Thursday, December 3, 2009

This Too Is Christmas

The weather people are predicting snow for us tomorrow. SNOW!! I lived up north for the first thirty-six years of my life. When we moved to Texas I considered the possibility that I would never see snow again. After thinking about it for about thirty seconds I decided I was fine with that. So under ordinary circumstances my plan for tomorrow would be to stay strictly indoors, dress warmly and drink lots of hot tea.

However, tomorrow is not an ordinary day. Tomorrow is the day of our annual Christmas Bingo Party. After hearing the forecast I thought perhaps I shouldn't go. After all, Mary's house is a forty minute drive from mine. If the snow should actually amount to something, it could be a very exciting ride home indeed. I sat myself down and had a little talk with....well you "Linda," I said, "this is the Christmas you've been thinking and praying about. It is spending time with those who are dear to us - giving, not things, but something from the heart."

These women have been a part of my life since the first small group Bible study we attended more years ago than I can count. We are no longer together in that group. Our lives have gone in different directions as our children have gotten older, but on this day every year we gather together.

After the hugs and greetings, the conversation flows as though we had seen each other only a day or so ago. These are friendships built on the foundation of our shared faith. We have laughed, cried and prayed together as we've walked through the best and worst of times. These precious women are my sisters.

So I will venture forth! Actually....knowing how precious this time is for us, my husband has offered to drive me there and my friend's husband also offered to take the day off from work and pick up every one of us and deliver us back home.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!



  1. Wow. You have a good husband and good friends. So glad you will be able to go and the snow falling will make it all the more special--especially when you don't have to drive!

    I was just on my way here to see you and your comment on my post popped up at the same time!

  2. I am praying safe travels for you, Linda! Have fun at the party!

    The wall hanging you feature in your header is beautiful. What a gift you have!

    I hope you are settling into Advent. What a precious precious time. It just takes me in.

    Love you, lady!

  3. Oh that is a slice of heaven. God's hand will be on your gathering. I love reading what you have to say.

  4. Hi Linda,
    I always say while driving in the snow... 'go slow, Maria... keep a safe speed and you can handle it!' in upstate, NY, we've only had flurries. My father, in central, NY had about 1/2 an inch. So you're way ahead of us if the forecast is correct!

    Enjoy your friends, Linda ~ a day like that will fill your heart with light, love and joy~

  5. What a strange year - I read that Corpus might get some white stuff too - so weird!! I know you'll have a wonderful day with your friends, and what a blessing to look forward to every year. And just think - a white just-before-Christmas! Because you know it won't last long! We had maybe an inch or two the other night - just as I came out of choir rehearsal downtown, the flakes began to come down. Helped me get in the mood to decorate!

    Have a blessed week-end!

  6. Sounds like the perfect weekend adventure. Good friends, great memories, and wonderful husbands! Enjoy! (And be safe.)

  7. Yay! How lovely the snow upon the cactus. How lovely indeed.

  8. Enjoy that snow Linda!! It won't come along too many times where you live! And it will be gone as fast as it comes! :)

  9. I do hope it all worked out well for you and that the predicted snow was no problem. Your friends sound like such a wonderful group and it's no wonder you love spending time with them:-) You're right, Christmas is all about being with family and friends!! xoxo

  10. Hi Linda!
    Your snow made our news!
    Hope you had a wonderful day and safe travels :)

  11. Glad you are going
    what's a little snow
    said by the chicken that hates to drive in it
    can't wait to hear about you adventure (o: