Advent Officially Begins

Today is Monday of the first week of Advent, and already I’m behind!  This morning we woke up late and cheered when we saw fresh snow on the ground.  As I drove my daughter to school (we missed the bus, of course!) I saw green grass and plants under the blanket of white.  They are reluctantly giving way to winter, but in our house we’re celebrating its arrival!

Today my daughter selected the December 1st item for our Advent calendar–a magnetized Nativity scene.  Each day’s slot holds a tiny addition to the scene, from stars and animals to angels and a special babe.  As the stable fills, so do our hearts in anticipation of Christmas day.  Today’s item is a tiny star.

I am grateful today for my work, my family and our warm home.  I am grateful for no appointments so I can work through my full to-do list.  Today my intention is to be grateful for all these tasks and to not let crankiness or stress get in the way of God’s work in all the things I do and say today.  And, to delight in the beautiful snow outside my window!

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