Yesterday was also our small town Christmas parade. Two years ago, our family was nominated to ride in the parade as the Grand Marshall. To be honest, that was the last big thing that Mabel's Able has done in our community because it was just 3 months later when our family sort of fell apart and things changed drastically within our personal lives. I needed a major separation from my persona here, as the writer, and my real life situation. I took a really long time for myself and backed away from public in general. But, the parade two years ago, before all of that took place, was beautiful and humbling. I remember feelings so honored and so proud.
I truly do know how lucky I am that I can say that exact same thing about all of the wonderful women in our village. These friendships are so intertwined, so wrapped up in each other, so devoted to doing life together.
Miss Audrine adored the parade. Mostly she jerked and seized in excitement over the fire trucks and the marching band, specifically the drums. She was not, however, a fan of the motorcycles which I know was slightly disappointing to the main man in her life. If there was a way to strap a large, special needs car seat to the back of a motorcycle, that would be the first thing Chris would do when the time came.
Yesterday I sent Nora with her Nanny and Braden outside with the neighbor kids so I could take advantage of the warm weather and dig out Christmas decorations. I spent the next couple of hours dancing with Mabel to Christmas music, hanging wreaths just so and filling the scentsy warmers with holiday melts to make the house smell just perfect for the occasion.
Tomorrow the kids and I will begin doing our advent devotionals and really learning about what took place on the days leading up to the birth of Jesus. The truth is, He changed everything just by being born. And whatever you believe during this time of year, whatever religion you follow or don't follow, there is just no denying that it' a magical time. One of reflection, prayer, meditation, quiet, believing, hoping, loving. The world just hushes and settles long enough for us to take notice.
And that's not only special, but necessary. Looking forward to December with great joy and great hope!