“Blooms” in My December Garden

The December garden’s last flash of beauty was glazed in ice.  I bid farewell to the delicate petals and colored leaves while peering through their frozen casements.  Cold though it was, this month “bloomed” with warmth and beauty.

*  Decorating cookies with my extended family

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*  Cozied up on the couch, a son on either side of me, reading holiday picture books

*  Dancing around the living room with my boys to “White Christmas” by Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters

*  Cooking with a candle burning and Christmas carols playing from the CD player

*  A whiff of pine needles, that surprises me with childhood delight, as I come downstairs

*  A turkey slid in on the ice—a gift from my husband’s job, delivered despite the slippery roads

*  Husband reading The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp to us after dinner

*  Sleds, waiting in the garage through all the scorching heat, for just such a frozen day as this

*  Roses, suspended in ice, like clear glass coating each petal

*  Little One singing “Happy Birthday Jesus”

*  My eight-year-old  asking for “One more page!” as I read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever to him at bedtime

*  The benevolence of homes lit by little twinkles–hope and love shining into the darkness

*  Friends wanting to linger

A stack of pictures from Uganda

*  Little One’s aunt playing “zebra and lion” with him throughout the house

*  2 Corinthians 4:6

*  A surprising number of stars shining above us on Christmas Eve

The Judds (Holiday) on Pandora radio

*  My parents’ love and their joy on Christmas Day!

*  Poinsettias beautifying the house

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*  Oh so many Christmas “pennies”

*  Gluten-free goodies made with love by my mother-in-law

*  The tiny Christmas tree clipped and brought inside by my son from Grandma’s garden during our after Christmas visit

One thought on ““Blooms” in My December Garden

  1. So many blessings! Thanks God for all beautiful little things you Carol have been inspiring in my life. Sweet songs, warm and happy moments!

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