Holiday Gift Guide

I know you don’t want to hear the C word, but I have to drop it in this entry. 

Christmas. 

Every year at this time I say “next year I’m going to start early” then the next year comes and I don’t. I can’t be the only one, right? This year I was a little ahead, but not by much. Typically I ask the kids to write out things they’d like for Christmas and then star or highlight their top few picks so that I know the one or two things they really want.  I thought I’d share some of the top things with you guys in case you’re stuck on what to get the kids in your life.

What They Want For Christmas

Lest We Forget

Today we stop, to remember the people who fight for our country, the people who keep our nation free, for the soldiers still fighting and for those that will never make it home.

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
 -Joseph Campbell 

“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men”. – Minot J. Savage

Thankful Thursday II

Today has been hard. 
It’s been 7 years since I joined the club. The one no one wants to join even though we all know it’s inevitable. I just hadn’t been prepared to join it as early as I did. Having me young meant I should have had years before losing my mom. Before becoming part of the motherless daughter club. Instead she left this world shortly after I had my first daughter. Yes, I’m grateful she got to know my boys, but now I’m also raising two girls without the guidance off a mother. I wish she had gotten to see the kids growing up. She’d love the different personalities they have.

As hard as today is I still have something to be thankful for. Today, I’m thankful for the time I had with her. For the memories I have. For those close to me who listened to me go on and on about my mom today, for those who kept me in their thoughts and sent me positive energy/prayers. For those who helped me get to her funeral when I never thought I’d make it. 

Thankful Week One

November is usually the time the bloggy world talks about all the things they’re thankful for, and while I love the idea I’m not so great on doing it everyday, so I think this year I’ll switch it up and do a weekly thankful. 

November rolled in with some great news. My brother and SIL (plus their kids and my other sister) are moving closer to me. We’re going to be neighbours. Literally. We’ll have a wall between us.  I know some people would be cringing at the idea, but I’m excited. We’re all really close and my SIL is here constantly as it is, to have them close for real will be a great thing for all of us, including the kids. So this week this is my big thing that I’m thankful for (and the fact I get along so well with my Sister in Law that she’s willing to move close to me) It still seems surreal because it all happened so fast, but as of December 1st they’ll officially be my neighbours. Christmas dinner is going to be fun and easy this year 😉