We had a pretty nice Thanksgiving. It was great to see some of my Dad’s side of the family, especially considering it has been a long while since I have seen some of them. The food was delicious, and I have a lot to be thankful for. So many blessings in my life that I take for granted. I need to be more grateful and recognize them more.
Faith had her 1st birthday. We just celebrated on our own, due to sickness. We haven’t had anyone over to celebrate like we had planned because of Thanksgiving and another flu running through our home. Today she is 13 months. Wow! I would really like to be done with having sickness here. I can’t even remember how long it has been since we have had this many colds, and bugs run their course through our family in such a short period of time. I’m trying to get my kids to eat yogurt as often as possible, but I don’t know if they are just getting tired of eating the stuff. :-\ I will admit to enjoying the first cold, though. Not so much the illness, as the forced quarantine at home. I am feeling the need to let go of things and contract into focusing much more just on my family. I must admit to missing that aspect of Cedar City.
With Christmas coming on I am planning on making a lot of treats this week. Last year we made most of the candy Santa brought, and we all loved it. So, this year I am planning on doing that again. I am starting out with the hard candies like suckers. Root beer, butterscotch, and cherry are definites. I am wanting to try some cream cheese mints this year, and I am looking for a recipe for buttermints, as well. We will be repeating chocolate covered pretzels, caramels, nut clusters, peanut butter cups (both creamy and chunky), and chocolate suckers. We will be adding chocolate covered cinnamon santas (YUM!), caramel pecan clusters, small Christmas chocolates, and possibly chocolate mints. Last year we also put popcorn balls in the stockings, and I loved that. From how quickly they were gone, I think everyone else did, too.
Alena is turning 8 this year. I’m trying to decide if sewing her baptism dress is realistic or not. After sewing Faith’s blessing dress last year, I really want to do Alena’s baptism dress. I loved making it, and seeing how nice it turned out when I was done. It’s funny how much I enjoy sewing. When I was in my teens I would never have imagined that it would be something I like to do. At that time I was much to caught up in thinking of becoming a lawyer, and FBI agent, or some other such thing. Motherhood seemed to be such an “if-then” type of thing to me. I couldn’t plan on when it would happen, since it was up to more than just me, so I figured I wouldn’t really expect it. LOL I do believe Heavenly Father has such a great sense of humor. I can just see Him up there laughing. All I can say is, laugh away, because I am happier now than I could have imagined. Being a mom, not just a mom, but the homeschooling, mom of 7 (and hopefully more), and all that it entails for me, brings me more joy than I realized was possible. Well, here I go getting sappy.
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