Friday, 30 December 2011

At long last, a Christmas update...

Christmas was great.

Mom came over on Christmas Eve and stayed for a fish fry-up. MIL made the dinner on Christmas Eve, as is her tradition.

At 7:00, Mom and I went to the Christmas Eve service at my new church. It was full of singing and love. The sermon was very fitting and Mom and I shed a few tears along the way.

Back home by 8:30, and we all just vegged in the family room, watching tv.

I had to wake Threepeat up at 8:15!!! We all headed downstairs and opened our gifts. Santa was good to all and we had fun for about an hour before everything was opened and the family room was a DISASTER of toys, clothes, boxes and wrapping paper!! All that work and the whole thing was over in less than an hour!

MIL left for SIL's house at around noon...Hubster drove her so that they could visit the cemetery and then Hubster could drop MIL off. Mom and I started the Christmas dinner preparations...a beautiful fresh turkey with stuffing, sausage meat, roasted potatoes, turnip, spinach., peas, Yorkshire puddings and gravy. Mmmm....it was divine!

After supper, we watched "Mr. Popper's Pengiuns"....what a great movie! We all loved it!

We chilled out until late in the evening and then headed to bed. MIL slept at SIL's. :)

Boxing Day morning, we woke up and cleaned a little bit. Hubster took the boys out and Mom went home while I showered.

We went over SIL's house for a few hours.

Next, we headed over to our besties' house. Time with Kath and Bru is ALWAYS good. We laugh like hyenas and have a great time. We had Chinese food and wings and I made a cheeseball that was a real hit! Now that the kids are older, it's nice to have them take part in some of our conversations! The kids exchanged gifts and we sat around the kitchen table, chatting for a few hours and then it was time to go home to bed.

December 27th was Mark and Patricia day. We headed over to Mom's in the afternoon and had pizza and wings with everyone. LOVED seeing my sweet nieces and nephew (poor Ben is the only boy in the family of 6 kids). He really likes spending time with my boys when we get together. Courtney is SO like Joanne, my goodness. Everyone loved on Grandma's little puppy, Milo and we had a blast watching a "Kitchen Nightmares" marathon! Just like with Kath and Bru, the laughs are flowing when we are with Mark and Patricia and their clan! The kids exchanged their gifts and then it was time to head out for the night.

I worked on the 28th and yesterday and have a half day today. We are spending New Year's Eve at home with the boys, playing board games and watching movies...our favourite way to spend New Year's Eve. :)

How was your Christmas? Pin It

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Twelve blessings of Christmas

1. My sons. They are truly the lights of my life. They make me smile when I am sad, their hugs warm my heart and their laughter makes even the worst day better.

2. My husband. He loves me, even with my many flaws. He stands by me and is there for me.

3. My home. A place to keep me warm and dry in the winter and cool in the summer. A place that holds many memories...good and bad. A place where I feel safe always.

4. My Mom. All we have is each other these days and I can't imagine life without her.

5. My job. As much as it drives me crazy with stress sometimes, I am thankful for the ability to work from home for a company that has been good to me for fifteen years next month. I have some friends at work that I love dearly and am grateful for fantastic co-workers as well.

6. My health. Although some days, I feel like a 90 year old, I, for the most part, have my health. I am grateful for both my health and for the health of my family.

7. My friends. I have a handful of friends who I know I can call ANY time...day or night and they will be there for me. A few of those friends have fallen through the spaces between my fingers and remain aquaintances, but the few that are still in my hand mean the world to me.

8. My internet friends. I have many friends, from places all over the world...Canada, USA, England, Germany, Japan, Australia, Israel...I am blessed to have them in my life and love them like I do my real life friends.

9. My blog. I love to have this place to come and share things. My blog is my therapy and I am grateful for this place to vent, yell, scream, laugh and cry.

10. My church. I have found such comfort and love in this place. I feel welcome whenever I walk in the door and I have learned so much from the Sunday services and the Alpha course. I am so happy to have a place to go and pray and be prayed for.

11. Hope. I finally have hope that I will one day be a truly happy person. I am on my way, thanks to the last few months and some real soul searching. I still have hard days, but they are MUCH fewer and farer (is that a word) between. :)

12. God. He's been here all along, waiting for me, but I FINALLY let Him in. My gosh, what was life without Him? What a waste of 41 years...hopefully, He and I can make up for the last 41 with a FANTASTIC 41 more! Pin It

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Christmas time...

Once again, Christmas is upon us. The most beautiful time of year. I LOVE Christmas.

But this year, it has been really hard to get into the spirit. As I mentioned here, I just haven't really "felt" it this year.

I put off shopping for as long as possible and am procrastinating on the wrapping (oooh...I hate wrapping).

