Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas Moments

Christmas is always a whirlwind for us. Even though it was busy it was a wonderful time. We started out Christmas Eve at Grandma and Grandpa's (Chuck's mom and step-dad).
We were then off for a big family dinner to celebrate my dad's birthday.  
Then it was home to get ready for the big day.
After we had our Christmas at home it was off to Mamaw and Papaw's (Chuck's dad and step-mom).  
We were only able to stay for a couple of hours and then it was off for our last stop at my parents.  I know when some hear how much running we do at Christmas they cringe, but it was all good.  We received some wonderful gifts and when we were putting things away we were pleasantly surprised that we weren't as overwhelmed with stuff as in years past.  

One of our favorite gifts was this DVD.  
Megan may look like a girly girl but she is anything but one.  There is no princess, baby dolls or barbies for my girl so this series of movies is perfect for her.  We all loved it!  I did a little research and there are a total of five DVDS and about 35 books in series.  If you have a boy or a little girl who can run with the boys it is a great series.  The only thing that made me cringe a little bit was that the bad guy used the word "stupid."  (Yes, we are one of those families and I don't mind if you roll your eyes at me!)

Anyway,  I won't be posting anymore this week.  Megan is home all week and Chuck will be here until Friday.  We have a new budget to make and a list of projects to compile for the 2015,  a monthly menu, and some new toys that need to be broken in. :)

Wishing everyone a blessed New Year and sweet memories for 2015! 

  

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Wishes for sweet Christmas memories from our home to yours!


  

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Lost for a Moment

In the middle of all of the hustle and bustle of the season I lost it. Not once, but twice. One afternoon I was overly tired, my back still aches from where I hurt it while exercising, a friend is having a tough time, and I was weary and quick frankly wore out.
So I did what any reasonable woman does and I sat in the middle of the living room one afternoon and cried. I then prayed and you know what? I felt better. Amazing what a good cry and heartfelt prayer will do for you.
 
After that I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening sitting with the heating pad. I also went to bed at 8 o'clock at least three night after that messy afternoon.
 
I sent out a text regarding my friend asking someone if they thought she would be offended if I bought some presents for the grandkids she is raising. It turned out even better then me buying presents. A group of us are going to bless the socks off of her! There will be presents for the boys and gift cards for our friend. I am surrounded by a group of wonderful, caring people. You know what... we are not only blessing this family, but more then that I am blessed!
Then I lost it again. That overwhelmed, stressed out feeling seems to creep up on me. I was looking at the list of cookie baking and party preparations for Megan's school. A day out of my home caroling and one of the little guys I watch not feeling well. I went to Chuck and poured my heart out.
I realized that I was mad that I stressed out by all the things that are suppose to wonderful. I cried that I felt like buying cookies for school but I didn't want to. That this is the last third grade Christmas party that I will get to bake for. As I cried and poured out my heart my wonderful husband did what he does best. He listened and encouraged me. In his warm embrace and the quiet of the evening I heard the little voice that said "be still."
My little girl is growing up fast and there are day when it all seems to be passing in a blur. It was in the moment of still that I decided I was going to do the things that are important. To embrace the things that really matter and not let the moments that mean so much pass me by. Time passing is really a good thing. That after all is God's plan. For children to grow up, for minutes to turn into hours and hours to turn into days.

So as I write this a sick little boy is laying on the couch watching Little Bear, his little brother is working a puzzle, sugar cooking dough is chilling, the dishwasher is humming, Megan is at school, Chuck is at work and I am feeling great. I will soldier on only doing the things that really matter and in those moments of struggle I will "be still."

I am still overwhelmed but now it is by God's grace, mercy, love and the thought of the child born to bring us hope. Through all of the "stuff" this season brings my wish is that all of us would stop and "be still." Be still to remember that the greatest gift we will ever receive is the true reason for this season.

Merry Christmas!
  
***NOTE***
It has been over a week since I wrote this post.  I almost didn't hit the publish button.  I think that we all have these moments.  It sometimes helps to know that you aren't the only crazy, overly emotional person out there. :)  Thankfully that stressed, overwhelmed feeling hasn't creep up on me again! 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Night Lights

The bags of popcorn and M&M's are ready to go for our annual Christmas light adventure.
Megan invited a friend along this year.  
I had looked up a list of must see locations and we were off.  This neighborhood was on the list and it  was awesome.  They had lights around the bottom of all the trees that lined the sidewalks. The pictures doesn't do it justice.  It looked like something you would see in a movie. 

One of the items on our must see list was a complete bust.  We had driven about 20 minutes south of where we live and what was suppose to be a display synchronized to music didn't even exist.  Chuck took us down some country roads maneuvering us back to an area that was more populated and we ran across this gem.
I was in awe of the nativity in the loft of this barn.  There is usually one thing through the season that moves me and this was it.  Wonderful!

I am a person that likes routine. That is why I feel that traditions are so important. Some find it boring, but I find that tradition invokes memories.  We had a fun night making memories!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!
  

Friday, December 19, 2014

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.


After an extremely busy week I am ready for slow and easy.
Of course slow and easy doesn't mean there aren't everyday things that must be done.
Considering Eli is four he has done a great job of only looking with his eyes.  I know it is hard to resist touching the ornaments and shiny lights. 
I have been on many field trips with Megan and this trip was by far my favorite.  We went through the halls of nursing home singing carols and handing out Christmas cards.  The kids sang really well and I saw indescribale joy.  I was blessed as much, if not more, then the residents.  I loved it!
Lots of goodies have been coming out the kitchen.  
Megan was given some money and has been purchasing and wrapping the gifts with love.  
The boys point at the count down and remind daddy at pick up each evening how many days are left.  
Sending and receiving cards are one of my favorite things about the season.  
May your day be filled with joy and contentment!
  

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cookie Time

We meet up at my parents with my sisters' family for an afternoon of baking.  Lauren aka Rudolph looked adorable!
Making my all time favorite cookie.  Thankfully these are only made once a year. :)

My mom is not going to be happy about this picture, but I love it!




Another year of cookie baking memories.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!