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Finally the family Christmas

We finally got together.  The weather cooperated and the roads did too.  It was a nice get together over all.  The kids all got along as did the adults.  🙂

We had an excellent meal….John did a pork loin on the smoker along with some chicken.  It was delish!  I didn’t eat so much that I was stuffed, but enough to be full.  I am trying to be more mindful of my eating.  I think I stretched my sleeve some.  I don’t know how to make it smaller again other than eating less by watching what I put in my mouth.  Now with the holidays officially over for me, I can’t use that as an excuse.

And….I have a cold again.  My nose is about to run off my face.  It’s so sore from blowing it.  What do you use to dry up your sinus’s?  I can’t use sudafed, but other suggestions are welcome.

Family stuff always puts me on edge but today I didn’t feel so much of that.  I felt a little of that inferiority stuff but it wasn’t overwhelming like other times.  I guess I went in with “teflon mind”.  I needed to put that distance between them and me.   I didn’t want to get into any confrontations and the like.  Found out though that my mom is leaving for Texas on Wednesday.  Wonder when they were going to get around to telling me that?  Oh well, whatever.  They will be gone for a month or so.  Coming back around the end of February or so.  Hope they have fun.

As for me and K, well, we’ll survive.  Always do.

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Day 22 Thanks

Today I am thankful for lazy days.  I was able to get some things done that I haven’t been able to get done in a little while since K has been sick.  I also was able to get some cooking done for tomorrow’s Christmas party for the Olson’s get together.  Not a lot of goodies but a few things that I will be taking.  Got the soup going.  I need to remember to pick up bowls tomorrow.  Remember to write a HUGE STICKY NOTE for me to remember to pick them up before I leave town tomorrow.  It’s gonna be “180 below” zero tomorrow, yes, I am exaggerating.  It’s gonna be the coldest day yet this season.  And it happens to be on the day we are driving to Iowa.  Go figure.  Just our luck.  I have my cake in the fridge.  I am debating whether to poke the holes in it tonight and put the sweetened condensed milk on it or wait til morning.  I think I will wait til morning. I don’t want it to get all soggy and gross.  So yeah.  Might poke the holes tonight tho.  Just for the fun of it.  LOL  The cheeseball is done and in the fridge.  The crackers are in the bag along with the noodles for the soup that need to be put in when I get to Carpenter tomorrow.  I hope the soup doesn’t spill on the way there.  I have this funky new stretchy cord thing for my crock pot lid that is supposed to hold the lid on tight.  i hope it works.  we’ll see.  i will bring some towels along with and lay them on the floor of the car just in case.  never trust soup.  LOL

I wrapped a few gifts today as well.  not too many, just a few.  The tree is up from being bored while K was sick this past week.  My cards are mostly done, addressed and ready.  But no stamps cuz I have no money to buy the stamps as of yet.  Still waiting for my travel check to get here.  It’ll probably come tomorrow when I am not here.  Go figure.  I think I have most everything ready for our trip south to Iowa tomorrow.  Bingo gifts ready and bagged.  Dry food stuff bagged.  I just need to jump in the shower in the morning, eat breakfast.  Get the soup ready to go in the car.  Warm up the car.  Get the cake done and chilled.  Cheese ball in the bag.  K up and going.  Her DS ready to go.  The kindle is off limits for the weekend.

Time for this tired momma to hit the hay.  Thankful for lazy days indeed.

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Merry Christmas from my place to yours!!

Merry Christmas!!

K was up around 5:15am….I, of course, was still sleeping.  She got up and patiently (or not so much) waited til my eyes were more open.  Coffee in hand….she started opening gifts.  We had a secret Angel this Christmas.  They are a wonderful family who knew that we just moved her and bought some presents for K and even for me.  lol

Anyways, Merry Christmas to all my friends and family out there.

You have been the best support and love I could ever ask for.



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The Birth of Jesus Changed Everything!

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! – II Cor. 9:15

I am God’s child (John 1:12)
I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15 )
I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17)
I am bought with a price (1 Cor 6:19-20)
I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
I am a personal witness of Christ.  (Acts 1:8)
I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt 5:13-14)
I am a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27)
I am free forever from condemnation ( Rom. 8: 1-2)
I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil 3:20)
I am free from any charge against me (Rom. 8:31 -34)
I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor 5:17-21)
I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6)
I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom 8:35-39)
I am established, anointed, sealed by God  (2 Cor 1:21-22 )
I am assured all things work together for good  (Rom. 8:28 )
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16 )
I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph. 3: 12 )
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)
I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)
I am God’s temple (1 Cor. 3: 16).   I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am God’s co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1). I am God’s workmanship (Eph. 2:10)
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected.(Phil.1: 5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven ( Col 1:14). I have been adopted as God’s child (Eph 1:5)
I belong to God
Do you know
Who you are!?

– Author Unknown

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A New Christmas 2012

After spending the last fifteen or sixteen years being a bit of a Scrooge from November 25 though December 25, this year feels totally different. And of course, it’s all because of K and all this healing that has taken place in my life.christmas_carol_m

For the first time ever in my adult life, it is December 15th and my Christmas tree is decorated (albeit with a lighting scheme that wouldn’t be my first choice if it wasn’t for a certain 9-year-old), most if not all of my Christmas shopping & Christmas cards are done, and I have actully had time to watch some Christmas “old time” shows like “Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer”, and Frosty the Snowman.  Even a few new one’s like “Hoops and YoYo Ruin Christmas” and “Taking Flight”.  Last night K and I watched Disney’s “Scrooge” (not sure of the actual name” but it was pretty good).  I have been listning to Chrismtas musick a lot too.  Although, I have to say in light of yesterday, I am not much in the music of Christmas.  More in the meanings behing some general contemporary Christain music that makes sense for this time.

