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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Unsent







One of the things on my list of "perfect family" attributes is sending out the perfect Christmas card each year. You know the ones. They arrive in the mail sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day displaying the perfect, polished, professional pictures of smiling, happy children and an adoring husband.


I got several this year. I wishfully gazed at them all and wondered why I didn't get some of the great family shots we took this year onto a card and in the mail. I found the answer in two words: I'm tired. Instead of feeling guilty and depressed and overwhelmed with it all, I'm feeling eco-friendly and efficient and frugal as I simply post it here--The card that was never sent.


Our Christmas was a wonderful celebration of family, life and love. Our celebration was blessedly "normal" in a new sort of way that was really anything but normal. 


Standing in line at the local Walmart for the umpteenth time, I teared up as I thought about how special this holiday really is. Finding a new normal is a long, hard and good road it seems.


Again, I'm so thankful you are all here to explore new normals with me.



Sing to God a brand-new song. He's made a world of wonders!
   He rolled up his sleeves, 
   He set things right. Psalm 98:1 The Msg


19 comments:

Steve Finnell said...

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Debbie said...

Again you have managed to put your finger on what it was I was "trying" to accomplish this year...normal...a new kind of normal. Things were "different" and it went beyond celebrating in a new home after 25 years. I found myself doing the same thing. Looking around at everything (as if removed in a way)and wanting to tell everyone, "Appreciate every moment." Knowing in my heart how special it all really was. Your pics of your family are great btw. Have a wonderful week. HUGS

KELLY W said...

Love your pictures of your family, Lisa. There are no words to explain everytime I read your blog how thankful I am and what a wonderful God we have that you are my friend. This year has been a very special year for us all and again I thank God for wonderful friends like you! Here's to 2011! May we all grow closer to God and closer to each other. Love you girl!

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Your sweet words say it all... "Our Christmas was a wonderful celebration of family, life and love."

May your New Year be filled with God's abundant blessings and joy!

Praying for you, sweet Lisa.

Love and God's hugs to you!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

What a Beautiful family!!!
( Are your pics in San Antonio?? )
And the "unsent" are being sent to lots of your faithful readers who will really appreciate them : )
I think God calls us to a "new normal" quite often... We don't want to become complacent :)
I am thinking He is calling me to something new again also... we'll see.....
But cancer gives us perspctive sometimes in places we really don't want... we are celebrating a 1 yr. past C this Christmas.....
Have a Blessed New year!!!

Kimberly said...

Hey, you're doing better than me...at least you have a "Christmas Post", lol! I haven't done that much yet, but I need to!

I am posting a link to an online friend that is just beginning her cancer journey. She can use prayer right now!

http://hewillcarrymethrough.blogspot.com/

covnitkepr1 said...

I’ve been following and enjoying your blog for a while now and would like to invite you to visit and perhaps follow me back. Sorry I took so long for the invitation.

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Wonderful wise words. We must always be ready to adjust to the twists and turns of life. You got it under control, gal. Happy New Year.
QMM

Big Fat Mama said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Your pictures are beautiful, and I pray God's strength and comfort are with you throughout the New Year!

Beth@Not a Bow in Sight said...

Lisa your family is gorgeous. Merry Christmas and a Happy 2011 to you. You have blessed me so much this past year. Thank you!

MommaMindy said...

No guilt allowed! :) It can be the worst side effect of cancer if you allow it. I'm thankful you found a solution that gave you peace. You also learn to make wise choices with the energy and time you have - what would be the BEST thing to do. You can't always do the good things you want to do, so you choose the BEST. Taking care of yourself is one of those BEST things. Loving your kids and playing with them is another. Loving your husband is another. The rest will happen in its own time. Blessings on a new year!

Bernie said...

No, no guilt, so glad you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and they are a beautiful family sweetie. You have come through a very stressful year admirably. Your cancer, your treatment, your move....wow! We are all so thankful that you are well and enjoying life as you welcome in a New Year....ah my sweet friend God is good....:-)Hugs

Lloyd said...

Wonderful family photographs. I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come on over to my blog and check it out. God bless, Lloyd

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

i love the family pictures. i didn't send out cards this year either.. just didn't get it done and then just didn't stress about not getting it done!

continuing to pray for you Lisa - you have been a blessing to me this past year.

Gena said...

What a beautiful family!

Sandy Cooper said...

I love your family pictures. Why am I not in one of those, sis? :)

I'm right there with you. Simply chose not to send cards this year. I'm still feeling little bouts of guilt, but mostly just thankful that I didn't completely stress myself out to get it done.

Love you!!! And merry Christmas.

His Girl said...

what a ride it's been, sistah! Honored to have been witness to what God did this year and eager to see what the future holds.

Smelling Coffee said...

So glad you found this new normal, and that it was a special Christmas for you and your family. Your pictures are precious! Mine were unsent too. :-) Happy New Year, Lisa, to you and your family~

Jennifer

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Great family picture....so glad that you are doing good....it was good to catch up....Happy New Year