It’s been a truly blessed couple of weeks. We found out just before Thanksgiving that Russ had been offered a job as a government employee. His new job would start December 15th, which gave us several more weeks to just be together as a family without stressing out about actually finding a job. Granted, the … [Read more…]
Having a whitespace (less stressed) Christmas sounded really good on a blog post, didn’t it? Ha-ha-ha. In reality, I’ve been very very busy. However, not too stressed, so, there’s that. I have said no to a lot of things: like decorating (beyond the Christmas tree and stockings) and baking (although there is a gluten-free cookie mix in the … [Read more…]
Christmastime last year was a very difficult one for me. My husband was working a low-end temporary job making $15 an hour – with no time off for the holidays (not even Thanksgiving or Christmas). We had no Veteran’s benefits coming in yet. Neither of us had healthcare. We were living in an 850 square … [Read more…]
I urge you – mom’s especially – to take some time (before we get all caught up in it all) and evaluate what you want Christmas to look like for you. Make sure there’s whitespace around the edges of the to-do lists, shopping lists, and activity lists for life – and Christmas – to just happen the way that life so beautifully does.
And now the deployments seem like barely a blip on our timeline. A distant memory that only seems strong when I’m Already There comes on the radio and at Christmastime when the music on Pandora reminds me of the three Christmases tinged by separation from the one I love.
While this definitely wasn’t the most perfect, intentional, awe-worthy Christmas, we were oh so blessed the entire month long.