Monthly Archives: December 2011

A New Holiday

Tomorrow marks a new holiday in our family. To the world, December 28 is just a day, squeezed in between Christmas and New Year’s. Perhaps it’s a day off from work, or a day to use those gift cards. Until last year it was that for us.

Then she came. She came crying into the world at 5:39 p.m. on December 28, 2010. Before that moment, it was just a day. Now, it’s a holiday.

To the Church, December 28th is the feast of the Holy Innocents. Those babies massacred because of a broken man’s fear and desperate grasp for power that was never his to begin with. The death of a generation in Bethlehem. Those tiny, innocent souls who never stood a chance. I remember looking up whose feast it was on the 28th, when she was born last year. Tears as I looked into her innocent sweet face.

December 28th will never be just another day in our family again. God willing, may we have many more ordinary-turned-holy days.

Christmastime is Here

Greetings and Salutations! Merry Christmas! I’m back!

I hope you all had a very blessed Advent and Christmas.

While I missed blogging, and keeping up with all of your lovely blogs, I so enjoyed having more time for reflection and for spending quality time with Atticus after Maggie’s bedtime.

Taking a break made me realize how attached I am to the blog world, and a period of detachment helped me to see that while I love blogging, this world is just a very, very tiny fraction of the real world. Perspective is good.

So here’s what’s been happening in our little domestic church.

wishing I could stop time here...

Maggie is pulling up now. She did it for the first time about a week before Christmas. She’s discovering new worlds on the couch cushions.

Our little Christmas hearth

The view of our little hearth was particularly special to me. We have our stockings, each monogrammed with our first initial.

On the mantle, the nativity creche that my grandmother made for me.

As Christmas approached, Maggie became more interested in the tree.

So many shiny things...

On Christmas eve we attended a beautiful Mass at our parish, in which Maggie lasted much longer than we thought she would. A gift from her to us.

Christmas morning found our little one waking up to some new treasures.

Look what Santa brought!

At first she thought it was a piece of furniture, but once we put some toys in it, then she was really interested! Can’t wait to see how she plays with it when she gets bigger.

Things to rip? Yes, please.

There was her first dolly.

What should we name her?

And of course, the wrapping paper was the most fun of all!

On Christmas day Grandma, Grandpa, and Aunties came over for dinner and play time. A good time was had by all.

I was particularly pleased to receive a fluffy white robe, a brand-new silicon rolling pin (no more rolling pie crusts with a wine bottle for me!), a coveted face scrub, Fiesta ware, and some money with which to buy a new camera (thank God!, because ours stinks).

Atticus was happy to open a Notre Dame tie, a book on vegetable gardening, and Fr. Barron’s Catholicism DVD set, among others.

I’m making a list of books I want to read in 2012, and thinking about some blog posts for the new year.

In other words, things are good here. I pray they are for you as well.

Look for a picture post later this week from Maggie’s birthday, which is Wednesday. What a year it’s been!

Merry Christmas and lots of love,

Advent, Ignitum, and More

Folks, after some kind of hullaballu, was forced to change its name and website. Our new home is Ignitum Today. We’re changing things up over there, and yours truly will only be posting once a month there. This will give me more time for this poor, neglected blog. Yay!

I’m very excited for the new direction the site is going in. Please stay tuned for my next post!

Has anyone else noticed just how stinking hard it is to keep focus on Advent and Christ in the midst of physical preparation for Christmas. We wives and mothers have to work long and hard to make sure everyone has a relaxing holiday.

Well, since we’re hosting the family for Christmas, and then three days later is Maggie’s birthday, then one week later is our anniversary, I’ve decided to take a blogging break for the remainder of Advent in order to get everything done.

I’ll still be on Facebook, and I’ll probably be commenting on some of your blogs, but won’t be posting until the end of Advent.

I pray you all have a blessed and happy Advent and Christmas!

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