I have great resources for sinuses.  I have apple cider vinegar in a capsule.  I have peppermint oil.  I have eucalyptus oil.  I have sinus medication.

Yep, I have got a whole arsenal.  Do you know when I remember to use these things?  Yep, once it gets bad.

Every once in awhile I remember to use these preventatively or with the first notice of sinus trouble.  Other times I don’t even think about it.  Now would be one of the times that I forget.

Tonight I am thankful that there was some improvement today from my arsenal of sinus help.  I should just plan on taking apple cider vinegar and diffusing oils all winter long.  That would be a good plan.  I need to do that!

One Time

I love that my kids are so close together in age.  I love watching the moments when they get along and are friends – and there are quite a few of those moments amidst the sibling fighting moments.

Sometimes I am thankful for the amount of age difference there is too.  So far I’ve only hid the elf one time!  Older kiddos are having fun hiding him 🙂  Of course my youngest kiddo knows that the elf isn’t really real.  But, it is still a fun Christmas game to play!

Tonight I am thankful for kiddos to help hide the help and kiddos to find the elf.  Well, I’m just thankful for all my kiddos ❤  And all the different ways that they are themselves ❤





The lattice wall is up in the basement!  It will allow air flow thru the basement (much needed in our basement!)  And it will keep kitties off my exercise equipment!

Hardware is coming for a sliding door.  For now we are using zip ties, cut lattice pieces, and a large box.

Tonight I am thankful for the once again usable home-gym space!  Tomorrow morning, I’ll be down there!  I was going to go tonight.  But today has me tired and instead; I’m going to bed early.  Hey look, something else to be thankful for!  It is always a good thing when I get to go to bed early! ❤



What I Need to Remember

I think one of the most freeing, stress-relieving, and wonderful feelings in the entire world is remembering that God is in control.  And that we are just not big enough to mess up his plans.

I have this regular habit of taking too much on myself.  If I do this and that and this, then my plan will all work out.  Then comes the guilt.  Guilt if it all works out that I forgot to pray.  Guilt if it doesn’t work out that I forgot to pray.  Guilt, stress,anxiousness, and none of it from God.

I get harder and harder on myself.  Since it seems I keep making the same mistake over and over and over again.  And sometimes it takes my soul awhile to remember that God does not care how many times we mess up.  He is always there, waiting for us to turn back to him.

I don’t think anything else in life will paint a better picture of God’s love for me, more than then my children.  I think of something they mess up repeatedly.  For instance, the dishes.  They don’t want to use a washcloth for the dishes.  They want to use the scrub brush, or a sponge, or their finger, or who-knows-what-else.  With our hard water, the dishcloth just works best.  So they wash the dishes how they want and get frustrated when the glass still looks dirty.  If they had just washed the dish how I told them the first time, it would have been clean.  If they had asked me where the washcloth was, I would have told them.  I am always here.  Just as God is always here, not hating us for not listening to him, just patiently waiting for us to look for a better way.  And although I get impatient with the dirty dishes and may sometimes share some frustrations with the kids about their dish-washing choices; God is still patient.  He is not frustrated.  He is just waiting with love for us to turn around and remember he is there.

Tonight I am thankful for remembering that I don’t have to keep trying to make these plans on my own.  A great quote for tonight, “If your outcome is limited to your best efforts, then your outcome is too limited. . . . “.  Fortunately God is always there, ready to take us past our own thoughts and plans; and on to something much greater and better!

Years of Waiting

The hubster and I went to our first Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert over a decade ago.  I was pregnant with our youngest child at the time.  That’s always good to help me remember the year!

We’ve went once since then.  It was a date night when the kids were young enough to need a babysitter.  Even then I knew I wanted to take the kids one day!

Unfortunately the ticket prices have risen considerably since that first concert we attended.  The past few years I’ve looked at tickets, and decided it wasn’t in the budget.

This year, thanks to Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace plan, it was in the budget!  I had signed up to receive notice when the tickets first went on sale.  And I bought them!  The cheapest seats were still a lot when you multiply by our family size.  But, it was in the budget!

One good parts was that I did buy the tickets when they first went on sale.  Which mean that by tonight, I forgot the exact total.  Not worrying about the cost is a good thing when going out for a night of family fun!  This IS a small glimpse of the complete Financial Peace plan we are working on!  Dave Ramsey says there are three things you can do with money:  save it, spend it, and give it.  We’ve been saving it.  These past few days we’ve had some great Christmas-ey chances to give it.  And today we enjoyed spending it!  No you can’t buy happiness.  But you can by fun.  Today we bought fun!

Tonight I am thankful for the years of waiting to now be able to take the kids to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  I have so much to be thankful for that has led up to fun days like today!  And I am extra thankful that the kids had fun at the concert!  They reported that it was “too long” when we were headed home and asked what they thought.  But, during the concert I saw their faces as they watched the show!  They can’t teenage-disguise their entertainment tonight!!  Not from me! ❤


Present Planning

I have eaten soooo much food the last few days!

And now it is time to give a Christmas present to myself – health.

We spent a great deal of time in the basement yesterday getting it cleaned out (again).  We are building a wall down there the next couple days to keep the kitties out of my exercise area.  I haven’t been exercising much due to kitty infiltration.  I have to keep things covered so the kitties don’t sharpen their clothes.  And one particular kitty thinks she should potty on my treadmill rubber.  GRR!

The boxes that I put all over the equipment to keep it safe have also been a deterant for me to go use the equipment!  I have to uncover everything and cover everything back up.  And it just is a bother when I may not be exited about exercising anyway.

Tonight I am thankful for the chance to uncover my home gym and do something nice for myself!  I’m sure my body will appreciate some better exercise, more water, less food, and better food!

Black Friday

A more recent Thanksgiving tradition has been to review the sales ads and make a plan of attack for the next day.

We don’t get up at 3am.  I like sales and good deals.  But I also like sleep!  6am at the stores is as early as I’ll commit to.

Yesterday, as we were looking at the Black Friday sales, I wasn’t impressed with most ads.  Until I saw the Menards ad!  It looked great!  Our plan was made.

This morning I drove to Menards to meet my mommy.  It was crazy!  The line wrapped around the building!  We went to the store next door to let the crazy crowd die down a little bit.  I had never been to Menards on Black Friday.

I was happily impressed!  The special sale items were organized in the groups that they are advertised in the paper.  All the employees we encountered were super nice!  And they had plenty of the sales items!  We were not the first in the door; and we still got the things on the list.  I told an employee how impressed I was with the organization and the pleasant team members.  He told me that all the employees worked today.  I wouldn’t like that if I worked there.  But, as a shopper, I thought that was a great idea!  There was plenty of help everywhere!

Tonight I am thankful for Menards keeping the fun Black Friday sales and Christmas cheer!  I am thankful for the nice, pleasant people there!  And thankful for the good deals!