Monday, December 8, 2008

Winter Dreams and Tender Mercies

Emma's hands tapped cold against my neck as she blew wet raspberries into my hair. An occassional peak behind me at the cute rosy cheeks and bundled baby in the backpack met me with baby girl giggles. In front of us, crunching through the snow, trecked Michael, Pops and Hyrum, lugging our freshly cut Christmas trees down the path. And way up in front, hurrying to get into the warm truck, Magaw and Jared walked--hand in hand, talking about snow, basketball, Santa's sleigh, and Little Mikey in Norway on his mission.
I looked up into the snowy white canyon, closed my eyes, listened to the rush of the river against its icy banks, and felt the tender mercies of the Lord all around me. Words--even the best words written in sweet poetic prose--fall short of describing the scene or my heart. Perhaps my yearning for time to stop for a while leads me to try to write it down. At least then I can visit the memory and savor it again and again.
I love this season--the anticipation of everything homey and exciting and yummy. I love the quiet times of twinkling lights and twilight, I love the loud times of excited little boys, I love the memories of childhood Christmases--full of dreams come true, I love the memories of growing- up Christmases--still full of magic with an added sweetness of testimony, I love the memories of a new love and promise of eternity at this season, I love the music, the lights, the events, the traditions. And especially I love my Savior--I am thankful for his humble birth which we now celebrate in grandeur and glory. Merry Christmas!

9 comments:

Huggins family said...

sue
you need to write a book you have such a way with words. i love how you tell a story

Bourgeous said...

Wow! Watch out Jane Austin! I love your blog - it is so enchanting. Can't wait to see what you post next.

Cristi Lou said...

Christmas time is magical isn't it? It's so fun to see the excitement of the season through a child's eyes too isn't it? It truly is a wonderful time of year. HOpe that you enjoy your holidays!

Jill said...

Wow Sue - I am so excited to have found your blog! your writing is much better than any book I could read. You have an incredible talent for putting magical moments into words. I look forward to reading more.
-Jill Hubbs

Karen said...

Happy New Year to you and your family! Curt said you were greeted to a window full of light from the star, hope it didn't shine too much in your house... Kind of like having our own neon! I guess if that is his only part of the season he enjoys, I'm glad it's that!

Shanna and Jason Blog said...

Sue, I just found your blog. You are a great writer. I wish I was more of a writer. I need to take an English class and I am putting it off because I can't write. I hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas.

Greg & Lyndi Daly said...

Sue, that really was a beautiful post! You should write a book! I love your blog! Hope you are doing well!

The Marcellus Family said...

Your so adorable. Thanks for posting.

CKMB said...

Sue you have such beautiful words.
I'm glad I found your blog.
Kelsey