Christmas week is here! Can you believe it? I can clearly remember counting down to Christmas as a child and it seemed to take forever! Time sure has a way of sneaking up on us, am I right?! Sure the stress of the Christmas deadline can tend to take a toll but I am not going to let it steal my joy. As much as I have to get done this week, I am being diligent in setting aside time to truly enjoy the season.. I make a point each morning to have my coffee in front of our Christmas tree to admire its beauty and all our decorations. We’ve taken a longer drive home to ooh and ahhh over all the Christmas lights that brighten the street. We make popcorn and watch Christmas movies as a family. And of course, we drink hot cocoa with all the fixings!
Today is the last day of a journey of thanksgiving: preparing for the holiday season from the inside out and I want to thank you for following me on this journey. These past 10 days have made such a difference in how I view my life and the world around me. There were many days, and I mean many that being thankful was much tougher than complaining and it took a lot of determination to not let that thought process control me. Everyone is always telling me that I’m so upbeat and positive and can’t understand how I can always see the good in others or see the light at the end of the tunnel. This isn’t always true, and that is why I made this commitment to take this challenge. I have been reflecting so much on my life and with the holidays approaching one particular story stands out in my mind, and I want to share it with you:
Last year on Christmas morning, I went around the house turning on all the twinkling lights, lit some candles and put on the Christmas music. I love Christmas and I couldn’t wait for my children to wake up; they may be Santa’s little helpers, but the magic of Christmas is something we all hold dear to our hearts and share with each other, even if it’s only for the benefit of another. I snapped this picture of my peaceful Christmas morning and posted it on facebook along with joyous Christmas wishes for all. Continue reading
Good morning and happy Sunday to you all! Can you believe Thanksgiving is only 4 days away? The end of this 10 day challenge is near and my heart is so full. This journey is helping to open my eyes to a whole new way of enjoying life to the fullest!
I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to write this post yesterday… my husband and I hosted a family get-together at our home that lasted well into the night. Continue reading
Tis the season to be grateful! I have said it before and I will say it again… this is my favorite time of year! This commitment I made to prepare my heart, mind and soul for all the upcoming holidays has truly changed my perspective. I’ve made so many new discoveries about myself since I started this journey… if you haven’t read the original post for this 10 day challenge please read it here. Have you started your journey to new discoveries? I would love to know what your experiences have been since you began.
Throughout this journey I have been doing a lot of crying; which is hard for me to admit, but it’s true… the reality of how blessed you are can be very heart wrenching. So today I want to laugh! I was trying to find a way to incorporate humor into thanksgiving without taking away the purpose of this challenge. Continue reading
Welcome day 4! If you haven’t already read my original post A Journey of Thanksgiving: Preparing for the holiday season from the inside out, please take a moment to read it here. I would love for you to join me on this 10 day challenge to open your heart, mind and soul to thankfulness.
The photo is from my morning walk with Lucky. I just had to stop and admire God’s breathtaking masterpiece in the sky. Then of course I had to snap a picture to share with all of you! Look at all the swirls of color and the way the light of the sun just beginning to rise casts a beautiful glow from underneath. It’s official, today I would stop and smell the roses if you will, and use my senses on a conscious level, so that I can be fully aware of all I’ve been given. When we are mindful of all we’ve been given we can find gratitude in the smallest of gestures. Continue reading
Did I ever mention how much I love my crock pot? I’m a crock pot go-to girl; those simple, delicious, set it and forget it meals are my favorite to make! I especially love using my crock pot on those crazy busy days, like when the kids have school concerts or soccer and basketball games. I love knowing that even though I won’t have time or won’t be home to cook dinner, there will always be a meal ready for us when we get home. One of my favorite recipes are these chicken cheesesteaks made in the crock pot. They are incredibly delicious and so easy to make, and bonus: my whole family loves them! Continue reading
With each new season comes a different list of responsibilities that need to get done; along with the to-do list of projects that get accomplished if there is enough time and of course money in the budget; and then there is the hopeful but further away wish list; because it never hurt anyone to dream, right?! I am a lover of lists… crazy I know but more crazy that I prefer to write them down. Sure, electronic devices may make list making a synch but there is just something about making a list on paper and physically checking it off that makes me happy! Continue reading