Saturday, December 12, 2009

Blessings in the Face of Adversity...

Some of the things I was looking forward to this year by spending Christmas in Alaska were participating more in my ward and giving service to my friends and neighbors and actually socializing, which is something we never have time to do. So that would include the annual temple party, the annual Bush District Christmas party, the ward Christmas party, singing in the choir, taking treats to neighbors and all the things I usually don't have time to do because I am frantically getting ready to go out of town.
So here's the update so far...
1. Didn't attend temple workers Christmas devotional and dinner because I was coming down with a bad cold.
2. Couldn't attend Bush District Christmas party for the second year in a row because I was working in the temple.
3. Couldn't sing the choir because of same bad cold, and I'm also speaking in the Bush District the same morning as the sacrament meeting choir presentation.
4. Going to weight watchers so baking treats for neighbors hasn't happened yet.
5. Having to work more hours this month because I didn't work enough hours this year and must use them all. It appears I was doing some hibernating during January and February. Hence, less time for fun things.

But here are the good things...
1. I haven't been a sick as a lot of other people, although most of these people are men who don't care/want to do the above list.
2. Had the best luck with all shopping and post office ventures, which is no small miracle.
3. Finished the wedding quilt. A serious major miracle.
4. Hosted Relief Society social which motivated me to get the house in order.
5. I am done with all shopping and mailings.
6. My children helped with some shopping and wrapping chores which saved me time and money!
7. I finally got to put up a new tree with new ornaments.
8. I am not stressed and freaking out.
9. Hubby did the Christmas letter and addressed cards this year. Major help!
10. And there are other things as well....

So overall the holiday is joyfully happening, and I am learning that all these things work together for our good, and to appreciate it.
And I am feeling the Christmas spirit, which is the best of all!

1 comment:

deerhollow said...

Hope you're feeling better. Isn't that the way life goes? The mantle is pretty and I love the genealogy tree {?} hanging up. Really neat. Mark wrote our letter this year, too. It made me very happy! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas up there in the great white north. We'll look forward to seeing you in Jan!?