Forty years ago a friend from church showed us the clay manger scene above as she removed it from the kiln. The magnificent work was to be displayed at a local art gallery.
Tears slipped down my cheeks as I saw how Mary held Jesus as Joseph, the angels, wise men and yes, even a camel, gazed upon the holy moment. It reflected and epitomized the very essence of motherhood as Mary tenderly held and cuddled her wee one, holding him close to her heart. As a new mom, getting ready to celebrate our Jamie's first Christmas, I was overwhelmed with the holy scene.
I couldn't stop looking at the display. Oh how I wished we had the financial resources to purchase it, yet I knew there would be no possible way. After all, it was a gallery piece, and we were still young marrieds with an infant. Need I say more?
Imagine my utter surprise Christmas morning when I walked out to the living room. There, underneath our "Charlie Brown" Christmas tree was the manger scene I that had so moved me. The artist added a camel for Jamie to commemorate her first Christmas.
To this day I still can't believe how Bill had kept the gift a secret (or that I hadn't figured he had something up his sleeve!) He had seen how deeply touched I had been when our friend showed it to us, fresh out of the kiln. He stealth-fully spent several evenings and weekends prior to Christmas cutting and stacking cords of firewood, bartering with our artist friend, so he could purchase it..
Forty years later, I am still moved. We keep the manger scene out all year as a reminder that Christmas is every day and to stop and reflect upon the true meaning of Christmas:
Reflections of love.
A mother's love.
A husband's love.
A friend's love.
But most of all, the love of God, the Father, sending His only begotten son down to Earth so that we may have life...Eternally.
As we spend time reflecting this holiday season - we pray each of you may feel and see the blessing and true Reason for the Season - the glorious gift that arrived as a baby, who brings us Peace, Joy and Life.
Disclaimer: sorry if broken memory and this be repeat!!
Just note date up keep you. I be know some people don't know everything or I miss tell you. So: Brain surgery Nov 8th reveal Grade 2 malignant, golf ball size tumor. Think they all be get.
Thanks all be to you for support, understanding during last month and months headsa be. Tweener shoulder rehab, brain surgery challenge and yes, "firsts w/o Jamie" long head road be there. How eat hefalump? Bite one small at a time!!
As be you can tell, Yoda type is normal mine of now - both speak and write. Furberstrating, but me like Yoda "k-o-be it is!" HOW/Why? Cuz TRUE Force be with us be!! Worser part is like on coaster roll day each.: UP- DOWN, UP, DOWN.....SCREAM!!!
Visual cuts still have - come/go - depend much how stim I have been .Dr. say good chance get more vision and speech loss in next year :0( . Hard no music this season, but small price. Balance off, too. Decide on 16th re: cyber/gamma radiation up follow, since was Grade 2 atypical&malignant and size it be was.
Still be no visitors - immune system mine is zilch. I already had stomach flu week 2 ago: DON'T get want again!! These first holiday seasons without Jamie and baby girl not easy...
Tim stepped in gap for us until I be could do more even when he got stuck for 2 extra days Kodiak Island (weather). We be tell him "welcome winter weather travel in AK!"
Bill now 100% retire YAY! So far taking care me of and since our snow come/go twice, he be advantage cut wood on our 30 acres he be do...he also be working on wood for 2 widows in area :0) we be have ours and part next year. He be their keeper of warm and gooder food treats with his culinary creations.
Thanks (and please!) still no calls; if mail/e, SHORT please - hard be it talk/read. Plus never know time when what be I will like. When be I can, I will slip out a call. This i be take 2 days type to !
People be ask what can do us for? Remember what the Season of Holydays are you for..... Enjoy the season of dayholies, enjoy other each, watch out for "end of hand" for be who you can reach to out!
We be fine - not need anything - honest! We be MORE than blessed!!
Thanks honoring us for no flowers, no candy, no llaboons, no food. I be limited, and surgery makes taste/smeller hyper, and we be have down to science!
Thanks too all who have been on testy side of both me and Bill, esp. the last month....last six months been really rugged, and level stress high. We both have been grinchy - thanks forgiveness/grace be give us.
Check I will in weeks couple!!
Lessbeing and more's!
Care (aka Yoda speak)
Care Tuk is a nationally known speaker, educator, and retreat/workshop leader. She has been a school, hospital, and home health occupational therapist for more than 30 years. She has been named as a Top Business Woman in America and recognized for her work with youth, disability outreach and awareness, and the American Cancer Society.