In the heart of December...


"God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December" --James M. Barrie 


Yarn play... making crocheted Christmas trees using this pattern. Very easy, very cute! And a very nice way to use up yarns/stash too. A little hook and yarn time helps keep the sanity balanced right now...


On my table... a kit of silver metallic papers and instructions for making folded paper stars--a bit of extra Christmas sparkle-- for fun in between list-making and a lot of do-ing... I've been a bit slow with emails, replies, replies to comments here, etc... making ready for Christmas to come... And it's coming fast! List-ing. Card writing and sending (I still do a mix of paper cards and e-cards). Presents are being organized... Oh, there's been jam making and baking too! Like so many are doing now too. It's reassuring that we are many doing the same things, reviving year-end-rituals...

My fuzzy frequency... Honestly, though, last week I was feeling overwhelmed by all my lists...and the calendar and to-do's nipping at my heels, the pressure of expectations (my own, and others'), and the wishing for an extra pair of hands, a need for an extra dose of energy... Things were pretty close to a mini meltdown here!  :/ I thrive within a balance of quiet, time for stillness & prayer... regular periods of rest... set times for food & drink... days where the flow of activity and recharge are fairly even from day to day. It has not been like that lately for some weeks now. And I'm feeling it!  Then there's the news of the world and happenings--so very heavy on the heart, in addition to all else... To maintain the rosy feeling of December, I need to make space for more body, heart and spirit care.

I'm fitting in my daily Advent reading and prayer time, which is good. At church I get to share with others what this time of Advent and Christmas is-- the celebration of Jesus. All the rest around me is just busy, distracting, non-Jesus. (Or maybe I'm having trouble finding Jesus in it?) Lovely, but distracting... December has a way of going way too fast. My heart goes too fast too. This time is for Jesus. Waiting for Him. It's like my inner radio frequency gets fuzzy and out of focus in the midst of all the busy sometimes. I have to physically stop and change the frequency, tune in to Jesus more. And that's what I want more of--Jesus. All the glitter and glow of now is good. There is much good just now. But I need Him more.  He is my rose in December...


Inner roses... they soothe the busy heart, mind, body and hands this time of year... 

Wishing you days of much sparkle and hearts filled with roses. 

How are you feeling right now? Do you feel like there's too much on your plate of life at the moment? What are your plans for days ahead? What are your small joys in between the doings of life during this season?


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  1. I love reading these chatty catch up posts of yours Tracy. I have gotten all my cards posted and packages. So all is done in that respect. I do many e-cards also and have not done them yet. I use Jacquie Lawson. Her cards are beautiful. We have our decorations up. Just the last minute good bits to get, but it will be difficult now as our car kicked the bucket yesterday, which will make everything a lot harder. Bad timing on the car's part! A big pain no matter when, but the week before Christmas, definitely worse, lol. Christmas will come no matter what. Jesus is the reason for the season and He is our focus, not all the material trappings. God bless. Love and hugs to all of you! I hope you can find a channel of calm in the coming days. Don't try to do too much! xoxo

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    1. Hi, Marie..and thanks... :) I'm OK. Just funny how all the crazy extra can swallow you up a little if not careful... lol... Oh, but I'm so sorry to hear about your car! :( Not a good time for that--now, or ever, really. That will make things tough for a while... and expense to fix/replace?? Praying for you--for getting through, and for new wheels! ((BIG HUGS))

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  2. Love the concept of inner roses. What fun your scrap yarn crochet project has turned into. Love, love your candle pictures at the end of your post too.

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    1. It is a beautiful idea, isn't--inner roses... :) I like challenge of leftovers of craft supplies. It's a bit like leftovers of food, it can be a fun creative challenge to make something good out of not very much!

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  3. Oh Tracy, this is beautiful. Inner roses. Yes. We just saw the play Finding Neverland about J.M. Barrie and Peter Pan, which was so beautiful. I love this quote. And your tree ornaments are adorable. I love that top photo. I'll be interested to see your paper stars. Sounds pretty. It's fun to have a purpose for all those leftover bits. Which reminds me, I need to finish Rick's scarf. I have three rows, this isn't hard! But yes, it is so hard to find the quiet sometimes. I feel like I got a late start, despite the early Thanksgiving. It will all come together, but I hope soon!

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    1. Thanks, Jeanie... The silver stars kit is still on my table... working on it! They might be new year stars! ;). Are you knitting?! HOORAY... hope you'll share the finish with us?! :)))

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  4. Hi Tracy, I have done NOTHING for Christmas at this point as I have been on the east coast helping my daughter prepare for an interstate move. Just focused on that. Like you, I need my inner fuzzy frequency settled--trying to catch some down time.
    This afternoon, it's snowing here. Lovely, but I will be more settled when everyone is home safely and not out on the slippery roads.
    I love your comments--yes, Jesus is what we need. Happy weekend to your, this third Sunday of Advent.

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    1. Hi, Willow--great to see you here! :) Wishing you & yours a beautiful, slower third week of Advent... and all going well with you daughter's big move soon!((HUGS))

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  5. Oh my sweet we have been thinking on the same wave length. I too desire more time for Jesus since that is the purpose of it all anyway. I felt so overwhelmed trying to get everything on my list done before we left for our trip. We have just spent 6 delightful days of rest and relaxation here on this beautiful island. We attended our temple and our church which was just what I need to feel my soul with joy and more time to reflect and think about the Savior and his birth, atonement and resurrection.
    I love that you do your daily devotionals; they are so important to keep our spirits nurished.
    I love you dear sister in Christ for your faithful heart and desire to draw closer to Him; whom we worship and love.
    Big hugs!

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  6. I’ve been feeling exhausted with all this list-making and jobs too. It is lovely to stop and read your inspirational post and I love your roses. Marie x

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