Christmas was always so special when I was growing up. My Mom and Dad always made sure that no matter how hard the times were financially, our family room was filled with gifts and we always got what we asked Santa for. Now that Dad and Joanne are gone, Christmas has lost some of its sparkle for me and I find it a struggle to get through it all. I try my best to make it special for the boys and I put on a happy face most of the time, but inside, I am hurting.

Christmas songs make me cry, memories are so much stronger at Christmas than any other time of year and my heart hurts knowing that Dad and Joanne are not here.

I am looking forward to Christmas Day this year because it will be the first time in 23 years that I get to cook a turkey for Christmas! MIL usually cooks on Christmas Day and she makes lasagne and her traditional Christmas foods, but it's never felt like true Christmas because I never had my turkey with all the fixings. This year, she has been invited to SIL's house on Christmas Day, so my Mom and I get to eat the way we used to when I was little! Of course, Hubster and the boys will be with us to enjoy and that makes me so happy! We get to hang out together all day and maybe I will suggest a pajama day for all of us. No need to get dressed because it will just be us...I like that...alot.

Maybe we will start a new tradition this year. Something that can involve Joanne and Dad (and Hubster's Dad as well) even though they aren't here. A craft or something special in their memories.

Hmmm....that makes me feel a little happier already. I'll keep you posted on what I come up with. :) Pin It

Sunday, 18 December 2011

I want to write a book...

I have this feeling in me....I want to write a novel. I've wanted to do this for a long time and I think I'd be good.

Hmmm..... Pin It

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Healing...

Tonight was the second-to-last Alpha Class. :( I'm not looking forward to the end next week. I have enjoyed this course so very much and I just don't want it to end!!

Tonight's session was on healing and how God continues to heal today. Sometimes, the healing is profound...terminal cancer cured, paralysis healed...sometimes, it's more subtle...emotional healing, relationships repaired...

I see God's healing power all the time. I have prayed for healing many times and sometimes, He answers. Sometimes, He doesn't. But I've learned through Alpha that it's not because He doesn't care. God has a plan for all of us. So many people think that unanswered prayers are because He doesn't care, or worse, He doesn't exist. I was one of those people. But Alpha has changed me so deeply. I see things so differently now. Everything's just kinda making sense.

I've seen firsthand that praying for healing works...in the last month...more than once.

God is so good. All the time. Pin It

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Feeling a little more "Christmassy"

I have begun the daunting task of Christmas shopping...one trip to Walmart and several visits to toyrus.ca, sears.ca, shutterfly.com and regal.ca and I am *almost* done. It's been a tough year this year because I have NO idea what to buy anyone.

But...

I am more in the Christmas spirit. Boy Oneder and I made a pretzel wreath last night...behold:



I know it's very "amateur", but it's our first kick at the can. In the next week or so, we are going to attempt a pretzel Christmas tree!!

I have so much wrapping to do and half of the stuff hasn't even been delivered yet! I got lots of little things this year so although there is alot of stuf, it's on the cheaper side.

I will hang our stockings this weekend and may even add a few house decorations too.

It's FINALLY beginning to look and feel like Christmas!

Threepeat asked if we could have a picnic in the family room for dinner tonight, so I will get some cold cuts, cheeses, olives and nice fresh bread and we will all chill on the family room floor for our picnic :) Love that kid! Pin It

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Patience...

Psalm 37:7-9
Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land. (NLT)


Tonight, I am praying for a long time friend and her husband. We've had our amazing ups and our horrible downs, including long stretches of not being in contact physically, but spiritually/emotionally, at least on my end, the bond has never, ever broken.

Be patient my friends. He works at His pace, in His time, but all in YOUR best interest...as hard as that may seem sometimes.

HUGE HUGS to you both. I love you. <3 Pin It

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Christmas...

I'm just not feeling it this year. That makes me so sad because I LOVE Christmas.

Normally, Hubster has to stop me from putting the tree up at the beginning of November, but this year, I can't be bothered. Boy Oneder ended up putting it up with Threepeat on Tuesday night while I was at soccer with Middleman. Boy Oneder asked me about the other house decorations (garland for the stairs, Christmas statues, candles, etc.) and I told him to just leave them in the basement this year. I'm just not feeling it.

I haven't even started THINKING about what to get the boys for Christmas...no desire. I'd better get my butt in gear though cuz time's tickin' away. But I don't really care.

That's awful.

I think it has alot to do with how stressful work has been. Add to the mix our crazy sports lives and the house is a disaster and there's laundry piled high...both clean and dirty. I guess I figure the more decorating I do, the more there is to put away in January and I just can't put one more thing on my already overflowing plate. So, this year, it'll be the basic tree and that's it.

I'm overwhelmed.

Bah Humbug. Pin It
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