What a day!

I think I first knew I was in trouble today, when my son woke from his nap at 1PM and I found myself counting the hours until bed time -- for all of us!  

Overall things have gone well -- ok, the baby screaming the whole time we went through the grocery store was a bit much -- yet, I am very thankful that the day is done and we are all in bed or on our way.  

As Lucy Montgomery said in her book, Anne of Green Gables; " . . . tomorrow is a new day, with no mistakes in it . . ."

Merry Christmas

This Christmas, I wanted to wish you each a wonderful day!  
May laughter fill your home and may the day be full of treasured memories.

 1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
 2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
 3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
 5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
 6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
 7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
 8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
 15And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
 16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
 17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
 18And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
 19But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Luke 2:1-20

My Breakfast Table

I am not sure why I felt compelled to take a picture before I sat down to breakfast yesterday morning.  As I review the picture there is even a story or stories to tell here. 

The cereal is my attempt to eat a bit healthier and easier.  Making a breakfast each morning, is just a lot of work.  On days, when I am not up before everyone else, as today was, I get my husband and girls out the door to work and school and then eat my breakfast.  This morning, the baby slept until everyone was gone, so he joined me.  The yogurt and apple help the cereal to last until lunch.  For whatever reason, I am always hungry in an hour or two when all I have is cereal.   Just peeking out from the behind the baby cereal box, you can see my "extra" treat.  Turkey bacon.   I just got it yesterday.  It is less expensive then regular bacon, and since we are watching our food budget, I thought I would give it a try.  (Side note:  it tastes OK.  Not the same as pork bacon, obviously, but an OK substitute.  It actually might help keep us from eating too much bacon, since it is not as yummy as the "real" stuff.)
I have my planner and Bible there for my daily reading and review of the coming day.  By the way, it took me until after lunch to complete those.  (The writing thoughts bouncing in my head combined with the baby who just did not want to play alone, kept from finishing that.)
I realized later as I ate that my tea was not at the table and hence not in the picture.  I am an avid warm fluid drinker.   Tea or coffee, not that picky most days.  Except, the coffee must have a good dose of creamer in it.  This morning, since we were almost out of creamer (and that is an extra in our food budget), I saved it for later when I could savor the cup of coffee a bit more.  

That is all of the snapshot of my breakfast yesterday.  The baby went down for his nap, and I went on with finishing my reading and day's preview.  Then showering and getting dressed (yes, I was still in my PJ's - see my comment earlier about not getting up before the kids), finding my kitchen under the dirty dishes, and getting through some of my To Do's before baby's morning nap is over.  
As I review this to post it, the last item listed there did not quite happen.  The morning flew, and I was busy doing stuff - just not things on my to do list.  It was a good morning, though.  Now, on with the weekend.

Gratitude Follow-up and the New Month

I am later getting this posted then I wanted, but here it is anyway:
Wow!  Is anyone else amazed by how quickly November seemed to pass?  As I review the habit for November, being thankful, seems that the habit was not necessarily something new that I did this past month.  It was simply an extension of what I seek to do anyway.

My thankfulness cards that I was to write in each day; well, did not get written in every day.  About half of them are used.  Rather than trying to finish it off the last week, I just let it be, continued on until the month end and now am tying it off and putting it my folder for review next year.

With all that is happening in our lives in December (well, it may not be that much, but as I stand looking ahead at it, it seems very mountainous), I am not seeking to establish a new habit.  Rather, perfect and hone the ones I have been working on this year.  Specifically, I am thinking of my follow through with projects and ideas and the act of completion in the task I undertake.

All in all, I am seeking to have a joyous, blessed and wonderous Christmas season and start of a great new year!