Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Just an Update

What a busy month October has been and I'm afraid that its only going to get worse as we go into the holiday season. Sorry for the posting delay. This is actually going to be like an update more than anything. I shouldn't say that its going to get worse because I enjoy the holidays so much. Despite our "economic situation", I'm looking forward to them this year more than the last several years because I can actually see it coming and hopefully get prepared sooner. I'm going to try and make a big deal out of traditions this year more than ever too since I have more time at home with my family. You know, the usual things like baking cookies and making Christmas ornaments and cards. I want to do this while the kids are still young enough to enjoy it instead of dread it! We'll start by hitting all the grandparents' houses on Thanksgiving Day although we tend to spend most of that day with Curtis' family since we see mine much more often. And then.... decorating for Christmas. We've tried to make this a weekend after Thanksgiving tradition. Last year was a week or so later but same general timeframe. Hopefully Curtis will enjoy Christmas a little more this year too. The last several years, he has been working on the Christmas lights at Soundside Park which he dreaded but not this year! He can finally enjoy it without worrying about the work that usually comes with it. Of course, he'll still have to put up the lights at our house. Luckily, he has a good system going with those so it really doesn't take him that long anymore. The kids and I usually decorate the tree and inside the house. I still get to see them get so excited when its time to do those things. The "magic" of Christmas is still there for them and its fun to watch. Enough about Christmas. You'd think I work for WalMart or something, already talking about it before Halloween has even passed. Back to October. Austin's last baseball game will be Saturday and so will Alex's first parade of the season. We also have to attend a baby shower and a birthday party later that day. Sunday will be just as crazy. Then next week, off to the mountains for a little getaway which I'm looking forward to. Pray that we are safe while we're gone and that we can have good weather. The last time we went to the mountains which was 3 years ago, it rained almost the entire time. Either way, I'm sure it will be nice to get a break from real life.

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Special Friend

Choosing someone special to write about was a lot more difficult than I imagined. There are many people in my life whom I cherish for one reason or another. Still, this person jumped out at me when I was trying to think of who was not only a friend but someone who just makes the world a better place by being here. Vickie Morrison. Anyone who knows her knows exactly what I'm talking about without me writing any further. But I'm going to anyway! Vickie is about the most kind hearted person I have ever met. I think she would do almost anything for even a stranger if they truly needed it. Thoughtful doesn't even begin to describe her personality. I know without any doubt that if I called on Vickie for something, she'd be there for me. Or most anyone else for that matter. She manages to be caring and concerned without being intrusive. It seems that she always calls or emails me at just the right time. Whenever I need a little boost, I can count on her. She can cheer me up when I'm down and make me laugh when I feel like crying. Although I don't get to talk to her or see her as much as I'd like, I know that when we do meet again, it will be like we speak everyday. For anyone who knows Vickie, I'm sure you feel the same. So make sure you tell her the next time you see her how much you appreciate what a terrific person she is and what she means to you. I should do that more often and I'm going to start now. Vickie, you are an amazing person and an inspiration in my christian walk. I appreciate who you are and what a great friend you are to me. Thank you and I love you!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Hand-me-downs

My wonderful Aunt Wendy helped me go through piles of hand-me-down clothes yesterday to sort out what my kids will be wearing this winter, what will wait until next year and what will be passed along to someone else due to my extreme "pickiness" (not sure if that's a word but hopefully it makes sense) about what my children are wearing. It doesn't sound like a big task but I'm sure if you ask her, she will tell you that you have no idea. I decided to make them try on almost every piece of clothing so I don't end up with what I usually call the "spare" drawer. That's where those awkward clothes go that don't fit right, don't fit at all or that simply don't work for my kids. (That's the "pickiness" again) In the past, I would have put them aside in a drawer "in case" they needed play clothes or something. For some reason, I believed that I would not be so extreme that I'd actually be anal about what they wore to play in our house or yard when we were not expecting visitors. What have I been thinking all these years? I know myself better than that but was apparently in denial and in turn wasting precious space. Now I've come to terms with this obsessive behavior and instead of trying to change it, I'll just accept it and make life easier for myself this winter. So back to the reason I chose to write about this. We've had a tough week and going through those clothes put things back into perspective for me. I was falling into a rut, only thinking about things I wanted to happen and the things that I did not have. Now, looking at these piles of clothes around my living room, in the hallway, and even more in the girls' room, I'm reminded that we will be OK. God will take care of us and provide our needs. Although my obsessive personality is kicking in and I have the overwhelming need to put them all away immediately (even though there's no room for them anywhere), I'm very thankful. I have friends who think of us when they have clothes to give away and I will never be too good to accept them. My children will look as great as any others in their hand-me-downs and I will be proud to say that God has provided yet again.