It's finally beginning to look like Christmas at our place... a bit later than usual for us, but it has just been that kind of a year for us. However, these past few days have been productive ones, and we now have outside lights on the house, and Tracie worked very hard top get the inside of our house all decorated for the season! the place looks great! :-)
All that is missing now is a Christmas tree. We usually go on a Saturday to get one, make a big day of it. This year, though, the first Saturday of the month slipped right on by us before we knew it. This coming Saturday, I am at work, and am also running in the annual Jingle Bell Run for the Arthritis Foundation that morning! And then next Saturday we will be in Portland!!! And of course, the following Saturday after that is Christmas Day!!! Oy Vay, what to do.....
We are going to go and get our tree this Friday, immediately after the kids get down with school. We have a plan to go somewhere new this year for our tree, do something completely different. Should be a fun adventure, and hopefully all will go well for us. We are planning to put up our tree on Friday, and spend the evening getting it lit up and decorated. Then we will sit back and enjoy a family movie night, along with our traditional weekly pizza night. :-)
I am still wanting to put up more lights outside on the house, but have no way of reaching the height that I need to go. I am seriously thinking of checking into renting a cherry picker for the day that I can use to get up and place lights on the remainder of the house. It would look so very good if I can get it done. Just now sure of how much money we are looking at to do this. And of course, I would have to rent it again another day in January or February to take them all down again. Hmmmmmmm......
So, it is already well into December. Tracie and I have not done any Christmas shopping together yet. We have no real idea of what our kids want for Christmas (with exception that Sierra pretty much wants everything!!!). We don't know what to get each other, nor do we know what to get other family members or friends and loved ones!!! It is driving us mad!!!
On the bright side, we have been blessed enough to be able to pay it forward this year by giving to our CTK food bank the past two weeks. We took a bunch of our farm raised pork and beef to donate, and it felt really good to do so. We are also going to be putting money towards this years CTK Blessing when we go to church this weekend, and we are quite excited about that as well. And finally, we are seriously looking at sponsoring another child, perhaps a girl in Africa. We are praying about this right now.
So, things are going well for us. NO, far from perfect. In fact, we struggle every day with lots of little things. But we realize that we are truly blessed, and we have two beautiful and wonderful children that God has given to us to call our own. Life is very good, even with the daily struggles of life that we face, and the craziness of our schedules. Life is very good!!! :-)
May each and every one of you who visit my blog be blessed this Christmas. May your hearts be overflowing with the joy and love of Jesus, and the reason why we celebrate Christmas! Merry Christmas to you all, and a very Happy New Year as well. :-)