“Ooooo, pretty. So shiny. Can you see the pretty lights?”
The candlelight danced on the ceiling of our small kitchen, while two unsuspecting little ones pointed and quietly ate their supper.
But not just any spaghetti… spaghetti cooked with vegetables in the sauce. I nervously waited for cries of protest, but nobody noticed. Nope. They just ate, bite after bite, all while admiring the flames and the pretty light show around the room.
MERRY BELATED CHRISTMAS and a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Blaaks in South Africa (and the Blaak in Australia)!
For the past two weeks, we’ve had radio silence on the blog because we’ve been Making Merry—eating, resting, partying, and enjoying our Joshua who has come ‘home for Christmas!’ Yaaaay!
This momma’s heart is almost full. The only thing missing around here is our other little chickie in Australia. Unfortunately, Raelynne wasn’t able to get away from work during the Christmas season, but we’re hoping to see her soon.
In the meantime, we’ve been doing some good soul searching around here. Before we can adequately start something new in 2018, it’s essential to FIND THE GOLD IN THE OLD.
So today, on a road trip to Port Elizabeth, we discussed this question:
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Have you ever gotten the feeling that the person you’re sitting with isn’t REALLY present? I mean, they’re physically present, but they’ve checked out mentally and emotionally?
“Hellooooooo?” … I’m here.
“Where did you go?” … Nowhere. I’m here.
“Come back to me, honey.” … What are you talking about? I’m here!
Except Elvis has left the building.
Yeah, I think we’ve all ‘checked out’ at one point or another. I know I’m guilty of it, especially when my kids are trying to get my attention and I’m focused on my ‘to do’ list. You know, those days when even “Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom,” doesn’t cut through the noise in your head.
Can you relate?
When was the last time to offered your undivided attention to someone for longer than a few minutes? When was the last time you put your phone down and engaged in meaningful conversation with your child, or your spouse, or even God?
No, this isn’t a guilt trip. It’s only natural to become distant and distracted during seasons of high-pressure when our minds struggle to stop spinning.
But may I say this… DISCONNECTION IS OUR ENEMY whether it be disconnection with each other or disconnection with our Father.
As we enter this holiday season, it’s even more important to…
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