Where have you been all my life….

Well………….hello to my favorite little blog….I’ve missed you!  Life here has been cuh-razy!  I don’t even know where to begin….

I would love to tell you that I have been so busy because I have been decorating my house for Christmas, finishing up my Christmas shopping and putting three square meals a day on the table, but alas that is not so…..

I DO have my tree up (thanks Jared) but not decorated….

I have SOME shopping under my belt but not all….

And there have been several days of PB&J and canned soup in our recent past….

Uggggg…tomorrow is another day!

While we were busy plugging along at daily life with three preschoolers (ok, really two and a kindergartner but preschoolers is just faster to say/type)….we suddenly were thrust back into life with a teenager after a 17 month absence.  I seem to have forgotten how much driving and cooking is involved in the job of parenting a teenage son.  But I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Coming soon….grocery budget makeover….

I see no light at the end of the busy tunnel in the near future.  To save my sanity, I have ordered a new planner to use along with my home management binder.  I can’t wait for it to arrive.  I need to get myself a night at the local Hampton Inn and lay all my cards on the table and get organized.  I’ll let you know if that happens…

We’ve been busy with basketball…sometimes three games a week…..grrrrr……makes me miss football….thank you football for only one game a week.  If I could kiss you, I would.  I am hanging onto my sanity by reminding myself that this is David’s senior year and it will be a few years before we are in the mad craziness that is high school athletics.  David’s doing well as a starting senior and it makes it worth the restless children, fortune spent on tickets and concessions, late bedtimes…..GO THUNDER!

We are looking forward to Ethan’s appointment with the allergist this Thursday…ok, maybe just I am looking forward to it, to be honest. I have thought for some time that Ethan was allergic to milk…nothing concrete though.  So Ethan will have the skin tests this week to nail down some possible allergies.  Going to pray that Ethan doesn’t go blooming B-A-N-A-N-A-S when they get started pricking him….maybe I should start praying now….

This Christmas seems especially reflective to me this year…

We’ve had several opportunities to be able to minister to families in our community this holiday season.  I wondered the other day about how good we feel when we help someone this time of year.  We are always looking for a family to adopt, some needy child to buy gifts for, someone hungry that needs a Christmas meal. 

Do we do it to make ourselves feel better?  To relieve ourselves of the guilt in our subconscious over all the money we blow on ourselves and families during the holidays?  What if we spent the rest of the year looking for people to help?  I want us to be a family that looks for opportunities all year…praying for God to open our eyes to needs around us. 

Also fresh on my mind is the loss affecting the dear Coleman family….yesterday they lost Britt’s father, Ronnie.  I can imagine the things that we get all worked up about this time of year, seem irrelevant and unimportant to them.  Whether or not we have all our decorations up exactly right, gifts we have to buy for relatives we hardly even know, getting that “must have” toy for your child who has everything they could ever wish for already, making all those goodies that we think are a must have at Christmas time. 

Irrelevant and unimportant….

What’s important?

Jesus….your relationship with Him….all the other things that we stress so much about? 

Irrelevant.

Praying that each of you have a relevant Christmas, celebrating our Savior’s birth….

Until next time,

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