Overwhelmed? Congratulations!

Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerard van Honthorst, 1622
Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerard van Honthorst, 1622

Yes, you read that right.  I’m glad you’re overwhelmed.  Heck, I’m overwhelmed too.  After all, it’s a busy time of year with lots of places to go and people to see; plus the shopping, the baking, and the decorating. But that’s not why I’m overwhelmed and that’s not why I want you to be overwhelmed either.

No.  The type of overwhelm that I’m talking about is different.  It’s a good thing actually; something to strive for.- I’m overwhelmed that God chose me.  He chose to love me, to create me, to guide me, and to save me with the gift of His son.  If that doesn’t knock you off your feet in amazement, I’m not sure what would.

If you’ve ever watched a professional sporting event on television, you’ve seen homemade signs with “John 3:16” written on them.  In case that never made you curious enough to go look it up, that’s the verse that says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.”  That’s an amazing love!  I mean, seriously, how many of us love each other enough to share our money much less our child!

That’s why I’m overwhelmed.  It’s not because my to-do list is long and my time is short although those things are both true.  Just the idea that God loves little ole me enough to send His Son to save me makes my mind go “TILT” like an old pinball machine.

So that’s why I want you to be overwhelmed.  I want you to be so aware of God’s love that your mind can’t process the idea.  Get this, even when we get to the point of being overwhelmed, we’re still only scratching the surface of God’s love for us. *mind blown*

I wish you an overwhelmed Christmas.  You’re welcome.

May your journey be blessed,


(Suburban Saint)

Children’s Christmas Book-Breakfast in Bethlehem

Looking for a Christmas book for your child that keeps the focus on Christ?  Check out my review of Breakfast in Bethlehem by Edward Looney at Catholic Mom and get a bonus interview with the author!


The Surprise Hit of Christmas

I realize that Christmas is now more than a month behind us but I had to share something that surprised me about our celebration.

I’ve known for years that children don’t always want what they think they want for Christmas or birthdays.  For that matter, many adults don’t either.  That’s why so many children end up playing with the boxes rather than the toys that came inside them.  My children are (mostly) beyond the box playing stage so I was even more surprised when a very simple, inexpensive, last-minute gift turned out to be the highlight.

Being a teacher, I often get Starbucks gift cards from appreciative parents.  Despite the fact that I’m not a big coffee drinker, I love Starbucks gift cards.  I can use them to get tea (which I do drink) or cocoa or even some goodies for dessert.  So, this year when my Starbucks bounty was overflowing, I decided to do something a little different.  So, on Christmas Eve I put a note in each of my children’s stockings inviting them to go with me to Starbucks BY THEMSELVES. 

Christmas morning came and the kids dove in to their pile of gifts.  Paper was flying.  Smiles were growing.  Everyone was happy.  Then one of the kids noticed the stockings and went to take a look.  “Cool!  I get to go to Starbucks with Mom!”  “Hey, me too!”  “Can we go today?”  So far, so good, I thought.

Over the next week, each of my three children picked a day to go on our Starbucks date.  They got to pick which Starbucks to go to (we have several near us to choose from) and what they wanted to drink.  They even got to pick a snack to nibble on.  And for that hour or so, they got my undivided attention.  We talked about whatever they wanted to talk about.  I asked questions and did a lot of listening.  In the end, they all enjoyed the time together.  One of them even said, “This is the best Christmas gift!”

So, in the end, the gift that my children enjoyed the most was time with me!  Go figure!