It was funny the way things happened. I wasn't working (on maternity leave), our renters decided to trash our house and leave it mid month...leaving us with a very, very expensive mess to clean up. We also still have that rental empty, so we are paying the upkeep and mortgage every month on it. In addition to costs of Briar's cross and other expenses when someone passes away.
And now it's Christmas. And we have no money :) Sort of humbling. Sort of APPROPRIATE!!!!!!!! I kind of love it, and I kind of hate it. It forces me to think of the REASON we celebrate Christmas. It forces me to look to the Lord and say, "I trust you". To say, "Christmas is not all about gifts". To think, "Wow, we are so blessed, despite a tough circumstance...that is not really that tough". We are doing some things for a sweet family we know who is going through hard times with four kids. I think about if this happens next year when we very likely will have one or two adopted children...and maybe even another child naturally born to us...it would be a lot tougher. It could always be worse.
All in all, I would say we have it pretty good.
And here I wanted to write a post about how uninspired I am. And now I feel inspired. Because I reminded MYSELF why we celebrate. And why we bother to do all this stuff anyway.
So here is my uninspired Christmas:
I really had an awesome vision for what the tree would look like. It was more funky. Less traditional. But, this will do......it looks beautiful sparkling in there when we get home at night!!
|Presents wrapped. Can't wait to break out the wire ribbon and create some bows.|
|Presents can not live under the tree....those pesky dogs like to UNWRAP them before Christmas....so they are up on top of a table. Not quite as cute...but more practical for sure!|
|Christmas cards on the wall :) Not too many have come. I am wondering if I am unloved, or if everyone is just as lazy as I am and hasn't sent theirs yet....:) haha!!|
|An engagement picture (October 2005) on a homemade ornament I sent to Brandon in Iraq during his first deployment for Christmas 2006....in his little tiny Containerized Housing Unit....with his tiny little dollar store Christmas tree.|