Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Stories

 I collect Christmas stories. I have a fondness for the messages at Christmas time. In my heart I want to carry them with me through the start of the New Year. So, years ago when the children were all small I began collecting them. Then I did something this summer that I thought I would never do with my collection, give some of them away. To share. For favorite stories to be treasured by those I love dearly. I still collect them, just in a new way. Electronically. I still have a bunch of really dear favorites that I have kept. We still read them together, the children and I. It takes me back in time. To the days when before they could read very well,and I would read to them. Each night we would read a few before bed during the Christmas season. Many times the books have given me a chance to talk about Christ and my testimony with my children. I will treasure those moments most in my heart. Today,I share with you a new one that I recently saw on a friends facebook, and loved right away. It comes at the prefect time. I want to have a story night with my children. This is one I will be sharing  with them for sure, this year.



My other favorites include :

The Three Trees

 A Christmas Orange 

By far my favorite of all,  The Nativity!

I believe in him! I am grateful for the Saviors example for me to follow.  

Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

2014 has been a year of change for me.

I started a new job, dropped 70lbs and recently styled my hair for the first time ever. On Monday, I will be getting it colored for the first time.

Hope you have a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year in 2015....which I know is going to be another year of more change. I am so excited about it all. Hope you will visit.

Jenny

Change of plans...staying put with this blog. Just going to make it over for the new year...keep hearing the link is broke for the new blog. It's not working like I want.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It's Okay Tuesday

Each Tuesday I join one of my favorite bloggers, Airing My Dirty Laundry (that I have very little time to read recently) in It's Okay Tuesday. Where we make a random list of a bunch of stuff we are Okay with and then share it. 



I am totally Okay with how busy this time of the year is. There's not only all of the shopping to do. But, all those end of the semester/term projects that the kids need done. Recitals, rehearsals for recitals and concerts. Then there are the service projects. It's like we purposely fill the month of December with so much stuff, that by January who wants to be starting on new goals. We gotta recover from the month of December. I am loving every min of it. Dang it, if I am not dropping off to sleep the moment I sit down in the evening.

My family was Okay Saturday night, shooing me to bed. It was 9pm. We were  playing games. I kept falling asleep as we were playing clue. I knew I was going to be the looser. When suddenly one of the girls said "Mom, your done. Go to bed." Feeling a sense or need to be close to them all. I wrapped up in a blanket and slept on the couch for the next two hours.

Finally, It's totally Okay that on Monday morning, while walking through our dark house. I took note that there was another gift under the tree. I wondered what it was. Thinking nothing more of it. I went on to get the day started, and wake children for school. Later as I was cooking breakfast, Brad say's " Who's getting tampons for Christmas? " The mystery gift that I noted in the dark was some pads the girls forgot to put away in their bathroom after grocery shopping. HaHaHaHa...I am still laughing at that one.


Airing My Dirty Laundry

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mall Shopping


Recently I spent a lovely evening with the family at the Provo Towne Center Mall. Where my favorite moments included Brad drooling over snow blowers, along with snow shovels at Sears and when walking on the upstairs level, he was hugging the wall. As the girls and I leaned over the balcony to check out Santa Claus. A short time later he asked " how many more girlie stores do we need to go into?"  Clearly he had seen enough. Crazy as it may seem The Mall reminded of my great love of Christmas, the holiday music, time spent with family, shopping for those I love, wrapping gifts, and the lights. Awe, the lights simply make my heart sing with delight. We even sat for a sm. break to enjoy the large tree in the center of the mall. It is beautiful. 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Deep Tissue Massage

This week I took Annika to see her Cardiologist at Primary Children's Hospital. Well, she told me, I needed to take a class and learn Deep Tissue Massage. As it will benefit Annika. Agh!!! Just what I wanted. To add one more thing to my already full plate. I love Annika. I rub her back often. I sit up with her often. I am there when she is in pain, crying and anything else that might be going on. Everyone was thrilled to hear that mom needs to learn how to give massages. A few hours after getting home, I found this article about 20 secrets massage therapist know about your body.  It was really interesting. 


The visit went well over all. I am grateful that we have a good doctor. I am not loving all the setbacks she is experiencing recently.

She is an amazing photographer. I have found many interesting photos she has taken using my phone. I now just pass her my phone when we get into the car to go anywhere. I end up with some great pictures of sunsets, snow on the mountains, rain pouring and me. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving

WOW, such an amazing day.


Started my day out by taking Emily to her half marathon. Where once I arrived. I was greeted by the most beautiful sunrise, which brought a wonderful peace to my heart. Then when we (Emily and Annika) were walking over to find the start line, we ran into Susette a blogging friend I have known for years. Yet, have never meet in person until today. Woohoo! 


After spending over half the day at Emily's half marathon. We jumped in the car to head home, then stopped off at the store to buy hair color and epsom salt. Emily colored my hair, which didn't really take, but lightened it a bit. Then the kiddo's and I made our Thanksgiving dinner. Ate late. Had some amazing conversations about extended family, facebook, getting married, boys vs girls and  then we started a christmas movie marathon. That left poor Bradley asking for mercy after the 3rd one was started. It was such an amazing day with my children. Robert was sick the whole day, unfortunately and was in bed. 
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