Line drying our clothes was probably the first introduction I had of living slowly and surely. When your family exclusively line dry clothes you can’t do emergency washes of clothes when you realize that you don’t have the jeans you wanted to wear tomorrow. Line drying forces planning and preparation. As fast as you need those clothes to dry, you have no control over them. All you can do is be as prepared as possible so when a rainy day hits, you aren’t without underwear. And when it comes to actually hanging the clothes up, you might as well enjoy the time outside because as fast as you go, it still takes a little chunk of time.
Recently though I’ve seen this slowness creep into more of my life. From household chores to Christmas gifts to fashion, even with blogging— my approach is becoming slower and more sure.
I consciously chose this theme of slowness for blogging. I heard Kat Lee talking about slow blogging on one of her podcasts and I immediately felt free from the hustle and grind of the crazy blogging world. Slow blogging is blogging less often with greater intention. NO filler, no fluff, just real true words and meanings. It was as if I had been given permission by the ever ambiguous “They” of the internet world to be myself and write from my place in life. And my place in life is crazy and chaotic which means my time to sit and be still and write is very limited. But the nature of my chaos is those little people, my crew that I love so much, thus eliminating the chaos is not even an option. Instead, I choose to prioritize my dreams and my passions. I choose the place and the pull my dreams have over me. I choose slow blogging, and full mom-ing.
I want so badly to treat my whole life with the intentionality that I have for our laundry and my blog. This year I’m growing in my slow sureness for Christmas. We believe that it is the most wise in our circumstances this year to enjoy worship more than we enjoy presents. I know that sounds like something we should always carry out—but really I love the presents so much. I love creating memories and Christmas magic with the gifts we buy for our kids and each other, I love buying special foods and baking the day away. I love buying whatever whimsy my heart desires to cultivate holiday coziness and fun. It doesn’t sound very spiritual or very maternal to admit, but the truth is that focusing on the gift of Christ is not at all my default. It’s kinda hard to switch my approach to Christmas, but I can already feel the impact it’s making on my heart.
No Elf on any shelves, no family Christmas cards, no excessive baking beyond what we could ever consume, no gifts on top of gifts on top of gifts.
Christmas movies on Saturday mornings with cuddles? Yes.
Two or three intentional gifts picked out with care and our kids’ unique personalities in mind? Yes.
Steaming bowls of soup and Yummo? Yes.
Walking downtown to see the giant Christmas tree? Yes.
Advent reading as a family? Yes. Ok—sometimes, that junk is hard to keep on top of every single day. If I’m being honest 12 out of 30 is a great year of advent reading.
Special Christmas morning breakfast? Until the day I die.
Decorating the tree including letting our almost three year old son add his VERY favorite toys, because that's how he thinks decorating the tree works? Oh yes, even with the chaos and non-beautifulness of it.
Family and memories and magic? Yes.
I’m learning that CHOOSING to be intentional, to be slow and sure and steady (and can I add imperfectly), can still be magical. But it’s the concentrated strong stuff you get, no fluff, no dollar spot junk (well ok a little bit, but just for stocking stuffers!). When I go against the grain of that the world has to offer, when I choose less stuff, less striving with more meaning and more intention the Christmas magic as well as the daily dreams and duties are what I really want them to be deep down. They are well lived and well remembered and deeply felt.
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