Monday, December 21, 2015

It's Been So Long!

After an on again, off again relationship with my blog, I have decided to keep going.  I don't know if anyone will ever read it, but it is a good way for me to keep a journal and write more often.  

Today is the first day of Winter Break for my kids.  The two youngest boys have colds, which my body is trying hard to fight.  I am still in my p.j.'s and haven't showered since Saturday.  I missed a Christmas party last night, stayed home with the sickest kid, watched movies and did laundry.  My girls are spending a few nights at my parent's house, and that provides a somewhat quiet house for me!  

I am not ready for Christmas.  I can't believe how quickly it snuck up on me, and every year I tell myself I need to save money ahead of time, or shop early.  This year I didn't listen (again) and we are waiting on a paycheck, so we are not spending much on gifts.  I am either making them, or buying inexpensive, small things for the kids.  The big gift for our whole family is going to be in January.  We are going to rent a cabin near the mountain and spend several days together playing in the snow, sitting by the fire or in the private hot tub.  

I am trying to direct the kids (and myself) to focus more on the true meaning of Christmas.  I keep reminding the kids that it is Jesus' birthday, not ours.  I want peace and love shared abundantly this season.  We are keeping it simple, and aside from the guilt trips I get on occasion by certain teens, I feel like it is going to be a good year. 

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