Christmas shopping has begun semi-earnestly. A great dent was made with online shopping, which I very much preferred. Next year perhaps I'll get organised early enough and do almost all of it online. I really don't enjoy shopping, never mind the increased crowds and shopping mall
Overlaying all the craziness of the past weeks has been the delicate lesson of learning to listen and heed the Sovereign One whose will and timing are perfect. These things often come with their share of anxiety and uncertainty and we find ourselves cautiously taking just one step at a time.
The week ahead, for us, brings the end of the school year. We'll take a couple of days spending time with Dh's family and then finish our Christmas preparations. The children are earnestly requesting the opportunity to shop for one another. I think an early morning trip might work best for us all! It is a tradition we began a few years ago with a $5/person budget to teach the children to consider the person they are giving to. It is beautiful to watch them take on this challenge in more mature ways.