Each year our family makes a Christmas card that is a bit different. We think of ideas all year. Come up with some great ones. Forget them. And then at the last minute, we scramble.
Some may think this year’s card is a bit um, unChristmassy, but I rather love it. We’ve had a rough year. I’ve been fighting various unrelated illnesses all year. We, as a family, have been dealing with shaking off grossness associated with years of church attendance at a place that was not a good fit. My husband has been wonderfully blessed with a great deal of work, but much of it was away from home. And the list goes on and on. The amazing and beautiful thing is that we have all grown so much. I see my kids maturing in ways they would not have had we stayed in the same place spiritually, blossoming really. I melt as our marriage is affirmed deeply and tenderly through our moments apart and together. I rejoice as we find family and home in a new church body, one that understands belonging and God’s manifest presence. Needless to say, although this year has been volatile, it has also been healing and rejuvenating. We still may look beat up, but we are really at that place in which the pain is gone. It’s a pivot point and I really like the way it has turned us as a family.
The Christmas card idea was inspired by this gem found on Retronaut.com: