With only a couple of days to go before Christmas Eve, this is the way our kitchen and dining area looked BEFORE the floor levelers came this morning.
THIS is the scene in the middle of the afternoon.
You can use your imagination to visualize the adjacent room stacked full of the buffet, dining table, chairs, and contents of cupboards that had to be moved, the kitchen island, stove and refrigerator. Last night was practice for the Christmas Eve program; this noon was the final community Advent service (I was responsible for the meal), our son & daughter-in-law are preparing to return from Ethiopia with their new daughter, and our granddaughter (another family) just got out of the hospital yesterday afternoon.
Saturday I'm hosting my dad and mother, and one of my sisters and her family for Christmas Day. After church Sunday, our two daughters and their families will arrive and spend the night before we go to a larger, extended family gathering Monday through Wednesday noon.
Not exactly how WE'D have planned it, but all within GOD'S plan (apparently). His ways ARE higher than ours and His thoughts than our thoughts! I doubt that Mary realized she'd be spending the night of her delivery in a stable...I wonder if THAT was part of the memory she "treasured in her heart"?!?
I have some learning to do before I can say I treasure THESE hectic and messy and uncertain days!