Showing posts from December, 2011

Savor Life

So my New Year's Resolution for 2012 unfolded slowly over the past few weeks.  I have realized that I spend far too much time dreaming about the life (or job, or closet, or clothes, or house) I would like to have.  This causes me to neglect and not appreciate the life and things I DO have.

So here it is, and it just came to me one morning on the way to work:

Savor and enjoy the life  you DO have  rather than obsess about the life  you think you want!

"It is better to be satisfied with what you have than always be wanting something else."  Ecclesiastes 6:9

"Relish life with the spouse you love each and every day of your precarious life.   Each day is God's gift."  Ecclesiastes 9:9

Green Grass

I LOVE this quote!  I used to be a "grass is greener" kind of girl.  I always looked to another job, city, relationship, or some other change in situation to make me happy.  I liked to "cut and run" when times got tough rather than dealing with whatever situation I had gotten myself into.  This mentality led me to live in 4 states in 5 years (one state twice!) and have 7 jobs in the same amount of time!

Compared to those statistics my life has been VERY stable for the past 6 years.  I have lived in ONE house, in ONE town, had ONE job, and ONE husband.  :)  We moved to my hometown 6 years ago, despite the fact that I swore I would never return!  Sometimes I still have a hard time living this quote because I do NOT want to live here, and in particular I do not want to raise Castiél here.  I want him to grow up somewhere with more culture and more diversity.  Even though this is called "the International City" it isn't all that diverse.

However, as I t…

Why We Don't Have an Elf on the Shelf

I realize that the above statement is near sacrilege as this "Elf on a Shelf" phenomenon has seemingly taken over every middle-income American home. As a new parent, I am already dealing with questions over how to deal with Santa Claus within our family traditions. I want Christmas to be a fun time for Castiél, but I also do not want to elaborately lie to my child. This also applies to the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. I feel that faith is a sacred thing - I want to teach my children faith in God, not in fairy tales. Not that fairy tales and myths don't have their place, but they do not have their place as TRUTH. I do not want to betray the trust Castiél has in us as parents just for the sake of holiday "fun."

I also do not want to manipulate the behavior of my children by lying to them. Parents have used Santa Claus as a means to manipulate their children into "behaving" for decades, but now this Elf on a Shelf further propagates the lie. …

Christmas Traditions

I always knew it would be, but the holiday season is SO much more fun with a baby!  Even though Castiél is too little to even know what is going on, it is so much fun for us!  The most fun is starting family traditions that Castiél will grow up with.

The first thing we did was purchase an Advent calendar.  I wasn't interested in a temporary one with candy/treats; I wanted one that we could use year after year.  I lucked up and found this one in the Dollar Deals section of Target!

The pockets are the perfect size for putting treats in, but we decided to create family holiday activities to do daily.  Here is today's activity:

We want to share the historical St. Nicholas rather than building up a Santa Claus fantasy.  Although we love the classic Christmas shows about Santa and will happily share them with him, we don't want the entire Christmas season to be about Santa.  I'm not sure how we are going to do it, but we'll just take it one year at a time - lol!  Toda…