Browsing Category

family

family

My Messy Christmas {Three Word Wednesday}

December 18, 2013
Hometour

*Disclaimer:  This post is not intended to put myself down or to make you feel sorry for me.  This is my reality and I don’t care to hide it any longer.  I’ve been wallowing in all sorts of “why not me” and coveting the beauty of others that I’ve decided being real with my life, messy and all, speaks more of the beauty of Christmas, at least for me. I had started a post entitled, “Awaiting His Arrival” and thought I would write about Mary,  how she pondered in her heart the arrival of the Son of God.  What were the questions she had of God about His son?  What did God share with her about Him? But then it all sort of dissolved into nothing. You see, that is the post I wanted to write.  I wanted my voice to be heard for Advent.  My heart wanted to be taken down this path, to chime in with my thoughts on this beautiful season, to “fit in” with the rest for what the blogging world has been doing over the last couple of weeks.  God didn’t allow it. Honestly, I’ve been all sorts of overwhelmed lately, for a couple of months now.  I can’t really blame it on the book, although getting a book published and getting a launch team together with reviews & giveaways…

Continue Reading...

family

Embracing the Simple Joy of Family

December 3, 2013

Embracing the simple Joy of FAMILY The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. Burton Hillis I tell my kids ever year, “Christmas is about family.  It’s about being together.  It doesn’t matter what is or isn’t underneath the tree.  What matters most is that we, as a family are all together — healthy, happy and loving Jesus.” Over the last four years, I’ve said that more often than I am sure my children would like to hear. It’s hard to keep a balance between wanting to give your children the desires of their heart at least once a year, and knowing that all of that doesn’t really matter.  My children are older now (adults, teens and preteens) so it does make it easier.  We were never extravagant in our giving with our children, but years of unemployment have set us back so far that sometimes the offerings are smaller than I’d like them to be.  But someone, we always manage to have something under the tree, smiling faces, laughter and happy hearts. As my family comes together to focus on the simple joys of Christmas, there are many things we enjoy doing that bring us closer to each other as we build lasting memories. Annual Tree Hunting And it is a…

Continue Reading...

family

Life Through The Lens: Celebrating 25 years!

August 27, 2013

On Tuesday, August 20th, my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary! We didn’t have any big plans, like those we’ve dreamed about, as money is still very tight. (Thankfully, hubby is working now!). But God put it on someone’s heart to bless us financially so that we could go out and have a nice dinner.  A really nice dinner!  So that is what we did on Sunday night. We went to the Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola. You can take a garden path down many stairs to the restaurant or opt for the cable car, which is what we do when we visit. (photo credit) It’s a place we visited while we were dating, and the food is very good!  I took advantage and indulged, just a little! Calamari appetizer Filet Mignon with au gratin potatoes (also had steamed veggies on the side) And in honor of our anniversary, two small but powerful chocolate truffles for dessert. After dinner we drove into downtown Capitola to visit the coffee house we liked to hang out at while we were dating.  Matter of fact, just shortly after we got engaged, we came here, and a violinist serenaded us.  We found out last night that this same violinist still plays on Friday nights, and has been there for 26 years! I opted for the iced coconut mocha,…

Continue Reading...