I’m still here! A Christmas Countdown Wrap-Up

I want you to know that even though I did not post the final days in my Countdown to Christmas, I was soaking up the Thanksgiving by actually living it! We decided last-minute that we were going to go home for Christmas, which included a ton of packing and traveling, and very packed days of visiting family and friends, and skyping with my Brother on Christmas Day. I wanted to share with you my last days of the countdown though, so you can see that I truly was living the Thanksgiving mode!

Day 4: I was so thankful for my brother. One of my best friends and the sweetest guy! It was his opinion that mattered most to me, when deciding if my hubby was the one, to be with me forever. And now I am so excited that he is an uncle to my son, and will get to meet him soon, though he saw him real-time on Christmas Day when we skyped.

Day 3: I am so thankful for the little man in my life that I get to call my son. He is such an amazing sweet spirit, and SUCH a good son. I swear I want to have about 10 kids because he is so good. And I love being his mommy. I love the look that he gives me. I can tell that he knows I’m his mommy and he loves being with me. I think it comes in part from our relationship that we have been building with nursing, all day everyday. Though hard at first, I love it, and I know that he doesn’t want it any other way, (he hates bottles). I love him more than anything!

Day 2: That is besides his father. I love my husband so much. He is my rock. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. He is a great supporter of his family and my best friend. I am so excited that I get to spend the rest of forever with him, and that we get to have a family together. We may have a rough couple of years ahead, where we sacrifice a lot, but that will only build character, and make our family that much more well off in the future. I’m so glad that he chose me.

Day 1: I am so thankful for my savior, and that the Christmas Season celebrates his birth. As December began I watched a church movie entitled Joy to the World. It celebrates the birth of the christ child with music and re-enactment video clips. This season I noticed that I appreciated Mary that much more. Her entire pregnancy experience, her love for her son, and the beauty that a perfect newborn baby can bring into your life. As you can tell I am still relishing in that experience myself and my son is almost 2 months old! I am so thankful for my saviour and for all that he has done for me and mankind. I will forever love the statement, “And man shall live forevermore, because of Christmas Day!”

I am so sad that the Christmas Season is done and that it went by so very fast, but I most definitely excited for 2013 and all the promise and beauty we have to look forward to.

From my Family to yours…


Day 5: Countdown to Christmas with Thanksgiving

Today I am thankful for my parents. I never knew how much they loved me, how much they have done for me, nor how much they were willing to do ANYTHING for me, that is, until I became a parent. It was such a revelation! How much I wanted to have everything perfect for his life, how often I dream of his future and see all that he can be. I wrote a letter to my parents, trying to express all of my love, my sorrow for the grief I have caused them, and how much more I appreciate all they have done for me! I miss them all the time and can not wait to see to them this Saturday, when we go to Washington for Christmas.


Here’s hoping you get to see 12 things that YOU are thankful for on this countdown to Christmas!

From my Family to yours…

Day 7: Countdown to Christmas with Thanksgiving

Today I am thankful for all of our true friends! We are so blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives! They have helped when we have needed it, and been there through the high and low, the thick and thin. They look out for us, want the best for us, and help us to be the best we can be! There are too many wonderful people to name, let alone to thank, but you know who you are. I want you to know that you are appreciated, loved, and thought of often! Again thank you so much, we love you!

Here’s hoping you get to see 12 things that YOU are thankful for on this countdown to Christmas!

From my Family to yours…

Day 10: Countdown to Christmas with Thanksgiving

Today I am thankful for our Health.  It truly is a priceless gift, that we often don’t recognize that we even have until it is gone. Some of our extended family is having some issues with their health and it just makes us more aware of how blessed we are, though I am glad to report that they are making a full fast recovery. So I am thankful this holiday season that we have a healthy growing little boy, and that we are each healthy and strong.

Heres hoping you get to see 12 things that YOU are thankful for on this countdown to Christmas!

From my Family to yours…

Day 11: Countdown to Christmas with Thanksgiving

Today I am thankful for Education and the opportunities for Education that we have. I am thankful for the Education I have received, and I’m thankful for the opportunity my husband has to go back to school, and learn a new trade in January. We have 4+ years of his schooling ahead of us, depending on what he decides to do, and I know it will be tough at times, but if it gets him a job that he will love, then that is more than worth it to me.

