It amazes me that the day after Christmas, people are still shopping at the antique mall.  LOL!!!

I am a self-proclaimed neat freak. I do not think straight surrounded by chaos or clutter of any kind. I do not tolerate anything but complete order in my environment. There is one exception – one very special exception to that rigid rule of thumb. Christmas morning.

It was the most wonderful mix of gift bags, tissue, wrapping paper, bows, odds and ends from boxes like bubble wrap (yes, I popped it – ALL of it!) It is the only time of year I allow a mess and consider it a real blessing. I always take photos of it for the scrapbook. One day these pictures will remind me that we enjoyed Christmas. We felt love and was able to share in gift giving and remembering once again the best gift ever given to us – Jesus!

That was yesterday – and it was wonderful. Today I sought a sense of order in my environment once again. I’m slow getting back into my routine, as I have lost a number of things, including a freshly brewed cup of coffee! How does one lose a cup of coffee? I don’t know, but I have managed to do just that! I know it’s around here somewhere! It will obviously be cold and less than fresh by the time I find it. And this is what microwaves were made for!

Maybe I’m in a “beautiful mess” afterglow of sorts. I enjoyed watching wrapping paper fly and land on the floor – and being okay with it! I do eventually need to regain the order I once had, but I’m just not ready yet. It’s too soon to let go of the mess. The paper was immediately removed, of course, but I’m not ready to go into full organization mode yet. Oh, I know I will and I know that it will happen somewhere around New Year’s Day. But for just one more day I will bask in the Christmas afterglow and embrace the mess. This mess means I have a family that loves me enough to include me. It means that I am not alone. It means that God has once again made provision for us. It means so much. Please, Lord, bless this BEAUTIFUL mess! ❤

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