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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Weekend Reflections 12/20

Looking outside....it's rainy and gray.

Listening...it's quiet. The Doctor is at work, The Brother is on the computer and The Boy has gone to the hospital to turn in the 24 hour heart monitor he finished wearing.


Loving...my boys. They aren't perfect, but they are amazing. They're patient with their little cousins most of the time, they love their Mom and they show it. I am blessed. 


Thinking...that it's been an incredibly challenging week.  I am emotionally and physically spent. 


In my kitchen...a cup of hot chocolate right now and I have no idea about dinner tonight. That takes too much effort to think about right now.


Wearing...red penguin pajamas and a black turtleneck.


Needing...to clean out my pantry. I thought I smelled a rotten potato last night, but when I went looking, I found a flattened, dead mouse. I have no idea how or when he arrived and I have seen no signs anywhere else in the house. 
Not the greatest end to a difficult and challenging week.

Reading...No idea. I haven't picked up a book for three weeks.


Today...
some much needed family time.

Hoping...for for a quiet weekend where we can all recoup and be ready to enjoy Christmas next week.


Planning...I still need to get gifts wrapped and pick up some stocking stuffers. 


Gratitude...for medical professionals. For a nurse 16 years ago, who noticed my newborn son's color wasn't good and suspected a heart problem; an observation that ultimately saved his life. For pediatric cardiologists who look after his health and who care and support and encourage. For a doctor husband, who can understand a situation and reassure me. For that strong, handsome son who is such a joy to me.


From my world... 



Truth. 

What about you? What are you reflecting on? How has your week gone?


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Angels We Have Heard on High


This is beautiful. Please take a moment to listen to it. I love The Piano Guys and this version of Angels We Have Heard on High is gorgeous. I absolutely adored the live nativity, too!

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mailbox Monday 12/15

It's time for another Mailbox Monday which was created by Marcia at To Be Continued.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week... Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish list

My mailbox has been kind of sporadic over the last couple of weeks, but here is what has shown up.


Love Gently Falling by Melody Carlson, for review from Hatchette Book Group
A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor, for review from TLC Book Tours


Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund, for review from Bethany House
God Doesn't Write with a Pen by Christi Pauline, for review from the author


The Wealth of Jamestown by Barbara N. McLennan, via Netgalley
Saving Jimani: Life and Death in the Haiti Earthquake by Rene Steinhauer, RN, for review via Netgalley

What about you?

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What new books did you receive?  Check out more Mailbox Monday posts here.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Weekend Reflections 12/13

Looking outside....it's sunny, but cold. But, when the sun is shining, I don't care how cold it is!

Listening...it's quiet. The Doctor is at work and the boys are just getting up.


Loving...that my Christmas shopping is done. I just need it all to arrive so it can be wrapped.


Thinking...that the new bifocals aren't working and will need to be returned. When I wear them, I get angry and swear, I have headaches and get nauseous. I do like the bifocal contacts though.


In my kitchen...a cup of hot chocolate right now and my early family birthday dinner at my Mom's tonight.


Wearing...red penguin pajamas, a black turtleneck and red and white striped fuzzy socks.


Needing...to do a load of laundry and take some time with The Brother to get his room cleaned.


Reading...No idea. I need to start a new one. It's been a slow couple of weeks for reading.


Today...odds and ends and family time.


Hoping...the Doctor won't have to work long this morning. 


Planning...to attend a live nativity with all the family after my early birthday dinner. We did that a couple of years ago and my boys loved walking through the replica of Bethlehem, the inn, the stable. It was such a great way to remember the reason we celebrate Christmas and it was all at the level of children. I think my nieces will really enjoy it this year. 


Gratitude...for a teenage boy who decided he wanted to learn to play the violin, has diligently worked and practiced and who performed amazingly well at his first recital after only 2 1/2 months of lessons.


From my world... 




Shiny! The newest addition to our Christmas tree this year. 

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