The holiday season is fast upon us, and it's time to spread some Christmas cheer. Can you believe Thanksgiving has come and gone?? We have so much to be thankful for! I am super excited about making our Christmas cards this year. I always order my cards from Shutterfly, and right now they are running an excellent deal on Christmas cards ( 30% off!) Shutterfly has an excellent selection of cards to chose from (over 200.) I especially like that the have designs to satisfy all "tastes." I am having trouble deciding which design I like the best for this years' card. I am really drawn to the Gifted Tag design. I like the full-bleed photo!
Picture Joy and Crochet Scallop Green are also on my favorites list!
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I am working on our Christmas cards for this year, and trying to decide which photos to include. I have difficulty picking my favorites. How do you single out 3 photos from 200??
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I haven't been feeling the greatest, so I am going to finish up the thanksgivings in one post (Thanks Erica for this ingenius idea!)
~ I am thankful for my niece and nephews. They are really special to me, and I pray that their lives will one day be normal.
~ I am thankful for my laptop and the internet!!! I don't know what I would do if I couldn't check facebook and my blog numerous times a day. My blog has been a great therapy for me, and facebook has kept me connected with so many people.
~ I am thankful for a family that can get together on the holidays and enjoy each others' company.
~ I am thankful that other than my house, we are now debt free! That is HUGE!
~ I am thankful that my husband has a vision of where he sees our future. I often times just get stuck in the here and now, and his mind just keeps turning. I pray that all his dreams and visions will one day come true.
~ I am thankful that tomorrow is turkey day....I have had some serious cravings for my grandma's noodles and mashed potatoes. Hopefully the nausea will stay away for a few hours! I am thankful that all of my dad's extended family still gathers as a family on Thanksgiving.
~ I am thankful that Jesse doesn't mind to eat out a few times a week. I really don't enjoy cooking all that much, and there are some days when nothing sounds good and cooking sounds like the end of the world...so Pizza King here we come!!! Very thankful that it is located 3 miles down the country road!!!
~ I am thankful for the continued, sporatic warm fall days.
~ *knock on wood* I am thankful that I have not gotten a cold this season. I have only had one cold the entire year, and for those of you that know me personally...this is a miracle in and of itself! Praying for continued health for our family.
~ I am thankful for the little things that we take for granted..heat, lights, food, vehicles, showers, bed, blankets, clothes, etc.
~ Finally, I am thankful that for this life. I am thankful that God has blessed with me with each of these thanksgivings. He has truly given me a reason to live. I pray that you have found something to be thankful for this holiday season. Embrace life and thank God for your life!
Today I am thankful that my husband is thinking ahead. He bought be a front load washer and dryer, because " honey you can do all the baby laundry in one load for the week, you know with 2 new babies, the laundry is going to triple around here!!" He is so sweet. He has even reminded me that my car and my stroller are no longer going to work either! God , please open up the Heavens and pour down some money. I know this is all going to work out just perfectly, and for that I am thankful!
Today I am thankful for all of you (BLOG READERS.) This blog has been a way for me to get my feelings out since Braxton passed away. I don't do well talking, because I just cry and nothing comes out. So, behind this computer screen I can cry and type, and my feelings can be released. I don't exactly have a gift with using words, but I can definetly write how I feel, and it helps! I am thankful that so many of you have reached out and prayed with us during some of our darkest hours. I wish I could meet you all and say thank-you for being a "friend." God Bless each and every one of you....the public followers and the secret ones (I know you are out there!!!)
Today I am thankful for my mother-in-law. She raised a wonderful man that I call husband, and for that I am thankful. She instilled in him values of politeness, kindness, generousity, and lovingness. She is also a great grandma to Cayden!
I am thankful for my brothers and their wives. Growing up with two brothers was definetly eventful. My older brother would probably tell you that I was a pest (I love spying on him and his friends and girlfriends.) I think I was that way, because I so badly wanted an older sister, so every girlfriend was potential! My little brother would probably tell you that I was trouble (but he enjoyed going with me!) They both married wonderful women and I approve (although I know that my approval meant nothing!) I can't wait until their dreams all come true.