I am thankful for my opportunities for learning and growing, and I hope to take advantage of them more often. I also hope that I can share them with the little man, and that we can learn together.

On the note of education, I would like to take a moment and say that my heart goes out to the families of the victims of the appalling crimes that were committed today. You are in our thoughts and our prayers! May you find peace this season!

Heres hoping you get to see 12 things that YOU are thankful for on this countdown to Christmas!

From my Family to yours…

Day 12: Countdown to Christmas with Thanksgiving

I apologize for the absence, but I hope that you are assuming that I have been away for some important reason. And at least I feel that I have been. Let me introduce you to a new member of our family.


Born: November 5th

Weight: 6 lbs 13 oz

Height: 20 1/4 inches

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Today (December 13th) I am thankful for all of the blessings that we have! We are SO blessed! This life truely is a great one!

Heres hoping you get to see 12 things that YOU are thankful for on this countdown to Christmas!

From my Family to yours…

The Truth

So I have to admit something that is going to come as a great shock (THAT was sarcastic):

I am not perfect.

I know! I know! Life changing news right there. As much as I wish that I could model my life after all those other ladies that I see (both in real life and virtually) who seem to somehow be supermom’s and always have a clean house, happy husband, happy children, perfect dinners, blog everyday, do all the crafts that they want to do, help others around them, and even more, and somehow also sleep, …I can’t.

I know that, most especially in blog-land, that is just a front, it is how they present themselves. We tend to hide the messes, and the full sink and unfinished projects, and and and… well you get the picture. But it is something that I struggle with. As I have mentioned before, I have some lofty goals, some that I have mentioned here, and others I have not. I picture things in a perfect state in my mind, and then as I try to bring them about… they just about never turn out the way that I imagine. There are a lot of things that I want to perfect about myself, and the way that I do things, and though I am not perfect and most often fail, I do keep trying, which I at least feel is a positive aspect. Though it does all sometimes seem to become overwhelming. But C’est la vie! (Such is life).

I am so glad that I have the example of others, whom I know are not perfect, but they do not focus on their imperfections, they acknowledge them, put them before you, but then turn their backs to their faults and move forward. I hope to be more like them! There are MANY real life examples that I can share with you, but not wishing to invade anyone’s privacy, I will only share with you two blogs of those ladies that I entirely admire, and hope someday to become like.

1. http://bright-eyeddelicious.blogspot.com/

This adorable blog of one of my friends, whom I hope to be like someday, is real. She always speaks to my heart, and she doesn’t try to be something that she is not.

2. http://www.meginprogress.com/

This lady has a way of writing that speaks to the very soul, maybe it is just because I am about to enter into a very similar situation as her, in some respects, but she is able to find the good, the humor, and/or the memorable in each and every post. She makes me laugh out loud constantly. And sometimes being able to laugh, is the only thing that will help you pick up the pieces around you and move on.

So no, I am not perfect. Yes it did take me all day (meaning literally from when I finally got out of bed because I couldn’t fall back to sleep at 6:00 am until 10:30 pm when I finally just decided to let the other little things go) to clean (and deep clean certain aspects) the house on Friday. And yes it also only stayed that way for so many hours. *Sigh*.  Yes, I also have been fighting a cold combined with a lack of sleep, thank you stuffy noses and heartburn, since Wednesday (which lets me off in some small approximation). Yes, sometimes I just don’t feel like cooking, or blogging, or doing much of anything. But I am pleased to report that in comparison with a year ago, when I would feel like this and then literally not do anything, now I am finding those things that do need to be done, and can be accomplished within the realm of my laziness not wanting to do such and such, and then actually completing them! It may seem like a small improvement, but to me it is a BIG step in the right direction. I don’t get caught up as easily in the vicious cycle of not wanting to do anything, and then getting discouraged because nothing got done.

I am hoping as time goes by, that I may learn, grow, and adapt more and more to all of life’s mountains and valleys and that I may be at peace, with who I am, and what are in the limits of what I can accomplish.

Here’s hoping that I spoke to a truth within you…

From my Family to Yours…