Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Merry Little Christmas

As I sit here looking at the grey morning out my window I'm in flashes and remembrance of the year that is swiftly coming to a close. This year has had it's ups and downs to say the least. This past month has been the total kicker and hardest month of the whole year. I can sit  here and ask the whys of it all but I won't, I simply won't. The New Year is coming at the end of the day and along with it  new opportunities and life experiences .

We did have a Merry Little Christmas. Struggle seems to pull my little tribe closer together like a tight knit blanket, and really that's all I want is for my family to be together and emanate love. So would you like to see how our holidays went?

Welcome to our  Christmas homestead.

I love the log bundle I made on the front porch, gives it a rustic feel ( even though we don't have a fireplace) 

We had to decorate ourselves as well. Here's my Holly-Jolly nails.

My youngest daughter wanted reindeer, my first time doing nail art on such a small surface.

My munchkin making healthy oatmeal cookies.

Santa didn't stay full very long, the kids snuck cookies left and right.

Art session and homemade wrapping paper all in one.

My son's hanging ornaments on the tree.

And the stockings were hung....

The girls making gingerbread cookies on Christmas Eve.

Gingerbread men and candy canes, they were thoroughly enjoy without frosting.

Christmas Eve tradition of drinking hot chocolate and watching "Polar Express".

Time to put out the cookies!

There were gifts for the children under the tree on Christmas morning.

Yay she found the Christmas pickle! New set of chalk was the prize.

From my family to yours hope you had a very Merry Christmas & A Blessed New Year.

*P.S  I'm looking out the window again, the sun  is out and the future looks bright.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Seeing is Believing

Polar Express is one of my favorite Christmas movies. There is a scene where the boy is on top of the train with the spirit of Christmas disguised as a hobo with a Santa hat, and he tells him "seeing is believing". Faith on the the other hand is belief in the unseen, and that faith is as tiny as a mustard seed . I decided to not dredge along these days even though the lay off has sent us in a spin of uncertainty. I reached out to my friends and family on facebook to keep us in their prayers and to let me know if they knew of any job opportunities in my husbands line of work. It didn't take long before my cell phone was buzzing with messages of encouragement, kind words and possible jobs for my husband to look into. The very next day my husband went to apply for a job with his Uncle and he was hired and worked the same day.

I'm so grateful and feel blessed that the collective of faith and love yielded a quick turn around from nothing to something new. We are still having our pioneer Christmas and learning to live different than what we were accustomed to, but life is about the journey and not the destination. I wish everyone a blessed holiday season and may your Christmas wishes come true.

Do you believe in the magic & miracles of Christmas? I sure do! I believed and now I see.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pioneer Christmas

Receiving an envelope can be  exciting especially around Christmas time. An envelope from your employer at the beginning of December makes you think that maybe all your hard work is paying off and is noticed by the company or........ it can be a lay off notice! Happy Merry F*%^#$ Christmas to us.

We live a simple resourceful life on a paycheck to paycheck basis always. So how is it going to be living on no income and no resources to pay the bills and other life expenses. This has brought me to name this post a Pioneer Christmas because that's exactly how it is going down. Our family is strong and we will somehow survive this, but starting off a new year without money is going to be pretty tough to say the least. I will be blogging this journey about the ways we are pioneering through.

If you believe in the power of prayer and that Christmas Miracles do occur please remember us.


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