Today is 12/12/12. In honor of that I’m taking my favorite twelve-year-old out to lunch.

Just so you don’t think I’m that organized with my celebrating, my boy has an ear infection and we’re headed to the doctor. And when I realized what day it is, I thought “I should do something special with Charlie.” And promptly realized we already had a date-time built right in to our day.

I love it when God fills in the gaps for us, even in the little, seemingly silly events we want to observe.

Sunday was the feast of Juan Diego and I was kind of lamenting the fact that once again another day was coming and going and my hopes of celebrating or observing something was passing me by. December is especially bad for me. I always *mean* to celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas. And then I remember about mid-afternoon. “Oh rats, we should have put our shoes out…this morning.”

Ditto for Santa Lucia, which we never observed growing up (even though we are Swedes), but I’ve always thought “maybe our family will do a little something?” Of course, not having a girl whose head we could set a wreath of candles upon was a bit of a deal breaker.

So anyway, Juan Diego. It was the end of a long day that involved us driving out the country to get our tree, coming home, and needing to (in our extreme fatigue) decorate the tree that night. We wouldn’t have another chance until late in the week and the next night we were having a party here and having a tree felt like an important and worthy effort.

I was feeling down on myself for missing another liturgical observation (and note, when you are tired little things seem EPIC. Because now that I’ve recovered and I’m feeling well-rested I’m like “what in the world is your major malfunction, girl? What is the big deal with observing all of these events?!”).

And as I was working on dinner and Paul was hanging the lights on the tree, Isabel started picking through the movie collection, and a minute later walked over to me with her selection.

“We can watch this, mama?” she asked, handing me the plastic case of…Juan Diego.

Just like that, a nice little observation of his feast. No big deal, no streamers or flyers or grand displays. Just 30 minutes watching a simple video (one I might add Isabel has never noticed before that day). And then the chance to talk about this Saint (so dear to our family since Paul’s mom was a citizen of Mexico). It was beautiful.

God loves us so much. Don’t forget that in the midst of your hurry. Those of us running ragged to do right by our family…well, that’s part of the deal. In this season, don’t chide yourself so much. Pray about what you need to do, ask God for joy and peace — and the wisdom to know when you are doing more than you should.

And then trust in him. He does fill in the gaps. He’s aware. He’s here, in the middle of it all.

p.s. Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and we are having a celebration. But I’m learning that doesn’t have to mean going crazy with work and frenzy. For dinner? Tacos. With Mexican Hot Chocolate for dessert. Or, if things are feeling too crazy, a trip to Dairy Queen. Whatever we can peacefully finagle.


  1. We’re having tacos too! And I bought the kids some frozen choco taco treats for dessert-! Ha!

  2. I have to tell you how much I am loving all these posts about Advent and Christmas and making it through the crazy!

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you… I can’t say it enough!

  4. I just had tacos for lunch, wish I had thought about the Mexican chocolate or the like for desert but I have truffles in the fridge I’ll pretend they are.

  5. You and BXVI are of the same mind and spirit. When someone tweeted the Pope and asked “Any suggestions on how to be more prayerful when we are so busy with the demands of work, families and the world?”, his response was: “Offer everything you do to the Lord, ask his help in all the circumstances of daily life and remember that he is always beside you” – Happy feasting!!!! (ps: we have left over chili, I guess that kinda sorta counts …. or at least it will for today) xoxo

  6. We just had tacos for lunch, and that was the extent of our celebration of this feast.

  7. Thank you, that was lovely. It made my heart say yes He is with me.

  8. This post is so touching, it still amazes me how much God loves us !