I've been quilting along on my new animal mandala, you can see some of the progress below. I've also been working on some projects for Christmas and trying to find the advent spirit amid the stress and chaos whirling around.
Last night, Mike and I drove around to look at Christmas lights- this is one of my favorite traditions for the two of us. As always, the lights at Chesapeake were lovely.
Two messages from my advent calendar in the last week that particularly struck me. "In the 6th century, St. Benedict began his monastic rule with the word 'listen'. Not a bad word to carry into advent." and "Mary carried Jesus, God's love and truth, into the world. We can do that too." I'm trying.