Friday, December 26, 2008

The Week Between Christmas and New Years

Christmas is over. I get so excited for the Christmas to get here. I love the lights. I love the tree. I love the decorations. In fact, I'd love to have my Christmas decorations up all year. I think my house looks boring when I take them down! I love the music. I love the focus on Jesus. And I'm so sad when it ends.

However....one of my favorite weeks of the whole year is the week between Christmas and New Year's. The busyness of Christmas is gone. The decorations and lights are still up (I never rush to take them down). The kids are still out of school. There is lots of football on TV. I don't have to work. It is a week that I can truly slow down, reflect on the past and make some new plans for the future, and not have any pressing deadlines. I love it.

This year I'm going to the beach for this week. For the first time, me and my crew (Jeff and the kids), my sister and her crew (hubby and kids), and my mom and step father, are going to the beach. My sister rented a beachfront house for us all. We've never done this before and I'm so excited. I go to the beach in the summer, but not much in the winter. It will be chilly, but I just love the beach no matter the weather. I'd rather be at the beach than anywhere else. We go with Jeff's family every year, but we haven't been with mine. And this year is the most special. My mom has lung cancer and we don't know what the future holds. The doctors say it's not good. But we are clinging to hope and to each day we have. That's why this trip is so special.

I began packing tonight. I packed only comfy clothes, a few magazines, 4 novels, and 1 biography. Nice.

The only thing I HAVE to do while I'm gone....is a choice. And one I'm very excited about. I am beginning the Chronological Bible on January 1st. I have never read the Bible chronologically. I'm so excited to do this. I'll begin it at the beach.

So, here I go. I'm off to Cherry Grove, SC to spend a wonderful week with my family.

Happy New Year! I'll talk to in 2009:)
Love,

Melissa

57 comments:

Joyful said...

Melissa, I thoroughly enjoy this week as well. And, you're right about the house looking bare after the decorations come down. (One year we kept our Christmas tree up all year, but that's another story!)

Have a wonderful time at the beach. Would love to know what books you took with you. Hope you enjoy.

I'm also going to be reading through the Chronological Bible in 2009 - we'll have to encourage one another not to grow weary in doing well, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up (Gal 6:9).

Have a wonderful holiday. "Talk" to you next year!!!
Love ya,
Joy

Chef Diane said...

Melissa,
I am so happy that you and your family are stealing this time away and going to the beach. I am also praying for your mom and the special time together. Have a safe wonderful time.
Hugs for a safe new year,
Diane

Renee Swope said...

Have a great time my friend!!!! I thought of you today and thanked God for your friendship! I can't wait to catch up when you get back in town. I don't want to take down Christmas either. Maybe we should keep it up until Easter!

I love you and pray that your time at the beach is the best ever!!

Hugs,
Renee

Rachel Olsen said...

Hope you had a great time at the beach!

Now, you simply must post a picture of the new, brunette you. Inquiring minds want to see!

Smiles ~ Rachel

Stephenie said...

Melissa,

I hope you had a wonderful time at the beach. You have been in my thoughts and prayers.

Lynn Cowell said...

Hey Melissa,
I can't believe that it is February 2nd already. Christmas doesn't seem that far away. So glad you got to build special memories with your family!
Lynn

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