December 18, 2009

Slowing Down

Hello dear blogging friends,

I arrived home this afternoon to find my entire family, minus the baby who was with me and is now napping, had gone out. For a rare occasion, actually this usually only happens one time a year, I have the entire house to myself. I could do whatever I want and I made a pot of coffee and grabbed my laptop to write a post. I think there is something pathetic about that, but I can't figure out what, so here I am.

The Christmas Song is playing on the radio and the sky is dark with an impending snow storm as night falls here. The Christmas lights the children strung along the front of the house have just turned on. The tree, the only light on in the house, glows in the corner. The only word to describe this moment is contentment. My heart is full with the joy of the season, looking forward to a snowy weekend, a Christmas brunch with dear friends tomorrow and celebrating the anniversary of my wedding to the greatest man on earth in just a few days.

Today is the official start of our Christmas vacation. Allen has wrapped up his work for the year and he is ours until January 4th. There is excitement boiling all over the place in Wachter world.

This morning a friend called and invited me to lunch. Despite my long to do list, I accepted without giving it any thought. I decided to take Elisabeth along for a little special girl time. She was dressed in her red coat and red fur trimmed coat, a vision of Christmas cheer. The girls even popped a Christmas hat on her head before we left for our date.

I got stuck in bad traffic and was late getting to the restaurant. We were parked as far away as you could be and I was feeling a little anxious about keeping my friend waiting. Being so little and all bundled up, Elisabeth was moving very slowly. She asked to carry her lunch bag, which kept sliding down off her arm, slowing us down even more. I could take one baby step to every four or five of hers.

My first instinct was to snatch her up to get where we needed to be faster. She was having such a good time, though, that I could not bring myself to do it. So very slow we went, step by step in the crisp air making our way to the door. Every other step, her bag slipped down and she stopped and pulled it back up for two more steps.The whole trip took us several minutes, in which I got to appreciate the carefulness with which Elisabeth enjoyed each moment, the simple joy of moving one foot in front of the other, paying attention only to her efforts, as if there was nothing else in the whole world but this.

I bet by now you are wondering what my point is? And here it is. For months, since August, my life has been running at break neck speed. But today, at the prompting of a two year old, I slowed down. And what a joy it was! To breath. Spend a few hours chatting with a friend while we fed cookies to the baby. Remembering what it is that I love about life.

Here it is my big moment of wisdom for you this evening. Slow down. Breath deep. Grab a cup of cocoa, curl up with the hubby and kids and listen to some Christmas music tonight. Read the Christmas Carol aloud. Watch "It's a Wonderful Life" and enjoy what really matter most.

Love ya!



  1. Wow. You are good. Great job of putting your thought (that you are always trying to tell us) into words.

  2. Kat,

    I'm so glad that even though you had the house to yourself, that you stopped to write a little something for us. A little reminder to stop and smell the roses so to speak. The funny thing is if I had my house all to myself, I would have written a post as well. There is something deeply special about blogging when you've made friends with like-minded women. It is liberating to pen your thoughts to "paper" and share with others.

    Now, I have a little bone to pick with you. Every time you recommend something. OK, maybe not every single time, but most of the time, I go out and purchase it! You are bad for my wallet. Are you wondering what I have recently bought? It was first the story Bible, and now the two movies you suggested, The Muppets Christmas Carol (not sure if that's the exact title), and "A Christmas Carol". You have this amazing way of describing things in great detail that makes me jump over to Amazon to buy the thing so that I can experience what you've talked about. So guess what we'll be doing this weekend? Yep, hanging out, snuggled together, watching movies about Christmas. Thanks Friend. Love ya back.

  3. Good advice! We are having Family Fun Night at our house tonight, and the movie is It's A Wonderful Life! Hope you have a great night!

  4. Be still and know. That has been such a reminder to me. Determined to have a Christmas with lots of margin.

    Blessings and prayers,

  6. So glad you got some quiet time. I don't see that in my near future...unless it's like now, when everyone else is in bed and M is on the phone with a friend.