Share Four Somethings—December 2022
—Grace & Truth Linkup

Near the end of each month, I share four somethings at Heather’s. (This is her last month to host. Beginning in 2023 we’ll be hosted by Jennifer.)

Plus here’s my last month’s One Second Everyday video . . . 

[click here if you can’t see the video]

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Something Loved

  • AIRPODS

AirPods have been around for about 6 years. I was late buying in. Why would I need wireless earbuds? Oh, how little I knew.

Not a profound choice for this “something loved” category, but of products I’ve purchased in the past year or two, my AirPods have become one of my most used and treasured (and most easily misplaced) items. I use them daily with my phone to listen to podcasts, to audiobooks, to talk and to listen to Marco Polos, have phone conversations, etc. I use them often to watch TV at night if Jeff wants to sleep (although that doesn’t happen too often). I use them for Zoom calls so I can temporarily step away from the laptop and still participate in conversations.  They pair easily with all my other tech and stay solidly in my ears. Ahhh. 

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Something Gleaned 

  • THE WONDER AHEAD

I love this quote by John Green in his amazing new book, The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet, in which he gives ratings to a variety of random things from Piggly Wiggly to sunsets to Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Stickers:

“You can’t see the future coming—not the terrors, for sure, but you also can’t see the wonders that are coming, the moments of light-soaked joy that await each of us.”

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Something Braved

  • CHRISTMAS WITH COVID

If I’d known at the beginning of December that I’d end the month with lots and lots of downtime at home, I might have skipped some of the anxiety I felt dreading the hustle and bustle I thought was ahead.  

But as usual, it was probably best I couldn’t know the future, that I’d finally get my first case of Covid. It hasn’t been too terrible. I’m on the upswing now. Even though I’ve missed out on activities I wanted to attend, I’m grateful my body won the fight for me. And my husband Jeff kept me well-fed.

My heart aches for those who lost loved ones to Covid or other reasons. Christmas feels different with an empty place at the table and an emptier hole in your heart.

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Something Achieved

  • SURVIVING ANOTHER YEAR

So to be alive at the end of another year feels like quite an accomplishment once again. Give yourself a hug for making it, for still being here, living, breathing, loving, as best we can. 

One of my most cherished highlights has been this little guy. Our grandson has made me laugh this year more than anybody else. He has quite the zest for life. I’m so grateful for his consistent presence in my life (and to Jenna for making sure it happens). Thank you, God, for love like this.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

What has been a highlight of your December? Of your year?

Share in the comments.

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20 thoughts on “Share Four Somethings—December 2022
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  1. Lois Flowers

    Lisa, I am 100 percent on board with you about AirPods. I’ve had mine a few years and they have totally transformed my running life (and more). I listen to a playlist when I run, podcasts when I clean. How did we live without them? 😂 I’m sorry you’ve had Covid but glad Jeff’s been a good caregiver. My daughter got it the week before Christmas last year, which totally changed our travel plans. But it worked out OK. We were just talking last night about how we ate Christmas Eve dinner upstairs on the floor of the hall outside her bedroom so she could sit in there and see us (near the end of her sickness). 😊 I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Aritha

    Lisa, it seems that the COVID-19 virus has suddenly arrived. Did you experience a high fever or muscle pain when you were infected? My husband is currently experiencing symptoms of the virus and it has completely changed the dynamic of our household. I think we will have a quiet and low-key Christmas this year, but that’s okay. The most important thing is that my husband gets better and takes it easy. How has your energy level been lately? Please take good care of yourself. I wish you God’s blessings and a Merry Christmas.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I’m sorry your husband is having symptoms, Aritha. 🙁 My main symptoms were a fever of around 100 for a few days, lots of body aches, and a horrible sore throat. Today is much better, although I’m still very tired. And now grumpy. lol. I’ve had to miss out on all our Christmas gatherings except one. But like you, I know the more important thing is just to get better and not get other people sick, so it’s okay. I pray your husband gets well quickly and that no one else gets it. Merry Christmas to you, too!

  3. Lisa Blair

    I’m so glad the Air Pods are working so well for you! I’m sad to hear about you having Covid and I hope you are feeling better. Living another year is a huge achievement, Lisa, sometimes I think we take life for granted, but it is a gift.

  4. Cindy Davis

    I love reading your posts. I have subscribed to your blog but never received any emails (the error is on my end, not yours, my email randomly picks emails it doesn’t like and doesn’t receive them, not even in my junk folder, it’s weird). Your grandson is a doll!! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!

  5. Barbara Harper

    I love seeing the growth in your grandson. All our guys had Hot Wheels tracks like the one he used in the video!

    Believe it or not, I have not gotten Air Buds, either. But you make me want to try them.

    Belated happy birthday! I may have wished it before, but it doesn’t hurt to say so again. 🙂 I am so sorry about Covid, especially at Christmas! Timothy had it just before Christmas, but thankfully his fever broke within enough time that we could do Christmas on schedule.

    I like that quote from Green’s book, too.

  6. Joanne

    I just got my first pair of wireless earbuds for Christmas and I’m hopeful that they’ll be one of those products I just love and wonder how I lived without for so long. Glad your body faired well with Covid!

  7. Lydia C. Lee

    I am still a wired in ear plugs person but I rarely use them. As I work from home I just blare out whatever I listen to…ha! I love your end of year summation – we all need to give ourselves a big hug! This year has been rough…

  8. Kym

    Hope you’re feeling better now – being sick at Christmas is no fun! Visiting from IMM#11 because I think I missed you as I visited the SFS posts! Happy Holidays!

  9. Lesley

    I’m sorry you’ve had covid. I hope you’re feeling better and that you were able to enjoy Christmas. I love the photo with your grandson and the quote you shared!

  10. Patti Gardner

    What a beautiful Christmas card! That little guy is SO adorable! And you and your husband look mighty awesome too!
    What a bummer that you have been sick for the holidays. That was me in 2017 (pneumonia, not covid). I hope you feel fully better very soon.

    Blessings,
    Patti

  11. nylse

    I’m a Christmas baby so last year I requested AirPods and an apple watch. The AirPods are my favorite especially at the gym and while walking.
    I’m happy I made it to the end of another year. Love conquers all.

  12. Tea With Jennifer

    Lovely video Lisa! Sorry to hear you had CoVid this month 🥴 but glad you’re recovering 😊

    The highlight for me this month has been all my family (bar One, he’s away on a mission trip atm) joined us for a big family Christmas get together over three days. My cup runneth over! ☺️
    bless you in this coming year,
    Jennifer

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