Christmas Moments to Treasure

Hi All,

It has been a busy month with Christmas preparations and the celebration of Little One’s 9th birthday.  I can’t believe it is Christmas Eve already!  As I was laying awake early this morning and thinking of all of the things I had to do today, the idea for this blog post came to me.

I was thinking how every year I wait and every year it happens, that special Christmas feeling!  Sometimes it comes earlier than others, but it always comes, that special moment when it really feels like Christmas!  For me this year, it was yesterday.  I had a mile long list of things to do and at the top of the list was baking and preparing treats for our Christmas parties.  My Mom arrived yesterday to stay with us and I was so happy to have her here with us.  She dug in and got right to work helping me and Little One bake up a storm!  Oldest, unfortunately had her wisdom teeth out and wasn’t up for baking this year.

In the middle of the baking mess, I was starting to feel  little stressed that I was running out of time and energy when I glanced back and saw this:

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And that is when it hit me, the Christmas feeling!  I realized it didn’t matter if I didn’t finish any of the baking or how it all turned out.  It was this time together with my Mom and my daughter that was the cherished outcome of this day!  I took a minute to soak in the feeling, how thankful I was to have my Mom here with me baking when just a year ago she was enduring some major medical struggles.  To have Oldest recovering and doing well.   To have my family with me, whole and healthy and happy, I am so thankful.  That special, wondrous feeling washed over me and I could feel the Christmas Spirit come alive!

So this Christmas Eve, I write to you with a full and grateful heart for all of the blessings in my life and reflecting on the biggest gift of all, the miracle of the Baby Jesus, born to us this night.  May all of you have an abundance of the  Christmas “feeling” this year and I wish you a Christmas filled with peace and love.

~Merry Christmas,

Jen

Mom-A Cherished Title

 

I don’t watch the show Family Guy, but awhile back the Mister and I saw this video and had to laugh because it is so true!  We often joke about this as we hear one of the girls call for us.  It can be relentless at times and nothing but your response will do!

You probably noticed that we have not been as active on here.  We have not forgotten about you, but as I said in the previous post, we have had a bit of a life shift around here and my free time for dreaming up inspiration has been limited.  I talked to Jules the other day and she said she just couldn’t think of anything to write about!  With inspiration though, you usually don’t have to go too far outside of your own home to find it and as I woke this morning thinking I heard someone call “Mooommmm”, the inspiration for this blog post was born.

I haven’t shared many details of  our journey to parenthood with you (that would be a lengthy post), but it was not an easy one.  One day I will share it with you, but I will share that we struggled with secondary infertility and loss before we finally completed our family through adoption.  I have always wanted to be a mother and feel so blessed to be given two incredible girls to love and cherish.

As we all know, life gets very busy with juggling work, home responsibilities, extra curricular activities and trying to even squeeze in a little fun and relaxation.  It can be a bit overwhelming at times trying to meet everyone’s needs, but it is during these moments, I try to remember of how blessed I am and how I am living the life I’ve always dreamed of.

When I hear “Mooommm” from across the house as I’m in the middle of fixing dinner, reading e-mails, or doing any of the millions daily tasks that would be easier completed if uninterrupted, I have to remind myself that I have prayed for the privilege to be called by this name.  It isn’t always easy to drop what I am doing during the day  or to be summoned from my warm, cozy bed at night by  the call of a sick or scared child, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’ve been hearing “Mom or even better Mooommmy”, a little more often this week as both girls have colds and one has an injured leg, but each time I hear the call, I feel warm and happy inside and I remind myself how blessed I am to hear this word-a true gift from God!

Blessings,

Jen

My Mother, My Hero, My Inspiration!

Mom and kids

I would like to introduce you today to my most inspirational person ever….my mother. I think my mom is one of the best ever. My mom has been through a lot in her life. My dad got cancer when he was only 50 and died when he was just 57. My mom was barely 50 when he died. Seemed old then, but oh so young now! My sister was still in high school when he got sick, my brother away at college,and I was out on my own, married and in serious denial of my dad’s illness. My mom was there for every appointment, treatment and care of him at home.  I sometimes wonder how she did it. I was so in denial of his illness that I know I didn’t help as much as I could have. Mom never complained though…she just did what had to be done.  After my dad died, the care of the house was up to my mom, as by this point my sister was also out of the house. [Read more…]