Not that the holidays aren’t overcome with headaches & challenges in addition to all of this overflowing Christmas cheer. One of the big points is sll the felt expectations from family and even some friends.  My head is spinning with all the things I “need” to have done.  Today is the Olson Christmas in Carpenter, Iowa.  You know, that itty bitty town that has the community center and about 50 people living in that town?  Well, yeah.  That is where we meet up.  To make matters worse….it’s RAINING.  Raining in Minnesota today.  I just hope the  drive south is now slick and we can make it there with no seeing my car in the ditch somewhere.

I have most of the things done and ready for today.  Goodies baked and ready to plate up.  The cheesy hashbrown taters ready to put in the oven to bake for an hour before we actually leave.  The famous cheeseball and crackers.  The dirty bingo gifts.  A couple other gifts for some folks.  Christmas cards for the family.  The thing missing… dad.  It’s been 12 years since he left this world.  But his brothers and sister and all us cousins still get together to celebrate this time of year.  This side of the family is the best.   We all get along great.  We laugh and have fun.  Take silly pictures.  Play board games, card games, eat way too much food.  We just are a happy extending family….without my dad.  We all miss him so much.  when I see my uncles, I see my dad.  When I see my cousin’s little 2 year old boy…I see my grandpa.  He is a spitting image if my grandpa.

Christmas2But for every happy step forward that has been taken this year.  K coming home forever to live, my mental health staying fairly stable, a new job that I love,  living in a spectacular old river town….life is pretty good.  Sometimes I seem to lose sight of all the good things and stress about all the stuff that doesn’t really matter that much.  You know:  the perfect gifts for everyone that we buy for, pretty desserts and goodies, nice clothes to wear, painted finernails, hair just so, etc etc.  BUT…the real reason for Christmas…..Jesus was Born.  Jesus was born to give us life.  Our life.  He was born in a stable.  A crappy little place because no one would let Mary and Joseph have a good roof over their heads.  But this crappy stable became life for Him, for all of us.  Still the shepards came. Still the angels came.  Still the Wisemen came.  Still…..He was most loved.  He is my Savior.  He is my life.  He is brought me out of my pit.  I have the most fantastic friends and family because of this baby boy born so many years ago.

Going to do a plug for one of my favorite churches on earth.  Pastor Craig Groeshel will be preaching an awesome message.  EXPERIENCE: We will begin showing the Christmas experience Friday Dec 21 at 11 AM CT, and we will not switch to the next week’s experience until Saturday Dec 29 at 6:30 PM CT. See the full list at .

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Since my greatest Christmas wish has already been granted, it’s hard to imagine asking for anything else. But if I did, my wish for this year would be for mydaughter to know that she is loved, that she is precious, and that she isn’t going anywhere! (without me, that is).

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Questions for Sunday – get to know me!!


1. Favorite Holiday Movies/TV Specials? I love to watch the oldies….Rudolph, Frosty, etc.  But I also like Hoops and YoYo Ruin Chrismas…..
2. Do you do any volunteering during the holidays if so what? If not what would you do? 
Well, sort of.  I kind of do those random acts of kindness.  Things that people don’t know about like tonight, cleaning off cars that were totally under snow, just as mine.  I brushed off 4 other cars in my parking lot where I live.  I also leave a plate of goodies at my neighbors every Christmas.
3. Favorite toy received as a Child for the Holidays?
 Any board game….I have an older brother and younger sister and we LOVED to play games.  The Game of Life, Payday, Monopoly, etc.
4. What was your must have item in high school for the Holidays? 
OMG, that was the 80’s…holy crow, I don’t know.  Leg warmers, jeans, hair stuff, anything fun and of course MUSIC!!
5. Item you begged for the most and never got? 
A REAL Cabbage Patch Kid.  I got to make one for 4H, but it just wasn’t the same.
6. What do you do on Christmas Eve? If you are Jewish what does your family do for
Hanukkah?  Well, I don’t really remember when I was a kid.  I think we opened gifts from mom and dad.  Then Christmas day was Santa gifts.  The tradition I started with my daughter is we open one present on Christmas Eve, usually new PJ’s, then read the Story of Jesus’ birth from the Bible.  Then read the book the Night before Christmas.  Then drink some hot cocoa and relax and love on each other.  Put out the cookies and milk….and then to snooze…….cuz she gets up wayyyyy to early.  LOL

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Welcome to December

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Well, December 1.  It’s a weird weather day here in Minnesota.  it’s 36 but heading to the 40’s.  Weird Weird.  WEather is supposed to be cold and snowy.  Guess we will have to wait a few more days.  The fog has come in tho.  K and I need to run a few errands before getting started today.  New month….gonna get a lot done today.

Here’s my list:

Run to Walgreens to get some stuff.

Vacuum the living room

Put up the Christmas tree

Clean the bathroom and kitchen

Pick up Katey’s room

(Maybe get some stuff put away in my room)

Get a start on laundry

Write a few very important emails

and then, feet up….relax…hot cocoa (maybe with a like “nip” in it???)

I don’t know that I will get it all done today, but sure gonna try.  This apartment needs a good cleaning.

I also need to go through pressies and see what I have and what I have left to get.  I don’t think there is much.  K’s santa present (easy bake oven) and my santa present (play-doh)  lol  I LOVE play doh.

Have a productive day my friends.

Much love

J ♥