“Advent — this is the season of preparing that prepares us for any season of life — because we are preparing our lives for Christ to enter in.” (Ann Voskamp)
At all times, in all things… “Let every heart, prepare Him room.”
This year, our Advent season has comprised both preparations for the birth of Jesus and continued preparations in our adoption process — making it a Christmas season full of joy and anticipation!!
The most recent step in our adoption progress was our home visit this past Thursday. (Yep, the Thursday before Christmas.) You might think the timing of this would only add to the busyness of the season, but I personally think the holidays are a great time for a home visit… the house smelled like cookies, and it was decorated all merry and bright! ;) But seriously, I really had no idea what to expect… so of course we cleaned really well, and I took a half day off work. Turns out, it was actually pretty short and sweet! She took a look around, asked some questions, and the whole thing was over in about 20 minutes. The only thing she recommended we get that we didn’t already have was a carbon monoxide detecter. Other than that, we were good to go!
I had kind of a moment when our social worker was walking from our bedroom back into the living room… I suddenly pictured us sitting right there in our living room filling out our applications back in April, and for a split second it seemed like only yesterday. Then here was this person, a real live representative of our adoption agency in our home, and it was as if all the paperwork and interviews and meetings and reading and waiting had all been just a flash. Before we knew it, we were sending her off with goodies in hand, back to Raleigh, and that was that. Time to complete our profile book while she writes up our assessment, and we are still looking to be in the “waiting” phase come the second week in March. :)
As always… ’tis the season for cookies! One thing I have learned about myself is that I am a seasonal baker — which will probably change once we have kids. :) For now, we keep it pretty healthy around here most of the year, but at Christmastime, I really enjoy baking for all the parties and festivities!
This Christmas has also included a search for the best Christmas lights in Wilmington… Off we went on a “winter adventure” in these 70-degree temps we’ve been having!
And currently we are preparing to host Trey’s family over Christmas, which will be so much fun… our first time hosting!!
Last night, the family celebrations began with a gathering on my dad’s side (an annual tradition). We are SO looking forward to more family time ahead!
It’s been fun and full, and I can’t help but to think about how blessed we are… For the families we have, for a comfortable home, for all the joy in what’s to come, but most especially: for the hope we have in a promise that’s our reason to celebrate at all. There is much to do in preparation for all that this time of year entails. But if nothing else on the to-do list gets done, we can honor Him with our hearts lifted in worship, knowing that it’s not what we’re doing for Him — but what He’s done for us. That most mysterious gift that infuses the air with a hopefulness, joy, and gratitude unparalleled in any other season… lifting an aroma of adoration and anticipation, awe and wonder…
“Let all within us, praise His holy name.”
…filling every space in our lives in this Advent “season of preparing.”
And that makes it the most wonderful time… of the year. :)