The last two months have been non stop go, go, go! We have had so many medical appointments, a surgery, multiple emergency room visits. Family staying with us for three weeks, babysitting, meetings. Of course, homeschool doesn't get put on hold, at least not the basic classes. Throw into the mix hosting Thanksgiving in our home, braving the Black Friday mob to show my aunt from Spain what it was all about, Christmas shopping and prepping for the inevitable yearly fall out with a certain, high strung family member. Endless conversations with people that just don't get the reason for CHRISTmas, and insist on telling you in full detail about EVERY present they purchased or asked for, how MUCH they cost, how MANY there are. Deep Sigh....
In all honesty, I have enjoyed this year immensely! I was able to give my amazing husband a nice surprise party for his 50th birthday. All the kids and grand kids were present, as well as a huge part of the family. I was able to spend three whole weeks with my aunt, whom I hadn't seen in person in 17 years (although we Skype often). My mom took a week vacation to spent it with us. We sold our old van. And we were able to purchase a newer vehicle for the same amount as what we sold the old one for, so no car note! YAY!! Dave Ramsey would be very proud!! I was present for the birth of my second niece by my little sister. Aryanna Teresa. I was able to spend two weeks with her and her big sister, Nashalie Cristina.
We have had our ups and downs, but we have faced it all with the Lord by our side and He has carried us through. As the birthday of our Saviour comes closer, all the stress and anxiety starts to melt away. I think about all the positives in my life. I have a great husband, children that rock, food on my table, a roof over my head, clothing on my back. All my wonderful family, my amazing friends, the relationships that have blossomed and grown, all the blessings that He has bestowed upon us remind me of the real reason for Christmas. Love. God's love for us, that He gave us His Son, Jesus.
I hope everyone of you has a wonderful Christmas, filled with lots of love and joy. I pray that you all are showered with glorious blessings!!