My Christmas Miracle

Everything I was planning this past week pretty much went up in smoke when half of our family came down with strep throat or the flu–my husband and myself included.  It’s been an interesting week to say the least, and as I’ve been juggling and rearranging items on my list to fit this unexpected and unfortunate timing of events, something else happened that caused me to really reflect on what Christmas means to me.

A few weeks ago I ordered what I planned to be my little boys’ main present, and was excited about getting free shipping, since it was very heavy, and would have been a fortune.  It was ground shipping, but guaranteed to get here in plenty of time for Christmas.  It arrived when I wasn’t home last Friday, and it was taken to our “super-secret-hiding-place” to wait until Christmas Eve, when Rick and I hold our annual present wrapping party.  I didn’t even see the boxes, but assumed since they arrived, we were good to go.

On Sunday night we managed to load all the kids in the car and go look at Christmas lights, because it was something we could do without leaving the car, and we could enjoy a little bit of the season even while we weren’t feeling well.  One the way home, the kids had fallen asleep, and so we took the opportunity to talk a little about our plan for wrapping.  The topic of the boys’ present came up, and Rick happened to ask me why I bought that particular present for the boys.  It was discovered that the completely wrong item was sent to us, and I was just finding this out on the night of December 22nd.

The next morning at 8am EST couldn’t come fast enough, because it meant that I could call in and see how this could be resolved in time for Christmas.  Apparently the situation caused quite a ruckus, because the corporate office became involved, trying to make sure that the correct item could arrive at our house in time for Christmas. We weren’t sure what would happen, and all morning long I couldn’t stop thinking about it–the present I ordered wasn’t available in stores, and I couldn’t just go out and buy another one.  Since it was their main present, their remaining presents were smaller, and I worried that they wouldn’t have “enough”. As the day went on, and I hadn’t heard anything, the more I thought about it, and sometime that afternoon it was like a little burst of light came over me, and I knew what I had always known before.

If that present didn’t come, the world would not end.  We are fortunate enough that they had other gifts that would be under the tree.  We have a warm house, and wonderful family and friends. Even though we were sick, it was nothing serious, and we had our health, plus food to eat, clothes to wear, a good job–we are incredibly blessed in so many ways, more than can even be counted. My energies need to be focused on gratitude, and giving help to those that truly needed it.

No, the miracle isn’t that their present is going to arrive in time for Christmas, although I will be absolutely thrilled if it is. The miracle was for me–that my eyes were opened so I could see what I already knew was there–but had forgotten in that one moment. It’s easy to get caught up in all the festivities, presents, planning, and fun that goes along with the holiday season, and all of these things are WONDERFUL and GOOD.  But I learned to never forget–even for a moment–what Christmas Day really is, what it means, what it’s for, and and WHO it’s all about.

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And the best part of the story?  Instead of returning it to the company, we were able to give away the item that was originally sent to us, and somehow, that made everything right.

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16 Comments

  1. What a beautiful post! And the picture is a great reminder of the season. Love your blog! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    1. Wonderful Post and you are so right! Hustling and bustling too with illnesses that plagued our house for three weeks..You have reminded me to remember the true meaning of Christmas..Sweet artwork..Merry Christmas!

      1. Kellie, I’m so sorry for the illnesses that have been at your house too! I’m hoping everyone recovers quickly, and you have a very merry Christmas!! So glad you stopped by, and left such a wonderful comment!!! xoxo

  2. Merry Christmas, Kierste! Hope you and your family are feeling better each day. This year we’ve also had quite a few problems with items being shipped to us — glad your “special” gift will be there in time for your little ones to open.

    1. Thank you so much, Linda! We are finally starting to get over all the illness at our house, just in time for Christmas. Another Christmas miracle! :) Merry Christmas to you!!!! xoxo

  3. Thanks for the reminder!! It’s so easy to get caught up in the commercial side of Christmas, but it’s good to have reminders for the true reason for the season!! Merry Christmas!!

  4. Hi Kierste, wonderful post you got here…:)
    My house is under a new method where the presents should be under $15 (it’s quite a lot when converted to mu currency)
    We spens the rest of whatever budget we have left and give them to the less fortunate..
    It’s more work trying to shop within budget, but knowing we did good…the hard work paid off :)
    Happy Christmas to you&your family :):)

    1. Thank you, Fransesca!! I absolutely love this idea, and it’s so wonderful that you worked so hard and stuck to your budget to make it work. There are some very lucky families out there, thanks to you and your family! Merry Christmas!!!! xoxo

  5. Thank you Kierste, I needed to read that at this very moment. I feel better now, your story now has me focusing on what is important!! I have been so stressed and overwhelmed…not anymore! Thank you again. How wonderful that everything turned out perfectly for you all as well! Happy Holidays sweet lady!

    1. Patti, you are so welcome! Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I’m so glad that it helped you–we are all in this together, aren’t we!! A VERY merry Christmas to you and your family! xoxo

  6. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I am writing this from my 14 year olddaughter’s PICU room in a hospital an hour away from home, which also means over an hour away from family and friends. My daughter had major surgery yesterday to remove her spleen and one of the cancerous tumors (1 more left – she’s been battling cancer since August 2012). We are celebrating the holidays together as a family -daughter, ex-husband and son home from 1st semester in college. Being in this situation really makes you thankful for family, friends and those things that you are fortunate to have. I also want to thank you for what you do, since my daughter has been sick, I have subscribed to your blog – not much to do but be on pinterest while one is in the hospital for weeks and months on end – actually made your English Toffee Bars while I was home for 24 hours this weekend and the staff loved them. So thank you. Merry Christmas!

    1. Paige,

      You, your sweet & brave daughter, and your family will be in my prayers, and I wish you all of the best this holiday season and always. I’m glad that you can be together as a family, even if it’s in a hospital room. I’m so glad that my little blog has been of some comfort to you as you’re by your daughter’s side–it means a lot. And the English Toffee Bars…they are the best! I’m so happy that the staff there enjoyed them–as the mom of a child with a chronic illness and one who has been in the hospital several times, the nurses are the BEST! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! xoxo

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