Today I am thankful, grateful, blessed, overwhelmed and ecstatic. I am thankful for God's multiple miracles. I am thankful for his abundant blessings. I am thankful that he continues to restore joy in our lives. I am grateful that He is able to do exceeding abundantly more than we could ever imagine. Without further ado, allow me to introduce you to Baby Peters #3 and #4. We are thankful that we saw two HEALTHY HEARTBEATS this week. Praise God!
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." Ephesians 3:20
I am thankful that I am able to be a SAHM (stay at home mom.) I am thankful that I get to be the one to watch my child do new things. I am thankful that we can lounge in our Pj's all day long and take long naps together. I am thankful that I don't have to get out of bed every morning to get ready for work. I am thankful for my husband who works hard to provide me this luxury!
I am thankful for my two dogs that have been through a lot with me. I will never forget how heartbroken they seemed to be when we came home from the hospital after losing Braxton. They were the calmest I had ever seen them (Boxers are NEVER calm!) They used to sleep practically on top of me, so I was concerned with my c-section incision that they would bust it open...they never once even got close. Isn't it amazing how smart and "in-tune" animals can be.
They don't get as much attention as they use to, and I find my patience thin at times with them....but nevertheless, they are my babies and I love them so!!!
Today I am thankful and grateful for the other BLM's (Baby Loss Moms) that I know and have met. It really helps to have others in my life that truly understand the way I feel. When Braxton passed away I felt all alone, I didn't know anyone who had endured such tragedy, however it was shortly after that 3 women from my own high school (population 280) experienced loss as well. I am thankful that I was able to minister to them in their time of need. God works in mysterious ways, and I know he placed several women in my life, so we could help each other when loss came our way. I continue to pray for all of you that have lost a child. I pray that God will restore your joy tenfold!
Today I am thankful for my friends. When Braxton passed away, we truly found out who our real friends are. The continued prayers and thoughts over the past 2.5 years have been more than appreciated. I don't get to see all of you as often as I would like, but I appreciate our occasional phone conversations and emails. May God bless you all!
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!" Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
I am thankful for my dad and mom. They raised me in a home that was full of love. They showed my brothers and I what a marriage should look like. They have been married for 34 years, and I pray that my marriage will be just as strong. My mom is here to help me whenever I need (she can clean a house!!!) They are both amazing grandparents...and I know Cayden is blessed beyond measure.
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you." Exodus 20:12
Today I am thankful for the wonderful Women's Retreat that I attended last night and today. It was the first time that I had left Cayden (and Jesse.) I am thankful that God showed up and showed me that the retreat was his divine appointment for me. God can work in mysterious ways!!!
"Oh I went to the enemies camp, and I took back what he stole from me, yes I, took back what he stole from me!"
I am thankful for our home. A perfect little farm house nestled on 2.5 acres. It may not always be spotless, but it is always cozy and welcoming. This time of year, I am especially thankful for the warm fire that is crackling in the backroom. There is nothing like good, warm woodstove heat.
"As for me as my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15
Today (and everyday), I am thankful for my little stinker, my silly monkey, my snuggle buddy, my son, Cayden Matthew. I am thankful for the miracles we have witnessed through his life. He is the light in my life. I am thankful God has shared him with us in this life.
"For this child I prayed, and God has granted the desires of my heart."
I am thankful for my husband. He works hard to provide for our family, so that I can stay at home to raise our children. He loves me for who I am, regardless my flaws. He is an awesome daddy to our boys.
"He is good, so good. He treats me like a real man should."
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Cor 13:13
I am going to "try" and post something that I am thankful for each day this month! I have 2 days worth of catching up to do!!
First and foremost, I am thankful for my relationship with Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour. He has been my rock over the past 3 years. Without Him, I am nothing. I have said before, that if this is my life with Him, I can't even imagine a life without Him. May God Bless you all!
My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2)