Thursday, December 22, 2011

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real ~ Almost There

We are getting so close to Christmas!  It almost leaves me breathless...and not just because I love Christmas...but because I might actually be ready this year without the midnight toil.  Oh, the year I thought I could put together the Thomas the Tank toy chest after Christmas Eve midnight service -- HA HA!  Then there was that year that my husband was out looking desperately for batteries.  He followed a parade of other fathers in cars out of the closed Walmart parking lot and to a nearby gas station that was open.  The manager said he always stocked extra batteries for the poor fathers who were sent out at the last minute.  Hmmm!  Maybe, I better pick up a few extra.

I love the moments when we are just sitting, cuddling, and looking at our pretty Christmas tree.

I am happy that we were able to focus so much on charity this Advent.  I want my kids to really understand that it is better to give than receive.  They enjoyed giving for the last month and now they will enjoy receiving gifts.

Everyone has a stocking, even the pets.  No one is left out.  Perry the parakeet has visions of millet dancing in her head.  My Mom made Perry this stocking.

I know Leila says to clean your own bedroom first, but mine is the Christmas staging area.  Our bedroom is an explosion of wrapping paper, tape, boxes and gifts.  Then there is just life happening.  Can you believe that clothing still needs to be ironed for work on the week before Christmas?  I really miss having a storage room/craft room/laundry room.  But, then I remember how blessed we are here in America.  It is the many blessings we have that has made our room a disaster.  I am reading Women in the Material World to keep my perspective amongst this mess.  We are so blessed...

Still, this is the only corner of my room that I am showing right now.  LOL!

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  1. Dawn, your header picture is so beautiful. Is that your view? Prayers that you have all the preparations done and enjoy a joy-filled Christmas with your family. I like the little stocking for the bird, too!

  2. Thanks for joining! Haha - my room is the staging area for presents too! But now, in an amazingly innovative move, I wrapped them all and they are in the living room, so that's good.
    Merry Christmas!

  3. Good for you for getting things done! You have had a very productive month too. Love your focus on giving. I'm still wiring and taking a break looking for pictures for my ornaments. yes, last minute!

    Merry Christmas!

  4. Oh that's funny about all the pets having Christmas stockings! How cute to see the one on the bird cage.