I've been trying really hard to have the "true" Christmas spirit this year and in turn have that spirit spread through my family. I am trying to practice patience, tolerance etc. so as not to get too high strung thinking and doing all the things expected of mom at this time of year. I'm doing okay. The tree is decorated, the house is reasonably clean, the Christmas shopping is done and most is wrapped (woohoo), I plan on baking over the next two days and if a miracle happens I may get out Christmas cards.
Yesterday I was thinking to myself that today was the Sunday before Christmas and it is usually such an extra nice day. We sing and hear lots of Christmas hymns, hear stories and everyone breaks out their "Holiday Wear". I was really looking forward to today. Well, we woke up at a decent hour and was just getting ready to cook a nice Sunday breakfast when . . .
The phone rang. Now, you may not realize, but Trent was recently called as the Elders Quorum President. Enough said, right? Sure enough, a single sister had frozen pipes, and being she is a single sister, I knew that it would be best if I went and helped him. So we put on all our winter clothes, headed to the shop for an industrial strength heater, (side note: one of the coolest things about farmers is they always have the "stuff" you need, that's probably why they called him) and headed to this sisters house. Well, 2 hours later we were home and long story short even the cool industrial strength diesel powered heater couldn't do the job. Too stinky, they would have died from carbon monoxide poisoning before the pipes thawed out.
So we quickly got dressed and out the door and were 15 minutes late for church but luckily in time for the sacrament. This is when I realized, "Hey, today is supposed to be that special Christmas Sunday and we are late!!!" I was kind of miffed and embarrassed. What kind of members were we to be LATE on Christmas Sunday? It took me about 2 seconds to realize that we were exactly where we were supposed to be that morning and that Heavenly Father did not care that we were late.
I did end up with a raging headache, I have no idea what that was about, but have felt totally at peace about my day.