December 31, 2007
December 29, 2007
December 27, 2007
We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and has plans for the best New Years ever. I wanted to share some of our great days this Christmas Season. Thanks to all of the friends and family who were part of it in some small way. It isn't Christmas without the love and friendship of all of you.
Our Holiday Season Top 10 List
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1. Adam meeting John Curley at Zoo Lights.
2. The furnace getting fixed.
3. 12 Days of Christmas gifts showing up at our home. We loved that!!!
4. Megan learning to really crawl.
5. Not having to cook dinner. Catering is the way to go. (Thanks for all of it, Annalia.) Going to Grandma's house was so perfect for us this year.
6. All of the plates of cookies and goodies that made their way to our house. We loved sharing them with cousins and family.
7. Watching the kids participate in two Nativity Plays.
8. The Stake Christmas Concert- and the Creche display. That was AMAZING.
9. Decorating cookies with friends.
10. FHE with friends, even though I made salt hot chocolate instead of good hot chocolate. That's okay, we fixed it and I am grateful no one held it against me.
December 18, 2007
The story is long but here is the moral. God takes care of us. He knows our needs before we do and all we have to do is ask for help. The furnace guy comes and tells me to expect a bill of about $400. It's Christmas time and I was hoping to spend that money on Christmas. That same day in the mail we receive several Christmas cards, one from a close family member. When I open the card there is a check for Christmas for $400. It's just so amazing. I called him right away, asking how he knew what we needed. He didn't, he just did what he thought he could. I told him I felt a little bad spend that $400 on a furnace when it's meant to be for Christmas. He told my not to let my kids freeze, he would be mad.
If ever you feel alone and desperate, talk to God. He really does care for each and every one of us. What a blessing.
December 8, 2007
Let it SNOW! When you are almost 7 and it's almost your birthday all you want in the world is snow. It's more magical than Santa to this kiddo. It was a fluke, because we don't really get snow often here, but he sure had a good time building his snowman in the dark. I couldn't really tell him not to though because if his dad were here, he would be doing the same thing. Like father, like son.
December 1, 2007
I saw a version of this on Deli Mom's blog and had to copy the idea. What a great gift for a submariner who's deployed. Now if I can just figure out a way to get it to him...
Happy Happy Birthday Husband! Love you and hope you have a great one. You are the center of our world!
November 30, 2007
Tonight there’s a commercial on tv. Again he asks me about Santa. Then says he’s sure Santa has to have a LOT of money, to buy all those presents. I told him about the North Pole, Elves and making the toys. So then he asks where Santa buys all the materials to make the presents. It all has to come from somewhere, he says. Smart kid.
I am walking a fine line here. I want him to have a good Christmas and at the same time I don’t want him to be the brat in school who goes around telling kids Santa’s not really real. I want him to be open to the magic of Christmas, how people are kinder this time of year and how wonderful things can happen in your life if you have a little faith now and then, even if it is in Santa Claus. Whatever happens, this is probably the last year I can pull off any illusion for him of Santa and it’s a little sad.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
November 19, 2007
Have you ever had a good friend? A really good friend? Someone that maybe you don't talk to every single day, but that you know if you call they will be there for you, no matter what? Ever had a friend who just "gets" you, no matter where you are in life or emotions? Someone who gives you the space you need to figure things out but will be there to pick you up from the floor when you need it?
I am so blessed to have so many good friends. I have friends I have known for years who I talk with seldomly but I would move heaven and earth for. I have watched my friends families grow, had my hand held through husband issues, discussed childhood trauma at length, learned spiritual lessons from and so much more. I have a dear friend who cleaned my cat box for me while I was pregnant and my husband was gone. That's a true friend if you ask me. (Thanks Deli Mom.)
I have a friend right now who I have come to love. She's a good friend who knows when to step in and when to step back. We have something deep and heartbreaking in common. We have shared depths of emotions that no one else has ever seen. We have shared tears, talks, very private moments (she was there in the dr's office with me when I got pregnant) and we have shared faith. She had faith for me and my family when I didn't. She has inspired me and lifted me up in so many ways. I am privileged to call her my friend.
Today, I am so thrilled for her I can't even tell you. To my friend, you have come through it, and you are still here. You are stronger, you are wiser and you are so blessed. I have faith for you and your family right now and I want you to know, I am behind you 100%.
November 18, 2007
1. I am grateful for 24 hour road service. That was worth the money.
2. I am grateful for Dave at the Auto Repair place. He says he can fix anything and he'll give you a lift home before he does.
3. I am grateful for the scratch and dent appliance store not far away. The fridge has been making a bad noise for quite a while now. Did you know you can load up and take a new one home that day? No waiting!
4. I am grateful for men in my church who know how to change out a water heater. Lowe's even had one on sale. Can't get any luckier than that.
5. I am grateful for the tree service people who can come and take care of stray branches before they actually hit my house.
6. I am grateful for my friends. I have wonderful friends who will take my kiddos when I am at my wits end and they may need a break for mom time for a while.
7. I am grateful for the boat communication system that seems to work once or twice during patrol and I can hear good things from DH. That also gives him a chance to hear about how nice the Les Schwab people are in fixing tires any time.
8. I am grateful for my health system. As frustrating as it can be sometimes, when my baby has been screaming for 3 days with an ear infection, they get me in and take care of her. I am also grateful the pharmacy line isn't any longer. An hour is about my limit.
9. I am grateful for family living close by who can come and help when I have the flu and can't get out of bed. They are wonderful to come and take care of the kiddos, clean up after them, make some dinners and maybe even clean the toilet after I toss my cookies a few times.
10. I am grateful most of all that I have the ability and limited sanity to take care of all of this on my own and laugh about it all later. I have a great husband who supports me 100%. I am really grateful for him and the job he does to protect our freedoms and the example he sets to those around him.