Saturday, December 22, 2012

Twas The Week Before Christmas

Happy one month to Lily Grace last week!

This last week has been a whirlwind...
My in-laws were here from TN, I was doing last minute Christmas shopping, putting together Christmas cards, feeding a newborn every hour and a half while trying to be sure to spend quality time with Addison, and finishing up several large projects, both of which had to be done by yesterday.
I know, my life is no busier than yours. Probably less busy than many of you. Maybe you are laughing at me right now. Never the less, I've so wanted to blog, and had inspiration several times over the past week, but just couldn't fit it in.

Right now it's just after 6 am. The little one wouldn't go to sleep last night...I think maybe around one did I finally get to bed, and was up again at five this morning to feed her.
I should have gone back to bed, but I drank coffee so here I am:)

This year, I swore I wouldn't get 'caught up' in the madness that seems to come with Christmas every year. I wanted to focus on what's important and not get stressed.
Is that possible? I don't know anymore.
I found myself the week before Christmas feeling frazzled as always, scrambling to get shopping done,
making impossible to-do lists each day, and putting unreasonable pressure on myself to be super-woman, figuring if I cut out some sleep, I could get it all done.
Then, I was stalking an old classmate on facebook page (don't act so know you do it too), and came across a quote that seriously changed the past few days for me.
I thought I'd share it with you.
Hopefully it will help you too, as we are all a bit stressed in the days leading up to Christmas.
No matter how good my intentions are (focusing on why we celebrate Christmas in the first place, not allowing stress and business to creep in and overwhelm the former), I generally get sucked in like most of the rest of the world. If you find yourself in the same boat, read on and let the words sink in.
Then live it out the next few days as you allow your thoughts to center the greatest gift you've ever received...God's gift to us, his Son, and the real 'reason for the season', to be cliche:)

"There is always enough time to do the will of God. For that we can never say, 'I don't have time.' When we find ourselves frantic and frustrated, harried and harrassed and 'hassled,' it is a sign we are running on our own schedule, not on God's...'My burden is light,' Jesus said. It is the addition of burdens God never meant us to carry that weighs us down." ~ Elizabeth Elliot

Have a happy, blessed, stress-free weekend!
Here's our past week in photos:)

Family pictures in the cold...had to make it quick!

Grandma visiting from TN gets to meet her new grand baby:)

Cuddle time with my babies:)

Daddy and his girls

Nap time for this one!

This, is a life saver! Lily loves it and I get to get things done!
Don't know how I managed without this when Addison was
an infant. It's the greatest thing ever!!!


  1. That carrier looks awesome! I am needing a new one! One kind is it?

  2. It's an comfortable and easy on my back, which is hard to find! It's for bigger babies, but you can either get an infant insert, or save money and just roll up a little blanket for the baby to'sit' on:)