Showing posts from December, 2018

Thank goodness for Christmas!

This year has been full of new beginnings and endings in my family and now at Christmas time I see things starting all over again!   This, I’m finding, tends to be difficult for a mom.   In the past year my husband and I have watched our oldest wrestle his last match, run his last race in track, attend his senior prom, graduate from high school, go on college visits, show his last steer and goat at the county fair, choose a college and we’ve moved him into his first apartment.   At the same time our daughter attended her first prom, took the ACT, got her first part-time job and her first car.   Then our sixth-grader attended his last elementary fine arts night and finished sixth grade to become a junior high student.   If that wasn’t enough to take in, my step-son got married! Now as we are nearing Christmas and the end of 2018, I find myself reflecting on more “simple” times when the biggest decisions I faced were making sure Santa delivered the coolest Spy Gear, the correct Americ

Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving 2018 is in the books and Emilee and I have a lot to be thankful for this year. We have been in our new home almost a year now and we couldn’t be more pleased with the decision we made to buy this house. The location is great, and the house has plenty of room to start our new family. Emilee is pregnant, and our first child is due in February! We are grateful to have such a great home to raise our family in and be close to both of our parents as well. This year, we volunteered to host Emilee’s family for Thanksgiving. So, a few weeks ago my wife broke out the To-Do List to prepare for hosting Thanksgiving. Let the work begin!   We started doing all the deep cleaning and making sure we had enough tables and chairs for everyone. Then came the grocery list and assignments on who would be making what for Thanksgiving dinner. I do not think initially we realized how much work goes in to hosting 19 people for Thanksgiving. Even though there was a lot of work that went into prepa