Last night my brother and mom and my sister-in-love came over for fondue at our home. It was so nice for all of us to be able to get together and dip healthy food into unhealthy elements to make delicious creations. We had a Pesto Fondue, lowfat fondue, a steak fondue, a tempura fondue and a chocolate fondue. My kids were so happy, the menfolk were so happy, and the chicks- we were so happy. Really, how can you go wrong with cheese and chocolate? I highly recommend this activity! Such a good time!
I have noticed that my mood lately has gotten considerably better as the weather cools down, and the lights go up, and the days grow shorter. I know that it's really unfair to say that it's cold here when it's a balmy 43 degrees right now, but it's just cold enough to warrant cute boots and warm sweaters and NOT SWEATING. By the way, in case you're new here, my favorite weather is NOT SWEATING. Not sure why I'm here in the hotter-than-the-sun Inland Empire, but I do know this: I am REALLY enjoying this season.
There are changes afoot in the His Girl home. I blame it at least partly on hormones. (Not mine...I try not to blog about those in respect for my teensy male reader population) but those of the people formerly known as babies who live in my house. For example, the girls, once adorable toddlers, are now preteens in full force. For us, that means very very fun and sweet and intelligent and mature ladies one minute and OH MY GOSH WHAT ON EARTH JUST HAPPENED? emotional wrecks the next.
Also, My son, (who used to be the little boy who loved his Momma best of all) now has a girlfriend. A GIRLFRIEND! How did we get here already??? We are all as a family learning about trust and independence and privacy.It's a delicate balance and though it's really giving me grey hairs (and an emotional breakdown or two)- I have to confess I am loving this stage of life. I like working through these big life issues and getting glimpses of who my children are becoming. And though these early teen years are not even close to how perfect I hoped they'd be, they're nowhere near as bad as I feared.
The best part is that while I am helping my children learn in this new phase of life, I am learning more about God in the process. I'm constantly mindful of my Heavenly Father as I talk to this boy about why we have rules and why we expect so much from him. I'm increasingly more aware of how unpleasant it sounds to God when I whine and argue and spaz out as I am trying to teach my girls about controlling emotions and letting things go. I am blessed by His forgiveness and awed by His willingness to give a second chance, again and again. I'm discovering if I open my eyes, I can see God around every corner... and I think that's pretty cool.
Okay, this post has gone on far too long. I hope you found a little nugget for yourself in this rambly post today. Be blessed. Remember Jesus. Love without hesitation this Christmas.
Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.