing Dannii Dave daydreaming DIY Doctor Who dreams drinking driving ducks easter Edinburgh Eileen Elly and Nick Emer Emily Emily C Emma emotion End of term energy engagement entertaining Erin excitement exercise fail faith Fakemas family fashion fb fear feminism films Fingal fish five minutes Florence flux food football Forres friday favourites friends frugality Fry-cat fun funny geekery Geffen gifs gifts gigging giggles gilmore girls girldates giveaways Goldy goodbye gossip Gossip Boy growing growing up guest post halloween Hannah happiness happy Mondays happy snaps HBR health health kick 2011 Hebba help please Henry Holiday Hampers holidays home homemaking honesty hope HRH I heart Thursdays I Love Your Blog ill inspiration instagram internet into investing Jamanda James and Laura Jason Jean Jenga Jenn Jennisa JLL Jo Join me Joinees joy K. Kat and co Kate Boo katzen Kaz kindness kitchen kittehs language lately Laura learning Leela-cat Lent less than happy Leyton life life is good life overhaul link up linkiness lists Liverpool living well London loneliness looking after myself Lou love loveliness lows LTLM madness Madrid magic making peace Mattheiu May 6th maybe meal planning media meetup meme metaphor Midimus Minimus Miss Ash Mlle Wilson Mogan Monday Funday money moonwalk mornings motivation Mr H Mum W mummy music napping naps nature new starts not me Monday NYA Olympics online organisation Oscars our home out and about packing partying Payal PCtKOTG people I love Phase Eight Phil photos picnik Pictures that make me smile pinterest PJs planning plans poetry politics polyvore Poppet-cat popping in post prayer pretty things procrastinating project life pyjamas quiz quote quotes rain random random coolness RAoK RAoK365 reading relaxing reminiscing rest restaurants reviews Richard Riot Kitty Rory SAD sadness Sam saving school Scotland Sean self-image sharing Sheli shiny Shona shopping short and sweet show us your life shyness silence silliness simplicity singalong Siobhan Siobhan's Matthew SiVar skype sleep sleepover sleepy Slightly Less Big Move of '10 smile snow spam Spanner sparkpeople sponsored post spring spur of the moment SSP stationery Steeeeve stellan stream-of-consciousness stress stumbleupon style summer Sunday social sunshine sweetness Tara teaching tech teenage me thankfulness The Daddy the future the GPB the KOTG The List the niecelet the one hundred the past the present theatre thinking thinking out loud this week TIL tough love tracks of my years travel trimming truth tv twitter UBP ugly UK valentines vibes video Vienna visits Vixie vlog volunteering walking wants vs. needs weddings weekend WEG weight weight watchers Wilf wine winter wisdom wishes Wiwille women wordless Wednesday words words to live by work working out worries writing youtube

stumbleupon

 
Designed by Munchkin Land Designs • Copyright 2013 • All Rights Reserved