Wednesday, December 20, 2006


You can tell a family is in the house, eight of us soon to be nine us, four of us kiddie ones, active ones, hungry ones, funny ones, whiny ones, laughing ones, crying ones, running ones, dirty ones, fresh-from-the-bathtub ones.

Sounds like Dr. Seuss!

Lots of wet towels and cloths. The dishwasher in constant need of unloading and reloading. A refrigerator so full, it's a wonder anything's cold. The washer and dryer running nonstop. The cooktop producing chicken and meatballs, the oven turning out pies and cookies. Spilt milk. Twice. During the same meal. By the same child.

A flurry of activities. Run, run, run. See, see, see. Buckle. Buckle. Buckle. Buckle. Buckle. Buckle. Buckle. Buckle. Unbuckle...

The zoo. The live nativity. The church musical. The hands-on children's museum. Picnics. Park visits. Frisbee tossing. Bicycle riding. Chalk-on-the-driveway-writing. Neighborhood night strolls to ooh at the lighting.


A baby's first steps.

Togetherness, sweet togetherness.

Tiredness, did I say tiredness?

But oh, so so good-ness-ness.


A scripture comes to mind: "Where there is no ox, the stall is clean." That can apply to lots of areas of our lives.

During family together times, the house is a mess, and so what? When they're all gone, the house will be perfect, and quiet, as usual. But while they're here, let's celebrate!

Yes, we can have a clean stall, but then we'd have no ox.

In Bible-era days, an ox was as valuable as a car is today. No ox, clean stall. No car today, no-go-ee-anywhere.

Let the stall get dirty. That means life. That means productivity. That means forwardness.

Not getting along with a family member or friend? At least you have a family member or friend!

Spouse not treating you the way you want to be treated? At least you have a spouse!

Children driving you crazy? At least you have children!

Things not hunky-dory on the job? At least you have a job!

Mrs. Bertha-Better-Than-You-At-Church-And-The-World-At-Large the biggest hypocrite you've ever seen? At least you have a church!

Revel in the dirty stall!


At 11:34 AM, Blogger Richard Mabry said...

Such wonderful thoughts. I was hesitant to pass them on to Kay for fear that she'd put off cleaning out the stall before the kids arrive for Christmas, but I did, and she loved what you said, as did I.
Have a blessed Christmas.

At 11:51 AM, Blogger Patricia W. said...

Good one, Kristy, especially for this time of the year. With all the hustle and bustle, despite having just celebrated Thanksgiving, we sometimes lose sight of what's important and how blessed we are.

At 4:38 PM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Hi, all.Thanks for the comments. Just back from the new mall with my daughters and the baby. Milton braved the zoo with the other three in tow. I hear them coming in the house now. They're talking about monkeys and bears.

God bless--


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