I admit it right upfront in this first sentence. I have writer's block this month. I am so busy with the build-up to the typical Aussie Christmas / holiday / summer / end-of-school period, that I really cannot see my way free to sit down and write an article.
So I will write about being too stressed to write an article. Of course I also have plans for some joyous times for the celebration of Christ's birth, so I know we will "make it" through this frantic time again this year, as we always do.
In the meantime, I take two deep breaths and take comfort from Matthew 6 verses 25, 27: "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? .... And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?"
Events of the past 2 weeks
My car has been sick; smoke has been coming from under the bonnet and it has been getting hot. I have become exasperated trying to find out exactly what is wrong, but I have needed it for the children's activities so have been quite worried; I don't want to leave them stranded anywhere!
The kids are in the midst of all their final sporting fixtures and sporting presentations and final school parties.
Since four of them are going to a different school next year, that two boys already attend, their end-of year school activities have meant some real 'goodbyes' for them. But they are very excited about being accepted into the new school and all the promise that brings for their future.
My calendar for the next 2 weeks
The children take priority between now and the end of school, and finalising all their activities is satisfying but vry exhausting.
First, and most enjoyable will be the interviews with the Principal of the new school, then ordering of the uniforms. The kids may wriggle and squirm at the fittings, but it does make the change of school seem more real to them.
Then they will bring home their final report cards from their old school – I hope they are good!
Next, their ongoing medical and social support appointments need to be kept up to date before Christmas because, like most things here in Australia, a lot of services close between December 24th and sometime in January or even February. Off the top of my head, I will be busy getting them to speech therapy, two trips to the dentist, a hearing test, and three counselling sessions.
I am just overwhelmed.
What I'm looking forward to
We are all "over" these ongoing appointments and can't wait for the holidays, and a break from having to be anywhere, at any particular time. I am mostly looking forward to just doing absolutely NOTHING.
My car has just got fixed; I will appreciate worry-free motoring again, and I am thankful that the problem was identified, finally, and was something that could be mended.
My new air conditioner will arrive before Christmas. This will make our wonderfully boisterous and crowded household Christmas preparations much more enjoyable this year.
I absolutely love choosing gifts for people, particularly my darling, spoilt kids (guess who spoils them). This year, everything is organised and partly paid-for already, and I just have to collect the lay-bys. Then I can really have fun wrapping and hiding the gifts, in my newly air-conditioned house.
Best of all, my little sister is coming for Christmas. We have grown apart since childhood and don't see each other very much, so I'm excited to be able to re-connect with her during a more relaxing time of year; and also for the kids to spend time with an "Auntie".
Counting my blessings on Christmas Day
On Christmas day, we go to church in the morning. When we get home, I can't wait to prepare the food with the girls. Eddie (my husband) always makes his delicious potato salad which is the favourite for all of us. We then spend the rest of the day in our backyard under the patio which is bright at night with all our Christmas lights.
The kids toys will surely be spread all over the yard.
And when the carols have been sung and the food has been eaten and everyone has helped with the washing up (they had better!), then I am really looking forward to putting my feet up and having a nice, slow cold drink.
Happy Christmas all...
... and I wish you a very calm New Year!
Tisha Williams is an indigenous home maker and mother on the Gold Coast / Tweed. He husband Edward is an indigenous painter, training to be a carpenter and teaches their children his language and dream time stories which have parallels in the Bible.
Tisha Williams' previous articles may be viewed at www.pressserviceinternational.org/tisha-williams.html