One. Christmas Ornaments – I love absolutely everything about Christmas (except perhaps Egg Nog, Fruitcake and Holiday travel, ha-ha!) and I especially love my Christmas tree and the ornaments on my tree. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m a bit of a geek but the truth is: I’m just me. Everyone has likes and my ornaments remind me of things that make me happy, moments that make me smile and bring back happy memories. And so that’s why; on my Christmas tree, you will find Snoopy and Lucy hanging next to Darth Vader in an ugly Christmas sweater…Belle balancing on branches mere inches away from Iron Man and Smaug perched at the top of the tree, guarding it all.
|Just a few of my many ornaments…|
Two. Sheets – Yes, you read that right. Sheets. Y’all…I cannot even. Way back in August when I visited MS and stayed with my little sister, I absolutely fell in love with her sheets. I came home determined to find them but when I did, I balked at the price and figured I could do without them. However, we went back to MS last week for Thanksgiving and I just decided I NEEDED those sheets. This wasn’t a want, it was a need. Armed with my Bed, Bath & Beyond 20% coupon, I went and bought those sheets on Tuesday and they have been a delight ever since. Climbing into bed is akin to being nestled in angel’s wings and held for the night. I realize you can’t feel them through this post – but trust me, you need some.
|Pure Beech – Jersey Sheets. Go get you some like…yesterday.|
Three. Christmas Sweets – oh me. This probably directly relates to number five…but they are everywhere y’all! Reese’s Peanut Butter Trees are probably the best thing ever. Don’t even get me started on the brownies, fudge, candy and cookies that will start rolling out over the next three weeks! Our office complex allows a church to use it’s parking for their Live Nativity each year and as a thank you they bring us – cupcakes. I’m going to need strength…and maybe one more Reese’s Tree…
Four. Waiting – I think a lot about waiting at this time of year; Christmas involves a lot of waiting. Waiting for Santa to arrive on Christmas is one that springs to mind…but the other that springs to mind and is more important is the people in Biblical times who waited; they waited for a Savior and Christmas is a celebration of the fulfillment of that promise. Both of those Christmas “waits” are such joyful things but waiting isn’t always joyful and the anticipation isn’t always “good” anticipation.
I have been waiting…and I’m still waiting….for the man the Lord will send me to be my husband. There have been times when I pretended I could care less, times when I was wracked with sobs and even times when I was downright angry with God because I’m thirty-one, still single and not a man in sight. Side note – God knows when you’re angry with Him, even if you don’t say it – because He knows your heart! I stumbled upon Natalie’s blog (she’s got a good name, huh?) recently and she is also waiting. Today she shared a poem that so touched my heart and I couldn’t not share it. Her strength of faith in waiting is such a testimony to me and I hope maybe sharing this might touch someone else.
Waiting is hard – but I wait in faith, knowing God’s plan and timing for me are far better than anything I could wish or imagine for myself.
Five. Fitness Friday – Well, in the spirit of honesty…this week has been something of a bust and I could make excuses but I won’t. I don’t like using the elliptical, I don’t like using the workout DVD…I like to walk and it’s dark and that causes problems – but none of those things are excuses. I have big plans to use my Dad’s headlamp and try walking next week with that…and I need to remind myself the reason for all this exercise: to feel better, to feel better about myself and be healthier/kinder to my body. It’s the only one I’ve got!
So – there you have it. Five things on my mind on this Friday. I don’t know about you, but I’m happy to see the weekend arrive! I’m sorry if this post got a little heavy, but hey – I had to share my heart. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!