Christmas Decorations

   
 
We’ve had a busy day! Cleaning, cooking, and decorating our house for Christmas. In the midst of all the chaos today, our dryer broke. Hopefully we can get it fixed before we absolutely have to buy a new one. 

The decorations are done, the kids have been bathed and fed, and now we are ready for Frosty the Snowman on tv! We love when the Christmas shows come on! We are cuddled on the bed together, getting ready for quality time.

Chris has been working hard on the farm cutting up deer as rifle season comes to a close. We see him very little during this time. 

Amongst all the chaos, we still have so much to be thankful for and I couldn’t help but be reminded of this verse:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:12-13) 

   

   
 

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, & Christmas

The kids and I traveled to North Carolina for our first thanksgiving with my brother, his wife, and their son. It was so nice to be with family and our kids were able to spend time with their sweet cousin. They don’t get time often to spend with cousins, but they enjoyed their time. 

It was so warm outside this year, the kids were able to play outside, which made a huge difference. We got a lot done, cooking went well, and food was delicious!

Black Friday Shopping.

Black Friday shopping was fun and not as bad as we thought. We got some amazing deals. We were not able to find the train table for Walker, but looked on one of my mom blogs who posted a link and not only did I get the item, I was able to get it at the sale price, online!! Whoop whoop!!

Christmas

The kids and I purchased our tree and were able to get it in our minivan with no problems (All 6 feet of it). We came home, set up the tree, and listened to Christmas music. It’s such a wonderful time of the year when you can do things like this with your family. Making memories. 

Regardless of the memories, children running around, and making messes, I’m so thankful for each new day I get to make them with the people I love. 

Today’s bible verse comes from:

Colossians 2:7

Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. 

We were able to fit our tree inside our minivan. The kids were excited, even though my minivan is now currently messy and filled with sap.

    
  Such a wonderful time of the year for decorating and the few opportunities that no one is fighting, yelling, and screaming. We come together as a family and do things we love. 

Victory

All is quiet in the house this evening…sike, just kidding.

We ran to the barn the clean out the van for our trip tomorrow to my brothers house for thanksgiving. Then the temperature dropped and drove down to the family farm to visit and see the deer being cut up (A family tradition)-just a bunch of country kiddos!

Came home and kid A is running around, kid B needs attention, and kid C is hungry, thirsty, starving, etc. (You get the picture-completely turning mom into an exhausted monster)

It’s a grilled cheese night, something that is short and sweet and gets the job done. I thought by feeding the kids dinner it may get them settled down-no! They’re even more tired and fussy. Child A is wanting a charger for the tablet, child B is asleep in all of her clothes and child C wants more sweet tea..

Overwhelmed yet by reading?! 

I’m reminded of a verse in the bible this evening: 1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

After all the screaming has calmed down, bellies are full, and mom is finally in bed, I couldn’t help to remind myself just how thankful I am. I have these three beautiful and smart children requesting things before me, crying, whining, and playing, while in the midst I seem to have forgotten just how victorious I am below:

  1. Kids are healthy
  2. Kids are full
  3. Kids have a bed
  4. Kids have running water
  5. Kids have loving parents who want to see their children become successful.

Sometimes it’s so easy to forget the victories and remember the losses amongst the screaming, yelling, etc.

Moms, to be victorious, don’t forget to make time daily just for you and only you! Whether it would be putting the kids to bed as early as possible, taking a bath, or throwing a movie on or giving the kids a bath..The kids are victorious when mom is victorious!:)

Monday

Hey There,

Exhausted mom, here. Working all day with kids is truly rewarding but can get exhausting. Especially having to come home to three young children and giving them extra care that you gave to the children you spent the past seven hours with today. Luckily for me, it’s hunting season and our kids were down on the farm helping out with cutting up deer and packaging it; with that said I was able to have a little “me” time after work this evening and enjoy the silence, while  overlooking the messy house and half filled sink that was cleaned earlier, thanks to my hubby, who took the initiative to help out a bit around the house.

When the kids got home, I was overjoyed with three ginormous hugs and kisses! Xoxoxo

The kids were excited to tell me about the “shed” shenanigans, what they had for lunch, and whether or not daddy was a good boy. 😀

Today’s bible verse is simple:

2 Corinthians 9:15 says Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gifts. 

This fits perfectly into my life right now. I’m so thankful and blessed for the opportunities of my life, the opportunity to have my children another day, and the opportunity to enjoy the love of my life. Thanking the Heavenly Father for these blessings is one of life’s greatest joys!

  

Sunday 

Good Evening,

It’s a little after 9:15pm and our son is playing quietly with his Thomas Trains, mom and dad are waiting on the comforter to dry, and the girls just got to bed. Big shocker, I know. Routine works quite well for us but when vacations and days off happen, it takes a longer time to get back into routine, unfortunately. Football is on the TV, dishes are piled in the sink, and the bathroom floor is piled up with clothes that were worn today after Dad came home to give baths and get the kids ready for bed.

The sickness has hit the house, but we are here, alive and well. 

Thanksgiving break starts Tuesday afternoon and Holidays always become so exhausting now with the three kids. I could never imagine having any more children and experience a holiday because I get exhausted with making three plates, three drinks, three napkins, (oh, look, child one spilled the meat). You get the picture. 

But throw all that aside, we have goodnight hugs, kisses, bedtime prayers, bible readings, and what we are thankful for each and every night. No matter what was done during the day, nighttime is the time to reflect, recharge, and retry tomorrow.

Tonight’s bible verse scripture is:

Isaiah 25:1 O lord, you are my God, I will exalt you, I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things plans formed of old, faithful, and sure.
Go rest, recharge, and retry a great day tomorrow.