Outside my window… PILES of snow. You may have heard about a little blizzard we were hit with on Christmas Eve. And then it just keeps snowing. We don’t get this kind of snow very often around here, especially not in December. It usually hits in late January or early February, and rarely more than an inch at a time. Usually it’s a dusting that melts by the end of the day. When Ender woke up Christmas morning he asked if it was real snow outside. He sort of remembered seeing snow last year, but he wasn’t really sure.
I am thinking… about money. Is that okay? We were hit with two big things last week- Superman was in a minor car accident on the 23rd in his work truck (the one we own) and we have to replace one of his lights and the front bumper. Insurance covers most of it, but we still have the unexpected expense of the deductable. Then, on the 24th Superman’s company announced significant changes on Christmas Eve that will cut Superman’s paycheck significantly. We are praying (and submitting lots of resumes) for a new job.
I am thankful for… our beautiful Christmas. Snow on the ground, Ender discovering that Santa had eaten the cookies he’d left, that the stockings were filled, and best of all there was a bike next to the tree with HIS name on it . . . (All Ezra cared about were the donuts for breakfast!)
Always Learning… I’m feeling really good about Kindergarten stuff now and have a good idea of where we’ll be going for the rest of this year with Ender. I promise to share more details later.
From the kitchen… Sugar cookies with Nana on Christmas Eve, mulled cider and lots of hot chocolate (don’t forget the marshmallows!
I am wearing… A long jean skirt, knee high Christmas socks, a long sleeve tshirt and a hoodie. I am soooo not a winter person!
I am creating… a very cool sweater in a very bright blue. Still. But I am on the last few rows- one more movie night with Superman should do it.
I am going… to find a tux for Ender today! My sister got engaged on December 19th and they are getting married January 2, and Ender will be their ring bearer. We just have to find him a tux and he’ll be ready. He’s already done this for . . . well, four of my siblings, so he’s a pro.
I am reading… Naamah’s Kiss by Jacqueline Carey and Homeschooling: A Family’s Journey.
I am hoping… to finish cleaning out all the closets before the end of the week. They are all disasters! We tackled Ender’s yesterday, and I’m planning to work through Ezra’s today. They are growing too fast, and I never seem to keep up with packing up their outgrown clothes and toys.
In my prayers . . . My sister-in-law Abby who announced at the family Christmas that she and my brother are expecting their first child. She has been very ill so far, and if she doesn’t stop losing weight soon she may be facing hospitalization for a bit to get the hyperemesis under control.
Also, my sister that is getting married on Saturday- she and her fiance are also expecting a baby in early February. They have so many changes happening within just a few weeks time. It is a lot to have going on all at once.
I am hearing… Steven Curtis Chapman’s new album Beauty Will Rise. I still pray for their family and this album is a beautiful tribute to their young daughter.
Around the house… I’m letting Christmas linger a bit- but the tree will have to come down sometime.
One of my favorite things… Ender whispering to me last night before I left his room, “I love you all the way to the moon . . . and back.”
A few plans for the rest of the week … Wedding stuff for my sister, a little “winter cleaning”, trying to stay warm, hosting a New Year’s Eve party. Oh, and the wedding on Saturday!