Friday, December 19, 2014

On being Productive

Awhile ago a close friend of mine posted a picture of her house on Instagram. She deemed it a "real life" photo, or something like that. The living room had three little boys playing with toys strewn all over. I thought it was beautiful for some reason. My friend was embracing the moment instead of worrying about the mess that her sons and nephew were making. I mention this because the last couple of weeks I have embraced the mess. I have had Christmas presents to wrap, Christmas cards to send out, Christmas cookies to make and a Christmas wreath to finish. Ninety percent of the time my house is clean and organized, but I have realized that cleanliness and order does not always produce as much as a temporary mess can produce. I make a really big effort to have living spaces that allow my mind to be clear and a good feeling to be present, but the messes I have been making have resulted in making memories and making gifts for friends and loved ones. I think that is the key to enjoying the holiday season...embracing the moments with family and friends and producing as much goodness as you can. After sending all the Christmas gifts, wrapping all the gifts for my family, delivering cookie plates, mailing all the Christmas cards, finishing teaching preschool and hanging my new Christmas wreath, my house is back to normal, and I am ready to begin making new messes with Christmas around the corner. What kind of "messes" have you been making? I am sure the results were, or will be, beautiful!

Merry Christmas!


Sunday, December 7, 2014


Cody was a shepherd in the Christmas party nativity,,,thus the robe. =)
Happy Baby!
Ready to party.
Merry Christmas!
Six years of marriage.
Cutting down a Christmas tree,
An update...We have officially got through November--a busy month for our family. I will post a few pictures from our anniversary, my birthday and Thanksgiving break. All three were a success. For our anniversary we went to a chocolate shop, a movie (Hunger Games) and ate Texas Roadhouse. For my birthday I had a friend bring me cookies and a card, had a Chinese take-out picnic in the living room, ate chocolate cake and got a gift certificate for a massage from my husband. It was a great day. Thanksgiving break we went to our friends home and enjoyed a delicious dinner, visited, shared what were were thankful for, and stuffed ourselves with pie. The next day I did do some Black Friday shopping and then on Saturday we went to a Christmas tree farm and cut down a tree. I am enjoying the tree's smell and the pretty lights and ornaments on the tree right now as I write. I love Christmas trees! Cody is big on having a real Christmas tree, and the tree we found does not disappoint.

On my Mind

Yesterday, I officially decided not to work out of the home. I got offered a job teaching as an adjunct communications instructor at Fox Valley Technical College, but after I sat down with the department chair to get the materials and remembered everything that is involved in teaching writing courses, I did some serious reflecting. I realized that I am not ready to go back to work yet. I feel good about life when I get a shower in, catch up on laundry or just have an hour to myself right now. Adding a job to the mix completely overwhelmed me and after discussing with Cody and being honest with myself, I decided to wait. In theory going back to work was a good idea--a break from being a mom, adult interaction, academic challenge, extra money and a way to keep up my craft, but in reality it is 15-20 hours of work each week that I don't have the time or energy for right now. Maurie is not even three months old yet and I honestly enjoy being home with the girls. I am in a groove that I like. I know when the mail lady comes; I have time with Maurie Lu alone each day while Jane goes to preschool and Cody is home by 5 pm most days. I like the routines. So, I will be spending my days with my children and I am certain that there will be plenty of time later to teach. I am in awe at how much time and energy is required of me as a mom. Seriously there is an hour each day that I have time to myself, and if it is not used to take a nap, there is always more to do than there is time to do it. Although I am a little disappointed that it is not going to work out, I am grateful I have the choice not to work. As I walked away from dropping off the textbook and resources on campus, I felt peace about my decision. Here's to raising children!

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Good News Minute

I did miss a post last week due to the holidays, but I think all my readers were okay without me. =)

I have good news to share. My best friend Tiara had her fourth son on December 1. I am so happy for her. She is such a beautiful lady and an amazing mother and wife. Look at her sweet family!

Also, my lovely girlfriend, that I have been friends with since childhood, got engaged! She is going to be a beautiful bride. I am so happy for her and Brandon!


I love these life events that bring joy and excitement into life. I got to talk to both Tiara and Kim on the phone and I am so thankful that both of them are a part of my life.

I hope you have good news in your life right now!


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