Monday, December 04, 2006

new house

As of this afternoon, we officially own our new house, and we get the keys tomorrow. I AM SO EXCITED!! Sometimes I get so giddy-excited, that I really remind myself of a 12 year old or something. I don't know if that's good, bad, normal, or weird. I suppose I'm getting older in that even though I just want jump up and down in glee, I also want to cry in response to God's goodness. adulthood filled with gleeful crying. That's me. =)

On another note... My hopes and wishes for a simpler, slower, (looking for an 's' word but can't find one) more home-made Christmas have vanished. I really was hoping to make more gifts, be better at spending less money, etc. this year. I've come to my senses. Between packing, moving, doing house projects on our little house, and getting it ready for sale in early January, I'm hoping to just find time to mail the Christmas cards I've already had printed (it's just that I want to send a Christmas letter with them and I need to print that and get copies made...and that's the hold up). I'm also not sure when we're going to buy a tree, let alone put it up. I wanted to make a few sweet gifts for a few friends that are even sweeter. At this point, I have no idea when I'd make those gifts, or even get together with those friends. So, if I'm REALLY good, I'll buy them something sweet, and maybe put them in the mail (for friends that live 3o minutes away). I suppose it's better than nothing. At the end of the day, I want a great Christmas day at home with my husband focusing on God's gift to us, and that can still happen even if all that other STUFF didn't go quite like I had envisioned. All of my decorating and buying have moved into the fast and easy planning mode, rather than drawn-out and homemade. Perhaps next year. It makes me sad though. I feel like home-made things show love, but I'm trying to remember that it's the thought that counts and purchased things can be appreciated to. For example, my Bible Study is having a fellowship time next week and I wantned to make some Christmas cookies for my group (I lead the discussion for a group of ladies) for them to enjoy with their dinner. However, this is no way that will be possible - to make Christmas cookies. I will likely purchase cookies for them to enjoy and need to trust that they will recognize the effort and enjoy the cookies, evevn if they aren't homemade.

Ok... my husband is barking at me (trying to get the dog to bark at me) to get me to get off the blog and into bed. I think I'd better go - this is a little alarming. =)

Good night!


Jenn said...

On a few occasions I have had a crazy Christmas schedule and I have surrended cards and some gifts only to really put the time and thought into special Valentines. I am actually thinking about asking my girlfriends to all move our shared Christmas stuff to Valentines Day. I love Valentines and I think it should be elevated to a special friendship day anyway.

Good luck with your move and congrats on the house!

momrn2 said...

It's "funny" that my season is not turning out how I envisioned it either... the year I have "cut back" my hours at work.

Congrats on the house!! How very exciting!!

kel said...

Jenn - That's a great idea about Valentine's day. I think I'd have a hard time with it - I absolutely adore Christmas.... but it is a good encouragement to think outside the box!

MomRN - Isn't it true that all our time will surely be filled up, regardless of how much time it is? I've definitely had to work on my expectations with my new home time. I can't get everything done that I had envisioned. At least I can attempt it now, but it doesn't get done. I have to remind myself that I AM still spending 6-7 hours a day working, and that's a lot of time.

Good luck and Merry Christmas!!!

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Kim @ Reformed Grits said...

Congratulations! How wonderful! We all just do the best we can. Your friends and family feel and know your love year round... not just at Christmas so cut yourself come slack!

Kat said...

Congratulations on your new house, Kel! Isn't it exciting!