Now before you start getting all sorts of weird and ahem, naughty thoughts in your head, let me clarify what I mean by the title of this post. As some of you may already know, I grew up in a family where we celebrated nothing at all! Granted, there were times when we used to cut a cake and blow a candle for my birthday if I begged them to do something for crying out loud, because cake was as grand as our celebrations got…hah!
One can only imagine how far our celebrations got for Christmas. Yeah, we never did anything on that day either and I used to get so sad about it as a little kid! But now that I’m older and wiser, I appreciate the fact that nothing ever distracted me from celebrating our Lord and Savior’s birth—the One who was born just to die for us so that we may live. Nothing can ever separate me from God and His amazing love. I say, hallelujah for that great news or else I wouldn’t have an incentive to live! And I truly hope that His love becomes revealed to anyone who comes into my life.
The reason I mention all of the above is that I am now free to do whatever I want with Christmas! While I can still rejoice for the real reason of the season I can also decorate my house whatever way I want. Of course, if I actually make more time for decorating and am willing to spend some real money, then our home would be like, 100 times better. But baby steps right?
These Christmasy and not so Christmas related stuff are the things that make me smile each day.
I told you it was baby steps. It’s my second time having my own stocking (the one in the middle) as the first time was when I visited Greg’s family in Kansas and spent my first actual Christmas in a family setting. When we visited Kansas I thought the party was never going to end because we had about 6 Christmases to celebrate! So much fun I’d been missing out on. Is this how normal people live?!
Now don’t laugh guys, but these are some of the goodies that I’m stuffing in Greg’s stocking. I’ve never done this whole stuff-a-stocking thing and I have to say that it’s really fun. I thought the mini lint roller, mini deodorant and Kleenex would be quirky yet functional gifts. By the way, those SnackWell’s yogurt pretzels were a mistake! I mean that in the best way because I tried one tiny pretzel and instantly got hooked on them. Help. So, what do you think of my first stuffing attempt?
This one is for our child, and no we don’t know our baby’s gender yet. This is actually going to the Long Beach Rescue Mission as part of a Christmas program through which the volunteers are hoping to reach 3000 filled stockings. When we heard about this project, our church was all over it and I have no doubt that we’ll end up with a pile of pretty stockings. Greg and I chose to send it to a girl of about 5-6 years old. There’s truly no better feeling than giving to others in my honest opinion.
I am in love with this beef stew I made in the slow cooker today. I’m so thankful that I’m finally able to cook and eat the food that I cook! For the longest time we were going out to eat at least 3 times a week because my nausea wouldn’t relent. I think I’m feeling much better now although the nausea comes in sporadic waves.
I think this slightly awkward picture proves that I’m feeling a bit better. And would you believe me if I told you that everything from head to [ankle] is maternity clothing? I forgot to mention that a few weeks ago I went shopping with Emily for some maternity clothes that are comfy, functional, and stylish enough that I’ll be able to wear them post-pregnancy. The outcome was wonderful because everything I tried on fit perfectly and I ended up getting the items that were on sale. The clothing line is called Motherhood from Macy’s, although there are plenty of other stores that sell that particular brand.
Greg and I took our nephew Daniel to Chuck E. Cheese for his birthday and we couldn’t have had a better time. Oh my goodness, he is just too cute for words and I couldn’t believe how different he is with us from when he’s around his parents! It’s kind of scary if you think about how your own kids will act in front of you, but then who knows how they are with their friends…dun dun dun…
Reading. I’ve realized that ever since I started my job I’ve become more productive with being productive. When I was job searching I must have been subconsciously stressed because I had my eyes glued to the computer and Indeed.com, and the last thing I wanted to do was make time to read a book. My latest reads have been Your Pregnancy Week by Week which is a fabulous book for the expectant mother. The writing style is very easy to understand and everything is broken down so that the mother can keep track of her pregnancy each week.
My other favorite read is a tiny devotional style book titled My Utmost for His Highest, and even though I’m supposed to read each page day by day, I can’t help but to read at least 2 or 3 of them at a time. I highly recommend this book to those who are seeking to take their faith to a deeper level!
Thank you guys for coming back time and again. I’m so glad to have you in my life!
What are you currently reading, and do you love it?
Did you grow up celebrating Christmas or other holidays?
What foods scream “winter” to you?
-Hot soup/stew, PHO, cookies, freshly baked breads, fruit, and pasta.