Monday, December 29, 2008

Tears of Disappointment

Christmas morning for me this year was not at all what I had pictured. In my mind, two children would squeal with delight over the gifts they received, my husband would love everything I picked out for him and everything would be perfect. Or at least that is how I envisioned it.

The reality of my Christmas morning was really quite different.

For the first time tears were shed and they were not the "I'm so happy" tears. No, these were tears of disappointment. Apparently, something that was mentioned in passing was really #1 on the Christmas list and my dear sweet child could not hold back the tears when it did not appear under the tree.

I sat getting more angry by the second. I mean did no one realize how much work I put in to everything that was under the tree. Did I need to shout so the neighborhood could hear that I had not been to bed before 2:00 am the two nights leading up to Christmas? Did anyone care about everything I had done?

No, not really! In that moment, no one cared!

We finished opening our presents and I headed to the kitchen to prepare breakfast for our family that was coming. All the while I was just mad and now I was the one disappointed. I was disappointed that Christmas morning was not how I had planned it.

I bowed my head and began to pray. I began retelling the events of the morning to my Heavenly Father like a two year old tattling on someone. I was definitely pleading my case.

Then God began to speak to my heart and it was something like this "People still don't accept and appreciate The Gift I have given." "Are you really going to miss what Christmas is really all about?" "You know it is not about anything that you had wrapped under that tree."

Tears began to roll down my face as I thought about how it must make God feel when we totally ignore His Son, The Christ, Emmanuel, Savior.

How He must feel when we act less than excited over The Gift that He gave to the world.

I stood in my kitchen speechless. All I could do was raise my hands to the heavens and praise my God for His indescribable gift.

My prayer leading up to Christmas was "Please don't let me miss what Christmas is really all about." I am so thankful that God answered that prayer even if it took tears of disappointment for me to realize it.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Decking My Halls!

Merry Christmas! When I looked at the date of my last pitiful post, I was embarrassed. I try to help everyone win $500 and then I desert my blog. Well, I am back and I am participating in BooMama's Christmas Tour of Homes 2008. If this is your first time to visit, welcome and please make yourself at home.
I must tell you that I have been busy decking my halls. It has really been so much fun knowing that you would be stopping by to visit. My tree is a combination of all kinds of ornaments and that is what makes it so beautiful to me. I started collecting Christopher Radko Celebrate Adoption ornaments when my son was born, and they are always one of my favorite things to unpack. So, without further is my tree!

I just have to tell you that I am very pleased with my tree this year! I think she is just beautiful! You may be wondering what is on the top of my tree...well here is a closer look.

My husband said that it looks like aliens landed on our tree. Truly, he can not appreciate the beauty of lollipops, curly ribbons and glittering green balls bursting forth to celebrate Christmas. I must confess that I copied this idea from my local craft store's Christmas tree display. It really was love at first sight.
Here are some of my other decorations. This is my mantle and my garland. I must say that Nesting Places inspired me this year to update my tired looking garland. I added some more greenary with red berries because I must confess that in previous years my mantle was decorated with $1.99 garland with some lights in it. So I fluffed it up a little this year and it does look much better.
My son who will be eight the day after Christmas loves nutcrackers. We have several nutcracker ornaments guarding the bottom of our tree. If you look real close you will see a very small nutcracker next to the large one in the middle. Please guess his name!?! May I introduce you to Jason. I mean doesn't that name scream mighty nutcracker!

This is my favorite nativity. I love the Willowtree figurines. I have this placed next to our tv. I want myself and my family to stay mindful of why we are celebrating.

God's amazing love for each of us was demonstrated with the birth of Jesus. My prayer is that you know, accept and abide in His love for you.

Next, I will take you to my kitchen. This year I only placed the tree in the kitchen. In the past I have filled the buffet with snowmen and the like, but this year I just decided to be a little simplier. Please pardon the stuff I have hiding in the corner. I really tried to angle the picture so you wouldn't see it, but it did not really work.

So, I will conclude the tour by taking you back to the foyer. This is where I have my Christmas village displayed. I started collecting these a few years ago. You will see the town's Bed and Breakfast, Church, Clock tower and Farm along with a pond. All I need are some ice skaters on my pond.
Thank you so much for dropping by to visit. It has truly been a pleasure to have you. May you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Who needs a Walmart gift card worth $500?

Well, I thought that would peek your interest! I think everyone could use a $500 Walmart gift card. I wanted to tell you about a contest that is going on. Go to this link and read the post detailing the rules. There are several other bloggers giving away $500 gift cards, so you have several chances to win. Good luck to all of you!

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P.S. Sure it is appropriate to buy me a gift from Walmart if you win!