A Pause in Advent – Peace 12

We had a pretty peaceful start to this week, as we had so much snow that the school was closed all week and MadDad struggled to get in to work.   We tried to make the most of each others company and use the time wisely.

We really all enjoyed putting up our Christmas tree and inside decorations (there is far too much snow for the outside ones yet) and took pleasure in the simple things like hot chocolate and marshmallows.

But the greatest lesson for me this week has been that peace is not something that is always an external thing.  We had a nightmare on Saturday morning when the heavy snow off the house roof came down in one go and took down part of the conservatory roof (which is our family room).  I was upset, angry and frustrated that it meant that our plans would have to change.  But instead we all worked together and MadDad patched up the roof, whilst the boys and I shoveled snow and ice and dried all the electrical items off and then after ringing the insurance company we shut the door and decided to carry on with our weekend.

I am so pleased that we did.  The boys had a fantastic time, therefore, so did we.


Although we will see if there is still peace in The Mad House now that the TV, Wii and Blue ray are all out of action!

12 thoughts on “A Pause in Advent – Peace

  • Alethea Hill

    So glad you were able to move past the nightmare and enjoy the family time!

    Hope the insurance gets sorted speedily so that you can have a calm Christmas!

  • Crystal Jigsaw

    Ouch, sorry to hear about the conservatory. Will you be able to claim off the insurance or has mad dad managed to fix it so you don’t have to? Family is pulling together and making those crisis’s less traumatic.

    CJ xx

  • Suze

    So sorry to hear about your conservatory – Yikes!
    Hope that peace continues to reign…at least for a little while longer 🙂

  • betty

    So sorry that happened to you – but glad that it didn’t spoil your weekend. We have ‘family nights’ like this where we switch all the xbox etc off and just chill out – the kids always moan but it is good for us all and as you say, the peace isn’t just on the outside, it comes from within. Betty x

  • Cass@frugalfamily

    The snow has been terrible round here hasn’t it? It’s just as bad now it’s turning to thick ice – I just want to hibernate till it’s all gone.

    I’m glad you enjoyed your weekend despite the conservatory trauma….

  • Heather Davis

    So sorry to hear you’ve had such a nightmare with the snow! Hopefully the insurance company will get things sorted soon and you’ll have your much needed space back.

  • Gemma

    Oh my goodness! So sorry the snow has caused you so much bother. Glad noone was hurt though and also that you still managed to have an enjoyable weekend.

    Take care and hope it’s all sorted out quickly and smoothly.


  • Swanbythelakeside

    Your CommentsAll those steep pitched rooves in Germany (where my husband is from) I suppose that is the reason..
    So glad the boys were safe. We had a similar thing where ceiling came down when we were away (five years ago) – not snow – plaster and lathe probs, just so lucky not to be under when it went.
    My little one is so desperate to go to Drayton Manor and so jealous of those who have snow…I suppose nothing is quite as we think it
    And love the loo-rolls on your Nativity post, I knew I was saving mine for a reason.
    We have tried to ban screens this week to keep the family spirit alive it is proving raaather difficult, I’m sure you are much better at it than me.

    • admin

      @Swanbythelakeside: I dont think that I am better at screens that you are. I find it pretty tough, I just make sure I have something else to do, last night it was decorating plastic christmas decorations with glass paint. I would love to see you nativity loo roll family. I keep meaning to ask you do you have a blog?

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