"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other."
Christmas is always a whirlwind of festivities. This year was no different. We had to pick our tree and cut it down. Many festivities of being with family we were born into and family we choice. There was tons of laughing, sharing, hugs, and warm hearts just by being together. Oh, and there were cookies, too!
We normally do a ten gift under the tree and ten stocking stuffers. This year we changed a little bit. The kiddos got something they wanted, needed, to wear, to read, to make, to eat, and it was just enough. They were not overwhelm. Plus one new added toy. Less packaging, wrapping, and waste for toys they want for five minutes and than toss aside.
Us with the littles.
One of our big and the 5 littles.
Our book ends, Kaitlynn and Sophie.
The love of my life and the other half that makes me whole.
The joy that was on the childrens' faces as they unwrapped their gifts was wonderful. The fact that they didn't get a ton of toys didn't phase them at all. Devion got all of his little siblings bath items that they can use and their own caddies. Kaitlynn searched for Dungeons & Dragon books for them and added their own set of dice. The gift that Donald and I received from our dear friends, Melissa and Joseph Bellinger. It means a lot to us and we can't wait to get a photo in it to hang up.
There are so many more photographs that were taken. We haven't gone through them all yet. The ones here showcase our home and our full hearts. Blessed be to you all.
"I feel like it’s always about embracing what it is that you think is wrong with you. It’s often times your greatest ‘flaw’ which actually forays into what is also your greatest strength."
What can I ask for of 2019? This year is actually going to be easier. I have decided that this year is for me. It seems weird or strange to say, however, I am going to be courting myself. Finding myself again and falling in love with my inner persona. It is about time that my mind and heart meet up and remind me that I am good enough. That the soul, body, and heart are in a steady commitment and they need to bond to make a healthy and happy individual.
It is going to be hard to get back some of the individual I was so many years ago. The waist line might not come back. The hairline might not either for that fact. However, none of that truly matters as long as I work slowly towards it. Off came the fitbit and I am not using Myfitnesspal as I was obsessed with it. Time to go to pen and paper and pick better habits.
Resolutions are hard. These are going to be called goals instead.
Just Me being Me!
It is a start. Not perfect, but who wants to be. I know that I don't. Just want to be quirky and me. Blessed be all of you amazing people.