Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Taking a Deep Breath and Enjoying Family

For the past couple weeks I’ve had the opportunity to visit my family in Canada (see more on why I’m not living there by clicking here). You may have noticed my absence from the online world recently - now you know why!

In preparing to come, I knew that I wanted to not be busy busy with shop & blog stuff the whole time I was here. I did have some sewing projects to finish up for Christmas, but wanted to also take time to enjoy my family during the limited time I have with them.

My wish was more than granted when, shortly after my arrival, my mom was flat on her back with a sciatic nerve. Guess who became chief cook and bottle-washer?? Yours truly! :)

The last two weeks have been interesting to say the least. Just before Christmas is not exactly a convenient time to be laid up, especially since mom was the one directing the Christmas program at church. She had shopping to finish, preparation for our trip to the States for Christmas, plus the normal baking and activities that come with the season. Hard to do any of that from your bed, now isn’t it?

I’ve been helping as I can, and 14-year-old Rachel has been a big help as well. I think we’ve all survived my cooking, at least. :) Mom is steadily seeing improvement with her leg, although she is still limping around. The Christmas Program went off without a single hitch. And there are 6 stockings, hung with care and bursting at the seams. All is right with the world. :)

Here are a few pictures from around the home place...it is so good to be here again!

We had a snow day on Sunday, so we stayed in our PJ's and watched movies most of the day. So cozy!

I wonder if anyone has ever kept track of how long it takes to dress a toddler for snow??

Judah loves to be "matching" with his big brother. "Matching" to him is anything with the patriots emblem on it. :) 

I’ve been soaking up all the time I can with this little guy. He turned 2 just before I came home, and he is currently in one of the most fun stages of toddler-hood. He is so, so smart and comes up with funny things to say every day.

We sat and sang the same 6 Christmas carols over and over again, and he surprised me by knowing “Away in a Manger “ word perfect! Then today I caught him singing "Silent Night" to himself in the mirror. Such a precious boy!


At this time of year its so nice to just relax and enjoy the gifts that God has given us: our family, friends, and most of all our salvation. What special things are you enjoying these last days before Christmas?


8 comments:

  1. Your pictures are so cute! It's always good to be back home with family after time away. Happy holidays to you!!!

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    1. Thank you Nicole, and Merry Christmas to you too!

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  2. Haha - I love the Patriots sweatshirts. Hazen would love those boys. =)

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    1. Yep, we're New England fans around here! :)

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  3. Hello Nicole, What wonderful pictures! Christmas blessings to you and your family and all of your loved ones!

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol! Merry Christmas to you, too! =)

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  4. Glad you got to go home for a little while. I'm sure your mom was very glad to have you there! Have a Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Becky, I am very glad I was here, too! Merry Christmas to you and Kenny! :)

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