each fall and winter I look forward the first cool weather so I can enjoy a baby bonfire
I recently realized that I have been so busy savoring the moments of life, that I have been totally delinquent in recording them here. So much for the "dailies", lol. Nonetheless, it has still been, (although simply lived) extraordinary.
Christmas day is looming large on the horizon...
I, long ago, decided not to let the pressure of marketing campaigns, and expectations of others, guilt me into spending beyond our budget, whatever it happened to be at the time. It all began when I was a single mom of three small children. I did the best I could with what I had and made do. I've always enjoyed baking and making treats and gifts from the kitchen, so since that can help in keeping gift giving costs low, that was the bulk of gifts I gave to friends, family and co-workers. I also enjoyed crafting and would occasionally make handmade crafty items to give. (True, not everyone appreciated a homemade gift. There are people in the world that feel that if you haven't spent a pretty penny on a gift, that it isn't worthy. I couldn't allow that to be my problem.) In all honesty, I do occasionally struggle with this. But I find my equilibrium again and move forward...and ENJOY the season simply.
These days, all our children are grown and my gift giving list has shrunk to close family and those who perform and provide services for us. For those, we usually gift them a little cash. Having come from the service industry ourselves, my hubby and I both know how hard they work, and how much that little bit of extra money can mean, so we plan and budget for it. Also, we no longer have co-workers and an extensive list of friends that requires me to come up with many, many gifts to give.
So, the theme of our Christmases these past few years has become: "simplify".
a simple breakfast of cinnamon toast on a chilly morningI'm quite enjoying this newer, quieter season in our lives. (As much as I love my children, I've never been a morning person and do not miss those crack of dawn, call-to-action-to-see-what-Santa-left, mornings. GASP!~hey, just being honest.) In this new season of life, with it's slow, quiet mornings, no pressure afternoons and lazy evenings, I have decided to add another theme along with "simplify". And that is "savor".
slow cooker bean and ham soup on a winter's eveDon't get me wrong. I still have that soft, annoying, nagging voice that likes to remind me of all the things we can't do since my husband has become disabled and is in constant pain. I struggle with it. I wrestle with it, sometimes until I feel bruised and bloodied emotionally. But, I always come back to the fact we still have SO much to be grateful for. We still have SO much more than many others. And it could ALWAYS be worse. And then I find it easier to adjust my attitude from discontent, to gratitude. And that is a much, much nicer place to dwell!
Wishing you joy and peace in this hustle and bustle holiday season!
Thanks for stopping by! ~TJ