Whew! What a busy week we just finished up. Christmas was the end to week long festivities here. My house started with a cookie decorating party last Wednesday. It began Tuesday night rolling out cookie dough. There was peanut butter, gingerbread and of course sugar cookies to bake up and get ready for decorating the next day. Lots of family members came in for the fun. My sister, her younger daughter and my great nephew, my Mom & Dad, both my girls and grandsons and my husband came home from work early. So let the cookie decorating begin.
On to Christmas Eve. Although this was an unexpected celebration it brought surprises and smiles. Families now are created with extended family members. As is ours. My oldest daughter has a step son but he is special to us and is one of our grandsons as well. He could not be with us on Christmas day so we put together a Christmas Eve celebration and opened a few presents.
This year I prepared the feast and my sister pitched in extra mash potatoes and my dad brought sweet potatoes and more dressing. Food, food every where.
We also made sure everyone had a gift to open. Even if it was a small one. The real fun came when we broke out the foam disc guns. Even the adults went back to being kids.
It was wonderful to celebrate with family. I have taken the last few days to put my house back together and to reflect on this past year.
Every year has it's ups and downs. This year has been different in the fact I finally feel I have a direction to go. I feel like I have been standing at a cross road for too long. After leaving a career in the medical field I felt lost in what to do with myself. I am not a stay at home watch tv all day type. I was bored and restless when by chance I picked up jewelry making supplies. The creative process sparked something in me and now I look forward to trying new ideas.
In the new year I will be taking this another step by trying to create my own handmade polymer clay beads. I am looking forward to trying to create truly one of a kind items for you.
My New Years wish for all of you is that you find things that make you happy and move you to create a better life for you and those around you.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Busy! Busy!! A normal week is busy enough for most of us with the daily activities of our lives. As we head into this Holiday season I hope you all will take a moment and find peace and enjoy time with your loved ones and friends.
I am a Christian and celebrate the birth of Christ. What every holiday you are entering may you be blessed.
This year has brought me many blessings and I am trying to slow down and remember the good things. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the holiday madness. There is a big difference in what this holiday should be and what the retailers want you to think this holiday is. A couple of years ago I told my girls (who are grown) that I would love to have a handmade Christmas. One where we would all make things for one another. I thought it would be wonderful. Back then there was more money and we could afford to get those gifts merchants told us we needed to have a happy Christmas. We are by no means broke but we sure won't be shopping the way we were use to. It saddens me that I cannot afford to spoil my kids and grandsons the way we have in the past but it saddens me more how I have bought into the whole concept that the merchants have fed us about Christmas.. There will be gifts, toys and food. The best presents won't be bought. It will be the family I have around me and the laughter and hugs.
I am grateful for the many full Christmases we have had and I am grateful that God has given me the talents to to create the many gifts I will be giving this year. The blessing I am getting is that God is giving me the lesson I had asked for . The lesson of what is most important about the Holidays and what should be important every day, family & friends.
God revealed to me this year a talent I did not know I had. The ability to create jewelry pieces that others enjoy. I have been blessed that this little talent bloomed into a small business that is growing. I appreciate each person who has encouraged me and to the many who have purchased from me in my on line store and at the many craft fairs and festivals I have attended.
Thank you to each of you. May you be blessed this Holiday Season.