Christmas Eve Here

Merry Christmas Eve!
I wish I could have you all over to hang out at my house during Christmas.  Is that weird?  I just love making the house all cozy and Christmased and want to share it and welcome people in.  Maybe that's kinda what heaven is like.  No time or space restrictions and all.  But until then.  Blogging, I guess?

Outside my window
It'll be a green Christmas this year.  It's supposed to be cooler today but yesterday got to 60 degrees!  It's a little disappointing but if it means an easier winter than last year then I'll take it.  I have a little game I play in my head of seeing just how long we can make it without snow here and feel like we won the lottery this year.  We haven't had ANY snow at our home yet!  A white Christmas would sure be lovely but this is great in its own way and I'm so thankful after the way people suffered last year.

The hum of the monitor and I *think* some footsteps.  Because obviously mom started writing so it's time to get up ;) 

Thankful for…
These past weeks.  Advent has been quiet in my heart and while I've been doing lots, it hasn't been stressful and I feel...good.  Minus the nasty cold that took down all of the boys this past week.  That wasn't nice.  We're on the other side of it now and will hopefully will be well enough for Christmas celebrating beginning tonight!  It's Christmas Eve!

Thinking about…
Living in the moment.
The blessings.
A client due any day now.
The baby shower we're planning for my sister!

We're off of school this week and the next and probably the next :)  I budget the last two weeks of Advent and the twelve days of Christmas as break time.  I really appreciate it with all the other things that I have to do and it gives the boys a chance to work on their gifts and helping me bake and clean.  

Struggling with…
Being patient with sickness.  The first few days I feel all patient and nurse mom then I start to just be done with it.  Especially with two children who have been pretty miserable during it.

From the kitchen
Turkey is waiting in the fridge for tonight.  Sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce and cookies have all been made.  Mashed potatoes are nixed this year because my weirdo children don't like them so not worth the effort and last minutedness of them.  Baby Jesus' birthday cake is in the freezer (John Paul volunteered to be in charge of it this year!)  Even the veggies are pre-diced for stuffing and the filling and frosting for the cinnamon rolls are done.  The pantry and freezer are stocked with treats saved for Christmas.  I guess that's one of the beauties of traditions.  Each year they get honed and that makes everything run more smoothly and be so much more peaceful.  Making as much as possible ahead of time when the free moment strikes is a sanity saver.  And so is a freezer.

Just finished Come, Lord Jesus this morning and are working with some other women on Life of Christ by Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

Oh, I am so so excited to share with you the gifts we've put together this year!  Crocheting, building,'s been getting real crafty in these parts.  And it's actually been really fun.  For real.  Brian has been spending his free time taking turns with the boys to help them make a gift for their brothers and I just can't wait to see them all finished.  They're pretty great :)

Around the house
The Christmas decor is mostly up.  Other projects are waiting until after Christmas but I have my eye on our bedroom floor situation, our countertops and kitchen sink.  

For my sister and her little unborn baby girl.
For the conversion of abortionists and those who work in the abortion industry.
For the many women I know due with babies in the next weeks - Nicole, Jen, Amanda, Lori, Amanda, Bonnie...and more?  Who else is due soon?
For healing in our house.

Picture thoughts to share


Am I bokehing right??  (This was accidental on my phone but maybe I'm fancy and DON'T EVEN KNOW IT.)

 It kind of hit me after we hung the stockings this morning that we have a lot of kids.
Seriously.  Blink.

is setting the table early in the morning.

Clearly cranberries are one of my happy things.

And an almost finished Jesse Tree that was run by Brian and the boys this year.

I, uh, think my paper white is doing well.  I planted it the first week of Advent.

"No guys, seriously.  WHERE'S THE BABY???"

Clearly quite phased by the situation.

Real garland from Trader Joe's.  Crazy cheap and makin' our outside all Christmased.

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Have a wonderful Christmas Eve, friends!


  1. Beautiful decorations! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  2. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    that was a really beautiful look into your life :)

    I really struggle past day 2 when kid sickness makes the rounds in our house. REALLY. STRUGGLE.

    That is all.

  3. Love your table and your cranberries everywhere!!! They are just happy! And that sweet baby peeking out....sigh! Cutie. Merry Christmas.

  4. Everything over at your place looks so pretty and peaceful! Lovely, lovely. The Baby under the chair is pretty hilarious too. :-) Can't wait to see your crafty guys' creations. Blessed Vigil to all of you.

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  6. I found Advent this year to be very quiet and peaceful, too. I didn't do more than I could, didn't stress about what I couldn't, did most of my shopping online, and lived happily ever after. :-) Hope you all had a very merry Christmas!


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